Shan-T Native Kayak Tours

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5801 17th St. W, Palmetto, FL 34221 5801 17th St. W, Palmetto Directions
+19419328987
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If you're a sports fan, Palmetto's Shan-T Native Kayak Tours, FL, is the place you want to be. This club is a place you'll love to visit, so don't wait around, give them a call today!

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Report | 3 years ago
Had a great time Michelle was friendly and tried to make sure we saw as much nature as we could! We will go again!
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Report | 4 years ago
Great trip, professional would definitely go again
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Report | 4 years ago
trip was awesome....it was not physically taxing....very enjoyable....saw LOTS!!! of manatees. Guide was excellent.
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Report | 4 years ago
This tour was great. I live about an hour away from this place, and I have to say, after having so much fun yesterday I would definitely drive the hour again to bring friends and family on this tour. The guides are very friendly and the tour wasn't rigid. You were able to have quite a bit of free rein to explore the area and race or to leisurely paddle and take in the scenery (including a gorgeous view of the Skyway bridge. It was one of the best afternoons I've had.
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Report | 4 years ago
Great tour of a part of the Gulf shore I was not familiar with. Requires a guide so must register ahead of time and go with a group. . I would go again.
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Report | 4 years ago
Mark was great!! Really enjoyed our First Time Kayaking with tour guide Mark! Loved it so much I want to buy a kayak!! The manatee's we saw were great!
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Was concerned that I did not receive info for First booked tour second time was a charm. Very friendly and knowledgable guides.
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Report | 4 years ago
Best kayaking tour for beginners to intermediate
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My entire family really enjoyed this experience. Both Mark and his assistant were friendly and fun. Great time!
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Great place a must see great people too beautiful scenery
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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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