Join us as we paddle the southwest part of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve and gather up in front of Berts Bar to catch the Matlacha Yacht Club host their annual Holiday Boat Parade! Watch as local Mariners go all out and decorate their Boats in the spirit of the holidays!!! As always there is an opportunity to observe manatee migrating, birds roosting in the mangroves & dolphin feeding at dusk! Our experienced & knowledgeable Guides are Coastal Systems Naturalists skilled at spotting local wildlife!
Skill Level: Novices are welcome but should be comfortable on the water :)
What to bring: Water shoes, long breathable clothing, bug spray, water and/or choice of beverage & snack to share :) ***Proper Lights and Safety Gear if you are bringing your own kayak***
Launch Time: There will be a quick safety briefing and we will launch promptly at 4:30pm.
Duration: This is approximately a 2hr paddle. We will arrive back to our beach launch to light refreshments and some cool tunes! Feel free to bring your choice of beverage & snack to share :)
Cost: Normally $65, but for our Meetupers, we are offering it for $35 per person with your choice of a single or tandem kayak complete with seatbacks, life vests and paddles. We will also provide some festive lights for our kayaks!
***Free for those who bring their own kayak but donations are welcome :)***
Reservations Required: Yes! RSVP through Meetup or by contacting us at[masked]-1125. Let me know if you need a kayak or will be bringing your own! We accept same day reservations (if spots are available).
Payment: We will collect payment on the day of the event. Cash is King!!!
Inclement Weather Policy: We go rain or shine but If there is threat of thunderstorms, lightning, high winds or other severe weather, we will contact you ONE HOUR prior to our scheduled departure time and reschedule our tour.
Since 1992 Gulf Coast Kayak has been considered the local favorite kayaking outfitter! We look forward to meeting you!!