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Bay Wise Kayak Tours with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program


Join the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for sustainable kayak eco-tours throughout the Sarasota Bay watershed and discover the habitats and wildlife that make Sarasota Bay an Estuary of National Significance. Bay Wise Kayak Eco-Tours have been certified Gold by the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism, meaning that they promote environmental awareness while taking steps to reduce the ecological impact of tourism.


Eco-tours run from December through April with professional guide Brad Tanner. The trips are free, but participants need to bring their own kayak and gear or rent from the many outfitters throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Each trip lasts between two and three hours. Space is limited to 15 individuals per outing.


The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is dedicated to restoring the region’s most important natural asset – Sarasota Bay. The program strives to improve water quality, increase habitat, and enhance the area’s natural resources for the use and enjoyment by the public. Since 1989, the SBEP and its partners have had a vision of Sarasota Bay with clear waters, healthy habitat, abundant wildlife, and a growing community enjoying the Bay’s resources and recreation.

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