Wayne is a Florida Master Naturalist, interpretive guide and kayak instructor. He has led over 400 trips as a paddle guide and offers tours in:

  • Myakka River State Park
  • Emerson Point Preserve
  • Terra Ceia
  • Robinson Preserve
  • Braden River Rookery
  • Upper Gamble Creek & the Manatee River
Biotica Ecotours provides guided kayak tours for all skill levels. They specialize in small groups and all of their tours are led by biologists, naturalists and experts in the field. Tours offered in:

  • Myakka River State Park
  • Mangrove Tunnels
  • Turtle Beach/Jim Neville Wildlife Preserve
  • Robinson Preserve/Terra Ceia Bay
The Happy Paddler guides are expert naturalists and certified paddling instructors who have dedicated their lives to exploring and educating others about our watery world. They offer:

  • Coastal Island Tour
  • River Safari Tour
  • Sunset Tour
  • Moonlight Tour
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program offers sustainable kayak ecotours throughout Sarasota Bay and its tidal creeks. Discover the habitats and wildlife that make Sarasota Bay an Estuary of National Significance. Tours run from December through April with professional guide Brad Tanner. Trips are free, but participants need to bring their own kayak and gear or rent from outfitters in Sarasota or Manatee Counties.
Flow Kayak and Paddle Tours designs customized kayak or stand-up paddleboard outings in Sarasota Bay, Florida suited to your abilities and interests. They also offer combined kayak/yoga or paddle/yoga classes.
Take a break from the sun and join Mote for an evening paddle as they explore Florida’s coastal waters at dusk. Discover the animals that bring Sarasota Bay to life at night while taking a relaxing paddle on the moonlit water. All kayaking equipment is provided, and class begins with basic kayaking instruction.


Around the Bend guides have the inside scoop on outside adventure. For families, schools and camps: Wildlife up close and personal! Or they can bring the fun to you. Check it out! Go Wild!


Launched in 1978, the Carefree Learner is celebrating over 30 years on Sarasota Bay as a valuable educational resource for students and adults. Field trips aboard the Carefree Learner give participants the opportunity to observe organisms living in and around the bay through hands on activities.
Have an exciting, hands-on, educational and fun on-the-water experience — guided by experts who can tell you what you’re looking at. Sarasota Bay Explorers, working with The Aquarium at Mote, offer interactive, hands-on eco-adventures on the Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer.

Many of our partner tour operators and organizations are Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism (FL SEE) certified.  In fact, the Sarasota-Manatee area has more certified eco-destinations and guides than any other region of Florida AND we have the only two Platinum certified guides in the State!


FL SEE is a statewide certification program that encourages an awareness and stewardship of Florida's natural and cultural heritage by:

  • Endorsing compliance with federal, state, and local laws regarding the protection of natural resources and customer safety.
  • Providing environmental education and awareness which encourage behaviors that contribute to the sustainability of Florida's natural ecosystems and resources.
  • Promoting professionalism and integrity within the ecotourism industry by providing and maintaining a certification/recognition program for ecotour providers.


Thank you to our partners for attaining FL SEE certification and encouraging environmental stewardship in everything you do!