Select a morning or afternoon start time for your eco-tour and head to the launch point in Everglades National Park, located about 90 minutes from Fort Myers and Miami. Here, you'll meet your naturalist guide and tour group, and get a brief lesson in paddling a single-person kayak before setting off onto the lake towards the mangrove forest. Designed for beginner kayakers, this trip doesn't require technical paddling skills.
Follow your guide into the mangrove tunnels, where tree canopies arch almost 10 feet (3 meters) overhead. As you glide through this vast forest — one of the largest mangrove forests in North America — view the flora that make up the diverse ecosystem and spot native wildlife like herons, egrets, ducks, spoonbills, alligators, otters and an array of fish. Soak up tales from your local guide as you wind through the quiet creeks and snap amazing photos.
Your 3.5-hour tour concludes back at the launch point.