TOURS AND PRICES
Because every single trip varies from the next it would be impossible for me to create a concrete price chart. Every trip is custom tailored to ensure you and everyone in your family or group of friends will have an awesome adventure. Price is determined based upon the following: Destination, the number of persons in your family or group; ages. Children ages 3 to 10 FREE* with paid adult fare when using kids kayak or tandem / triple kayak with parent. 2 hour to full day adventures. Common sense dictates the farther we travel, the higher the gas expense.Each destination has different costs. I know what my costs are, and basically have a core trip charge. For example, if 2 persons want to go on Trip X and the core cost is 300.00 then it is 150.00 per person. But if you have 4 persons in your group - the price would drop to $100.00 per person. Please be advised the best trips I offer are outside of heavily developed Pinellas County. No destination is greater then 2 hours drive time. This allows for up to 4 hours round trip drive plus 4 to 5 hours kayaking and exploring.
I am a one man show, and you will always get me as your guide. I know my schedule and availability. Simply call me with your destination interest, number of persons, etc... after discussing different options with you - ONLY then can I give you a firm price on the whole trip which you may then break down per person. I accept Cash, Visa & Master Charge American Express & Discover. All trips require a 25% deposit to hold your special day. The balance is paid for when you are picked up. Even though I carry costly insurance. All participants must sign a waiver of liability,
The ONLY way to book or reserve your trip is directly with me via the telephone.
*Select Hotel Concierge persons may book the trip for you, but rest assured they have contacted me to set up the arrangements.
I have lived here most all my life and am well known on our island paradise. I reserve the right to refuse service to uncool people, and those whom do not comply with the laws of our state and state park system. For example: We do not feed the alligators chickens for good reason. You can not bring a 12 pack of beer on the river as alcohol is not allowed 90% of the places we may go by state, city or county law.
You may not "bronco bull ride" a manatee. Only dead shells may be collected - if a shell contains a live inhabitant, we allow them to live thus ensuring there will be more shells for future generations. An exception to this rule might be if we go collect scallops during scallop season, we eat those! It is my mission to help educate and bring awareness to our eco systems and wild life. My prices include everything including State Park admissions, launch fees etc... I simply do my best to treat everyone fairly and equitably.
Thank You for your understanding. KC
Wild Monkeys! Silver Springs & River
Yes! It's true, there are in fact 100's running around Florida, located just outside Ocala about a 2 hour drive each way - but well worth the destination of one of the most beautiful spring fed rivers in Florida. . 4 hours to paddle the entire river = a full 8hr day, plus we may stop on our way back for dinner. ( Not included with this trip) But I do know a great BBQ place... or others depending on your hungry for. Minimum Trip Cost ( price may vary based on # of persons, ages, and other factors) My most popular and favorite trip.
Birds of Florida - Photo - OP Tours
We are blessed with many exotic beautiful birds. This tour may include a stop at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary before proceeding to destinations like Weedon Island - The Osprey Trail on Honeymoon Island , Seminole Bayou or further out full day trips to the Ozello Keys - St. Martins National Marine Sanctuary or the Chassahowitzka River National Wildlife Refuge. The best places to see the many different birds. KC can identify and tell you a little about any of them.
Rainbow Springs & River
Best in the warmer months. Full Day trips only. We begin with a walking tour of the old Florida attraction complete with waterfalls and a dip in the crystal clear spring. Next we go to the KP Hole launch site and flow down river where it merges into the Withlacoochee River. Here we pull out at Anglers Resort for a nice dinner at the Blue Gator Restaurant ( included) before making the return trip to your hotel or vacation rental. I have been going here for decades and is one of my favorite places. It is sure to become yours! A fabulous trip for the whole family and the kids will have the time of their life!
