Mangrove Tunnel Kayaking, Everglades City, FL
Experience ID: 421
The Everglades area is a vast and varied ecosystem containing the largest mangrove forest in North America. Picture the sunlight (or moonlight) shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself, make for a surreal and mystical experience in the tunnels. The dense canopy regulates moisture and humidity allowing orchids, mosses and bromeliads to thrive. A moonlight or sunset adventure in the tunnels can be something you will never forget.
Meet with a Florida Master Naturalist who will give you an overview of the area and teach you how to manoevour the craft. Jump in your kayak and enjoy nature at its best. Throughout the forest are brackish "lakes" whose waters are a mix of "sweet" fresh water and salt water. This is where the Everglades transitions from freshwater to saltwater and is a wonderful place to experience. Interconnecting these lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks. The mangrove forest grows to the very edge and even over the tops of these creeks forming a canopy or a tunnel.
- 3 hours
- Minimum age to participate: 3 years old
- Single and tandem kayaks are available on every expedition
- Each trip is led by an experienced Florida Master Naturalist who is certified by the National Park
- Price per kids under 12 years old: $63
- Special price for groups of 7 or more: $90 per participant
- Maximum participants per group: 26
- Departure time: 8:30 am & 13:00
What can I realistically expect to see?
It is nature and it is wild. Every trip is different. Some days, participants are fortunate to see a lot of wildlife, some days less. That is up to Mother Nature. However, all the guides are experienced outdoors men and women, naturalists and educators that have a handle on where the wildlife is on a any given day, but you can view only what is there. Most days, you can see ospreys, various breeds of herons and egrets, pelicans, numerous species of shorebirds and raccoons. On most trips, during the warmer months manatees can typically be spotted from the boat. However, guests also commonly see dolphins, rosette spoonbills, bald eagles, various hawks, white pelicans, owls, sea turtles, kites and black vultures. Participants have seen wild hogs, bobcats, white-tail deer and even black bear on some occasions from the kayaks. You really never know until you're there.
What about the alligators?
The Everglades Area is famous for alligators. However, the alligators are not a problem for guests. They keep a safe distance away and so do you. They are fond of fish and fowl. A person in a kayak simply does not resemble anything close to a wading bird!
What do I Need to Bring?
Please bring whatever you wish to eat or drink. It is suggested plenty of water, but please adhere to the "Leave No Trace" policy. Clothing should be appropriate for the season and the day's weather. A light jacket is needed on most trips. Sun protection is always a good idea ...hats, sun block, etc. Protective footwear, that you don't mind getting wet, is a good recommendation. Bring a camera (in a plastic zip lock bag if it is not waterproof).