Seaway Outfitters

A watersports and boating company

THE AMAZING ESTERO BAY ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR

Join us in Bonita Springs for an amazing 2.5 hour narrated kayak tour of the world famous Estero Bay estuary! We’ll take you to all the great spots where you’ll have a chance to possibly see Dolphins, Turtles, Sharks, Rays, Conchs, Sea Stars, Urchins, Sand Dollars, and maybe even a Manatee!

Meet Tim Martell

About Us

Tim Martell is a Florida Master Naturalist and expert kayak guide. With a lifetime of history on the water and experience paddling in every class of water, Tim is a natural talent that can’t be replicated. Tim has been studying wildlife for more than 40 years and has personally guided more than 35,000 people on his kayak tours. In addition, he is also a certified Estero Bay Guide, a certified Guardian Guide, first aid wilderness trained, and a wildlife rescue specialist. Tim has been credited with rescuing numerous manatees, sea turtles, scores of birds, and more. In 2013, Tim was awarded the coveted Manatee Hero Award after saving the lives of several Manatee. Tim is often referred to as “The Manatee Whisperer” in media and with more than 15 years of experience is arguably considered one of the best Manatee trackers on earth.

Plan Your Perfect Trip With Us

Everyone needs to spend quality time with family and friends. We need that time as a matter of health. Both mentally and physically. We need time to destress and relax. Seaway Outfitters specializes in connecting people with the outdoors. We provide a laid-back and fun environment with an opportunity to learn and experience some of our natural treasures

Mini Powerboat Rentals

Fort Myers River District Powerboat Rides

Take to the water in our new mini powerboats! You’ll have a blast navigating the river and seeing the Ft Myers skyline from a unique perspective. Equipped with 20 hp Suzuki motors, our mini powerboats offer just the right amount of power to ensure that you have a safe and fun time on the water. Available for one hour, ninety minutes, or two hours by appointment only.

Please call us at 239-270-1095 to inquire about availability.

Services

Estero Bay Estuary Kayak Tour

Paddle the world-famous Estero Bay estuary with legendary kayak guide Tim Martell. See and learn about a variety of interesting species while benefitting from Tim’s 15 plus years of experience as an expert wildlife tracker and rescue specialist.

Fort Myers River District Mini Powerboats

New mini powerboat rentals are now available in the Fort Myers river district. Experience downtown Fort Myers on the water like never before!

Seaway Outfitters offers seasoned environmental experts and guides to provide an unparalleled experience in Estero Bay

FAQ

What will I need?

When planning for your kayak tour, make sure you wear clothes and shoes that can get wet! Water shoes, flip flops, or crocs are all great choices! We recommend wearing sunscreen and wearing a wide brim hat for protection from the sun. We provide bottles of cold water, but you’re free to bring your own if you prefer. We also take lots of photos and post each tour to an album on our facebook. If you choose to bring a camera or cell phone, we recommend a waterproof case.

Where do I meet you?

Our kayak tours meet at New Pass Bridge SW End Canoe and Kayak Launch. This is on the Southwest side of New Pass Bridge on Big Hickory Island just south of Lovers Key  (26.3756269,-81.8614169)

 

When should I be there?

Please plan on being at the launch site at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of your scheduled tour

Are bathrooms available?

There are no restrooms available onsite. We recommend using the facilities before you arrive. The closest public restrooms are available at Lovers Key State Park

If you have any other questions about your tour we recommend reaching out in advance – call us now at 239-270-1095 or email us at tim@seawayoutfitters.com

