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Port of the Islands Kayaking


A Garmin Handheld GPS will be used for this trip!

Port of the Islands is the gateway to The Ten Thousand Islands and the largest expanse of mangrove forest in North America.  This will be a four hour kayaking tour which will penetrate deep into the mangrove forest with huge canopies creating mangrove tunnels for your paddling enjoyment.

Tide Information: High tide at 5:03 AM, Low tide at 11:00 PM, High tide 3:56 PM

Level: Advanced because we will be kayaking for 4 hours not counting lunch break and traversing 6.4 nautical miles.  You must be in good physical condition and be able to kayak for that amount of time and distance.

Directions: Port of the Islands Marina is 14miles SE of CR-951 (Collier Blvd.) off US-41 or 10miles NW of SR-29 off US-41.

Kayak rentals are "not" available here so read carefully: you can pick up a kayak rental from Naples Kayak Company

Kayak Rentals read carefully: Call at least 2 days in advance.

Naples Kayak Company[masked],[masked]th Street South, Naples, FL 34102 see link. $10 fee for foam blocks to load on car.

    • $49.95 for a single all day
    • $59.95 for a double all day


Kayak Launch Fee at marina: $8.00

Additional Information: There are bathroom and water facilities at the Port of the Islands Marina.  Parking is free.

Things to Bring:

  • Picnic Lunch or snacks (we will break for food)
  • Water or sensible liquids
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Bag (or ziplock)
  • An adventurous spirit

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located in Collier County on the southwest coast of Florida. Established in 1996, this 35,000 acres refuge protects important mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species.

Approximately two thirds of the refuge is mangrove forest, which dominates most tidal fringes and the numerous islands (or keys). The northern third of the refuge consists of brackish marsh and interspersed ponds, and small coastal hammocks of oak, cabbage palms, and tropical hardwoods such as gumbo limbo.

Roughly 200 species of fish have been documented in the area and much of the sea grass beds and mangrove bottoms serve as vital nursery areas for marine fish. Over 189 species of birds use the refuge at some time during the year. Prominent bird groups include wading birds, shorebirds, diving water birds, and raptors. Common mammals found in the area include raccoon, river otter, and bottle-nosed dolphins.

Notable threatened and endangered species include West Indian manatee, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, wood stork, and the Atlantic loggerhead, green, and Kemp's Ridley sea turles





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  • Debra

    A great kayak trip. A great guide: Marie. I give her 5 stars organizing a perfect day in every aspect. It was great to meet everyone.

    April 27, 2013

  • Sheri

    Awesome day! Beautiful weather & great people! Thanks Marie for organizing this trip!

    April 27, 2013

  • Diane

    Another beautiful day in SW FL!!! Thank you Marie for navigating us through the mangroves of the the Everglades and showing us yet another beautiful place to play. I am ready for the next adventure!

    April 27, 2013

  • Rodger

    Thanks Marie for the great day.

    April 27, 2013

  • Jodi I.

    Is there a way to do this event without the group in case I don't make it off the list?

    April 23, 2013

    • Marie

      In that case you can do it. Here is the route (­) If you have your own kayak just come anyway.

      April 26, 2013

    • Marie

      Anyone who wants to go that much deserves to go.

      1 · April 26, 2013

  • Adam

    Is it ok for a paddle boarder to join you?

    March 16, 2013

    • Adam

      I feel confident on being able to keep up, I've gone with kayakers before. Will I be able to stand through most of the mangrove tunnels or are they low?

      April 11, 2013

    • Marie

      Hi Adam, sorry you can't make it but to answer your question I believe all of the tunnels will be tall. If there are any low ones you could sit on the board no problem.

      April 25, 2013

  • Donna

    I am new to the area and would love to know more about this event. Is this something I can do as an average athletic person (if I work out routinely & lift weights) or do I need specific training prior to doing this? Are you one person in a kayak? LOL! Don't laugh at me!

    April 21, 2013

    • Marie

      An average athletic person can do this with no specific training. It can be a one person kayak or a two person (tandem). The only thing is you can get lost in the mangroves without a GPS. I used to used a phone app. but learned the hard way how unreliable the reception is.

      April 24, 2013

  • Adam

    I will need to work this day now.... Hopefully I can meet up next time. Telly bummed out, I was really looking forward to it

    April 22, 2013

  • Diane

    Hi Marie...I just cancelled the +1 to my reservations leaving room for one more yakker!

    April 18, 2013

  • Sally

    sorry, can't make the trip. have fun.

    March 30, 2013

    • Marie

      Awww, Sally you know I'll miss you :-(

      April 11, 2013

  • Sheri

    dragging one of my kiddos to come along (if I make it off the waitlist!!)

    April 7, 2013

  • Shawn

    I can't make it that day, but I am sure everyone will have a great time...Port of the Islands is beautiful!

    March 28, 2013

  • Valerie

    If there is a waitlist, please put me on it.

    March 21, 2013

  • Tim

    Im in

    March 15, 2013

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