Weeki Wachee River
Home to Mermaids & Manatees this spring fed river is one of Floridas Original Attractions - Now a State Park. Launching near the headspring it is an EZ paddle even for small children as the water is normally only a few feet deep so even if they fall in, no worries Mom. We pull out at The Upper Deck Restaurant for a late lunch - early dinner. (Included.) Before taking the scenic coastal route home stopping in Tarpon Springs at Hellas Greek Bakery for dessert! Sure Mom, you can go explore the numerous near by Greek / Sponge gift shops while we are here. (Optional)
Homosassa Springs * Manatees
Homosassa Springs Florida State Park & MacRaes
Located just 1.5 - 2 hours north drive time our first stop is at the Homosassa Springs State Park where the kids can get educated about the Manatees - next we are off to possibly locate one via kayak from any of several launch locations I know of. I make a few calls to my Manatee Tour friends like Capt. Harry of the Booby Trap Charters, he will always give me a clue. Following the Manatee interaction laws it is possible the kids will get to pet one. Then we gotta check out monkey island where the spider monkeys from the old Tarzan movies hang out. Our adventure ends with Gator MacRae where we have a late lunch or dinner before returning home. ONLY Full day trips here. 3 adult minimum. 1 Free* child ages 3 -10 per paid adult. Includes meal at Gator MacRae's riverside restaurant ( Not Alcohol) before returning you back to your hotel - or home.
Clam Bayou is a 170-acre estuary between Gulfport, Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Boca Ciega Bay. The neighborhood around the estuary is also known as Clam Bayou. The area is popular with kayakers. This is a nice 1/2 day trip, and provides a little bit of everything for everyone. Great for seniors to get some exercise and enjoy the sunshine for a few hours with nothing too extreme. To keep costs low this trip does not include dinner, however if you like we can stop in hip n groovy Gulfport for a bit to check out the gift shops and perhaps have a cocktail or cold beer afterwards before returning you to your hotel.
Located just off Gandy in St.Petersburg lies Weedon Island, a 3,190 nature preserve perfect for the whole family to enjoy. 1/2 or full day trips are available here. Well marked kayak trails will take us thru mangrove tunnels, islands and Tampa Bay. Always lots of birds and often huge rookeries of snowy egrets. This is prime sea bird nesting area and a must do for bird lovers. No gators - black bears - or swift currents here. I love it when the water is like a glass mirror. This trip is suitable for the whole family including younger kids.
Weedon Island Preserve
Islands of Adventure - Beach Treasures
Choose from The Secret Beach, Caladesi Island, Ft. Desoto; Weedon Island, Pineapple Island; Honeymoon Island, Anclote Key or 3 Rooker Island. These islands are all close by and you may choose a half or full day adventure. Our beautiful pristine beaches offer up all kinds of treasures, so be sure to bring your beach combing bag! Price based upon # of guests, ages, 1/2 or Full day.
BIG Gators Adrenaline Tour
Sorry this trip is closed due to a controlled burn and an access issue. It will not be available till January 2019.
Chances are on any inland river trips we will see a gator or two, gators like fresh water - NOT saltwater. If you have a fear of gators I recommend a coastal paddle. However if your not scared and can handle it - I can, no problem. Few others even know - much less are willing to take you where I will.
There are some HUGE gators in the Hillsborough & Myakka Rivers. Not for young kids or the faint of heart. I happen to know a spot called "Deep Hole" which is an ancient sinkhole 300 plus foot deep. This hole in Myakka River State Park is where in the winter months as many as 200 gators are laying on the banks. This spot requires a special permit from the State Park Ranger and only a limited number are issued. You must sign an additional waiver of liability. INSANE!
The Chaz & Secret Spring
The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. Comprising some 31,000 acres of unspoiled beauty and home to over 250 varieties of birds, 50 or more reptiles and amphibians plus at least 30 different mammals - including Deer, Florida Black Bear, River Otters, Raccoons and the endangered West Indian Manatee. Several side routes flow into the main Chassahowitzka River. We will begin with a quick trip upriver to the 7 Sisters Spring before turning round down river and taking Baird Creek un till you think it fizzles out. We will have to pull the kayaks the last 50 yards or so to "The Secret Spring" For years this was known to very very few. Chances are you will have this amazing surreal spring in the middle of the Florida Jungle forest to yourself. " The Crack" as it has since been named is so hidden you really need someone like me to get you there. After swinging on the rope swings - splashing in the spring and a picnic lunch we will explore more as time provides before taking the scenic coastal route back to the beaches. No dinner is included with this trip, although sure we can stop somewhere, but the meal check is up to you.
