We launch from 3 great parks in Naples and Marco Island. Click on our launch sites and paddle trails on the map below to read more about each and get driving directions right from your location. Give us a call or book online and we will meet you there!
Explore the winding mangrove tunnels of the Rookery Bay Reserve in search of sea stars, urchins, wading birds, giant snails, tree crabs, dolphin, manatee, and more! These backwaters provide a fun paddle through some of the most beautiful mangrove tunnels in the region. Join us on our award winning Mangrove Tunnels & Mudflats tour with one of our biologist & certified naturalist guides or use our digital map to navigate the tunnels with ease. We recommend at least 2-3 hours in this park to get into all of our favorite tunnels. The Paddlecraft Park is located at the corner of Collier Blvd & Capri Blvd just North of Marco Island.
Paddle into the heart of the Rookery Bay Reserve on a marked canoe trail through calm mangrove creeks and back bays scattered with small mangrove islands. Keep your eyes open for dolphin and manatee as you head to the famous bird rookery island, home to hundreds of birds of all different species. Join us on our Sunset Bird Rookery Kayak Tour to learn about this amazing place or explore on your own by renting a kayak. We recommend about 2 hours at this park to paddle the entire 2-mile canoe trail at a leisurely pace. Shell Island Road Launch is located at the very end of Shell Island Road, South of US-41 off Collier Blvd. Keep your eyes open during your drive to see gophers, tortoise, birds, deer, raccoons, and maybe even a bobcat!
Explore the canal systems of Marco Island by renting a kayak to be delivered to your home, Air B&B, or condo on the island! We will deliver it for free and give you some expert tips on where you can enjoy secluded beaches, wildlife and world-renowned shelling on these natural barrier islands. This area is home to many dolphin, shore birds, sea turtles, and our favorite beachside invertebrates like sand dollars, sea stars, and snails! Daily and weekly rentals of kayaks and paddleboards are available with free delivery and pickup. Call to reserve your kayak and paddleboard rentals and we will deliver them right to your dock with maps, ropes, life vests, dry bags, and everything you need! Don’t worry…we’ll do all the heavy lifting.
All rentals and tours are by reservation only. Call or book online.
Navigate with ease using Southwest Florida’s only digital kayak trail map. Open the map in your Google Maps application on your cell phone and never worry about getting lost in the winding mangrove tunnels!
Please note: you must have the Google Maps application and be logged into a Google account for the map to work.
Rising Tide Explorers
1295 Capri Blvd
Naples, FL 34113
Hours: 9AM – 5 PM, Wednesday – Monday
CLOSED TUESDAYS (May – October)
Boat Tours: 9AM, 1PM & Sunset Monday – Sunday
*9AM Only (May – October)
Kayak Tours: 9AM, 1230PM, & Sunset. Monday – Sunday
*9AM Only (May – October)
See Kayak Tour Page for Launch Times & Availabilities
About Rising Tide Explorers
Rising Tide Explorers Kayak Tours, Kayak Rentals, and Boat Tours is dedicated to helping visitors and locals alike enjoy and learn about the unique natural areas of Southwest Florida with the most qualified guide staff in the region. With the only biologist guided adventures and rental opportunities in Naples and Marco Island, RTE shares with you one of the most unique natural areas in the country by helping you explore the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve! These thriving mangrove forested estuaries are home to dolphin, manatee, wading birds, hundreds of species of fish, unique invertebrates like giant horse conchs, sea stars, unchins, and MORE! Whether you’re looking for a kayak rental to explore the Rookery Bay on your own, take a boat tour to cruise some of the most unique areas of the Reserve, or a wind through the mangrove tunnels on a guided kayak tour with the areas only team of 100% local biologist guides, one thing is for certain: your trip through the the wild areas of Naples and Marco Island will be a fun and unforgettable adventure for you and your family! Choose from a variety of launch points and guided tour options conveniently located in Marco Island, Isle of Capri, and Naples.
Proud Partner of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve & the Friends of Rookery Bay
As the only true biologist owned and 100% local biologist guided eco-tour company in Southwest Florida, RTE is honored to represent the Rookery Bay Research Reserve as their exclusive ecotour provider. As partners of the 501c3 citizen support organization the Friends of Rookery Bay, our programming helps to raise funds to support the research, education, stewardship, and conservation efforts of the Rookery Bay Research National Estuarine Research Reserve. A portion of the proceeds from your kayak tour, boat tour, kayak rental, and more are given back the the Friends of Rookery Bay to help protect this wild and incredibly unique natural area here in Southwest Florida. Help protect and preserve the place that makes Naples & Marco Island so special by supporting Rookery Bay Reserve and SWFL’s ONLY biologist guides! Book your Tour or Rental today!