Aloha !! Join us on a unique paddle to watch manatees in their natural enviroment , protected from boats in a manatee only zone. On our paddleboards we will approach the “entrance ” to the manatee refuge. Once there we will sit or kneel on our boards and watch the gentle giants either at sleep or on the move. The best time to find and watch these giant creatures is after a bit of a cold snap. a temp drop will head the manatees towards the warmth of the 72 degree springs we are visiting!
after we have watched an observed for awhile , depending on the wind conditions, we’ll take a short paddle up river to view the natural beauty all around us. during this time the instructor can help dial in your paddle stroke for maxium efficiency .
while chances are high and likely if the weather/temp is right , since it is wildlife and a natural enviroment we can’t guarante manatees 😉
This Tour is suitable for beginners and first time paddlers.
12 and older to paddle your own board
Must know how to swim
Free with your own board ——-** you must be self reliant in your skills. ie. you know how to paddle correctly and can keep up with the group. make sure you have your own pfd and whistle per coast guard requirements.
manatee rules are strictly enforced by state park rangers. any behavior that harrasses the manatees or violates state rules on manatee interactions with humans will not be tolerated.
absolutley no feeding or watering of the manatees.
90 mins – 2 hours depending on wind and weather conditions.