This trip takes us south - over the Sunshine Skyway to the Braden River & an "Old Florida" treasure known as the Linger Lodge . You will have to look it up yourself. Some people won't believe me anyway. One of the top 5 weirdest restaurants in America according to Food Networks' Al Roker. To just say it is bizarre would be an understatement. Includes lunch or dinner. ( Not Alcohol ) EZ kayak trip about 2 hours paddle from Ward Lake to the Lodge. OR, as some prefer we simply launch and do an hour up and back before dinner. Highly recommended for my Senior Guests who think they have seen it all. 5-6 hour trip all total.
Braden River & Linger Lodge
Rare Gator Frog Hunt
This is a super fun trip for the kids. 1/2 or full day trips. While driving to our destination, I tell the tale of the very rare Gatorfrogs while you do your best to contain your laughter. I know the Easter bunny isn't real either, but don't spoil the fun for the kids here. It is everything else they find and see looking for the elusive gator frogs that matters. One day years later they will probably figure out they been duped, but it is a trip they will talk about and remember for the rest of their lives. Making great family memories is what vacations are all about. Some destinations are simply not for young children, others are perfect for kids. I have 2 "kids kayaks" I use sit on top type kayaks because they are easiest for the kids ( and adults ) to get back into should they fall in. We won't be doing any extreme kayaking or white water rapids and after a 10 minute lesson I will have your kids excited they can do this themselves building confidence in their own abilities. The Gator Frog adventure is free for the kids and is just something I do to make it a bit more fun on any adventure you choose.
This natural phenomenon in our Florida Swamps Is magical. Every year as leaves begin to decompose in the water. The decomposing leaves release tannic acid and when the sunlight hits it you see this gorgeous rainbow effect over the water. The natural oils from cypress trees also produce this soap bubble or oil slick appearance on the water's surface. When sunlight breaks through the trees and hits the oils at just the right angle, you can see also this rainbow effect on the water. Best light is sunrise - imagine kayaking in this magical place! Where is it ? Near Withalachoocie River / Green Swamp - not giving away the EXACT location publicly online. The water in this section of swamp is always at least a few feet deep. You don't need more then that to paddle into it off the W - river. We will be going into a HUGE gators liar - some tricky spots and portages, must be physically fit. Expect to return a hot mess. December to March 1st only.
Psychedelic Swamp Tour
Rock Springs Run
NOW OPEN AGAIN!
We begin at Kings Landing ( Rock Spring) and end at Wekiva Spring State Park. Designated an Outstanding Florida waterway and a National Wild & Scenic River. This trip never disappoints ! Located near Apopka, Fl about 2 hours drive from Pinellas beaches. Only available as a full day trip. 4 hours drive time plus 4-5 hours to complete the most awesome spring fed river in Florida. Much of it is shallow so perfect for young kids. Abundant wild life. The Wekiva Preserve is full of deer, Florida black bears, gators, racoons, otters, turtles... and MONKEYS! Yep they have expanded down here and there is a troop roaming the banks of the Rock Springs Run & the Wekiva River basin. You never know what we may witness and see. A VERY RARE Albino monkey was born into the Rock Springs troop in Spring of 2016. Lets go see if we can find her again!
"Follow That Dream" Tour
A must for Elvis Presley fans! Based upon the 1960's movie filmed in Inglis Florida. MGM searched all over Florida for the most scenic backdrop to film this Elvis Movie. Our Journey takes us up Hwy 19 to Historic Yankeetown where little has changed since the 1960's.
