manatee and kayak

Get out on the water!

We offer Guided Kayak Tours through the  Famous Lido Key Mangrove Tunnels.
Rentals too!

Sea Life Kayak Adventures is the premier kayak tour and rental company in the Sarasota, Florida area with access to Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. We launch out of Ted Sperling Park on Lido Key, passing through the unique and magical mangrove tunnels. It is the best kayaking in the region.

Learn about Sarasota's world-famous marine life

Discover The Manatees

Long known as Florida's "gentle giants" manatees are beautiful, graceful, and curious creatures present year-round, and often swim within a few feet of visitors.

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See Marine Life Up Close

The Lido Key Mangrove Tunnels are one of Florida's best-kept secrets, with access to a diverse set of small fish and marine life including ospreys, herons, dolphins, and stingrays.

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Explore Wildlife Across The Region

From flamingoes to bobcats to otters, the Sarasota area offers a stunning array of wildlife, and our founder and expert guide shares the inside track on where and how to discover it all.

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10 years and 5,000+ happy customers

Based on 1693 reviews.
A T
A T
2022-01-05
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Highly recommend! The tour was absolutely amazing!! There were so many things to see and the mangrove tunnels were breathtaking. Our guide, Ian, was very informative and fun to talk with. You 100% get your money’s worth.
Maria V
Maria V
2022-01-05
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Awesome few hours! Ian was amazing. He was very funny and took his time showing us everything and giving us great information. Highly recommend. Ian was patient and taught our 6 year old rowing technique:-)
Trish P
Trish P
2022-01-05
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Just do it!! Although we didn’t see any dolphins or manatees on our trip, it was still a great trip. Kayaking through the mangroves as an experience you should not miss. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Jess was a great guide, very knowledgeable and helpful. She even towed a large man who couldn’t paddle on his own!
alisa2022
alisa2022
2022-01-04
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Sea life kayak The sea life kayak adventure was the best part of my trip. We saw dolphins, manatees, mangroves and other birds and sea life. Our guide Ian was great. I would love to do this again.
PBSfamily08
PBSfamily08
2022-01-02
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Sea life Is life Amazing experience and better guide.. Everyone should explore the mangrove tunnels. Even when a kid threw a jellyfish at her she kept her cool. Jessica, is ver knowledgeable about sea life. It was a great way to start the New Year!! I highly recommend going on tour with her.
mgur1
mgur1
2022-01-01
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Amazing Tour, Small Groups, Great Guide We had small group, about 15 ppl, different ages. Started at 9:30 am, our guide was Ian, very knowledgeable and fun person. Highly recommended. Mangrove tunnels was definitely a highlight of the trip. We were also lucky to see manatee. Please note that there were different kayaking companies are providing same service, our was Sea Life Kayak Adventures.
cmann018
cmann018
2021-12-31
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Guide was fun and interesting! Ours was a group of ten and a great day was had by all! Beautiful weather, wonderful time, could not have been better.
raminou10
raminou10
2021-12-30
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Great guided tour! We had a nice and pleasant tour with insightful information from our guide Ian. We Warmly recommend this tour to discover the mangrove.
Laura
Laura
2021-12-30
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Amazing team, comfy kayaks, absolutely amazing scenery! My dad and I rented a tandem kayak for the afternoon. Ian and Jessica were amazing. They explained everything and gave us a map (they have tours too but we wanted to explore on our own). We explored the mangroves and around otter key. It was beautiful. We saw tons of jellyfish, birds, starfish, etc (we didn't see dolphins but I heard they were near the canal). The kayaks were extremely comfortable too. This was the first time I wasn't sore after kayaking and we were out for over 3 hours!
Discover720551
Discover720551
2021-12-30
Verified
Sea Life for the win. We take all our guests on this kayak tour. Sea Life is by far the easiest to use. Everything is online, timely, smooth as can be. Guides are great. Highest recommendation.

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Doug Cabana
Doug Cabana
December 30, 2021.
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Went with Ian yesterday. Great time going through the mangrove tunnels. Ian was great, my wife had a bit of trouble steering the kayak and Ian took them undertow. Ian was very professional and informative about the area, the marine life and how to get to Tom Cruise's house! Highly recommended, the best two hours you can have!
Marjorie B.
Marjorie B.
December 28, 2021.
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Ian was a great tour guide. He was kind and funny. The tour started on time and ended on time with very little fuss or work on our part. It was a great way to end our vacation. Thanks Ian!
Karmen Koehmstedt
Karmen Koehmstedt
November 16, 2021.
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Jessica was excellent!! She was extremely friendly and provided a lot of great information!! We’ll definitely be back!!
Bill Witherspoon
Bill Witherspoon
November 4, 2021.
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What a wonderful experience. We had a wonderful manatee experience. Unfortunately the dolphins weren't cooperative, however Ian our guide was absolutely amazing. The mangrove tunnels were delightful. Lastly they're military discount friendly.
Sabrina Gallen
Sabrina Gallen
November 1, 2021.
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This was so amazing! The tour was awesome and Ian was an amazing tour guide! Was educating us about all kinds of things we were seeing! Definitely worth the trip!
Daniele Alexandre
Daniele Alexandre
October 15, 2021.
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Ian was a awesome guide!! We had a blast. We saw 2 Manatees. My daughter has a great time!
Teena Medley
Teena Medley
October 12, 2021.
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Jess and Evan the tour guides were absolutely the best!! Such a great experience!! Thank you
Tiffany Bilbrey
Tiffany Bilbrey
October 8, 2021.
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I booked a tandem kayak guided tour w/ my 7 year old Autistic son. Our guide, Ian was wonderfully kind and knowledgeable. We saw tons of little crabs, horseshoe crabs, manatees, starfish, and various birds. I will most definitely book with Sea life Kayak rentals again.
KW 5150
KW 5150
September 29, 2021.
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Ian n his assistant were both very knowledgeable of the kayaking,jelly fish,manatee and the environment in general..great time.