Haulover Canal Wildlife Refuge: Manatee Kayak Tour
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Experience the beauty of Haulover Canal Wildlife Refuge on a thrilling manatee kayak tour. Get up close to manatees, dolphins, and Floridian birds while paddling the stunning Florida waterway. Book now!
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Haulover Canal Kayak Launch - OUR TOP WILDLIFE TOUR!

KAYAK or PADDLEBOARD TOUR! EXPERIENCE NATURE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL! (Call after booking to reserve your choice of a kayak or paddleboard.)

If Your Looking For Wild Life and a gorgeous evening sunset view, Look No Further! Paddle amongst amazing views of Bottlenose Dolphins, Floridian Birds and possibly sightings of our famous West Indian Manatees, with a finally of watching Florida’s unbelievable sunset!

*Manatee Mating Season: March - August!

*Call or email after booking to reserve your Standup Paddleboard or KAYAK!

*Photos included! Photos emailed/texted up to 48 hours after guided tour.

*Cell phone dry boxes and dry bags available upon arrival.

*Life jackets available for 30lbs and up.

*What to bring: plenty of water, sunscreen, wide brim hat, bug spray and a towel. Bare feet, sandals and/or tennis shoes are fine when kayaking. Bathrooms available before and after tour.

*Signing of waivers will be required upon arrival in order to enter the waterway.

CALL PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR FOR DETAILED DIRECTIONS OR EMAILED DIRECTIONS IF NEEDED.

(Wildlife not guaranteed due to paddling in nature.)

What's Included
  • Provided kayak equipment: Kayak, Lifejacket, Paddle, Dry Bags
What's Not Included
  • Bottled water
Additional Information

Join Cocoa Kayaking at our Wildlife Sanctuary for a chance to interact with nature! Experience the allure of Wild Life with Manatees, Dolphins, and native Floridian Birds at our protected area, Haulover Canal!

Get ready for an exciting escapade as you kayak through the picturesque Florida water paths of the Indian River and the Mosquito Lagoon in Haulover Canal!

*The prime period for observing Manatees mating is between March and August.

*For optimal wildlife viewing, choose our 9:00 am tour.

*Our tours typically last for 2 hours.

*Pictures are included in your package! They will be emailed/texted to you within 48 hours after your guided tour. Please reach out to the respective company for any photo-related queries.

*Enjoy personalized service with our small tours! Group sizes will not exceed 10 individuals!

*Upon your arrival, we can provide dry boxes and bags to keep your cell phone safeguarded.

*Life vests are available for individuals who weigh 30lbs and up.

(*Here’s what you should bring: sufficient water, your sunscreen, a hat with a wide brim, bug repellant spray and a towel. You are free to come in bare feet, sandals or even tennis shoes. Restrooms are accessible before and after your tour.)

BE SURE TO CALL BEFORE YOUR TOUR TO OBTAIN DETAILED DIRECTIONS AND TO COMPLETE YOUR WAIVER FORMS PRIOR TO YOUR GUIDED TOUR.

