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Common Shells of SW Florida and Keewaydin Island Beaches

Common Shells of SW Florida and Keewaydin Island Beaches     How are shells made? Best choices for SW Florida shelling trips Shell ID:  Snails Shell ID: Two Sided Shells Shell ID: Other Friends: Sand dollars, urchins, and worms       How are shells made? Did you know shells are made by the soft…

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September 27, 2021

Critters of the Mangrove Tunnels and Mudflats

Critters of the SW Florida Mangrove Tunnels and Mudflats Estuaries are where rivers and water from land meet the sea, and these vibrant places are packed full of life- in fact, 80% of seafood begins its life in these shallow protected waters.  In Rookery Bay, and Southwest Florida in general, estuaries are a maze of…

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September 19, 2021

Rising Tide Explorers Wins Second Consecutive ‘Best Kayaking Tour’ in USA Today National Poll

NAPLES & MARCO ISLAND (June 22, 2021) – Rising Tide Explorers won “Best Kayaking Tour” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2021, for the second year in a row, the media outlet announced online Friday.  Based in Naples & Marco Island, RTE was featured as one of the Best Adventure Tour Companies in the…

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June 22, 2021

RTE as Seen on HGTV Smart Home 2021!

The RTE team recently got a chance to appear on HGTV in HGTV’s Smart Home 2021!  For this year’s show, HGTV selected Naples, Florida as the location to build a technologically advanced home that will be awarded to the winner of the sweepstakes along with a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and $100,000.00 (ENTER HERE). ———->…

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April 28, 2021

Surprising Results of a Beach Trash Study by a Rising Tide Explorer

Robin Serne, a new member of the Rising Tide Explorers team recently finished a months long marine debris survey on the beaches of North Carolina.  Robin walked eight blocks on the high tide line of the beach three times per week, for nine weeks, as a part of a Citizen Science project. She has been…

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January 5, 2021

Top Restaurants to Visit after a Kayak Tour in Marco Island

You did it!  You pulled yourself away from the poolside to get out on the water and experience Southwest Florida for the amazing place that it is.  The biologist guides of Rising Tide Explorers took you on a journey kayaking over mudflats and oyster beds filled with strange wildlife before winding through meandering mangroves tunnels…

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December 22, 2020

Rising Tide Explorers receives local awards and recognition as Southwest Florida’s only biologist owned and operated eco-tour company

Celebrating their 4th year in business, Rising Tide Explorers is recognized as one of the preeminent eco-tour operations in Southwest Florida in recent months after receiving various local awards, recognition, and media coverage.  After hearing their unique story and mission, one can see why.  This is not your average group of tour guides.   In…

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December 22, 2020

Best Places for Kayaking Around Marco Island

Marco Island is the first and largest of the 10,000 Islands, situated right in the middle of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. With some of the best kayaking and paddling opportunities in the world, you can explore beautiful winding mangrove tunnels, calm protected bays of the estuary, sandy beaches with some of the…

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December 22, 2020

Which White Bird Is That?! Is it an Egret? Or a Heron? Or..?

All About Birds, How To Identify White Egrets https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/how-to-identify-white-herons-excerpt-from-better-birding-book/ Rookery Bay is like heaven for bird lovers!    You are guaranteed to see beautiful birds while kayaking Rookery Bay on a biologist led tour with Rising Tide Explorers, and the big white birds tend to really stand out visually.  There are several very common birds…

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December 22, 2020

Rising Tide Explorers Wins ‘Best Kayaking Tour’ in USA Today National Poll

NAPLES & MARCO ISLAND (Aug. 28) – Rising Tide Explorers won “Best Kayaking Tour” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, the media outlet announced online today.  Based in Naples & Marco Island, RTE was featured as one of the Best Adventure Tour Companies in the country along side a variety of other adventure activities…

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August 29, 2020

Vote for Rising Tide Explorers!

  This year, Rising Tide Explorers has qualified for USA Today’s 10 Best Competition under the category of Best Kayaking Tour! Once a small company we are now getting national recognition for our biologist led kayak tours in Southwest Florida.   The competition, which lasts about a month, depends upon our audience to vote every day….

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August 5, 2020

Biologist Guide Matt leads Herpetology Research in the Amazon

  One of the things that makes Rising Tide Explores the most unique kayak tour and rental company in Naples and Marco Island is that our guides are real local biologists and ecologists who actively conduct scientific research to learn more about our unique backyard.  When our guides aren’t paddling the mangrove tunnels of the…

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July 17, 2019

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