Estero Bay Kayak and Paddleboard Tour for Beginners
See Estero Bay from a kayak or stand-up paddleboard while paddling among dolphins and other wildlife on a watersport and wildlife tour geared for beginners.
What You Will Do
- Take part in a private 2 hour dolphin watching cruise along the pristine waters of Estero Bay, near Ft. Myers Beach, that includes a kayak and paddleboard rental to explore the rich ecological surroundings of the bay
- Ease into the popular water sports of kayaking and SUP, with calm, remote waters to paddle on
- Watch as local dolphins swim, feed, and play in the bay's waters
- Learn about Florida's first ever aquatic preserve, full of history and teeming with wildlife, from a knowledgeable local guide
- See other natural wildlife including mangroves, bald eagles, crabs, and turtles
- 2 hour private dolphin cruise with guide
- Kayak and SUP equipment
- Cooler with ice and water
Bring towels and wear a swimsuit.Sunscreen is recommended and the tour operator can also supply some if needed. All excursions have plenty of room for coolers, so bring any food or drink you wish.
- 92 Ratings
We were happy to have only 6 persons on the pontoon boat. Enjoyed very much the talk about dolphins and the inters action with others on board. Our guests enjoyed also. Glenda was very pro-active in assisting us. Thank you Captain Joe and Glenda.
We had an awesome time out on the water with Captain Joe! He sure was able to spot the dolphins! Thanks for a great time! We had so much fun
Captain Joe was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We saw several dolphins which was awesome. Very enjoyable day! Highly recommend.
Captain Joe is a great captain and a gracious host. You will not be dissapointed if you book a tour to see the dolphins.
Not Captain Joe’s fault but we did not see dolphins. A bit disappointing.
We we had a great time and captain Joe was awesome! We saw several dolphins all over the area !
The entire family enjoyed our pontoon ride with the dolphins! Captain Joe was a knowledgeable and a hoot! We would absolutely schedule another tour when we get back to Florida!
Joe was great and answered all of our questions. He took us to an area where we had the pleasure of watching dolphins interacting. I can't thank you enough for a wonderful time. I would recommend everyone take a little ride and see the dolphins with Joe.
This was a Great trip! Capt Joe was excellent! He read our small group well by giving us just enough information without overloading us with trivia. We were interested in seeing dolphins and he made sure we did and even pursued them. Accommodations were very comfortable ( great chairs for old ladies and he even gave “the birthday girl” a stuffed dolphin! We’d go again (with Joe) in a minute! Thank you,
Captain Joe and Glenda are such friendly people! Enjoyed the laid back informative ride!
Highly recommend this tour. My kids still say it was the highlight of our holiday
We had an amazing time with Captain Joe. Was able to find dolphins which were playing in the water. Captain Joe was able to get the boat going fast to see if the dolphins would follow and sure enough they were jumping and playing in our wake! Great to see the bayside of the gulf. Would highly recommend this trip.
Customer service second to none.
This was the best dolphin/wildlife boat tour ever!!! Would highly recommend if you would like to see dolphins up close. Captain Joe was very informative and personable also! Great, great, great experience that we will never forget!!
Was excellent! Superb Customer service unforseen circumstances made us late for our cruise but they were patient enough to wait until we arrived and we had a wonderful time saw at least 4-5 dolphins
A very personal feeling to the ride and so comfortble. Sitting in the front deck chairs, learning about the island and sharing conversation - doesn’t get any better.
Captain Joe was fantastic! He was very persistent and we ended up seeing 3 dolphins who then played in the wake of the boat for about 10 min, it was unbelievable. He also was great with our 3 grandkids, teaching them how to tell where we were on the map. We will definitely go again.
We had a great time. Captain Joe was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The time just flew by. We saw bunch of dolphins as well as manatees and even a sea turtle. It was also very family-friendly as we have A 4 year old and one year old that thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Captain Joe consistently provides an educational & entertaining cruise. It is time well spent on the water
Captain Joe was great, and we had a wonderful time watching dolphins on his boat! Highly recommend!
Captain Joe and Glenda were great, they accomadated our roght schedule, and we were very comfortable on the boat,I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking to see some wildlife in ft myers!!!
Captain Joe was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The boat is very intimate for small parities, making the experience even more enjoyable. We brought our cooler for snacks, then sat back in the very comfortable chairs for a great time seeking out dolphins - in which we were not disappointed! Highly recommend. We will be calling to schedule another adventure in the near future!
