Explore some of Florida’s unique wildlife and natural beauty with a relaxing guided kayak eco-tour through the exotic mangrove tunnels of South Lido from Island Style Watersports. Owner Laurel Kaiser’s 18 years of experience guarantees you a delightful outing. Island Style Watersports offers tours of Sarasota Bay area waters seven days a week, and the schedule is flexible to fit everyone’s needs. Read Island Style Watersports featured blog article – click here!
Evening sunset and moonlight tours are also offered. Most tours last two to two and one-half hour.
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Island Style Watersports also offers kayak rentals for those who wish to explore on their own. Kayak $45.00 single, $55.00 double kayak. All day rentals include equipment. Car top mounts are provided for transporting. Delivery is available if arranged the day before.
Island Style Watersports Guided Tours
Exotic Mangrove Tunnels of South Lido Tour – Tour cost is $55 per person. The length of the tour is approximately 2 1/2 hours. This tour is suitable for a beginner or the experienced paddler. Some of the Florida marine and wildlife often seen include manatee, dolphin, and several species of birds, marine animals, and fish!
The Jim Neville Nature Preserve out of Turtle Beach on Siesta Key – Tour cost is $55 per person. The length of the tour is approximately 2 1/2 hours. Tour explores the maze of waterways created by the mangrove fringe surrounding the two main islands of the 35-acre Jim Neville Preserve located in Little Sarasota Bay. This trail is a bird watcher’s paradise as the preserve serves as a favored nesting ground for several bird species. Some of the Florida marine and wildlife often seen include dolphin, manatee, fish, and other marine animals.
Phillippi Estate Park – Tour cost is $55 per person. The length of the tour is approximately 2 1/2 hours. Immerse yourself in the estuarine environment where Phillippi Creek flows into the south end of Roberts Bay. Since estuaries are some of the most biologically productive in the world you have many chances to view a variety of wildlife up close. Some of the Florida marine and wildlife often seen include manatee, dolphin, and several species of birds, marine animals, and fish.
Myakka River State Park – Tour cost is $75 per person and a 4 person minimum. The length of the tour is approximately 3 hours. Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s largest and most diverse natural areas and the Myakka River is designated as a “Florida Wild and Scenic River”. Enjoy paddling through freshwater wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands and the wildlife that call these environments home including the American Alligator. Some of the other Florida marine and wildlife often seen include river otters, bald eagles, turtles, gopher tortoise, armadillos, wild pigs, fish and several bird species.
Private Tours – Tour cost is $75 per person. Available for very small groups of 1 to 4 persons.
Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons
Stand up paddle boarding or, SUP for short, offers something that everyone can enjoy. It’s a great family fun activity for of all ages, ability, and size. Lessons include usage of all equipment including SUP Board, Stand Up Paddle, PFD, and leash, basic Paddling Technique instruction, how to stand up and paddle, stand up paddle board etiquette, as well as basic safety skills and awareness.
Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson Rates: Private lesson, $50 per hour. Group lesson, $35 per person per hour. Island Style Watersports also rents Stand Up Paddle Boards for those who already know how to SUP. Each rental includes SUP board, paddle, PFD, leash, and straps and pads for transportation if needed.
Stand Up Paddle Board Rental Rates: Daily rental $45 (delivery and pick up available with advanced notice for a nominal charge) extended rates available.
All Island Style’s guides are Sarasota natives with a vast knowledge of the local waters. Their guides provide a customized tour catering to the interests and abilities of each group making it a great family activity while on vacation in Sarasota.
Take a kayak trip shuttle to mangrove and bird islands from Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key!
The shuttle includes onsite use of kayak, standup paddleboard, and windsurf gear from Island Style Watersports playstation catamaran boat, The Mangrove Fairy and Day Tripper.
Island Style Watersports also offers customized small group eco, sunset, and local history tours on Sarasota Bay. Call for additional information and reservations.
For reservations and information call 941.954.1009.