Paddle into the heart of the Rookery Bay Reserve to explore the remote backwaters of its mangrove lined bays with a local biologist as your guide!
Join a local biologist on a journey through the beautiful estuaries of Southwest Florida in search of unique wildlife as you explore winding mangrove tunnels, oyster reefs, mudflats, and hidden bays.
- Kayak Activities
This 3-hour nature cruise captained by a local biologist will allow you to immerse yourself into some of the most beautiful areas of wild Southwest Florida. Learn about the history and ecology of the Rookery Bay Reserve as you cruise among the mangrove and barrier island systems in search of local wildlife like birds, dolphin, and more!
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Rising Tide Explorers gives you the opportunity to experience some of Naples & Marco Island’s most beautiful natural areas with kayak rentals and exciting adventures led by the region’s only team of 100% active local biologist guides. Go exploring on a family friendly guided kayak tour for a paddle into the mangrove tunnels, a relaxing guided boat eco tour to unique and restricted areas of Rookery Bay, and catch sunset at the famous bird rookery island as over 1,000 birds return to their roost for the night, all led by the local biologists who study the areas unique ecology and wildlife.
- #1 Rated Tours, Naples – TripAdvisor
- Best of the Gulfshore 2017-2020 – Gulfshore Life Magazine
- Best Kayaking Tour 2017-2020 – Best of Naples
- #1 Kayaking Tour in the USA – USA Today 10Best
- Marco Island Must Do Activity – MustDo SWFL
- Best Everglades Kayaking – TravellinMad
- Biologist Guided Tours – Coastal Breeze, Marco Island
- #1 Kayak Company in the USA – Naples Illustrated
- Best Things to do in Marco Island, Florida – Southern Living Magazine
- HGTV Smart Home 2021 – Naples, FL – HGTV
A percentage of the proceeds from our adventures and rentals goes to support the Friends of Rookery Bay.
Our guides are the real deal. Check out their backgrounds and read about their local research projects on our About Us page!
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Enter code “EXPLORE” at checkout for 5% off online bookings. Free photography is included with every tour.
because you can't see Florida from a lounge chair...
Rated "Excellent" by Over 1,000 Visitors!
A portion of the proceeds from your tour or rental goes to support the research, education, and conservation efforts of the Rookery Bay Reserve!
FREE ADMISSION! Get free admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center for everyone in your party when you book a guided kayak tour or boat tour with Rising Tide Explorers! *Must visit within 24-hours of your tour. Open 9am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday, closed for the month of September.