Rookery Bay Kayak Tour: Explore Mangrove Ecosystem
294 Ratings
Join our fun and educational Rookery Bay Kayak Tour to explore the fascinating mangrove ecosystem. Suitable for all skill levels, this two-hour tour offers encounters with diverse wildlife and a glimpse into the area's rich history.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Paddle through mangrove tunnels, see local wildlife such as birds, sea creatures, dolphins and manatees.
What's Included
  • Life preservers, paddles, dry bags
  • Photos of your tour
  • Paddling instructions and safety briefing
  • Guidance by biologists and Florida naturalists
What's Not Included
  • Parking Fee of $10
  • Bottled water
Additional Information

Join our Eco Kayak Tour, hosted by our entertaining herpetologist guide who will ensure you have a fun time throughout the journey! This adventure is designed for people of all ages and varying kayaking skills, from novices to experts! Our guide will lead a two-hour exploration of the mangrove tunnels, imparting valuable knowledge about the local ecosystem and the area’s history. Paddling through the tranquil waters of The Rookery Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands ecosystem, you’ll get to see a variety of bird species and small animals inhabiting the immaculate subtropical mangrove forest estuary. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve is among the few untouched mangrove estuaries left in North America. As a souvenir of your journey, you will receive pictures taken by our guide during the tour!

We welcome guests aged 4 years and above.

  • Minimum age of 4 years old. Parent or older sibling (age 15+) will need to accompany child on kayak
  • Please note that a ticket must be purchased for every individual in your party, this includes children
  • Must bring water and snacks as there is no concession available at the park.
  • Not recommended for guests with recent surgeries
1295 Capri Blvd
Capri Boulevard
Parking Fee: If you don't have a Collier County Beach Permit, a $10 Parking Fee must be paid at the parking meter. Please display the ticket on your dashboard on a clear visible area.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(294 Ratings)
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May 26, 2024
5 out of 5 - Our guide was Elliot. He was very knowledgeable about the mangroves. Did a great job with entertaining the kids and all of their questions. Would highly recommend this experience to all ages!
Review provided by Viator
May 17, 2024
Matt and the Mangroves - Part 2 - Part 2 review with more pics! Loved this tour. Being out in nature and kayaking through the mangroves reminds us of how magnificent nature is! Matt is passionate about wildlife and protecting our precious ecosystem!
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May 17, 2024
Matt and the Mangroves - I loved this tour! An immediate highlight that comes to mind is when we were able to kayak through a mangrove tunnel of trees. It felt like such a unique experience. Matt was so informative about the ecosystem, the wildlife that our area is surrounded by, and education about the wildlife in general! He was also just a nice person, so that goes a long way. He also recommended lunch at the Island Gypsy afterwards and it was wonderful! (already one of my faves - so win win) Thank you Matt for an informative and fun day. The girls are still repeating the facts about dolphins and sharks that they learned from you. Did you know that there's more of a chance of getting attacked by a dog than a shark? Well now you know :)
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May 4, 2024
Great guide and fun learning - Elliot was an amazing guide and we learned so much about the mangroves. Beautiful, fun paddling and a real treat to see "wild" Florida.
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Apr 28, 2024
Amazing tour - Amazing experience! Our guide was so knowledgeable! The scenery was so lovely and not too strenuous Looking forward to returning next year!
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Apr 28, 2024
Passion is contagious - Passion is contagious. Matt, our kayak guide, is an expert Herpetologist, and his passion for the ecology and biodiversity of the area was awesome. Incredible guide. Went to strong efforts to find lots of creatures for us to observe and respectfully interact with, while teaching so much the full time. Our family with kids all had a great time. Strong recommendation. Very rare to get such an expert and share a few hours experiencing his passions in such a great setting. Definitely a trip highlight.
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Apr 14, 2024
Awesome way to explore the mangroves! - The knowledge of the guide and finding some hidden creatures such as a starfish and large snail. We also saw a dolphin.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 13, 2024
Awesome kayak tour!! - This was awesome! We absolutely loved it and seeing all the sea creatures was amazing. Learning about the mangroves was great too. Saw a dolphin too! Elliot and Matt were fantastic and knowledgeable guides.
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Apr 9, 2024
Great tour. - This was a great kayak tour. Our guide, Elliot, so knowledgeable and informative. We had a great time. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Apr 8, 2024
Very educational! - Matt was so knowledgeable! My kids loved asking him all kinds of questions about aquatic and reptile animals. Would definitely recommend!
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Select Date and Tickets
up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024