What Our Survivors Say

Charles Kellerman
Charles Kellerman
2022-01-10
My girlfriend and I did a morning tour with Tim and Erik today, and it really was amazing! Tim gave us a very energetic description of everything we saw while making our way into the estuary and through a canal in the mangroves! We saw some dolphins, ospreys fighting over a freshly caught fish, many pelicans, and then all the creatures Erik found while we were with Tim. I can't think of a better way to have spent our morning! These guys really enjoy what they do and are very proud of it, as they should be!
Lauren Bird
Lauren Bird
2021-12-26
Katie Fresolone
Katie Fresolone
2021-11-19
Tim was amazing! It was basically the coolest adult field trip. He ensured our group was safe the entire time as well. He taught us soooo much about the estuary and the wildlife. He snd Joanie showed us so many adorable little fish, conch, shrimp, and crabs. We saw several dolphins and had some once in a life time experiences with them up close. Tim is so passionate about the estuary and the wildlife and protecting it. It was so incredible. He completely changed the departure time to work with our group as well which was so kind. And he took loads of photos for us. We will definitely be back on our next visit!
Kathryn Kraft
Kathryn Kraft
2021-10-26
If you love to learn and adventure- this tour is for you!! Seriously, book it! It’s the best in the business!! Tim and Eric took us on a private guided kayak tour where we saw 30+ species! They took the time to answer all of our questions. We were able to see a calf manatee that came up to our kayak, mom and cub dolphins, a horseshoe crab, miniature seahorses, upside down jellyfish, and so much more! Through the tour you gain such an appreciation for the ecosystem around you and the diversity of life. It truly is such a blast. Tim and Eric know a lot and love sharing their passion with others. We will certainly be back for another tour!!!
Jon Jones
Jon Jones
2021-10-26
My girlfriend and I truly enjoyed this kayak tour of Estero Bay. Tim and Eric were the best tour guides one could hope for. They worked hard to find as many unique wildlife species as possible for us on the trip. By the end, we had to have seen at least 35+ different species of wildlife, each accompanied by an expert explanation from Tim & Eric. Dolphins, manatees, horseshoe crab, seahorses, jellyfish, crabs, snails, you name it, these guys put us onto it! If you are contemplating going on this tour vs one of the other wildlife tours offered in the area, book this one, it's simply the best.
Annlan Tran
Annlan Tran
2021-09-18
There are so many tours to choose from, but I chose this because of the vast knowledge and experience Tim offers. His passion and dedication to wildlife is remarkable and genuine. Tim being a naturalist and conservationist definitely helps his credibility and he was so fun and friendly! We can all be a part of the change to help the marine life and preserve our world!
Marisela Garcia
Marisela Garcia
2021-09-02
This was by far one of the best experiences I have had in my life! Our tour guide Tim checked off things from my bucket list. Tim was an amazing tour guide. He made sure we saw everything possible that was there. We saw so many dolphins and súper up close!! One even next to my kayak! We also saw so many manatees. Tim did a great job informing us everything about the manatees and about the little sea creatures he went above and beyond in finding for us! He found seahorses, shrimps, crabs, hard sponges, and more. I super highly recommend this kayak tour.
Rachel Zindren
Rachel Zindren
2021-08-30
This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I purchased the tour through a Groupon after reading all the positive reviews online. The reviews were correct! I had a 'private' tour as summer in Florida is considered the slow season. I was able to chat with the guide for the entire time on the water and learned so much about the wildlife and estuary. I've never had a tour guide who was so passionate and knowledgeable about a subject matter. Also, I was treated to so many wonderful sights! There was a manatee sighting, bird sightings, and numerous dolphin sightings throughout the entire tour. At one point there were six dolphins swimming around our two kayaks, within five feet of us, seeming to play in the water right alongside with us. Lastly, there were the funniest birds that the guide had befriended from being on the water each morning. The birds swam right alongside us for much of the tour with their playful antics, flying and diving right around us getting their morning meal. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys nature and is looking for a beautiful morning out on the water.
Andrea Buckley
Andrea Buckley
2021-08-19
I highly recommend going on the kayak tour. Tim was amazing and took his time to give us cool facts the entire time. He took us around the bay and showed us amazing sea critters that we’ve either never seen before or didn’t know what it was. Tim was very energetic and made the entire experience one to remember.
Chris Moorehead
Chris Moorehead
2021-08-02
We just did a tour on our vacation to Little Hickory Island last week.. had a great time! The guys are prompt, ready, and super informative. In addition to that they had great stories particularly about Simon the Alpha Bull Dolphin of Estero Bay. I would definitely recommend this highly interactive experience!

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