Central Florida’s aqueous wonders become tangible during A Day Away Kayak Tours’ boating excursions, as guests explore diverse estuaries with manatees and dolphins often swimming a paddle’s length away. The eclectic tours immerse kayakers in a cornucopia of experiences, including bioluminescent nighttime paddles that reveal eerily glowing organisms and flashes of light as fish swim by and solder their underwater sand castles. Sunset tours present leisurely rosy-hued panoramas, and day tours give glimpses of gators and soaring kingfishers and ospreys. On other tours, groups stop to explore grass flats and dig for clams as wild turkeys and pigs spectate. Beyond the kayak, pontoons usher guests on eco tours on the Indian River, and guides lead fishing trips off Merritt Island in search of sea trout and mangrove snapper.
Every instructor at Calema Windsurfing and Watersports knows his or her stuff, and not just because they all hold U.S. Sailing certifications. Each one has personally trained with Calema's owner Tinho Dornellas, a master instructor who also designed the first surf ski with John Byde, whose father later patented it. Dornellas knows water sports like the back of his hands—which he probably used to make whatever surfboard he's currently riding.
Dornellas started using fiberglass composites to shape his own kayaks, surfboards, and windsurfing boards in the 1970s, and he and his wife Susie (a former windsurfing student) have kept up with advances in the field. Today, for instance, the shop also rents standup paddleboards, riding a resurgence in the Hawaiian sport.
Calema is ideally located for just about any aquatic activity, except maybe kraken-fishing. The Atlantic Ocean stretches to the east, and the Banana River flows right by the store, letting kayaks and standup paddle boards float straight into waters shard by dolphins and manatees. Beyond gear rentals and instruction, Calema also hosts windsurfing races and the annual Calema Midwinters Windsurfing Festival.
The sights to see across Florida's Adventures in Paradise's 36-acre wildlife refuge are innumerable. Look up and you'll spot colorful Floridian birds; glance down, and you can find all manner of turtles as they glide in and out of nine spring-fed ponds. The former gator farm (which still houses a few small gators) is home to winding nature trails, fully-stocked fishing ponds, and an ever-growing petting farm. Here, guests can interact with baby ducks, baby pigs, a miniature pony, mini alpaca, and other wonderful animals.
The farm itself is over 150 years old, with more than 200 animals to see, including ring tail lemurs, miniature horses, and Sassy the pig. Feed baby cows, play with bunnies and baby goats, and take a gander at Monty, the giant tortoise. After a complimentary hay ride, you can even purchase fresh eggs from and tilapia from the fish farm, and homemade honey from their beehives.
While leisurely paddling along the Indian River, dolphins and manatees swim beside a kayak as a guide points out some of the 300 species of native birds soaring overhead. This is the kind of memorable experience that many customers have had during Florida's Adventures in Paradise Tours’ two- to four-hour tours of Cocoa Beach’s waterways. The experienced team at Florida's Adventures in Paradise Tours instructs future kayak captains on the basics before launching, so even those brand new to kayaking can partake in laid-back jaunts, which include stops at remote islands where guests can dip their toes in the sand and put seashells to their ears. Kayaking equipment and mermaid repellent are included, and sunset tours are also available.
Merritt Island's Adventures in Paradise Tours is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This club has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
Take the kids along too — this club is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Adventures in Paradise Tours is calling your name! Give them a call today.
Merritt Island's Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're looking to spice up your weekends, give Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach a call today.