Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Brands Used: Ocean Kayak, Native Watercraft, Cannon Paddles, PFD's
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Bring water, hats, sunglasses, and sunscrean
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 2.5 hour kayak trip
The warm, sunny climes of Marco Island entice visitors to paddle through the waters no matter what time of year it is. The guides say one of the best views the island has to offer, though, can only be seen on warm summer nights beneath a new moon. As the waters grow warmer, they provide a home for single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates, and larger comb jellyfish. Both creatures naturally emit light, a phenomenon known as bioluminescence. When ambient light is low enough and the water warm enough, the combined presence of the two glowing critters becomes so bright, it can even cast shadows. Guides only offer these tours during the appropriate months and lunar phases, but they conduct plenty of other excursions during daylight hours. They take groups by kayak to the Barrier Islands for a picnic, show off sunsets from watery perches, and even provide the opportunity to paddle alongside manatees—sometimes called sea cows because, like land cows, they often say, "Cowabunga!"
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Naples Marina and Excursions gives folks a veritable flotilla for exploring Florida's waterways. Aboard the team's nature cruises, visitors learn about local wildlife, take in all manner of natural majesty, and occasionally even lay eyes on an endangered manatee. Those hoping to get a little more rough-and-tumble with the wildlife can opt for a custom saltwater fishing charter. They can also flop into the water and rub shoulders with the fish on daily scuba trips, which explore underwater reefs, springs, and shipwrecks.
Then there's aquatic center's gear, which patrons can rent to spearhead outings of their own. They can explore the waves on stand-up paddleboards, or embark on seated adventures in citrus-hued rental kayaks. The team will even deliver kayaks to their clients, making it easy to launch from anywhere or just paddle around in the bathtub.
Naples Paddleboard fixes customers up with standup paddleboards and kayaks and sends them skimming over waters surrounding such exotic destinations as Naples Bay, Rookery Bay, and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. The company offers rentals, lessons, and even tours of these verdant locales, giving participants not only a taste of the local surroundings but also a good workout. As paddlers cruise pass the 35-acre Clam Pass, they'll see the park's signature sand dunes and mangrove forest, whereas a coastal paddle-by of the 166-acre Delnor-Wiggins Park reveals its gleaming white-sand beaches.
Manatees glide at a slow, easy pace. Heron splash and peck their way through the water. Osprey keep watch from their perches overhead. These critters and other wildlife surround kayakers when they embark on one of Captain Joe's Everglades Kayak Adventures. That's not even taking into account the mangrove trees, whose spindly roots twist over the water like mermaids doing backbends on a sandbar. The seasoned, friendly guides help kayakers explore it all on two- or four-hour tours on the waves.
After plans were revealed to build a road through Rookery Bay in 1964, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida formed to protect the region's environmental interests. This small group of concerned citizens mobilized the community to halt the project, protecting the land, water, and wildlife that makes southwest Florida beautiful. Today, the group continues that work on a larger scale, promoting clean water in the Everglades, treating and releasing injured animals, and protecting sea turtle hatchlings.