Guided Nature Tours

Guided Nature Tours

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Nature & Sealife Cruise

Enjoy a naturalist led, covered pontoon boat cruise around Tarpon Bay. Learn about Tarpon Bay’s rich Mangrove Estuary ecosystem and get an up-close look at wildlife. The first half hour includes Touch Tank aquariums. You will hold and learn about wildlife living at the bottom of the estuary – including sea stars, horseshoe crabs, oysters, […]

Breakfast Nature Cruise

This tour is for the early risers. Experience one of the most beautiful settings on Sanibel, while munching down on a continental-style breakfast. Enjoy a naturalist-led, covered pontoon boat cruise around Tarpon Bay. While drinking coffee, tea and juice and eating pastries, observe birds at the rookery islands including herons, egrets, pelicans, ibis, osprey and […]

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Evening Nature Cruise

Join us as the sun goes down on a cruise to the rookery islands. Be there as hundreds of birds swoop in to roost for the night and witness the sunset that Sanibel is famous for. The diversity of birds is quite the spectacle to observe. Depending on the time of year, visitors can possibly […]

Kayak Trail Tour

“Tarpon Bay is one of the top ten places in the nation to paddle” ~Canoe & Kayak Magazine The Kayak Trail Tour is a wonderful introduction to Tarpon Bay and the coastal environment. Visitors will kayak with an experienced naturalist through the mangrove forest along Tarpon Bay’s Commodore Creek Trail. The trail provides a unique […]

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Sunset Rookery Paddle

“Tarpon Bay is one of the top ten places in the nation to paddle” ~Canoe & Kayak Magazine This is truly a birders’ delight. Join us as the sun goes down and dozens of birds swoop onto Tarpon Bay’s Rookery Islands to roost for the night. This paddle is a truly unique experience. The Rookery […]

Low Tide Kayak Tour

Have you ever been told how shallow Tarpon Bay is? Have you ever heard that low tides are great for birding? Lay the rumors to rest on Tarpon Bay Explorers’ Low Tide Kayak Tour! Explore the bay when most wouldn’t with an experienced naturalist. This 90-minute tour will take you through Tarpon Bay’s tidal flats, […]

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Image of a standup paddleboard at Tarpon Bay Explorers

Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

Walk on water with an experienced naturalist on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) through Tarpon Bay. This tour is for all skill levels and launches directly from our location. The first portion of the trip begins with a lesson from your certified guide and naturalist. Beginners will be able to learn basic techniques, while experienced […]

Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour

“Being on Wildlife Drive without a guide is like watching the Discovery Channel with the volume turned down.” – Tour guest Our experienced naturalists can help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see. Hop on our tram that travels along Wildlife Drive through the J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Search for roseate spoonbills, […]

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Touch Tank Exploration

Explore what lives beneath the waters of Tarpon Bay by coming to our aquarium and Touch Tanks. Learn all about the benthic ecology of the bay by getting a hands-on experience with live shells, sea stars, oysters and much more. Plus, our aquarium displays will introduce you to some of the less seen fish in […]

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