Kayak or Stand up Paddle Board Island and Wildlife Exploration

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Kayak or Stand up Paddle Board Island and Wildlife Exploration
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


With this tour, benefit from the flexibility of being able to choose between stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking—depending on your preferences—with equipment rental included. The route takes you off the beaten path to a lush mangrove jungle, where you can paddle along canals and look out for local wildlife. Potential sightings could include dolphins, manatees, crabs, iguanas, raccoons, or birds—as well as beautiful plants and scenic views along the way too.
  • Enjoy a kayaking or SUP tour through Miami’s mangrove jungle
  • Suitable for beginners: A guide demonstrates basic paddling skills
  • Benefit from the perk of having alcoholic drinks and bottled water included
  • Visit places where dolphins, manatees, and raccoons have been spotted before

What's Included

  • stand up paddle boards
  • kayaks
  • safety gear
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Bottled water

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 5215 NE 7th Ave
      5215 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137, USA

      We are meeting at the Kayak concession stand inside Morninside Park.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Begin your adventure in North Miami, where you can choose between a stand-up paddleboard or a kayak, with all equipment included in the package. A guide begins with a demonstration of basic paddling skills to ensure you're comfortable and ready for the journey ahead.

    Embark on a route that takes you through a lush mangrove jungle. As you navigate the serene canals, keep an eye out for diverse wildlife such as birds, crabs, fish, iguanas, raccoons, and maybe even dolphins.

    Partway through the tour, take a break to relax, swim, and indulge in a fresh fruit snack accompanied by a selection of drinks. Enjoy complimentary, unlimited access to beer, hard seltzers, and bottled water.

    The experience is unhurried, allowing everyone to savor the natural beauty and tranquility. Once everyone is refreshed, the group will paddle back to shore, concluding a memorable trip through the mangroves of Miami.

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • There is no bathroom available during the tour as we will be on a kayak/SUP. Bathrooms are available before and after tour.
    • The tour will go ahead whether or not there is rain, you will be notified if the tour is actually canceled by the time the tour begins.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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    Q:How do we choose between kayak and paddle board?

    A:Both options will be available upon arrival. Your guide will go over the options and help you select the best option.

    Jan 2023

    Q:How difficult is paddle boarding?

    A:Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is much easier than most people think. Your guide will work with your skill level to ensure an amazing time!

    Jan 2023

    Q:Do I need any experience in paddle boarding to participate?

    A:No experience is required! Whether you are a beginner or not, you will have a great time!

    Jan 2023

    Q:Can anyone participate in the Wildlife Exploration tour?

    A:Stand-up paddle boarding & surfing are truly for all shapes and sizes and anyone can learn – even children! Boards and equipment are available for a wide range of individuals and body types.

    Jan 2023

    Q:Do I have to be in great shape physically to participate in the Wildlife Exploration tour?

    A:You do not have to be in tip-top shape to enjoy paddle boarding, but you will get a fun, exhilarating workout while taking in the scenery!

    Jan 2023

    Q:Can I participate during the winter months?

    A:Because the waters around Miami never dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit / 21 Celsius you will be at ease and completely comfortable even in the winter months. Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding during winter is actually the best time of the year to see manatees and many birds migrating through south Florida.

    Jan 2023

    Q:Do I need to bring any of my own gear for the Wildlife Exploration tour?

    A:All necessary gear is included in the package and will be provided.

    Jan 2023

    Q:What will I see during the Wildlife Exploration tour?

    A:Both on land and underwater, Biscayne National Park’s abundant wildlife will impress you. Living among its diverse ecosystems are more than 600 species of native fish and sea life, neotropical water birds, and more than 30 threatened and endangered animal species, including Manatees, Dolphins, Pelicans, and Swallowtails. Keep in mind these are wild animals, so sightings of any specific animals are not guaranteed.

    Jan 2023

    Q:Is there a weight limit for the Wildlife Exploration tour?

    A:Paddle boards can accommodate weights up to 300+ lbs.

    Jan 2023

    Q:What should I wear during the Wildlife Exploration tour?

    A:You should be ideally dressed in a bathing suit because you will get wet no matter how careful you are. If you do not want to get tan lines, it is better to wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath your swimsuit. A hat and aqua shoes are also highly recommended.

    Jan 2023

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    Featured review
    Was a super cool experience. Brian, our tour guide was absolutely great. Very knowledgeable and down to Earth. Would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for something fun and different. Although we did not see any manatees, it was still awesome and would do it again.


