Boasting year-round temperate climes, beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and a myriad of fauna and flora, Florida is a popular go-to destination for visitors wanting to escape colder climes. And what better way to enjoy the beautiful oceanscapes than on a kayak. Whether you take a guided tour led by expert kayakers who share their passion for the ocean and the creatures that live in it or rent a kayak and explore the coastline with friends, here are some of the best kayaking outfitters and tours to go for. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.A Day Away Kayak Tours
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A Day Away Kayak Tours offers a variety of day, night, bioluminescence, and private tours in and around Florida. Based in Titusville, the family-owned and operated company specializes in large group kayak rentals and tours, including Sunrise and Sunset Tours, Moonlight Tours, Manatee Encounter Tours, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Tours, Silver River Tours, Private Refuge Tours, and unique Bioluminescent Tours. Professional guides offer assistance for all levels of kayakers from beginner to advanced and share their knowledge and passion for the ocean and the marine life within it. A Day Away Kayak Tours also offers kayak rentals and lessons for beginner kayakers.
1390 Old Dixie Hwy, Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-268-2655
2.Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach
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Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach offers bioluminescence night tours and other adventures in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The locally-owned and operated adventure company run daytime and night-time wildlife-watching excursions for all fitness levels that explore the natural beauty and diverse eco-system of the Thousand Islands. Tours depart from a variety of locations near Orlando and throughout Brevard County and provide a range of kayaks for every need from Tupelo Sit-In One-Seat Kayaks and RTM Sit-In Two-Seat Kayaks to Heavy Duty Tripper Kayaks for longer excursions. Special kayak tours include Manatee Encounter Tours and Bioluminescent Tours.
599 Ramp Rd, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, Phone: 321-480-8632
3.Adventure Kayak Outfitters Tours & Rentals
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Adventure Kayak Outfitters Tours & Rentals specializes in large group kayak rentals and tours in Sarasota, Florida. The company offers three unique tours, namely the Sarasota Kayak Tour, the Siesta Key Kayak Tour, and the Myakka River Alligator Kayak Tour. The Sarasota Kayak Tour explores the mangrove tunnels and shallow grass flats inhabited by manatees and bottlenose dolphins, while the Siesta Key Kayak Tour explores Turtle Beach Lagoon, Little Sarasota Bay, and the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, which teems with birds and marine life. The Myakka River Alligator tour is conducted in the famous Myakka River State Park, which is home to over 100 species of birds and an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, which kayakers can experience up close.
190 Taft Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236, Phone: 941-779-7426
4.Adventure Kayaking Tours
Adventure Kayaking Tours offers year-round kayaking and stand-up paddleboard tours through Florida’s Treasure Coast, which is home to some of the best flat-water paddling in the world. Tours are conducted in and around the Indian River Lagoon, which includes Vero Beach, Sebastian, and Fort Pierce, which are home to a wide array of wildlife. Tour locations include Blue Cypress Lake, which is full of sunken cypress trees that are nesting grounds for osprey; Round Island Park on the Indian River Lagoon in Vero Beach, which boasts spectacular mangrove shorelines and vast seagrass meadows teeming with stingrays, crabs, manatee and dolphins; the meandering Saint Sebastian River with manatees, alligators and turtles; and the Wabasso Causeway featuring magnificent mangrove tunnels crisscrossing through the islands of the Indian River Lagoon.
5.Adventures in Florida
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Adventures in Florida offers a wide variety of group and private kayaking and canoeing tours in and around Central Florida. Tours are conducted by world-class local guides who are certified kayak/canoe instructors, certified Wilderness First Responders and certified Florida Master Naturalists, and provide the highest quality equipment, including Prijon singles and Buffalo canoes and lifejackets. Tours range from day and night tours, full moon experiences, bioluminescent tours, and manatee encounter tours to overnight and camping experiences and private tailor-made tours. Adventures in Florida also offers kayak and canoe rentals.
3208 East Colonial Drive #261 Orlando, Florida 32803, Phone: 407-924-3375
6.Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
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Amelia Island Kayak Excursions is an award-winning local family-owned and operated business offering professionally guided kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, and motorboat tours in and around Amelia Island. The company offers a variety of kayak tours ranging exploring the salt marsh estuaries, black water forested ecosystems, and wildlife-packed Intracoastal waterways, to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Cumberland Island National Seashore, and the Suwannee River. Top-quality equipment and safety gear are provided, and a free digital photo and memory album is included with each kayak tour.
