Southern Sarasota Bay has alot to offer paddlers of all abilities. From the exotic mangrove tunnels of
South Lido Key to the enchanted mangrove islands of Roberts Bay with nearby bird rookeries to the open waters, sandbars, and
grass flats of Big Pass. Wildlife abounds in these waters. Dolphins, manatees, egrets, herons, osprey, pelicans,
eagle rays, mangrove crabs, hermit crabs, starfish, banded tulips, whelks, and sun-ray venus clams are some of the local
wildlife observed on our tours. Your guides, Kim and Pete Hull, are both longtime Sarasota residents and trained marine
biologists (both work at Mote Marine Lab) - let them share with you their knowledge and passion of this beautiful coastal estuary. We offer several destinations
to choose from and will customize for your group.
Mangrove tunnels of
South Lido Key
Paddle through a beautiful shallow lagoon and into a network of mangrove tunnels.
Several fish species are abundant in these waters including the acrobatic jumping mullet. Egrets and herons stalk the
elusive mangrove crabs amongst the mangrove roots. Osprey are sometimes observed diving for fish in the shallow lagoon.
Bird rookeries and mangrove islands of Roberts Bay
The Bird Colony Islands complex in Northern Roberts Bay
is the most significant coastal bird rookery in the Sarasota Bay System. As many as 11 different species of birds use
this area for nesting and resting habitat. Commonly sighted are egrets, herons, pelicans, and ibis with an occasional
rare visit by roseate spoonbills.
Sandbars and grassflats
of Big Pass
Big Pass abounds with wildlife. Paddle
over shallow seagrass beds and peak into a natural aquarium filled with all kinds of fish and invertebrate life. Sometimes
dolphins swim by or feed or play in the deeper waters. Birds rest on the exposed sandbars and manatees are sometimes
seen at the edges of these sandbars in warmer months. The shallow waters surrounding these sandbars are excellent locations
to learn how to stand-up paddleboard.