Location
Haulover Canal Kayak Launch
Haulover Road Southwest
CALL PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR IF NEEDED FOR ASSISTANCE WITH DIRECTIONS. WIFI IS NOT ALWAYS RELIABLE DUE TO WILDLIFE REFUGE HABITAT. (IT'S LIKE A SAFARI!) Copy & past into your GPS and/or Google Maps: (28°43'51.1"N 80°45'41.4"W) Copy and past: https://goo.gl/maps/KEEdfUZhcAsjpjb28
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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B3929iwamandas
May 16, 2024
A manatee swam under my kayak! - Noah was a wonderful tour guide. We learned so much while having fun on the water. We saw dolphins and flamingos in the distance and got to see comb jellyfish, a horseshoe crab, manatees, and even an alligator in the water. We learned a lot and had fun!
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O9165piteresac
May 14, 2024
BEST Kayak tour! - We’ve been on kayak tours with several different companies, and Cocoa Kayaking is now the only one we’ll use! In the past month, we’ve been on 2 of their tours at Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge, once with Logan and once with Noah. They both gave us a great tour and told us lots of interesting information about the history and wildlife in the area. We had the thrill of encountering manatees (up close!), dolphins, herons, stingrays, cone jellyfish, horseshoe crabs, and alligators! Logan even took us to places that we had never been with other tour groups, and Noah showed us how to safely hold a horseshoe crab! They also took lots of pictures that were available to us online (for free!) after the tour, and their prices were better than the other tour groups. There’s no better way to experience the spectacular beauty of this area than on a kayak tour with Cocoa Kayaking!
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Militza_l
May 13, 2024
Fun kayaking - Great experience. Noah, the tour guide was great, very knowledgeable. Lots of Manatees, birds, dolphin, more. Awesome experience!!
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Mtplottsnj
May 8, 2024
AMAZING! A MUST DO in Cocoa Beach - I can't say enough good things about our trip. Logan, our tour guide, was absolutely amazing, and we plan to fly down (we live in Jersey) just to take more tours with him. You NEED this guy as your tour guide. He has enough knowledge, passion, experience, and wisdom to have the equivalent of a PhD in botany, marine biology, conservation, and sustainability. Incidentally, he also did a great job of teaching us about the culture in Florida county by county throughout the state. I was a high school teacher for 31 years, and he is truly one of the best educators I've ever met. Besides Logan's knowledge, he's also a great guide - entertaining, kind, funny, and thoughtful. I was incredibly moved by his love for and understanding of the manatees themselves. There was a particular one that he noticed was skinny and checked on it a few times as it came to the surface (almost as if to see him for help). He was very concerned and made plans to get help from local marine scientists in the area after our tour was finished. As for the sights we saw: AMAZING. We saw TONS of manatees, a few dolphins in the distance (because of the time of day they weren't close), an alligator, some kind of non-stinging jellyfish, sting rays (not the kind that kill!), tons of stunning birds and more. The manatees were so close (and friendly) that - if we were allowed - we could've pet them. Logan taught us all about the mangroves and what makes them so incredibly special and NECESSARY to the ecosystem. The depth and breadth of things I learned on this trip enriched my life. This 2-hour kayak trip opened up a whole incredible world to me that I knew nothing of before. It made me want to travel more because it helped me see how much I need to learn about the world. I will be back, and I will tell everyone it's well worth the trip. I will also tell them to find Logan. THANK YOU, Cocoa Kayaking! THANK YOU, Logan!!
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Bigfoot984
May 7, 2024
Birthday to remember - Our guide was Logan and it was an absolute great time. Filled with information and beautiful views. And of course us getting lost before it even started Logan was able to come find where we parked, accommodated us and made this a great birthday experience. Beginning to End had a great time. (If Logan sees this: We actually towards the end of our time ran into a little group who added a little bit of experience to the tour, we actually saw them again AFTER we left (pictures included)
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Kimberly_kstar
May 4, 2024
Kayaking on the Indian River - Cricket, my guide was great and fun to explore the Indian River with. She pointed out so many facts and wild life around the area. It was a beautiful couple of hours of kayaking. Saw plenty of manatees up close, and horseshoe crab. She took great pictures, so I could relax and enjoy the fun. Thank you so much and keep up the great kayaking adventure!
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Richardtt5294kw
Apr 27, 2024
Logan the guide was amazing!! - Amazing! Logan is awesome. So knowledgeable and a great guide!! The location is ideal. The manatee were friendly and curious. Thank you for such a great experience!!!!
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Tetreabe
Apr 21, 2024
Manatees everywhere - Great experience with Logan in kayaks at the wildlife refuge manatee and dolphin. Perfect day, no wind and sunny. Lots of manatees, alligators, horseshoe crab,… all described by the knowledgeable Logan. Would repeat anytime.
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Paulibower
Apr 18, 2024
Excellent kayak trip, with knowledgeable guide - I was with 2 long time friends & we took the trip with Logan as our guide. He is very knowledgeable & experienced, growing up in FL. We enjoyed the up-close encounters with the manatese & a horseshoe crab! I highly recommend this trip!!
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U2929rlvictoriab
Mar 29, 2024
Great paddle guide - Great trip. Well worth the guide and money. Logan was great and very knowledgeable, helpful and took great pictures. We saw lots of manatees, a couple of alligators, dolphine, horseshoe crabs. Super easy to find and didn't have to waste anytime checking in.
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