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    Great Miami experience
    Sana_W, Mar 2024
    Shawn and Tosh were great! It was the perfect amount of time to be out on the water- you get some breaks to explore the islands you stop at as well. Overall great experience!
    Great time
    Dimas_H, Mar 2024
    Chase was great. Cool guy. Very friendly. We all very separated but he managed to keep us all together.
    Kayaking across a boat channel
    Jessica_W, Mar 2024
    This experience was not enjoyable let alone worth the cost. The kayaking is mostly across waterway channel where lots of jet skis and boats are cruising. The islands are rocky keys that unfortunately have trash all over. The water is murky. Even if the weather had been better, we didn’t see anything but a few bird species. The guide was friendly enough and tried to keep the group together. This just is not a place we would recommend spending the time kayaking.
    Highly recommend- great experience!
    Tanya_Z, Mar 2024
    Brian was our lead guide and he was terrific! Our whole family - including two teenagers- had a great time. The wind was rough on the day we went but Brian and Sean ensured everyone was safe and able to keep up. We chose solo kayaks but others in the group were on paddleboards and double kayaks. Saw wildlife and enjoyed island time including shelling and getting fresh coconuts. Highly recommend!
    Book with low expectations
    Stephanie_K, Mar 2024
    Not what we were expecting at all. It was pretty hard work (I was sore the next day) lots of paddling across tides. We didn't go through any pretty canal like in the pictures/description. We went from little island to island and saw nothing really but some birds (which were pretty cool). But no manitees, dolphins, racoons, etc. It was pretty much just a very long workout. Definitely don't book this tour with the expectation of seeing anything - including the canal in the description/pics. And make sure you're in decent physical shape and have some endurance. We still enjoyed our time but kinda wish we had spent the money on something else.
    Really good, i would go again
    Ondrej_F, Mar 2024
    Visit 4 small wild islands, great view to downtown, see or not see animals you cant involve. Really nice trip
    Glad we did it
    Steffen_G, Mar 2024
    Padling in to the mangrove, even though it was small took us to a different place, with a great variety of birds. Brian was knowledgeable and entertaining. We did unfortunately not spot any manatees or dolphins, nor did we see the raccoons. As these are wild animals the guide can't control them... Despite this, the islands and the paddle was amazing
    Perfect paddle
    Suhail_A, Mar 2024
    Perfect paddling and nature outing. Easy location to get to. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.
    Great experience
    Tanner_S, Feb 2024
    Was a super cool experience. Brian, our tour guide was absolutely great. Very knowledgeable and down to Earth. Would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for something fun and different. Although we did not see any manatees, it was still awesome and would do it again.
    First time
    Linda_H, Feb 2024
    Tilango our guide was great! We didn't really see anything other than birds but it was a great first kayaking experience.
    Great expirence
    Michael_H, Feb 2024
    Brian our guide was very good to tell about the plant and wildlife we saw on the trip. He also ensured that felt safe the way.
    Good trip!
    Emily_L, Feb 2024
    Tosh was a wonderful tour guide and gave us a lot of information. While it can be a far paddle even the most inexperienced can do it!
    Great tour
    Cleo_P, Feb 2024
    Rubi took great care of us! Apparently winter is a great time to see manatees on this tour. The vendor offers dry bags and cell phone bags for sale. There is a public bathroom nearby.
    Eliana_F, Feb 2024
    The islands we went to are very nice and the material, including the kayak, very good. Despite the weather was not so good and very windy, we were able to accomplish what have been planed for us. Our guide was super!
    Brian was a great guide...
    Gerard_S, Feb 2024
    Brian was a great guide and we had a lot of fun paddling around checking out the islands and wildlife. It should be noted that while it’s possible to see raccoons on this tour this tour doesn’t go to “raccoon island”. That’s a different island in north Miami that would be difficult to paddle to. Still a great time and beautiful weather.
    Amazing experience!
    Raz_E, Feb 2024
    Lorenzo and Shaun were great tour guides! We had a fantastic experience kayaking and seeing dolphins! I would recommend this tour to anyone that enjoys kayaking.
    Great experience!
    Greg_N, Feb 2024
    Great experience! Staff very attentive and made sure everyone was safe and having a good time. We went on a very windy day which makes use of paddle boards a little more demanding. Would recommend kayak on this type of day. Saw some dolphins and several bird types. walked on the small islands in the bay. Collected shells. Picked some coconuts and guide opened them for us. Will need shoes! We were provided with a place to leave our belongings before we left. Plan on getting a little wet.
    Ruby, our guide, was...
    Fred_L, Feb 2024
    Ruby, our guide, was pleasant, helpful and informative. The paddling/kayaking was easy and relaxing, and the scenery was nice. Unfortunately, we saw no manatees or dolphins, but that’s just luck. What was disappointing was there was no other wildlife other than birds. No other fish, no racoons. And no mangroves! All just open water on the bay, with stops on 2 small islands, both the same.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    So, sorry you didn't see much wildlife sometimes it happens. Unfortunately, that's not something we can control. As for the mangroves if you went to the islands you saw mangroves. Every island is covered or surrounded with mangroves.
    Didn’t happen
    Scott_F, Feb 2024
    It was cancelled - I got a call - and now need a refund and not getting a call back -pls call me 9148798411
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Hi Scott I just spoke with you yesterday and told you have been refunded. You booked through a third party. It does not show up immediately. It can take 48 hours or more for your bank to show the credit.
    Pocketed my $150 bucks with little to no customer service.
    Ethien_R, Feb 2024
    Couldn’t go, wanted to reschedule but the weather is cold and was raining all day. The guy there gave me the owners phone numbers to call but instead I asked for refund and the operator said the weather was fine until 3 even though I was there at 12-1 under the rain. I would understand rejecting the refund if they had actually provided some sort of service or if in anyway they were inconvenienced by the reservation but it’s a fixed location with someone sitting there all day. But whatever I guess pocketing the $150 from customers that don’t even go on the tour is how they stay in business. I wish this website had reviews on the page.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Hi Ethien the weather was totally fine until 3pm as we told you. You were a no show no call for your tour. That's why no refund. You called the following day. We always let everyone reschedule if they are uncomfortable with the weather conditions.

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