Orlando

Manatees and Monkeys Clear Kayak or Clear Paddleboard Adventure

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Blue Spring Adventure Manatee Tour
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Located north of Orlando, Silver Springs is a popular spot for boaters and other on-water riders to spot manatees floating leisurely through the crystal waters. Get close to these mammals and other wildlife including monkeys and turtles on a clear paddle board or kayak tour. Take an adventure into the springs on your choice of a clear kayak or paddle board, letting your transparent watercraft give you a fantastic view beneath the surface.
  • Great for couples, two-person kayaks available
  • Explore the Fort King paddle trail passing through lush forests
  • Stay hydrated in the heat with free bottled water
  • Your guide will capture photos and share them with you

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Clear Kayak or Paddleboard and all safety equipment
  • Dry Bag for Phone and Keys
  • *Gratuity for your guide(s)(suggested 20%, good time $10 per person, amazing time $20 per person)
  • Bottled water
  • State Park and Launch Fee - $6 per person

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Silver Springs State Park
    5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488, USA

    IMPORTANT: This meeting location is not in Orlando. It is at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, FL. DO NOT google Epic Paddle Adventures and go to our address in Orlando. Please make sure that you are going to the right location.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Silver Springs State Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We are extremely pet friendly. Please contact us prior to your tour so we can determine if this activity is suitable for your pet.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Operated by Epic Paddle Adventures

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Daniel_W
Very interesting ... didn't see any manatees but did see a large group of monkeys, gators, birds... tour guides were very informative, definitely knew the area well. Really enjoyed the trip, would highly recommend...

