We have stayed at Tween Waters Inn on Captiva for two years, each time renting kayaks both at the Captiva Marina and from Adventure Kayak, the Houston family enterprise at Tween Waters. Both are good, but Adventure is closer to the mangrove tunnel on Buck Key, right across the channel from the Inn. This remarkable experience is a must-do for anyone with a paddle (or an oar, for that matter). The tunnel is a mini-Amazon, quiet except for bird calls and the paddle splash, while sunlight or clouds float in traceries across dark water. The trip takes an hour or two, depending on how fast you paddle. Go with one of Adventure's knowledgeable guides, at least for the first trip, to point out wildlife, currents, hidden objects and which turns not to take. You can't get lost, but you can end up paddling to a dead end... A round trip involves a bit of ocean paddling, enough to raise the adrenalin, but an in-and-out involves only a channel crossing. Next year we plan an Adventure custom-designed tour that takes us through and around Buck Key.
The only minus is that it's sometimes difficult to find reach someone to make a reservation. At times all the guides will be out with groups. Just keep trying.
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