Mangroves & Manatees: Your Guide to Florida’s Top Sights
By Kyle McKenzie | Mar 18, 2020 | Naples
Kayaking in Naples is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature and to get to see a different side of Southwest Florida then the white sand beaches we all know.
When you start talking about nature in Florida, two of the first words you’ll hear are mangroves and manatees. The Florida mangroves are a popular site to see, with several nature preserve areas consisting of mangrove forests you can explore. The Florida manatee is an endangered species native to Southwest Florida that is loved by all.
That’s what makes Mangroves & Manatees kayaking one of the most popular kayak tours to take in Naples. Learn more!
Inside SWFL’s Mangrove Forests
Mangroves are tropical trees that thrive in salty coastal winters with the ebb and flow of the tide. There are 3 types – red, black and white.
Mangrove forests develop on saltwater coasts, and Florida is one of the only states you can find them. They dominate as coastal vegetation, and once you get off the beaten path of the well-known beaches in Naples, you’ll find the beautiful intricate mangrove forests that make up Southwest Florida’s most popular kayaking areas.
The mangrove forests along the Southwest Florida coasts are one of the most extensive mangrove ecosystems in the world. Fish flock to mangroves, as well as many other animals like loggerhead turtles, birds, and of course manatees – making it a great place to go kayak fishing or simply explore nature.
About the Florida Manatee
The Florida manatee is one of the most beloved creatures, which is a must-see for anyone visiting Naples from out of town. They are even the state’s marine mammal!
Manatee populations have historically been endangered and threatened – mainly due to boating accidents where they get injured or killed by boat propellers. Kayaking is a great way to see manatees and explore their natural habitat without damaging it or threatening their lives.
Manatees love mangroves, they use them for food and a quiet place to rest and raise their young. When kayaking through the mangrove forests, you’ll often encounter the Florida manatee. Because of their docile nature, you can often get close and see them floating or playing in the water or snacking on sea grass.
Take A Guided Kayak Tour Through the Mangroves (and Maybe See Some Manatees!)
The best way to navigate through the mangrove forests and get up close and personal with a manatee is to take a guided kayak tour led by an expert guide.
Adventure Paddle Tours top-rated Mangroves & Manatee Tunnels Kayak tour is a 3-hour tour out of the Port of Islands Marina – tucked between Everglades National Park, the Ten Thousand Island Nation Wildlife Refuge, Big Cypress National Park, the Picayune Strand, and Fakahatchee State Preserve.
This unique route is surrounded by mangrove forests where our Florida Certified Naturalist Guide can lead you to unbeatable opportunities to spot manatees, alligators, river otters, and more.
To take a guided kayak tour with Adventure Paddle Tours, book online with us today!