The Everglades are home to a rich diversity of plant and animal species and was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. The wetlands offer the silent sea kayaker a wonderful opportunity to explore and experience the sandy beaches, morning sunrises and the famous "Chickees" - where we'll camp.
Day 1: We meet at the Naples, Florida airport at 3:00pm. From the airport we will travel to Everglades City, our first stop within the Everglades National Park system. You will have time to explore the visitor center and quaint town shops. The evening will be spent enjoying dinner at a local restaurant to get acquainted. You will spend the night at a local hotel.
Day 2: Our first full day will be filled with kayak instruction in the local Thousand Islands area. You will enjoy lunch at the remote Chokoloskee Island. We will return to our hotel for a restful evening and dinner in Everglades City.
Day 3: We head out from Everglades City via van, visiting the Shark Valley Visitor Center and the Ernst Coe Visitor Center on the way to Flamingo. We camp at Flamingo with plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty of the Everglades, exploring by foot and kayak. Meals during our camping adventure will be created by your professional guides on camp stoves under the open sky.
Day 4 & 5: If the group and weather permit we will load up our kayaks with our belongings and head out to the remote heart of the Everglades to enjoy a night or two on Chickees, elevated platforms, built up and around the mangroves that create our sea kayaking playground. You will paddle some of the wonderful water trails that wander the mangroves visiting some of the numerous islands and remote sandy beaches.
Day 6: After returning from our camping adventure we will check in to a local hotel and enjoy our final evening together with a dinner of fresh fish and local fare in Flamingo.
Day 7: An early departure by van from Flamingo to Naples will allow you to comfortably make connecting flights home.
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