Discover the natural splendor of Sanibel Island when you experience our daily complimentary guided eco/nature tours. Check out the schedule below and scroll down for details on each tour and to meet your guides!

COMPLIMENTARY ECO/NATURE TOUR SCHEDULE:

Sunday:
9am- Naturalist Guided Beach Walk

Monday:
9am- Bowman’s Kayak Beach Paddle

Tuesday:
9am- Nature Bike Tour

Wednesday:
9am- Naturalist Guided Beach Walk

Thursday:
9am- Historical Bike Tour

Friday:
9am- Bowman’s Kayak Beach Paddle

Saturday:
9am- Nature Bike Tour

NOTE: Eco/Nature tours have limited availability and require advanced reservations. For more information or to inquire about availability, contact [email protected]com. 

Bowman’s Beach Kayak Tour*

We will travel through a saltwater pass, lined with red and black mangroves. Mullet are often observed jumping to clear their gills, and there are plenty of birds to enjoy along the way. Ospreys are abundant, as our Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets, Bald Eagles are also fairly common as we pass by one of their nests. We paddle to a secluded beach where we disembark from the kayaks to enjoy the tranquility and beach treasures. Link up at Beach Hut at 9:00am on Monday and Friday and convoy to Bowmans Beach. Parking is $15. *Guests must arrange their own transportation via taxi or rented car to and from Bowman’s Beach. 

Nature Bike Tour (on hold temporarily)

Be a Sanibel insider as we guide you off the beaten path and through a hidden gem of green canopies, scenic wetlands, open grasslands, and elevated boardwalks. Teeming with birds and other wildlife, including otters, iguanas and even, occasionally, an alligator (though we keep our distance!), this tour is popular with nature enthusiasts of all kinds. Our Eco Bike Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours and covers about 6 miles.

Naturalist – Guided Beach Walk

Did you realize that there is more to our Sanibel seashores than miles of beaches, sparkling waters and expansive skies? The complex ecosystem along our coastline teems with life throughout the year. Sometimes you can just sit back and observe (and we encourage you to do that!), but sometimes you need to know just where to look for our island’s secrets to reveal themselves to you. As our guest, you have the opportunity to see the shoreline through the eyes of a Florida Master Naturalist. You’ll explore diverse habitats, learn about our coastal critters and birds, and, of course, identify some of our world-famous shells! The walk leaves from the Sanibel Inn’s Beach Hut and lasts approximately one hour.

Historic Bike Tour (Seasonal / Mid – October through April)

As little and remote as our charming island might seem, it has experienced its own unique blend of boom and bust and boom again over the years. Native Americans, pirates, explorers, traders, military men, settlers, survivors, the illustrious and the not-so-illustrious are all part of our story. With dedicated stops at the Sanibel Lighthouse and the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, you’ll hear our tale and have a chance to poke around on your own. This leisurely paced tour lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours and covers about 9 miles.

Bunche Beach Mangrove Tunnel Guided Paddle Tour (on hold temporarily)

Travel through a saltwater pass, lined on either side with red and black mangroves. This paddle is all about experiencing nature. Mullet are often seen jumping to clear their gills. Osprey are abundant as are our Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and Bald Eagles. Tours are approximately three hours once we arrive at Kayal Launch site.

 

Meet your Guides

Chris Thorn
Recreation Supervisor – Sanibel Inn
Certified Kayak Instructor – American Canoe Association
Florida Master Naturalist – University of Florida

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Maggie Ciufo

Recreation Coordinator – Sanibel Inn
Certified Kayak Instructor – American Canoe Association
Florida Master Naturalist

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NOTE: Eco/Nature tours have limited availability and require advanced reservations. For more information or to inquire about availability, contact [email protected]com.

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