Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a three-hour ecological tour from Alabama Kayak Adventures (a $40 value).
Alabama Kayak Adventures’ ecological tour parts nature’s curtains to reveal the Gulf Coast’s natural splendor, guiding paddlers along miles of wildlife-rich bayous, bays, and estuaries. With small group sizes and no engine noise, waterborne wanderers slip unobtrusively through natural gem-studded environs such as Wolf Bay, Weeks Bay, and Navy Cove, where the silence is momentarily broken by an all-sea turtle rendition of The Village People’s “In The Navy.” As certified Coastal Nature Guides, Captains Chris Nelson and Laurel Fleming are happy to point out myriad other shoreline denizens, including dolphins, ospreys, and pelicans. The no-hurry pace encourages relaxation and peaceful reflection as nuggets of area history and folklore help to trace the storied connection between nature and culture.
Tours originate at a designated meeting point a short walk from the coastline, where voyagers can don hats and sunscreen, or stuff them in the dry storage bags provided to all explorers. Picture taking is encouraged, though picture painting is infeasible due to a kayak's lack of canvas sails.