Explore the backwaters of the Rookery Bay Reserve. Paddle into the Rookery Bay to see hundreds of birds and enjoy the sunset before paddling back under the glow of twilight!
Mangrove Tunnels & Mudflats Kayak Tour
Naples - Marco Island
Capacity: 1 – 12 Paddlers
Duration: 2.5 – 3 Hours
Launch Times: 9:00 a.m & 12:30 p.m. Daily (12:30 p.m. tour CLOSED FOR SUMMER)
Launch Site: Isle of Capri Paddecraft Park Naples, FL
- Children (under 12)
Explore one of Florida’s most unique ecosystems!
Join active local biologists for an adventure through the Rookery Bay Reserve at the start of the 10,000 islands. Paddle to beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats, and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphin and manatee! Have your choice of single or tandem kayak for the journey. Tandem kayaks are great for families with small children. Conditions vary, and usually consist of calm, waist-deep water and sunshine! Perfect for the first-time paddler and the pro.
Every day is different in the estuary, and adventures at higher tides allow us to spend more time winding through beautiful mangrove tunnels, while lower tides give us access to shallow mudflats that host a diverse community of unique benthic critters for us to find! Most days give us the opportunity to explore both, and our experts are always available to help identify the day and launch time that’s best for you and your family, ensuring that you get the most out of your adventure into this incredible place with a real local science professional as your guide. Get out and explore the backwaters of Southwest Florida with the experts! Book your tour today!
Tours Launch from the Isle of Capri Paddlecraft Park located on the corner of Collier Blvd and Capri Blvd. Just 5 minutes from Marco Island and 30 minutes or less from anywhere in Naples!
*A $10 Parking Pass or current Collier County Beach Parking Sticker is required for vehicles parking at the Isles of Capri Paddlecraft Park to avoid the potential of receiving a parking ticket from Collier County
$10 PARKING PASS:
Collier County has imposed new parking fees for the Capri Paddlecraft Park. Vehicles that do not have a current Collier County Beach Parking Sticker will be required to purchase a $10 Parking Pass from the ticketing machine upon arrive at the park to be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle. Vehicles without a sticker or parking pass are subject to receiving a parking ticket from Collier County. We encourage larger parties to carpool and/or use vehicles with a Beach Parking Sticker to avoid this fee.