Kayak Marco Island

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Do I need any previous experience to participate in a kayak tour with Kayak Marco?
2. Can I bring my kids?
3. What variety of wildlife can I expect to see on the trip?
4. What are the chances of seeing manatees?
5. What equipment do I need to bring and what is provided?
6. Are the tours strenuous?
7. What is an appropriate gratuity for our guides?
8. How far will we kayak?
9. Can I bring alcohol on the kayak?
10. How many participants will be on a trip?
11. What kind of kayak will I be using?
12. What if there is bad weather the day of our trip?
13. Are there a lot of bugs?
14. Are there restrooms at the launch site?
15. Can we arrange a private or custom tour?
16. Do you offer group discounts?

1. Do I need any previous experience to participate in a kayak tour with Kayak Marco?

Our tours are for all ages and all people. Many of our guests are first time kayakers. The inexperienced paddler easily enjoys all of our experiences. As we are outside and on the water, weather can be a factor. We do ask that you bring along a good attitude and the willingness to be flexible if we encounter the unexpected. Before every tour, you will be briefed on where we are going and you'll receive brief paddling instructions.

2. Can I bring my kids?

Absolutely! Children are welcome on all our kayak day tours and we encourage families to experience things together. However, only you know your children and their limitations. Generally, we encourage the use of tandem kayaks. We can pair a stronger paddler with one not so strong & an adult with a youngster. As important using tandems kayaks reduces the number of boats on the water and keeps guests closer to the guides so all can hear and communicate better. Generally, for a single kayak, 12 years seems to be the appropriate age. We are prepared to be helpful if the paddling becomes difficult. The youngest child we allow is 3 years old.

3. What variety of wildlife can I expect to see on the trip?

When mother nature cooperates, we often see a wide variety of birds. Osprey, Heron, Egrets, Eagles, Spoonbills and more. When it's shallow or low tide, we'll look for Horse Conch shells and Lightning whelk shells. We have dolphins on our tours almost every day and if we're lucky, we might even find a batfish! Manatees are usually hanging around in the summer time, so we see them once in a while during the hottest months.

4. What are the chances of seeing manatees and dolphins?

Dolphins are here year round and we see them on almost every kayak tour! Manatees are only here in the summer months, so we don't see them very often in the area that we paddle. Nothing is guaranteed, except that you'll learn a lot and we'll keep you safe.

5. What equipment do I need to bring and what is provided?

Kayak Marco includes all basic paddling equipment including kayak, personal floatation devices, whistle, waterproof bags and free photography by our photographer! You should bring sunscreen and a bottle of water.

6. Are the tours strenuous?

No. These tours are great for kids and elderly people. If you can squat down into a kayak and move your arms for 2.5 hours, you'll do just fine.

7. What is an appropriate gratuity for our guides?

Minimum of 18% is recommended. Our guides work hard every day and are here to educate you, entertain you and keep you safe.

8. How far will we kayak?

We'll be padding for 3 miles. The entire tour lasts 2.5 hours. We'll stop at certain points to talk and if the tide is low enough, we may get out of our kayaks for 20 minutes to explore the mud flats.

9. Can I bring alcohol on the kayak?

No alchohol or smoking permitted.

10. How many participants will be on a trip?

We allow around 12 kayaks on every tour. We always have 2 guides on each tour so nobody is left behind.

11. What kind of kayak will I be using?

By defualt, everyone gets a single-seater kayak with a cup holder and highback seats. We also have double kayaks available if you have children going with or enjoy fighting with your spouse.

12. What if there is bad weather the day of our trip?

We depart rain or shine. We'll cancel the tour if there is high wind or lightning and we'll be happy to refund you or reschedule.

13. Are there a lot of bugs?

The only time we have bugs is during June and July. Otherwise, bugs are minimal during the day. Bug spray is provided on every tour by our guides if needed.

14. Are there restrooms at the launch site?

Yes, the Capri Paddlecraft Park has restrooms.

15. Can we arrange a private or custom tour?

We do private tours for groups of 10 or more by request.

16. Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, we can accomodate up to 50 people on a kayak tour. We handle corporate tours for large companies all the time.