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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Kayakers in the Sarasota Mangrove Tunnel

Sarasota Kayak Tour

Discover a Sarasota kayak tour at The Exotic Mangrove Tunnels. A family friendly activity perfect for all ages! Experience our Sarasota Kayak Tour and meet the  manatees, wave at the  dolphins swimming along side your kayak and watch the local birds absorbing the warm Sarasota sunshine.  The Sarasota Kayak Tour is a relaxing activity  to share with family and friends while vacationing in the Sarasota area.

The Sarasota Kayak Tour departs twice daily, the first kayak tour is 10 A.M. and the second kayak tour departs at 2 P.M. We have single kayaks and tandem kayaks with very comfortable seating and lightweight kayak paddles to make your Sarasota Kayak Tour the most enjoyable vacation activity ever. Adventure Kayak Outfitters tour guides are from Sarasota and know the local sea life patterns well. The Sarasota Kayak Tour is a kayak adventure in paradise only a few minutes from downtown Sarasota.


Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido
190 Taft Dr.
Lido Key, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sealife encounter during kayak tour

Siesta Key Kayak Tour

The Siesta Key Kayak Tour launches from Turtle Beach Lagoon at the south end of Siesta Key. The tour departs with a paddle out of the lagoon and into Little Sarasota Bay. The attraction of this tour is the Jim Neville Marine preserve, a small island with a mangrove shoreline and adjacent grass flats where wading birds and nesting birds are a common sight. This tour location is more open water where boat traffic is prevalent and protection from wind is minimal. For the safety of our guests we only run this tour when conditions are ideal.



Turtle Beach
8918 Midnight Pass Rd
Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL 34242

Alligator Kayak Tour

The Myakka River Alligator Tour departs from the famous Myakka River State Park in Sarasota county. Alligator sightings are so common we guarantee you will see many large alligators. Along the banks Myakka river while on this tour, you may see several different species of wading birds, whitetail deer and wild pigs. Look up in the sky for bald eagles, snail kites and swallow tail kites too. The water levels on this river fluctuate greatly and for a quality kayak tour with lots of wildlife sightings we only launch at optimum water levels.



Myakka River State Park
13208 SR 72
Sarasota, FL 34241


Adventure Kayak Outfitters of Sarasota offers professionally guided kayak tours throughout Sarasota county. Tours are minutes away from Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.

All Kayak tours take place in Sarasota county and are permitted through Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Department.