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.
- 119 Ratings
Capt’n Joe was a great guide.
Capt. Joe is knowledgeable about the area. Our ride was smooth. Dolphins were spotted. Sun was shining. Great time with family!
Captain Joe found us the dolphins we were so excited to see. He had to work to find them, but he made sure we got to see them. Very pleasant people, all the way from the reservations to the trip itself. Great time!
We had a wonderful time. Captain Joe is very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and habitats. We learned a lot and had such a relaxing ride would definitely recommend it to anyone!
great captain, very comfortable boat lots of dolphin and manatee
Joe was patient with the kids, answered their questions but didn’t give a running commentary. He was happy to wait while the kids watched the dolphins until the dolphins left. He explained the navigation map to our grand son who loves maps. We had a great afternoon even though the weather wasn’t terribly warm, just normal Florida winter temperature, not go for an ocean swim weather.
Informative private tour tailored to meet the needs of our family.
On time, great trip, saw lots of dauphins, great captain, good with our 5 year old grandson, adapted tour to our needs.
Captn. Joe was very knowledgeable and a fun guy. We saw a lot of dolphins and manatees
Loved the private experience and that we could bring our own drinks and food. Excellent time, highly recommended.
Fabulous trip by Captain Joe! He is so nice and personable ! He truly does his best to make it a wonderful time !
Great Service, Great Captain! Fabulous time!
We had a great time and Captain Joe was so good with our grandchildren. I would highly recommend his tour. He was interactive with the kids and they both loved the tour.
This was the highlight of our trip. Not only was the ride smooth and beautiful the Captain took the time to find dolphins for us. That means a lot because we have taken several “dolphin cruises” and NEVER saw one. We saw at least 6 and it was amazing. The Captain was also personable and gave us space. Will 100% do it again if I am back in be area.
Captain Joe was wonderful! We saw dolphins and manatees on our excursion - my kids loved it! Would definitely recommend this place!!
Captain Joe was great we had a great time. I took my 5 year old grand daughter ant it was the highlight of her vacation !! Thank you Captain Joe we will see you next year .
Captain Joe was great. Full write up is available (or will be very soon) on Trip Advisor dated June 2018. Thanks for a great time Joe!
We were able to see manatees which was amazing. Unfortunately no dolphins but Joe was very accommodating and made sure we enjoyed our trip.
Perfect tour. Capr. Joe was super and we had an awesome dolphin experience we will newer forget 🐬👌😎
As always Captain Joe, we enjoy the total experience going out with you. The kids loved talking with you and we got to see plenty of wildlife! Looking forward to hooking up with you next year. Hope you and Glenda have a great trip down to Key West! Thom and Martha.
Had a great time and saw several Dolphins! Loved it!
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.