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Manatee and Dolphin Kayaking Encounter

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Immerse yourself in the wildlife and natural environment of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on this kayak adventure. With the provided kayak, paddle, and instruction, paddle through the waterways where the manatees float about, looking for vegetation to eat. Then search for local pods of dolphins as well as bird and other marine life. Learn about the ecosystem as you travel through your guide's in-depth commentary.
  • Kayak tour with a guide through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • See manatees and dolphins in their natural environment
  • Use of kayak, paddle, and lifejacket
  • Learn about the ecosystem and local fauna through guided commentary
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2 hour kayak tour
Professional guide
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Haulover Canal Launch Site , Haulover Canal, Mims, FL 32754, USA
This activity will end right where it started.Departure Point: Haulover Canal Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Directions: DIRECTIONS TO THE HAULOVER CANAL LAUNCH SITE Launching from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Haulover Canal Launch Site is 20 minutes east of Titusville on the NW corner of Haulover Canal...... From Titusville 1) Take SR406/402 (Garden Street) East across the Max Brewer Causeway and the Indian River to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. 2) Approximately 2 miles after crossing the Causeway VEER LEFT towards Black Point Wildlife Drive. Follow this road ALL THE WAY TO THE STOP SIGN (4.15 Miles) at SR3/Kennedy Parkway. DO NOT turn on the ACTUAL Black Point Wildlife Drive (dirt road). 3) At the STOP SIGN take a left. Travel approximately 4.25 miles on SR3/Kennedy Parkway to the Haulover Canal bridge. Go over the bridge and take the first left. 4) The road is unmarked - it starts out paved and turns to dirt. Follow it all the way to the end. That is where we will meet and launch the kayaks. (It will turn to the left, then to the right along the canal). From Orlando Attractions area Take the Beachline (SR528) East to I-95 North. From North I-95 take the SR 406/402/Garden St. (exit 220) and take a right/East through town to the Max Brewer Causeway then follow the directions “From Titusville above.” From Central Orlando Enter Titusville via SR 50 and take I-95 North one exit to SR406/Garden St. (exit 220). Then follow the directions “From Titusville above.”
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • What to bring:
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting a little wet. Towel (left in car)
  • Water Shoes – sandals or Crocs that can be worn in the water
  • Bring an extra change of clothes just in case
  • Camera & Dry bag (optional) These are fairly useless to capture bioluminescence, but great for capturing people.
  • Bottled water, Snacks
  • Any special personal paddling gear if you like
  • You may bring a flashlight, though we will provide a safety light.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY A Day Away Kayak Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Wilson-Hairfield Kayak Trip For Manatees.
, Apr 2022
Saw manatees, porpoises, and a large alligator up close. The guide, Harrison, was absolutely great, and exceptionally attentive to us (my sister, brother-in-law, wife, and me). He knew his business (I'm an outdoorsman and lived in FL four years hunting and fishing, so I would know if he didn't) and told some great tales. We would certainly recommend him again.
Great adventure!
, Sep 2021
We had so much fun! Our guide was very kind and knowledgeable and we got to see so many different plants and animals!
Loved it!
, Sep 2021
Alex was our tour guide and he was awesome! He was very knowledgeable of the area. My boyfriend and I were able to see a lot of manatees, dolphins and other wildlife. This experience was definitely worth it! Highly recommend and giving this tour a 5 out 5 stars. :)

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