So you’re planning to go Kayaking In The Everglades and your friends and family are trying to convince you that you’re crazy. Here’s a few things that will set your mind at ease and maybe even convince the naysayers to join you on your adventure!
1. Best Place To Go Kayaking In The Everglades
Our Everglades Kayak Tours are conducted in The Real Everglades…..The Big Cypress National Preserve & Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. These are the absolute best places to kayak in the Everglades because of the abundance of wildlife and remote picturesque locations. You won’t see any condominiums or pontoon boats out here, just bird rookeries and alligators. Theses are the same routes that the ancient Calusa Indians used to get from their shell islands in the bay to the great cypress forests to the north. When you get away from the populated areas you naturally see more wildlife. Of course the Alligators and Birds are everywhere….but we also see Otter, Turtles, Crabs, Fish and tons of Bromeliads and Wild Orchids!
2. The Water In The Everglades Is Calm & Shallow
The water on our routes very is calm and shallow, making it easy to glide along in a kayak. We never have to fight the tide or wind and dodge motor boats. The mangrove tunnels we explore give us shady areas along the way throughout the tour. It’s absolutely beautiful out there and somewhere along the way we find a special place to stop for a floating picnic. Children under 6 must wear a life vest and vests are optional for guests 7 and older.
3. We Have Everything
We have tandem and single kayaks to choose from. If you like to take a lot of pictures you should sit in the front of a tandem kayak and let someone paddle you while you get your shots. We bring professional grade pelican case dry boxes for your important items. We’ll also have a cooler, water, snacks, first aid kit, and even insect repellant. Don’t go buying a bunch of stuff because we have you covered!
4. You’re Not Going To Die Kayaking In The Everglades
TV and movies have convinced people that the Everglades is a very dangerous, scary place…….THAT’S NOT TRUE. The Everglades is a very beautiful, delicate landscape. People are amazed that the water is so clear here…..”I thought the water was gonna be black and muddy”. The Everglades is actually a giant filter that is cleaning the water before it makes it to the Gulf of Mexico. And no, the alligators do not jump out of the water and pull people off their boats. We do see alligators all the time but they are very respectful of us and we respect them. As we approach an alligator they slowly move away or go under water to hide….they want nothing to do with us. HOWEVER…..if an alligator has been fed by humans it will exhibit a totally different behavior. You can tell they’ve been fed if they swim towards you in a curious way. They have been fed and they expect you to feed them again. That’s a predicament you don’t want to be in. You will typically encounter these guys at public docks or viewing areas, marinas and other populated areas.
For more information on our Guided Everglades Kayak Tours send us an email to TourTheEverglades@gmail.com or call us at 239-260-4577
You’ll also want to check out this info on Everglades City.….The Capital City Of The Everglades!