It is a 2 hour drive up and 2 hours back -( But even Hollywood would agree the LOCATION is worth the trip) Adding 4 hours of kayaking & picnic lunch on an island makes for a very full day. Here we launch at bird creek bridge where Elvis posed for the Movie Poster, we will be sure to get in a photo op. You will also see where some shots were filmed like Pumpkin Island and where Elvis wrote a check for a 100.00 Coke -a- Cola. Plus other odd interesting facts. I have a DVD player in my van so some enjoy watching the film on the way up or back. We kayak up bird creek and cut thru to the Withlachoocie river coming back to the coastal estuary. You get a bit of river and a bit of the coastal islands - best of both worlds on this trip. Does include a picnic lunch. I do not have a particular restaurant up this way so dinner is not included but of course we can stop anywhere you like on the way back to the beach.
Frog Creek & Terra Ceia Preserve
Anclote Key Lighthouse
This trip departs from Fred Howard Park ( About 1/2 hour drive from Clearwater Beach) and takes us across an open Bay expanse. This takes 45 minutes to 1 hour and is a good workout. I only offer this trip on calm - windless - sunny days.
Once on the island there is a nature trail and boardwalk that is a nice little hike to see the old lighthouse up close. There is a picnic table here and the perfect spot for a picnic lunch that is included. Then we can explore the miles of pristine beautiful beaches here for a few hours by foot or kayak before making the trek back. Be sure to bring along your shell collecting bag as there are many treasures to be found here - including pirate treasure as in days gone by many pirates holed up off this island. Not for younger children or unfit persons. Great for teens and young adults who really want a bit of an adventure!
This is a little known easy trip. Located just 1/2 hr t0 45 minutes over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We put in at the Frog Creek Campground and begin our journey down a dark water creek thru an ancient oak and palm hammock that slowly changes to a mangrove maze and into the Terra Ceia State Preserve. This place is perfect habitat for Blue Crab!
This trip is suitable for younger kids and part of the fun if you like can be spent teaching the kids how to catch blue crabs! I just use string - chicken and a small net. Includes picnic lunch - or you may choose to skip the picnic lunch and after the trip we just travel 10 minutes to the Linger Lodge for a late lunch - early dinner.
Customize Your Trip - Over nights - etc...
This is a 1/2 day local trip for those people that don't trust my driving. IRB Holiday Inn Harbour side Guests can just walk next door to Keegan - Clair Park where we launch. This section of Intracoastal waterway is known as "The Narrows" we will paddle south to Conch Key and do some exploring in the mangroves before heading over to Pineapple island. There are no Pineapples growing here and I have been unable to find out the reason it is called Pineapple island.
Bcause this area is so developed outside of birds there is little wildlife, especially compared to my other destinations. Possible to see a dolphin, but no gators here. If your interests are just getting some sun and exercise without having to travel anywhere this is a nice option. Then you will just have to wait 15 minutes while I go retrieve the van and trailer to bring you back. Or you can opt to hop on the Sun Coast Beach Trolley for 2 bucks.
Some may ask the question where is the Hillsborough River or Peace River Trip? What about Coopers Bayou? It would be near impossible to include every trip and coastal area. Yes, I can take you to Sarasota Bay. Yes, I am the best person in Florida at locating Floridas' elusive wild monkeys - I have studied them in depth and know their calls and hang outs.
If you would like to do an overnight trip and camp on the Peace River - ask! I have found most prefer the crystal clear spring fed rivers for kayaking - as well as the coastal islands and marine estuaries. As a general rule the farther we venture out of Pinellas the more wild life you will see. I am happy to entertain any and all requests. I can help you plan out an awesome trip and provide a free quote for my service.
Thanks for reviewing my available tours - Your host in Paradise! KC
Sunset Special $99.00
This is a local 2 hour evening sunset special for 2 persons. Subject to availability. You may choose to add additional persons for $49.00 Departure time varies on time of year - and departs from Clearwater Beach ~ Indian Rocks Beach ~ Redington Beach only.