3 S Front St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, Phone: 904-557-5307
7.AquaVentures Eco Tours LLC
Based at the Isla Bella Beach Resort on Marathon Key, AquaVentures is a small company run by Miranda Murphy, who offers guided kayak tours of the surrounding areas, including the coastline, sandbars, and mangrove forests. Boasting an impressive knowledge of local wildlife and ecology, local guides lead the tours in clear double kayaks, allowing for spectacular views of the underwater world beneath the kayaks. AquaVentures offers group and private tours that can be tailor-made to suit all needs, professional, friendly guides, and refreshments along the way. Groups are limited to lessen the impact on the natural environment.
56200 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050, Phone: 305-731-3135
8.BK Adventure Florida - Bioluminescence Tours
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BK Adventure Florida is an adventure company that offers a wealth of outdoor adventures from hiking and mountain biking to kayaking trips around the Orlando area. World-class kayaking trips include Bioluminescence Tours in clear kayaks, allowing kayakers to see and experience the glowing Indian River lagoon when the dinoflagellate bioluminescence light up the waters in the warm summer months. BK Adventure Florida also offers unique family-friendly Bioluminescence Rafting tours, which are conducted on paddle raft and guided by friendly, knowledgeable guides who lead the float through the magic neon glowing waters. Other tours include a Sunset Kayaking with Bioluminescence Tour, an eco-friendly Orlando Kayaking Tour, and a Dolphin & Manatee Kayaking Tour.
485 N Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 407-519-8711
9.Blue Planet Kayak Eco-Tours
Boasting over 18 years of experience, Blue Planet Kayak Eco-Tours is an eco-adventure company that offers unique kayak tours and experiences in the Boca Chica channel. Owned and operated by Chad Bryant, tours explore tropical backcountry locales, which are home to mysterious mangrove islands, tidal creeks, and an abundance of fauna and flora. Groups are limited to ten people and are led by professional Key West kayak tour guides who share their excellent knowledge of the ecosystem’s uniqueness in flora, birds, marine life, and natural history. Blue Planet Kayak Eco-Tours offers morning, afternoon, and night tours in safe, stable, and comfortable sit-in kayaks suitable for all levels of paddler, and complimentary shuttle services upon request.
3501 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, Phone: 305-809-8110
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10.See Through Adventures - Clear Kayaking Tours Tampa Bay
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See Through Adventures offer daily kayaking tours at Fort DeSoto or Shell Key Island in glass-bottom kayaks, which allow for paddlers to get a superb view of the underwater world they are gliding over. Fort DeSoto and Shell Key Island have calm and shallow waters that teem with marine life such as manatees and dolphins and plenty of fish, and numerous mangrove islands, as well as beautiful white sandy beaches with many shells. See Through Adventures provides comfortable sit-in kayaks suitable for all levels of paddler, and all safety equipment is provided. Groups are limited to a maximum of ten people to lessen the impact on the natural environment.
5520 58th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709, Phone: 727-712-6541
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Cocoa Kayaking offers safe, small guided tours through the Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach, in the Haulover Canal in Titusville, and on the Indian River of Merritt Island. Tours include daytime, sunset, Bioluminescence, and Comb Jelly tours and provide the opportunity to see an array of wildlife from West Indian Florida manatees and bottlenose dolphins to migratory birds, bioluminescence dinoflagellates and bioluminescent comb jellies. Tours include kayaks, paddles, life jackets, dry bags, fishnets, and water shooters, and all portion of the proceeds of the business go to Brevard Public Schools to help feed hungry children.
5000 Tom Warriner Blvd, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, Phone: 808-798-6630
12.Crystal River Kayak
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Crystal River Kayak Company is a small, locally owned business run by Captain Mary Morgan, who has a passion for the outdoors and the beautiful land and seascapes of Florida. Established in 2006, the company is the closest kayak outfitters to Three Sisters Springs, which boasts several crystal-clear freshwater springs that are magical to explore. Crystal River Kayak Company also has a dive center offering snorkeling and scuba diving services, as well as kayaks and canoes available to rent. Kayak tours include the Kings Bay Tour, tours on the Chassahowitzka River (The Chaz), and Sunset Tours in Kings Bay. Groups are limited to lessen the impact on the natural environment.
1422 SE US Hwy 19 B, Crystal River, FL 34429, Phone: 352-795-2255
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Danger Charters is a sailing company in Key West that offers daily sunset sails, and exclusive sailing-snorkeling-kayaking trips for groups of up to 25 people. Danger Charters offers a secluded island kayak tour around the backcountry of the Florida Keys that ventures into the mysterious mangrove islands, which are home to a vast array of wildlife. Tours are conducted on very stable sea kayaks and led by knowledgeable and professional guides who share their passion for the local eco-system and point out birds, rays, sharks, and sport fish. All equipment is provided, including snorkeling gear, wetsuits in the winter months kayaks and paddles, fresh fruit and healthy snacks, soft drinks and water, and wine and beer to enjoy on a secluded island after snorkeling.
