Choose Your Daytona Beach Kayak Tour!
Paddle with the Manatees, relax on the Wekiva, kayak the swamps of Blackwater Lake or run the fast waters of Emerald Cut. We offer guided kayak tours on several rivers local to Daytona Beach. Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc 352-589-7899 or email us.

St. Johns River & Blue Springs  

"Its crystal clear water, you can see turtles and fish swimming under your yak." A paradise for wildlife this historic river was once the highway for commerce bringing goods to the Central Florida area by paddle wheel boat. Being close to Daytona Beach makes this tour a favorite! It's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour. 

Here during the Winter? The spring run is closed for the Manatees so you'll want to 
Book the Winter Manatee tour below. 

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $64.00 (2-3 hours) 

Click here to learn more & book your St Johns I tour
St Johns River II $94.00 (4-5 hours) 
Click here to learn more & book your St Johns II tour

Winter Manatee Tour (Winter Months Only) 
Winter makes Florida a truly magical place and the Manatees come inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of the springs. If you have never experienced this gentle giant now is the time. Just outside of Daytona, this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Winter Manatee I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

 Blackwater Lake
Paddle through the enchanted blackwater forest and old Florida swamp to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress Trees that are hundreds of years old. Less than an hour from Daytona, Blackwater Lake is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Rock Springs Run Fun
This river meanders through Cabbage Palm forests, Live Oak hammocks as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. It's a great place to cool off in the summer. Being close to Daytona makes this an awesome 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Extreme Emerald Cut 
Kayaking on some of Central Florida's fastest water is a ton of fun! Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. Along with some great wildlife viewing, this is an epic 2-3 or 4-5 hour Daytona Beach kayaking tour!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours) 

Click here to kayak the Emerald Cut I tour
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours) 

Click here to take a tour of Emerald Cut II

Wekiva River 
These slow moving waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, birds, fish and other wildlife. If you're looking for a nature filled, lazy river paddling trip this is for you. For this Daytona Beach kayaking tour we are able to make it a 2-3 or 
4-5 hour trip.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $64.00 (2-3 hours) 

Click here for your Wekiva River tour
Wekiva River II $94.00 (4-5 hours) 
Click here for the longer tour of the Wekiva River

Silver River 
 Silver Springs which creates the Silver River is boardered by state park and it's exceptionally scenic! You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but as a first magnitude spring it makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 2. If you are staying near Daytona or the beaches and want to experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Central Florida this is an unforgettable 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $94.00 (4-5 hours)
Click here to kayak the beautiful Silver River tour
        
All of our Daytona Beach area guided kayak tours are booked by reservation and we can accommodate ages 5 and above.


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This is a watercolor by Donna Rutlin from a photo of her tour in March 2010.

An awesome adventure kayaking with the Manatees and Wildlife of Central Florida Jan. 2017



















The St Johns River was a hoping place this morning. Everywhere you look there is wildlife! The Great Blue Herons are starting their mating ritual sitting on their nests all fluffed up with their bills pointing skyward. The wading birds were out along with some special ones such as Limpkins, American Bitterns, Sandhill Cranes, Purple Gallinules and Bald Eagles. There were dozens of Manatees up in the sanctuary this morning. A few came over and gave us a closer look - what a gentle creature they are and it’s a special time when they interact with us. In the swamps of Snake Creek we found lots of young Alligators and Turtles sunning. We got to see a Momma Gator carrying her babies on her back so we gave her lots of space. One day before a cold front that was moving southward it was good timing to be on the river. Great weather and great paddling buddies always make for a great day!

This is a video of what the river looked like first thing this morning!

Kayaking the beautiful St Johns River Dec. 7, 2016







All the way from ND Landa and Arla looked us up for their first kayaking expedition and they took right to it! The St Johns River with all its wildlife is ideal for some laid back paddling. The Manatees were feeding at the weed line, Bald Eagle sitting in the highest Cypress Tree, Gators and Turtles sunning themselves and about a half dozen Limpkins were flying about carrying on with each other. The White Ibis could be seen decorating the winterized trees and from the foggy morning to the pure Florida sunshine the wading birds colored the river. It was the perfect day for paddling!  

Lake Dora and her shades of gray...paddling the Dora Canal












We headed off to kayak the Dora Canal just after sunrise and man was it beautiful! First we checked out Lake Dora with the sun still behind the low clouds and it was a wash of gray. There must have been hundreds of Tree Swallows flying overhead feasting on their breakfast. Paddling back through the canal we got to see Great Egrets, Anhingas, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons in their first year white phase, Green Herons, White Ibis and an Osprey all doing their morning thing. With the giant Cypress Trees, swaying Spanish Moss, flaming red Turks Cap also known as Sleeping Hibiscus and the reflections from the calm water it was a beautiful morning to be a kayaker!

And then there were 3... We had the river all to ourselves!





The 3 of us paddled the flooded St Johns this morning and as we started our journey not a soul was on the river. First we went up into Blue Springs. It's always a treat to see the dark water change in the blink of an eye to the clear, cool, spring water. There were Turtles and Anhingas sunning on the fallen trees. As we headed toward the swamps we found Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, White Ibis and Little Blue Herons. It's so neat to be able to kayak through these normally dry areas so we took a break there and absorbed the peacefulness. Drifting downstream we found a large Bald Eagle watching us from the tallest tree. What a beautiful day to be on the water.