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What to Expect - A drive that is 20 minutes east of Titusville out on the Refuge
• No restroom facilities at the launch site (visitor center is the closest)
• Just under two hours on the water for a leisurely paddle
• Expect to get a little wet – depends on you (or possibly your friends)
• To see lots of wildlife and stretch those muscles a little
• To learn some basics about paddling and more about local wildlife
• To wear your life vest & whistle :)
• Great guides who enjoy their work and keep you safe
• Lots of outdoor fun and a desire to come back real soon
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A Day Away Kayak Tours

It’s an encounter unlike any other as you spend the morning floating gently in the endangered manatee’s favorite lounging spots on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. These friendly Florida herbivores just love to nuzzle, grip, and cuddle your kayak for a truly magical morning.

The kayaking adventure continues with a search for playful dolphins, often fishing actively nearby. As if beholding these majestic mammals in their element isn’t enough, you’ll likely enjoy many other Florida natives including pelicans, osprey, roseate spoonbills, horseshoe crabs, and even the occasional gator.

As visitors in the manatee’s natural habitat, you can expect to observe and study the famed Sea Cows. Keep in mind that we seek not to disturb, overwhelm, or disrupt the manatee’s natural behaviors, but rather let you experience them on their terms. 

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Manatees so close, you want to reach out and cuddle them!

We had an amazing experience we will never forget. Kayaking through Florida's beautiful nature, seeing so much wildlife! Many different birds, flying fishes, crabs, dolphins, manatees and a glimpse of a racoon. Cody Rose was the perfect guide. She led us to two spots the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Up close and personal with the Manatees!

My husband and I had a great time on the Manatee and Dolphin Encounter. We saw dozens of manatees. They were friendly and came right up to the side of the kayak. Codi was an excellent guide explaining the various wildlife and plants we saw...More

1  Thank kaitlyn407
Reviewed 1 week ago
Good Time on Manatee (& Dolphin) Encounter

Good time to spend w/family. Follow directions they send in email to get there!! Bring sunscreen, & maybe a hat if you have thin or no hair. I wore a bathing suit w/shorts & water shoes which is perfect because you will get a little...More

1  Thank Karla S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Up Close With Manatees!

Went on the Playalinda and Pint Tour. What an experience getting up close with the manatees! And they didn't disappoint! They loved to play amongst themselves and with our kayaks! Danielle and Chandler were great tour guides.

3  Thank cathyj528
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An experience I'll never forget!

I went on the 3-hour manatee/dolphin kayak tour, and it was incredible. Full stop. The kayaking alone was great, but add 40+ manatees and quite a few bumps to my kayak, and it was a day I'll never forget. I'll definitely come again -- and...More

2  Thank Nancy C
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