255 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, Phone: 305-304-7999
14.Everglades Area Tours
Everglades Area Tours is a family-owned and operated business that provides guided boating, kayaking, and walking eco-tours in the Everglades National Park and around the 10,000 Islands. Tours are led by full-time, formally trained Florida Master Naturalists who have a passion for the environment and encourage stewardship of Florida's natural resources. Everglades Area Tours offer guided eco-educational experiences in Everglades National Park, the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Rookery Bay National Estuary. Groups are kept small and intimate with a maximum of just six guests to enhance the experience.
238 Mamie St, Chokoloskee, FL 34138, Phone: 239-695-3633
15.Fin Expeditions Kayak Tours
Fin Expeditions is a local, family-owned business that offers guided kayak tours in small groups in and around Cocoa Beach. Run by friendly, local, knowledgeable guides, tours include a Wildlife Expedition that explores the sandy bays, reefs, mangrove tunnels and hidden coves in search of manatees, dolphins, stingrays and other species of local wildlife. The Bioluminescence tour offers a unique experience of seeing the waters of the Banana River Lagoon come alive after sunset with Bioluminescence. Top-quality equipment, kayaks, paddles, and safety gear is provided, and tours cater for all levels of paddler from beginner to advanced.
599 Ramp Rd, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, Phone: 321-698-7233
16.Florida Adventures and Rentals: Kayak - Paddleboard Tours
Florida Adventures and Rentals offers a wide variety of tours, rentals, and activities ranging from kayak tours and rentals to paddleboard rentals, boat tours, jet ski tours, and rentals, and offshore and backwater fishing charters. Guided kayak tours around Marco Island are designed for all levels of paddler from beginner kayakers to advanced with both single and tandem kayaks available. Tours leave daily from the Isles of Capri Paddle Park and explore the mangrove mazes, tunnels, oyster reefs, mudflats, and hidden bays around Marco Island, which are home to some of South West Florida’s most famous wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, and over 150 species of birds.
Isle of Capri Paddle Park, 1295 Capri Boulevard, Naples, FL 34113, Phone: 239-348-5551
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17.Florida Outdoor Adventures - Everglades Kayak Tours
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Florida Outdoor Adventures offers unique three-, five-, and eight-day fully-equipped and guided overnight kayak camping tours in the World Heritage Site of the Everglades National Park. These low-impact eco-tours explore the backcountry of the park, which is home to extensive swamps, dense mangrove forests, beautiful and remote beaches, and a wealth of wildlife. Tours cater for beginner to advanced paddlers and are led by certified Florida Master Naturalists who share their extensive knowledge of the area and its natural history. All kayak equipment, camping gear, and food are provided on all the tours, and groups are limited.
815 Oyster Bar Ln, Everglades City, FL 34139, Phone: 386-295-1850
18.GAEA Guides - Guided Kayak Nature Tours
GAEA Guides is a certified Eco-Tour provider that offers guided tours of the waters of Southwest Florida and its incredible array of fauna and flora. The company provides several different kayak tours ranging from Estuary and Mangrove tours to Cultural and Sunset tours, all of which are conducted in comfortable, stable, tandem kayaks and led by certified Florida Master Naturalists. Tours explore back bays and bayous, creeks and rivers, wildlife refuges, aquatic preserves, and mangrove forests, and groups are limited to a maximum of ten people to lessen the impact on the natural environment.
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19.Get Up and Go Kayaking
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Get Up and Go Kayaking is a locally-owned business that offers guided kayaking tours in several locations around Florida, including Rainbow Springs, Crystal River, Winter Park, Rock Springs, Jupiter, Tampa Bay, and Fort Pierce, as well as special Bioluminescent tours. Daily tours are conducted in glass-bottom kayaks, which allow for paddlers to get a superb view of the underwater world they are gliding over and led by certified Florida Master Naturalists. Paddlers can see an array of wildlife from West Indian Florida manatees and bottlenose dolphins to migratory birds and bioluminescent comb jellies. Tours include kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and dry bags, and groups are kept small and intimate.
