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Tarpon Bay Explorers

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900 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3131
+1 239-472-8900
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Excellent easy pontoon boat ecological tour of Tarpon Bay ares

We thoroughly enjoyed our one hour tour on the water, and our guide Craig was very knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
thaward
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The Villages, Florida
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Great off Beach day for Sanibel

. We did an all day pontoon boat rental yesterday and had a great time! Charlie at the boat ramp... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LMJTucson_AZ
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Tucson, AZ
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See wildlife up-close and discover the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge with an experienced naturalist by your side. Tarpon Bay Explorers offers many guided tours designed to be both educational and fun! Birds, dolphins, manatees, and alligators are just some of the amazing wildlife found in the pristine native tropical and subtropical vegetation of Sanibel Island. Tarpon Bay Explorers is the licensed concessionaire of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, providing low impact recreational and educational opportunities to the public under contract with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“touch tank” (83 reviews)
“kayak tour” (63 reviews)
“sunset cruise” (43 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
900 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3131
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+1 239-472-8900
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our one hour tour on the water, and our guide Craig was very knowledgeable and informative. We learned about the important ecology of the bay and mangroves along the borders. We saw several dolphins, several manatees, lots of various water birds, and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

. We did an all day pontoon boat rental yesterday and had a great time! Charlie at the boat ramp was very helpful and welcoming. The boat comes equipped with two ice chests and a live bait cooler. The bay was beautiful! We saw at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the evening cruise which was a nice trip around the bay. Worth the trip if you keep you expectations in check. It was hit in July so not too much activity other than birds. Enjoyed the touch tank and we learned a lot about...More

Thank lshouse
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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! We appreciate you taking the cruise and hopefully you enjoyed yourselves. We are sorry the manatee and dolphin do not cooperate every time. Hopefully you'll visit us down the road and the mammals will show up. Otherwise, we appreciate you...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has become a must do when we visit the island. It's relaxing and very interesting. We saw manatees, dolphins, tarpon, sting rays and lots and lots of birds. Very peaceful and a great safe way to educate yourself and any kids that are with...More

Thank S2444BIdenisep
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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review! We are incredibly happy to hear that you have made Tarpon Bay Explorers' evening cruise tradition :) We hope to continue to see you for years to come. Thanks again! Cheers, TBE

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This kayak tour was pretty cool where we paddles through a mangrove forest. Got a little bit of a workout too. Paddles just over three miles during our trip. Saw manatees birds and a bunch of crabs in the mangroves.

Thank mdiet
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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review! We happy to hear you had a great experience with us and even got to see manatees! We hope you come back during any future visits to the island! Cheers, TBE

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Reviewed 7 July 2018

We took the 8:30 am kayak tour and we were really impressed. Bri, our guide, did a great job instructing us in the ways of kayaking before we launched our first kayak. We started the tour and it was wonderful. The mangrove forest was beautiful...More

Thank bridgitf2014
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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are very happy to hear that Brie was an excellent and knowledgable guide. Thanks again for going on an adventure with us and we hope to see you again next visit! Cheers, TBE

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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Maddy was super knowledgeable and interesting!! We loved it. Even on a hot day the breeze was wonderful!

Thank VacanSeas
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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to hear Mandy was knowledgeable and interesting :) We hope you visit us again next visit! Cheers, TBE

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Great time with guided tour would have liked to have seen a bit more wildlife the guide was very knowledgable the shore crew were great fun as well

Thank 0021alfie
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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! We are sorry the wildlife wasn't as abundant as it can be, but we are happy to hear the guide was knowledgeable and fun. We hope you come back during your next visit! Cheers, TBE

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Our family of 4 and a guide went for the sunset kayak tour. We had a windless evening and the water was like glass. We could hear every sound! Spectacular bird watching! Our guide was so knowledgeable and quietly entertaining.

Thank Susie K
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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! Having perfect conditions like that doesn't happen every time so we are glad you had some good luck! We hope you think of us again during any future visits to the island! Cheers, TBE

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

There is so much satisfaction when you experience an event while vacationing that is fun and educational. We take so much of nature and environment and people for granted. The beauty that surrounds us is only temporary if we don't take the time to learn...More

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Tarpon B, Manager at Tarpon Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review! Appreciate you discerning our passion for our stewardship for the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We are happy that the naturalist was knowledgeable and you were able to see an abundance of wildlife. We...More

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srik7
2 April 2018|
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Response from TarponBay | Property representative |
Good Morning, Our age recommendation for the guided Kayak Trail Tour is 5 years or older. The reasoning behind this recommendation is that the tour is very informative and the guide stops along the way to talk about the... More
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Jr S
19 February 2018|
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Response from TarponBay | Property representative |
We do not have any lockers. You can keep valuables locked in your car or we do offer dry boxes to rent if you would like to take a cell phone or small camera with you. We hope this info helps. Call our shop with any... More
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