It was a wonderful experience! It was the first time I had ever gone kayaking. Our tour guide, Rich, was incredibly helpful and informative. He gave us interesting tidbits about the history of the area. On the tour, we saw dolphins, manatees, birds and fish. My husband, our two boys 10 and 5 and I rode in two tandem kayaks and we had a great time. I would do it again in a heartbeat and we're even planning to buy kayaks to use at home!
Enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent, helpful, friendly and informative. Who knew cormorants used the shadow of kayaks when fishing! The channel through the mangroves was tight with kayak paddles but the guides were excellent in giving instruction on how to manoeuvre through them. Suitable for beginners but it would be helpful to have some basic instruction on steering in close quarters.
Chris was our tour guide, and I would recommend taking the tour. We had people in our group from beginner to experienced and he made sure everyone took something from our trip. Even if you are experienced in other areas of the US take this tour! Learning about the wildlife and how the Lido beach area was formed and used was interesting. We had people in our group that needed a little help and he was right there. He also lets you have some freedom if you are not a tour person,. The view of how the 1 lives from the water was nice too. I have my retirement home picked out..... now only I need to win lotto.
This was an great experience - well worth it. Lots to see and very informative. Our guide, Mark, was excellent - as a Sarasota native, knows the territory and history, and we were lucky to navigate the waters carefully to see the a family of manatees. I would highly recommend this experience.