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“Idyllic Kayak Tour, nice Tour Guide”

Everglades Kayak Company
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In the heart of Everglades City and directly across from Everglades National Park, this rental and tour location offers easy access to the beautiful Halfway Creek. The bottom of the Turner River is also accessible from this location.We have a total of 3 water locations plus a full service retail store. Guided Tours are also available
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

The kayak tour in the Everglades was an assumn experience. We have seen many different, interesting birds and enjoyed the nature! Kayaking was easy although done for the first time. Idyllic Kayak Tour and the guide was nice, relaxed and perfectly informed about the vegetation there.

Thank Marina W
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This is my second tour with these folks. In particular Ron - our guide - was incredibly well versed in all flora and fauna (including the amazing number of birds). It was fun going through the narrow tunnels of mangrove as well as paddling in wide waters. Go!

Thank Embbklyn
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

On 28.02.18 we booked a kayak tour with the Everglades Kayak Company.
We were greeted very nicely by Russel, our kayak tour guide. What surprised us was the fact that only we both and he joined this tour. That meant that he was fully there for us, so we had a private tour. We saw the first alligators right at the beginning when we were not a minute with the kayak on the water.

During the tour, Russel often made us feel like we were alone in the water teeming with alligators, which was an absolutely unique feeling.

Often we paddled alone in the mangrove tunnels and were often surprised by alligators waiting for us at the exit of the mangrove tunnel. A little anxiously, we looked around for Russel and asked, "what shall we do".

Russel told us that he always finds "Surprise Moments" the most exciting for us. And he's definitely right. When suddenly an alligator appears next to you and you do not know what you're doing best, that's an extraordinary moment! However, we were never afraid, because Russell always knew exactly what to do with his absolute calm and serenity, and he also got in the lead when it was a bit too scary for us.

We also made some stopovers in the mangrove tunnels, where Russel told us something about nature, the animals the everglades themselves and the genesis.

We recommend this tour without any restriction and were absolutely thrilled. If you are looking for a competent guide through the waters of the Everglades, want to paddle through narrow mangrove tunnels and would like to see many alligators, in part right next to the kayak, you are well advised to book this tour.

We thank Russel once again for this great tour !!

Thank Lizzy F
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Recently spent a week in Southwest Florida and was looking for a Kayaking adventure in the Everglades, checked a lot of places out and finally decided on EKC. We had an amazing adventure with Russ, out tour guide. Russ is very knowledgeable, and has a close personal attachment to this place, and it shows. He doesn't rush and often sits quietly waiting to see or hear anything, and we did. This guy can paddle a kayak without making a sound and because of his patience and vast knowledge of this eco system we were able to have the experience of a lifetime. As we quietly drifted through the Mangroves of the Turner River we were rewarded again and again with awesome sights and sounds of the Everglades. We passed quite a few National Park tours on the water, mostly over crowded and noisy. Where we were treated with sightings of turtles, snakes, birds, and yes, many Alligators including a Mama gator protecting her nest, we tried not to agitate her, but as Russ explained she is usually a pretty laid back gator she was probably upset by a large park service tour that had passed us going the opposite direction not far from where she is nesting. As we tried to slip past her very quietly she was determined to let us know she was not pleased and as she brushed past our kayak inches away she was hissing at us the whole time, what a thrill. One of a lifetime I'm sure. So if you want to go kayaking, pick another place, if you want to learn, see and feel the Everglades call Russ, you'll be glad you did.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Our guided tour onto the east river was a fun, relaxing and informative experience experience which allowed us to see a variety of wildlife and learn about the Everglades eco- system.

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Thank Bodo L
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Russell V, General Manager at Everglades Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thanks Bodo,
Relaxing is what we aim for. Information is always a plus... Glad we were able to make everything work last minute. Plans are what you make when time allows. Life is what you make when time is of the essence.


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