Please read this important notice!

Desoto Kayak ToursAdventure Kayak Outfitters is no longer offering guided eco tours of the Mangrove Tunnels on South Lido Key. In our opinion poor stewardship, based out of greed, of the small kayak park has led to overcrowding with approximately three hundred or more kayaks and paddle boards being rented daily. This overcrowding has led to a reduction in manatee and dolphin sightings as well as bird life in the tunnels. Adventure Kayak Outfitters has a long history of extremely high success in viewing manatees and dolphins from a kayak. We can no longer offer a quality relaxing outdoor activity amongst the crowds of kayaks and the booming waterfront homes that now line the majority of the kayak trail. It has been our pleasure to guide you for more than a decade.

For a real Florida kayak adventure in a natural setting, please click the button below and be directed to our friends at Desoto Kayak Tours. They are a local tour company offering guided kayak mangrove tunnel tours to view manatees, dolphins, and other local wildlife in a natural uncrowded setting within a short drive from Sarasota and Anna Maria Island.

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AKO Sarasota Kayak Tours & Rentals

Includes Dolphin, Manatee, Exotic Mangrove Tunnels, Birds, and Other Sealife

AKO SARASOTA (Adventure Kayak Outfitters) is the original kayak rental and tour outfitter in Sarasota. AKO SARASOTA is family owned since 2007 and has been providing guided kayak dolphin tours in Sarasota as well as kayaking with the manatees. AKO SARASOTA kayak tours for dolphin and manatees operate 7 days per week and launch from the Mangrove Tunnels on Lido Key in Sarasota. The launch is located at 190 Taft Dr. Sarasota, FL 34236. AKO SARASOTA offers Sarasota kayak rentals daily from the Mangrove Tunnels on Lido Key in Sarasota. AKO SARASOTA rents single kayaks and tandem kayaks. AKO SARASOTA provides all equipment for a safe day on the water. A kayak rental from AKO SARASOTA will allow you to kayak with sea life and enjoy the beaches and areas of Sarasota and Siesta Key. Kayaking the liquid blue waters of Siesta Key and Sarasota will be a kayaking adventure in paradise. AKO SARASOTA has native kayak tour guides, our kayak tour guides will make your kayak tour the best day ever! AKO SARASOTA believes kayaking Sarasota and Siesta Key areas will be the highlight of your Sarasota vacation. Please visit our Sarasota kayak tour page for information on kayaking with manatees and dolphins in Sarasota. Please see the Sarasota kayak rentals page for information on kayak rentals in Sarasota. AKO SARASOTA looks forward to serving your Sarasota kayaking activities.

Kayak Tour

Kayak Tour Cost: 

$55 for single kayak

$110 for tandem kayak (2 people)

Children 6 and under $10 discount


2 hours (times vary by day see Book Your Tour available times) *Must arrive at least 15 min early for your tour.


  • Camera
  • Water shoes (any shoes you don’t mind getting wet)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water to drink
  • Plastic Ziploc bag for your personal items
  • Oh – and one more thing… YOUR DESIRE TO EXPLORE!


Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido

190 Taft Dr.

Lido Key, Sarasota, FL 34236