Current Offerings & Updates

UPDATES:  In response to the state of Florida’s stay at home order, we will be suspending all rentals and tour offerings until further notice.  Please take a look at our current offerings and activities below!  We will provide updates here on our website as to when we will resume our regular rentals and tour offerings.  Until then, take advantage of some of the great things we have going on while your stuck at home!

    • Capri Paddlecraft Park:  OPEN
    • Shell Island Road: CLOSED
    • Caxambas Park: CLOSED
    • 20% of proceeds from gift certificate sales will be dedicated to supporting our amazing team of biologist guides during these unprecedented times
    • Click Here to Purchase Gift Cards
  • Rising Tide Explorers: HOME EDITION
    • Visit our new page to view our schedule of upcoming virtual events, presentations, kid’s activities, contests, and MORE!
    • RTE Explorer’s Academy – Backyard Biology for Kids

We want to thank our wonderful community for all your continued love and support during this unprecedented time.  Stay engaged, keep learning, enjoy the outdoors, and prepare for your next big adventure with Rising Tide Explorers!


Voted Southwest Florida's #1 Adventure!

Adventures with Local Biologists

Explore the unique habitats, wildlife, and ecosystems of Southwest Florida with top rated kayak rentals, award-winning kayak tours, and leisurely boat tours led by 100% certified local biologists!  Venture into wild Florida with the most qualified guides in the region and share in their passion for our local ecology and wildlife. Journey through winding mangrove tunnels, experience evening in the estuary at the famous bird rookery island, go shelling on a remote section of Keewaydin Island, take a cruise around the estuaryexplore ancient sand dune islands, or rent a kayak to explore on your own!  As Southwest Florida’s only biologist owned and operated adventure company, we can’t wait to share our favorite things about our wild backyard with you and your family.

Reservations required for all tours and rentals

About Us

Unique Naples & Marco Island Kayak Rentals & Tours

Rising Tide Explorers was founded in 2016 by a group of local biologists looking to share their passion for the unique ecological landscape in Naples and Marco Island, FL. With our diverse background of research experience, we offer fun, educational and family-friendly kayak tours unlike any other. As the first and only biologist-owned-and-operated ecotour company in the region, we take pride in sharing our favorite things about the estuary during the most unique and dynamic kayak adventures in Naples and Marco Island!

We aim to be a company that explorers can trust to provide a safe, exciting and educational experience on the water. Towards this goal, 100% of our guides are biologists, ecologists and/or certified master naturalists. All of our guides are also certified in First Aid and are ACA certified kayaking Instructors. If you are looking for an educational kayaking adventure in Naples and Marco Island, look no further than Rising Tide and come explore with the best!

Rated "Excellent" by Over 800 Visitors!

Return Explorer

"This is the second time I have done a tour with Rising Tide Explorers, and I learned even more about the area than I did the first time. Ryan is so knowledgable, professional and passionate about educating people, that you can't help but take away new knowledge about the waterways and wildlife of Collier County. I will definitely be taking more tours with Rising Tide Explorers, and will be bringing friends and family to enjoy this unique experience."

– TripAdvisor
Sunset Bird Rookery Kayak Tour
Rookery Bay Sunset Tour

"This was a birthday gift for me and what a great one it was! I had a wonderful time. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about local flora and fauna and I was so grateful that he took pictures so we didn’t have to. It was an experience I’ll never forget and I hope to go on another adventure with them in the future!"

– TripAdvisor
We Saw Dolphins!

"Myself & my boyfriend are travelling from NZ and staying with my Aunt & Uncle in Florida, and my aunt organised us to go for a tour with Ryan who is super knowledgeable, we learnt heaps about birds & the ecosystem and had a good day paddling. It was super hot so take some water with you. We also saw dolphins which was so awesome!!!! Highlight of the morning. Loved it."

– TripAdvisor
Highly Recommend!!!

"Amazing experience. Guides, Ryan and Terry we great. Ryan is so knowledgeable and made this trip well worth it. So many Marine wildlife to see and touch. Would recommend this to anyone, experienced kayakers and non kayakers too. Good for everyone of all ages. Looking forward to the Sunset tour next time!"

– TripAdvisor
Awesome Adventure!

"My husband and I kayaked with our kids, ages 8 and 11. We had a wonderful time. Ryan and Terry were very friendly and knowledgeable, sharing facts about the rookery, and finding critters for the kids to hold. Being June it was HOT, so pack plenty of water and sunscreen. I highly recommend this experience, as it is extremely fun and engaging."

– TripAdvisor