Shan-T Native Kayak Tours

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4711 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207 4711 14th Street West, Bradenton Directions
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Florida's Bradenton's Shan-T Native Kayak Tours is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter. Head to this club for some fun, laughs, and a great experience.

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Report | 3 years ago
Didn't get to see much wildlife, but enjoyed the kayaking experience.
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Awesome time!
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Please be more available to give information.
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Efficient customer service via email and telephone. Skilled tour guides, beautiful surroundings, the joy of the manatees with friends and family- 1st time kayakers - easy and pain free. Can't wait to go again!
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The tour guides were uninformative, one even seemed annoyed and bored giving the impression that she would have preferred hanging out on a sandbar and smoking cigarettes all day. Terrible customer service-I could never get anyone on the phone and it took 24 hours to get a return email. By contrast, the best kayak tour I have ever taken was with manatee guides in fort Myers. They were awesome!
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Thought there would of been more kayaking involved. Instead of just hanging out on the sandbar. All in all we enjoyed it
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Wonderful guide knew where the Manatees were. They were floating right next to our Kayaks. Fantastic!!
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We picked up some good kayaking tips, learned a little regarding shore wildlife/plants & guide also pointed out a Roseate Spoonbill, which we would have missed. However, especially when we were single file through the mangrove tunnel (which we'd done before), you could only hear the guide if you were in the 1st or 2nd boat behind him, so we felt like we missed out a little. But we were brought to areas that we had not previously been and were able to hear when we were out in the bay. Guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant.
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Mark is very knowledgable. We had a great time. Look forward to another tour.
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The experience didn't really match the promises: my wife and I booked a Mangrove Tour and spent most of the time on a sand bar together with two families with small kids. They seemed to have fun, while we anticipated more time in the kayaks and in or near the Mangroves.
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When a family of five wanted to go on a kayak tour, they assumed their daughter with Down's syndrome couldn't come along. But Shan-T co-owner Michelle Thorpe assured them she could, and invited her along in her own tandem kayak. Once on the water, the girl immediately took charge, joyfully taking over paddling. Michelle and her husband Mark had always searched for a way to conduct fun, physical, outdoor activities that would accommodate people with special needs, including their daughter with Asperger's and their niece who is autistic. Taking advantage of the therapeutic nature of the area's calm waters, Shan-T provides a way for just about everyone to commune with nature. The couple operates their tours intimately, using no more than 15 boats per group so that wilderness smells and the sounds of lapping waves are prevalent throughout their adventures.

The pair leads their tours through secluded, often shallow waterways and wildlife-rich areas aboard ocean-style kayaks with open tops for easy boarding and egress. They sometimes allow participants to use the boats as standup paddleboards on which participants can stretch their legs or reach up to scratch head itches with overhanging branches. On each tour, guides stress the fragility of the local ecosystem, highlighting issues such as baby fish growing up inside discarded soda cans and dolphins consuming floating plastic bags. In response, participants often pick up any refuse they see, with tours in the past becoming scavenger hunts to help clean the secluded waterways and to see who can find the most Gene Simmons solo albums. On many of these trips, kayakers have encountered manatees up close, sometimes when they brush up against the boats to scratch their backs and bellies.

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