Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s Clear Bottom Kayak Reef Tours are underway here on Navarre Beach. Visitors and locals alike are taking advantage of the chance to explore the local reef system.
The 45 minute tour takes groups out to one of Navarre Beach’s nearshore artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. The clear bottom kayaks offer a view of the reef system just like looking through a dive mask.
The first tours of this year have already seen some amazing creatures including sea turtles, sting rays and a variety of fish. They were able to see the ever-growing coral that has taken root on the artificial structures, but the coolest site of the trip was a passing pod of dolphins that decided to come check out the tour group.
The tours are about more than just spotting cool critters. They also provide a lesson on reef ecosystems and the unique species that call them home.
The tour has groups of 12 loading into kayaks at the new kayak walkover at Sea Oat Pavilion. It cost $20 a person. The tour also includes free admission to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center where visitors can say hello to the resident sea turtle Gigi.
The tour groups depart at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. The tours run every other Saturday from July 1 through Aug. 26. The kayaks and paddles are provided. Additional dates in September and October have yet to be announced.
The minimum requirements are:
- Ability to swim and expectation to get wet
- Life jackets which are provided
- Ability to paddle the kayak for 45 minutes
- Children must be accompanied by an adult and sign waiver
- Remain in kayak, snorkeling and diving after the tour
According to the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s website states refunds will be given for inclement weather, and it is recommended that groups arrive 20 minutes prior to their tour time.
Even without the tours, the reef is open for folks to enjoy any time the weather and water conditions are safe by kayak, snorkel or even scuba diving.
Reservations for the tour can be made at navarrebeachkayaktours.eventbrite.com. Plan your vacation to include this unique adventure.