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Bay Wise Kayak Eco-Tours

Bay Wise Kayak Tours

Join SBEP 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 two to three hours. Space is limited to 15 individuals per outing. Peruse the calendar on this page or visit our Eventbrite organizer profile to see and register for upcoming Bay Wise tours.

Registration for upcoming tours begins one month in advance of each tour date.

2019-2020 Bay Wise Kayak Tours Dates

Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Full Moon Paddle on Sarasota Bay (departs from Ken Thompson Park at 5:15pm)

Saturday, November 23, 2019: Neal Preserve

Saturday, December 14, 2019: North Creek and Little Sarasota Bay

Saturday, January 4, 2020: Blind Pass and Little Sarasota Bay

Saturday, February 15, 2020: Quick Point Nature Preserve and North Lido Beach Park

Saturday, March 7, 2020: South Creek (departs from Oscar Scherer State Park)

Saturday, March 28, 2020: Phillippi Creek (departs from Pinecraft Park)

Bay Wise Kayaks Calendar

Testimonials

"We are glad to see the Bay Wise Kayak Tours Award [for leading sustainable eco-tours] and have grown to love the area waters, touring with Brad Tanner and discovering new kayaking opportunities in the last 4  years...you are a valuable resource and ecology ambassador!" - Craig and Susan Larson, long-time Bay Wise participants

Kayak group 2017 BWKT Phillippi Creek
No alligators were encountered on this Bay Wise tour of Phillippi Creek - but it's never a guarantee!