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1. How long is the tour and how far do we paddle?
The tour is a minimum of 3 hours in length and you will travel a minimum of 1.5 miles each direction for a total of at least 3 miles
paddling. Expect more.
2. What time and where does the tour start?
Reservations are required a minimum of 12 hours in advance. The tour leaves the shore on Estero Bay every day from March 1st to
November 30th @ 8:00 A.M. (dates subject to change) We meet at 7:45 A.M. so we can get everyone signed up and on the water on
time. Some may find this early, but we have consistently found that the best tours happen in the A.M. hours. There are not many
boats around, the wildlife is behaving naturally, it's quiet, usually the weather is calmer in the morning, the heat is manageable and
the sun is not too intense.
From December 1st to February 28th (dates subject to change) , we launch from the Orange River at 9:00 A.M. and meet at 8:45 A.M.
Updated directions can always be found on the homepage of our website at www.manateeguides.com.
3. Is the tour physically demanding?
It mostly depends on wind speed and direction. On a calm day the tour is quite leisurely, but when winds exceed 15 M.P.H it can be
quite a strenuous physical effort. When we occasionally do tours on the Orange river during the winter months, it is generally
considered to be easy for most people. The tour in Estero Bay takes greater stamina and endurance as the search for animals will
encompass a much wider area.
The Estero Bay tour is not for the couch potato. You will be exposed to physical activity and the
elements. You will experience exposure to sun for hours with little or no shade. A wide brimmed
hat and good sunscreen is strongly recommended. If you have health conditions, SPINAL
COLUMN ISSUES OR OTHER BACK PROBLEMS, heart issues, have had recent surgery, rotator
cuff issues, arthritis, asthma, diabetes or are pregnant, you should consult with your doctor
before considering a tour with Manatee Guides in Estero Bay.
Manatee Guides operates out of Estero Bay at least 9 months of the year. It is safe to say that if
you take a tour with us, you should be in fairly good physical condition. Most days, Estero Bay is
an easy paddle, but as with any kayak tour, wind makes the experience more challenging. Check
the forecast to book on the days with lowest wind speed!!
WIND 0 - 10 MPH = EASY
WIND 10 - 15 MPH = MODERATELY DIFFICULT FOR MOST, DIFFICULT FOR SOME
WIND 15 - 20 MPH = STRENUOUS PHYSICAL EFFORT
WIND OVER 20 MPH = TOUR IS CANCELLED
YOU MAY CHOOSE TO RESCHEDULE IN THE EVENT OF WIND AND IF YOU CANNOT
RESCHEDULE, WE WILL REFUND YOU. WE UNDERSTAND. WE WOULD RATHER REFUND YOU
AND HAVE YOU WALK AWAY DISAPPOINTED THAN SEE YOU TAKE ON SOMETHING THAT IS
OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE
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4. What should I bring?
YOU WILL GET WET ON THIS EXCURSION
Water, sun hat, waterproof snack, clothes that can get wet and good protective water shoes.
5. Why does this site say that this activity is ideal for people 10-60 years of age?
In the past we have found that people over 60 and under 10 years of age may have difficulty completing our tour. We have found that
people under 10 years and over 60 years often find the tour physically demanding due to the length of paddling distance, sun
exposure and young children sometimes have a hard time sitting through the educational parts of the tour.
6. There are people in our group who are outside the ages of 10-60 years old, can we still go?
Yes, If the participants have a good physical ability, are able to endure long exposure to the elements and are confident they can
complete the tour, then we would be happy to have them along.
7. Can I touch a manatee or dolphin?
In Lee County, chasing, corralling, blocking passage, feeding, touching or giving water to a manatee or dolphin is considered
harassment and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. We do not allow anyone to touch a manatee or dolphin.
8. What do you provide?
We will provide you with a life jacket, paddle, a seat in a kayak and a professional guide. We have water if needed and we will take
some pictures of your day on the water! Free of charge! Just like us on facebook and enjoy!!
9. What should I do with my electronics? Can I bring them along?
We recommend that you don't bring any electronics on the water unless it is certified waterproof. Salt water will destroy any
electronics it comes into contact with. Lock them in your trunk and bring a waterproof ziploc bag for your keys.
10. Do you guarantee we will see a Manatee?
We do not guarantee that you will see a Manatee on our tour
The guides will show you everything that they are able to, every single day. The Manatee is an endangered species and recent
skyrocketing mortality rates have threatened the Manatee further. Your expectations should be set accordingly. We will make every
effort to locate and bring you to at least one Manatee, but to expect that mind blowing encounters with huge pods of Manatee
happen every day is unrealistic. It's also unrealistic to EXPECT a Manatee to approach you. They are wild animals that will do as they
Please come prepared to enjoy your day with us no matter what you do or don't see.
11. Are there restrooms?
There are no restrooms at the launch location at Estero Bay, but facilities are a short drive away. Please use the restroom before
arriving or arrive a few minutes early so you will have time to use the facilities.
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