Captain Joe was so knowledgable about the area and the local wildlife. Very personable and kind. Loved the private tour, everyone was able to see 360 degrees around the boat. Would highly recommend this experience to anyone interested in seeing the local wildlife in a low key setting. Awesome trip!
Glenda and Joe made our experience a wonderful one. From booking the tour with Glenda and having her assure us that if the weather wasn't good, she would call us early in the morning to let us know whether we could go out on the trip, to Joe's interesting narration during our tour providing background and history about the area, etc., to our AMAZING, encounter with the dolphins, etc. it was a fun, and memorable trip. I would highly recommend booking a Dolphin adventure with them and told them when we finished the tour that we would definitely be back! Next time we'll rent paddle boards from them but we'll need to book a longer trip! My girls just raved about our trip and said that it was the best part of their vacation to Fort Myers! Hugs from Dallas, TX!
We had a wonderful time on Captain Joe's boat. He shared interesting highlights as we went around the island and we actually saw Dolphins. He worked hard to make sure we were happy and we appriciated his efforts. I would recomend the tour to others.
This is our second outing with Captain Joe and he was amazing yet again. He is very knowledgeable and has a fabulous sense of humour. We saw dolphins up close as well as a rare, late in the season Manatee. We will be back again next year for another trip. He never disappoints.
My family if 5 had a wonderful time! Thanks so much, Captain Joe!
Captain Michelle and his wife, Glenda were great. This was our second dolphin tour with them in, Whalley didn’t see is many dolphins this time as we did the first time, Captain Joe brought us to see other amazing sights like a juvenile bald eagle. I highly recommend this small business!
Highlight of our family vacation! A must do! Such a unique experience with lots of dolphins! Caption Joe was very friendly and knowledgeable! A great value and beyond exceeded our expectations!!!
Trip Advisor ratings were high and there was a Groupon. I ended up not using the Groupon and going through him directly. We had a great time and we’re extremely satisfied. Thank you so much.
Fun and informative time. Great host. For adults and children alike. Would recommend for anyone for a fun time Nasser plenty of Dolphin.
Very nice ride. We saw 8 dolphins, Caption Joe was right on time ready to go when we arrived. We enjoyed the tour and we recommended this to friends. Joe was friendly, we did not feel rushed, he took his time so we all could enjoy the dolphins. It was a great adventure!
Captain Jay did a great job getting us up close to the dolphins without being intrusive to them. It's obvious how much he loves what he does by how he shares his knowledge and experiences. We had a great time and will definitely be back next year to do it again!
Both Joe and Glida were as nice as can be!! The boat cruise was SO relaxing! Our family of 5 learned so much about the dolphins and Estero Bay. We were happy to see 7-8 dolphins and several area birds. Though dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed, Capt. Joe does everything he can safely do to find them without harassing the dolphins in their habitat. Definitely recommend!!
Excellent tour... Capt. Joe was friendly and very informative. A great tour and recommend it highly
Capt Joe was very nice, pleasant, informative and fun. Loved the boat, location, and dolphin tour. Grandkids (6 & 2) were so excited to see mom and baby dolphin, manatee, pelicans, and much more. As the grandmom, I provided an experience the kids will remember forever. We all had a happy, relaxing, fun time. Will do it again.
Had a really nice boat ride. Even though we didn't get to see any dolphins, we enjoyed the ride and Captain Joe was was great. Will try again when we are in the area. Nice option compared to the large boats...much more personable.
Captain Joe was such a nice, sincere man. We really enjoyed his friendliness and his knowledge of the area and its wildlife!
Had a great time. Awesome tour!
Very informative and knowledgeable captain and saw tons of dolphins and i got some great pictures.
Hervorragender Service, gute Erklärung. Wir vier fühlten uns sehr zuvorkommend aufgenommen, haben viele Delfine, Fische und Vögel gesehen und können Captain Joe nur empfehlen!
Captain Joe was awesome. He tried to make the most of our trip by taking us to areas where we could see rare bird sightings like baby pelicans. We saw dolphins, manatee s and stingray. It was the best two hours we could have booked! I would highly recommend this tour.
Captain Joe was great. We had a great boat ride and got our fill of dolphins!
Thank you! Captain Joe was great!
Private tour. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Comfortable seating. Small group makes if better for seeing wildlife, get to see everything up close. Affordable price. Great tour.
Altho the weather was not great, we chose to go out with Capt. Joe as Lacey & Ryan had no other time to go.. Capt. Joe gave us great facts & tips & we all enjoyed seeing so many dolphins, especially a mother & baby calf. A great time!