Reviews

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Great time with girlfriend
William_C, Feb 2024
I am on vacation from Maryland, Had an awesome time and got to see manatee and gator at the water level. Roger was a great guide I wish it could of been a little longer!
Frustrating
Rachel_B, Feb 2024
Our group was overcrowded with noisy kayakers who struggled to follow instructions, leaving us feeling frustrated. My family would have enjoyed exploring more on our own.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Rachel. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We take each review to heart and use all feedback to make our experiences the best they can be. We definitely accommodate paddlers of all ability levels and are sad to hear that your group didn't meet your expectations. Thank you for your honest feedback.
Awesome experience! We...
Shannon_G, Feb 2024
Awesome experience! We would go again. Our guides Guy and Bob were so knowledgeable and patient as we had never kayaked before. Definitely a great memory for our family. EPIC adventures is great!
Loved kayaking
TERESA_D, Feb 2024
Tour guides were very friendly & knowledgeable. We had a great time kayaking with the manatees! We even got to see them mating. We had to back up our kayaks so we didn't get tipped over! :)
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review. Your feedback is so much appreciated!
Wonderful experience!
Erin_S, Feb 2024
Our guide was wonderful! The day was beautiful and experience was awesome! We were even lucky to see the Manatees, gators, and monkeys!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review. Your feedback is so much appreciated!
Epic is Epic!!
Denise_W, Feb 2024
Our Guides Guy and Bob were awesome! Knowledgeable and fun to be with! Front office ladies were so helpful and lots of very helpful info made our trip seem less!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this valuable feedback. I am so thrilled that you had a great time. Bob and Guy are both amazing and we are lucky to have them on our team. Please come back and see us if you ever find yourselves in the area!!
Great adventure... very interesting...
Daniel_W, Jan 2024
Very interesting ... didn't see any manatees but did see a large group of monkeys, gators, birds... tour guides were very informative, definitely knew the area well. Really enjoyed the trip, would highly recommend...
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome feedback. We are always bummed when the manatees don't make an appearance. Sometimes, when we go through a warming spell, they migrate out to the river for a day to forage for food.
Disappointing
Hugh_C, Jan 2024
This was very disappointing. We did not get to see the manatees and barely a monkey as advertised. We had requested a single person kayak and all they did was take one of the seats out of a double kayak so it was much larger and harder to control. The guide was nice but you could not hear what he was saying unless you were the first to be up beside him when he started talking. When we asked for the single person kayak, they should have explained to us it's not really a single person kayak and it would be easier for two people to maneuver it.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We take all feedback to heart and truly value what our guests tell us. We are sorry you didn't see manatees on this particular tour. It's rare but it does happen that we don't see manatees. They are wild and not in cages and the river is large. As far as the kayaks go, that is standard in the clear kayak industry. We can set them up as single or double kayaks. It gives us the flexibility to accommodate guests preferences. We have never had this particular complaint so I will send it over to our operations manager. Safe Travels!
Crystal clear water
soren_n, Jan 2024
The water was warm! And so clear! amazing wildlife. Alligators, monkeys, so many birds, and of course, manatees!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful feedback. We are so happy you were able to see ALL the wildlife today.
Give yourself plenty of time and don't expect it to start on time or the company to be accessible in your time of need
Jordan_O, Jan 2024
The instructions said to show up at 8:30 for a 9am start. The guide did not show up until almost 9. I called the office during that time while we were freaking out that we were in the wrong place or at the wrong date or what not...couldn't leave a message and no one called me back until after 11am (when it was supposed to be over). The guide didn't have a life jacket for my son after we listed his age and weight when we signed up. The guide did not appear to be in any rush or have any concern for us or anything for the 75 minutes we spent waiting on him to get started (as we were there before 8:30 and not on the water until 9:45. The guide was fine...he knew his birds...no idea what to compare it to, but once we got on the water it was fine. I would have preferred to kayak more, instead we just sort of wandered around the river looking for manatees and monkeys, we did see manatees, we did not see monkey (but I am dinging the guide for that). All in all, I would have probably given it 4 stars if the guide showed up on time, or seemed the least bit concerned about him showing up 30 minutes late and getting us on the water 45 minutes late. Thankfully we didn't have anything planned for afterwards so getting back at 11:30 instead of 11 wasn't a big deal, but I could see that really messing someone else's day up.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. It's so important for us to know both the positive and the negative. I will be looking into this with our guide Guy. It's so important to us to make sure our tours go out on time every time. This may be a teaching moment for us with our guides.
Great kayak experience!
Rachel_S, Jan 2024
Wwe loved the kayak along the river, saw lots of manatee😊 Our guides Guy and Bob were great, Guy even jump started our car when we had a dead battery! Highly recommend this group👍
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this amazing review. We LOVE our guests so much and it makes me so happy that he took the time to do this for you.
You have to visit here.
MengZhe_Z, Jan 2024
Amazing trip with good people. It's a great chance to connect with the mother nature. You probably will meet many different animals in this trip!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review. You are so much appreciated!
Amazing kayak trip
Michaela_C, Jan 2024
Our guide Guy made our kayak trip a truly memorable experience. He provided lots of information and pointed out the various animals. It was a lot of fun.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome feedback. You are very much appreciated!
Awesome experience. Monkeys viewing is *not* guaranteed
Gad_W, Jan 2024
It was a little unclear where to go initially, but the tour was calm, awesome nature. Guy the instructor took care of everyone, was very informative, and was patient. We had a great time Note that we saw no monkeys, it is not guaranteed, so be aware.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for taking the time to leave this great feedback. I wish we could guarantee monkeys every time. They go where they like out there on the river. We're glad that you had a good time. The silver river is one of the most gorgeous places in the world!!
Really cool experience!
Adriana_M, Jan 2024
Our guide was really really nice! Our 1:30 drive turned into 2 hours because of the traffic! I was in a panic. We got there right at our time and she had us grab our things and be on our way. It was an awesome experience for sure! You will get wet from the water coming off the paddles so bring extra clothes.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review!! You are so much appreciated.
Amazing experience
Sonja_Z, Dec 2023
This was a lovely experience, our guides Erin, Annabelle and G were amazing, kind, funny and professional. Make sure you bring your flip flops, quick dry clothes or bathing suit because you will definitely get wet and dry clothes to change afterwards. It was cloudy most of the day and I didn’t get to see any manatees because they were shy to come out. Some people in our group saw them underwater but the whole experience was beautiful.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this kind feedback. You are much appreiated!
Scam !!!
Philippe_G, Dec 2023
Unsatisfied No lamantin…no monky…to many people (more than 40)…it was like bumping kayak. The guide was arrogant. I want a refund !!!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
I'm saddened by this review and find it unfair. I am sharing a link to the photo album our guides shared from your tour on December 26th 2023. https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB87hQ Anyone can see in the photos that there are definitely manatees on this tour. Your tour date was one day after Christmas and is generally a busy day at Silver Springs. But we were still able to accommodate your own rather large group. We hired 3 guides for 20 vessels. That is approximately 6 vessels for each guide. They took photos, they worked hard for our guests. We didn't see monkeys that day but we can never guarantee that monkeys will appear in the forest. They are wild, not in cages. Our guide Aaron went out of his way to post some recent pictures of them on the request of a guest. We really do go out of our way to provide an outstanding experience every single time. Here is a review from another guest on your exact tour: *****M Jamerino Aaron, Guy and Annabelle were awesome! We had so much fun, thank you!!! We stand by our 5 Star reviews that paint a very different picture than what you have stated here.
Good experience, but only...
Wang_J, Dec 2023
Good experience, but only suggest people with cars or can rent cars. We took Uber here and the price back is extremely high.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
So sorry to hear about the Uber. Happy you had a good time on the tour :).
Excellent kayaking experience!
Richard_S, Dec 2023
The Kayak trip was great. The guides were excellent. They pointed out lots of wildlife during the trip and answered all of our questions. They also created an online album of photos and videos to share. I will return next year, and recommend it to any friends visiting this area.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. We appreciate it so much. You are EPIC!
It was a great day and...
Tiffany_L, Dec 2023
It was a great day and our guides, Guy and Cris were wonderful. We got to see a lot of different animals, fish, and plants.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you so much for your kind review!! We appreciate you taking the time to leave this positive feedback.
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