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20.Kayak Dave's Adventures
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Kayak Dave Adventures offers eco-friendly kayak tours in and around the Florida Keys. Owned and operated by ocean-lover, David Kaplan, Kayak Dave Adventures caters for all levels of paddler and ventures into the beautiful natural seascapes of South Florida, including the areas around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys. Tours are tailored to specific interests, ranging from exhilarating open water kayaking to quiet and tranquil paddling on the backwaters of the Everglades, all the while looking out for local wildlife like dolphins, manatees, alligators, sea turtles, and birds.
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, FL 33020, Phone: 305-395-0355
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21.Kayaking SRQ Tours & Rentals
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Take a guided tour through Sarasota's exotic mangrove tunnels with Kayaking SRQ Tours & Rentals. Locally-owned and operated, the company offers two-hour guided tours through the mangrove tunnels off Lido Key, which are home to a vast array of local wildlife like West Indian Florida manatees, bottlenose dolphins, turtles, starfish, jellyfish, crabs, and many species of migratory birds. Tours cater for beginner to advanced paddlers and are led by certified Florida Master Naturalists who share their extensive knowledge of the area and its natural history. All kayak equipment is provided on all the tours, and groups are limited.
190 Taft Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236, Phone: 941-799-1863
22.Paradise Adventures Sarasota
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Paradise Adventures Sarasota offers guided group kayak tours and rentals in Sarasota, Florida. Guided tours explore the mangrove tunnels and shallow grass flats inhabited by manatees and bottlenose dolphins, as well as Turtle Beach Lagoon, Little Sarasota Bay, and the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, which teems with birds and marine life. All levels of paddlers are catered from beginner to advanced, and all tours are led by certified Florida Master Naturalists who share their extensive knowledge of the area and its natural history. All kayak equipment, provided on all the trips, and groups are limited to preserve the environment and not disturb marine life.
190 Taft Dr #10, Sarasota, FL 34236, Phone: 941-275-2971
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23.Peace of Mind Kayak Tours
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Peace of Mind Kayak Tours offer guided kayaking tours in Winter Park and Merritt Island with several tailor-made trips available, including kayaking on the Econolahatchee River, experiencing the beautiful landscapes and history of Winter Park, and exploring Florida’s space coast and the animals that call these waters home such as manatees, bottlenose dolphins, herons and egrets on the Merritt Island Nature Tour. Other unique tours include Bioluminescence Tours, allowing kayakers to see and experience the glowing waters when the dinoflagellate bioluminescence light up the waters in the warm summer months. All levels of paddlers are catered from beginner to advanced, and all tours are led by certified Florida Master Naturalists who share their extensive knowledge of the area and its natural history. All kayak equipment, provided on all the trips, and groups are limited to preserve the environment and not disturb marine life.
24.Rookery Bay Reserve Kayak Tours
Rookery Bay Reserve Kayak Tours offers guided kayaking eco-tours around the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples. Suitable for beginner and advanced kayakers, the tour explores the part of the Ten Thousand Islands, mangrove forests, and the crystal-clear waters of the bay, which teem with a myriad of Southern Florida wildlife from manatees and dolphins to over 150 species of birds. Single and tandem kayaks are available, and tours are led by certified Florida Master Naturalists who share their passion and knowledge of the region and its diverse ecosystems. Groups are limited to ensure a minimal footprint is left on the environment.
1 Shell Island Rd, Naples, FL 34113, Phone: 239-530-5972
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24 Best Kayaking Tours in Florida
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- Adventures in Florida, Photo: Wollwerth Imagery/stock.adobe.com
- Amelia Island Kayak Excursions, Photo: Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
- AquaVentures Eco Tours LLC, Photo: ftlaudgirl/stock.adobe.com
- BK Adventure Florida - Bioluminescence Tours, Photo: BK Adventure Florida - Bioluminescence Tours
- Blue Planet Kayak Eco-Tours, Photo: Francisco/stock.adobe.com
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- Fin Expeditions Kayak Tours, Photo: Khritthithat/stock.adobe.com
- Florida Adventures and Rentals: Kayak - Paddleboard Tours, Photo: Brocreative/stock.adobe.com
- Florida Outdoor Adventures - Everglades Kayak Tours, Photo: Florida Outdoor Adventures - Everglades Kayak Tours
- GAEA Guides - Guided Kayak Nature Tours, Photo: steheap/stock.adobe.com
- Get Up and Go Kayaking, Photo: Get Up and Go Kayaking
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- Kayaking SRQ Tours & Rentals, Photo: Kayaking SRQ Tours & Rentals
- Paradise Adventures Sarasota, Photo: Guy Bryant/stock.adobe.com
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