Day Excursions

explore beyond the beach

 

 

 

Exclusive sustainable ecotours showcasing the best of Sarasota and Manatee

 

 

 

 

 

Small Group Tours

Our half- and full-day nature tours take you out on the water or into the wild to explore the incredible natural landscapes and stories of our region. Designed for locals and visitors looking for something “beyond the beach”, our small group ecotours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the region’s natural wonders and the work that goes into protecting them for a one-of-a-kind, exclusive experience.

Responsible Travel

Our guides are drawn from the expert scientists and educators of our local environmental non-profit and green business partners. We minimize food packaging and eliminate single use plastic bottles, we design people powered itineraries to keep you out of vehicles to minimize your carbon footprint, and we hand-select restaurants and caterers that serve sustainable, local cuisine.

Thanks to our partnering non-profit organizations and green businesses!

Meet Your Guides

Larry Stults, Ph.D.

Larry Stults, Ph.D.

Cruise Guide

Larry has deep roots in Florida’s Gulf Coast, going back to 1944 when his family moved to Cabbage Key.  He has been plying Sarasota’s waterways since 1973. Larry is a Florida Water Steward and serves as President of Sarasota Bay Watch, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and protecting Sarasota Bay.

Wayne Douchkoff

Wayne Douchkoff

Kayak Guide

Wayne’s passion is the outdoors whether exploring, learning or teaching others. He holds advanced certifications as a Florida Master Naturalist, Interpretive Guide and Kayak Instructor, and has led over 400 trips as a paddle guide.  He also serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.

Karen Willey

Karen Willey

Master Naturalist

Karen has worked in ecotourism and environmental education for 30 years and has a particular passion for sharing the archaeological mysteries of Emerson Point.  She earned her B.S. from University of Florida and is the owner and operator of Around the Bend Nature Tours.

Brad Tanner

Brad Tanner

Kayak Guide

Brad is a marine science educator at Mote Marine Laboratory where he manages educational outreach programs for local schools. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Science from UNC Wilmington and a Masters Certificate in Science Education from USF. Brad is an accomplished SCUBA diver and kayak guide.

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