It was an adventure that I’m really grateful for experiencing. We had a shared experience and time shared with people I love. Having my daughter Laurin and her husband Jeremy there was the highlight of my trip of course. The other players in the group all helped in making this trip so special for me. From our guides, Clayton and Dave, to the other people who I have crossed paths in life before. I thank you all.
3-Day Everglades Kayak Tour
Fully experience the REAL Everglades on this “easy active” tour that is perfect for beginning kayakers and families with children. We will guide you through the maze of 10,000 Islands, take you out into the open Gulf of Mexico, find ancient middens to explore and lead you to hidden mangrove tunnels. You will spot shy manatee in their natural environment, paddle in the middle of frolicking dolphins and watch pelicans dive for their dinner at sunset.
Why Choose This Tour:
Easy – This is our easiest overnight trip and is suitable for beginning kayakers and families with children. It is also great for newcomers to active and adventure travel.
18 miles in total (minimum 3 hours paddling per day).
Day Tour Runs:
Tours run any day of the week, typically departing on Sunday, Tuesday, or Friday. See calendar for currently scheduled tours.
Departure and Drop Off:
All tours depart at 9am and return at 4pm to the Canoe/Kayak Access at the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center.
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Max 10 people | Min 2 people.
10 years old.
All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Each minor must paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult.
Winter dry season, November to April.
The Everglades enjoys a subtropical climate and the “winter” months are the best time of year to visit! November to April is the tropical dry season with abundant sunshine, warm days, cool nights, low humidity and little rain. The infamous clouds of biting insects are also greatly reduced.
What to Bring:
A specific personal packing list is provided with our Overnight Tour Information sheet.￼
About Your Guide:
Your guide will be an ACA kayak instructor, NOLS wilderness first responder, and certified Florida master naturalist.
Read more about our guides here.
Price: $700 (See below for what's included)
Day 1: Picnic Key, 6 Miles
We´ll begin the day at the Everglades visitor center, where a brief orientation of safety procedures and an outline of the day´s itinerary prepares us for the adventure ahead. Once we are all up to date, it’s time to set off into the expansive wilderness of the everglades. As we weave our way through a network of mangroves out to the Gulf of Mexico, we´ll encounter many birds, observe leaping fish, maybe paddle along side a curious dolphin and possibly catch sight of a silent manatee coming up for a breath. A delicious freshly-prepared lunch at midday is sure to revive you before we reach the open water of the Gulf of Mexico and kayak to our white sandy beach campsite. Here, we can enjoy a delicious dinner of appetizer, local seafood, fresh salad and dessert while observing the sunset paint the sky in shades of burnt orange, dusty pink and lilac. At night, take in the stars against the clearest unpolluted sky and enjoy a well-deserved rest in your two-person tent (provided).
Paddling distance: 6 miles. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 2: Gulf of Mexico, Optional 6 Miles
Awaken gently to the smell of freshly-cooked pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, juice and hot coffee. Once you´ve had your fill and admired the sunrise, decide your day´s itinerary. Dip your toes in the fine sand as you wander along the beach, or choose to explore the area in your kayak for the chance to encounter giant sea turtles, pods of leaping dolphins, or flocks of roosting white pelicans. The beaches in this area are fronted by tidal flats full of fascinating sea life, while some also contain ruins of human settlements from the days before the national park. At lunch your guide can share Everglades folklore including tales of early settlers and modern day squatters. This afternoon we’ll explore deep into the sun-dappled mangrove tunnels which penetrate the interior of the islands. These narrow and twisting passages offer a shady break from the brilliant sun. At night we’ll marvel at another spectacular Florida sunset from our remote beach with a “happy hour” drink in hand. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the company of our new friends while warming ourselves around a blazing campfire.
Paddling distance: optional 6 miles. All meals included.
Day 3: 10,000 islands, 6 Miles
After breakfast we’ll break camp and load the kayaks for our return trip. But first, we’ll paddle further into the mangrove estuary where we will keep our eyes open for manatee as we follow the gentle tidal currents. Today’s lunch break may be on a “shell mound” which is a term used to describe the ancient islands constructed centuries ago by the native Calusa. Sadly, we must return to civilization today, taking-out where we started in what may seem a lifetime ago. After several days in the backcountry, the simple comforts of a cold drink, fresh shower and clean sheets are greatly appreciated. We will say goodbye to our group at 4.00pm with vivid memories of our authentic exploration through this uniquely beautiful ecosystem.
Paddling distance: 6 miles. Breakfast and lunch included.
Thanks again for such a fantastic trip, our group really clicked. You’re all amazing explorers, keep up your journeys! And Dave; your positive approach and calm manner made that all possible, thank you! Also thanks for sharing all your knowledge of kayaking and of the Everglades. I was also very impressed as to how well organized and how smoothly the trip went. The food was excellent and the equipment was top notch. And of course, the afternoon happy hour took it over the top!
Most of us six are now back in Germany but our minds are still in the Everglades. We have so many great memories of our 3-day tour with you! Finding the right words to describe our tour is not easy; fantastic, awesome, phenomenal, mind blowing… In summary the tour fit exactly to the celebration it was meant to be. We wouldn’t change a minute of the three days.
We had a fantastic three day trip with Dave K. Our group consisted of nine family members from age 8 to 70. The whole family enjoyed the trip tremendously and the kids are begging for the next adventure already. We got to see tons of wildlife and places most people never get to go. All of the equipment was provided and was in good shape. We would highly recommend Dave K. If you want a highly enjoyable, but low stress backcountry adventure, You´ll find it here!
This adventure was the trip of a lifetime. A special thank you for the beautiful Seaward kayak I got to paddle. The kayak is gorgeous, sleek, roomy hatches, faster than my own plastic sea kayak, and comfortable. I will remember this adventure always! The scenery was remote and stunning, and the wildlife captivating. Super highly recommended.
Thanks Dave for a great trip! My husband and I are used to fending for ourselves on a kayak trip. What a luxury to be treated so elegantly! I would recommend this trip to anyone, even if they are not a seasoned camper or paddler. It would be a very low-stress, high-enjoyment way to learn the sport.