What exactly is an Ecotour?

Although some travel companies use the term loosely to mean 'adventure travel' or 'travel to nature', standards have been set to establish
the definition of 'ecotourism'.

An ecotour is a small, individually guided tour that takes into consideration conservation and preservation issues, donates to the local
economy, and teaches the travelers something about the nature and culture of the area in which they are located.

An ecotour will among other things

* Minimize impact,
* Emphasize passive observation,
* Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect,
* Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts,
* Provide direct financial benefits for conservation,
* Raise sensitivity to the host area's political environmental,
and social climate.

An ecotour will never encourage you to intrude on wildlife and
never, ever encourage you to pet or feed  wild animals.

At  Aardvark's Florida Kayak Company, we are founded on the core principles of Environmental Ethics and Sustainability. We believe that
true ecotourism is an ethic, not just a marketing tool.
Kayaking Tours

Do Not Disturb Manatee Tours
Paddle with Manatees
With the onset of winter, these gentle giants migrate to the spring fed waters of Crystal River to seek shelter
from the cold.  At a balmy 72 degrees, the springs provide them with life sustaining warmth. As spring moves to
summer, most manatees leave the area to feed in the shallow coastal waters ranging from Tampa Bay to the
Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana.

Keeping with the principles of true ecotourism, our encounters feature passive observation and a hands off
approach.  We donate 10% of our tour fees from SMC members for manatee conservation.

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"Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let
them live normal lives, love them more
." (Edwin Way Teale)
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Stand Up Paddle Board
Hiking and Other Custom Tours
Tours run on Wednesday through Sunday by reservation only. The tour location is decided on a first reserved, first choice
basis.  Public tours leave at 9 am and run about 3 hours.  Launch times and durations may vary on Private tours.

Public & Private Tours are available.  A public tour is one where you may be paired with other
paddlers up to a maximum of 10 paddlers.  A private tour is limited to those in your party only.   
There is a 2 person minimum charge for any tour.  We also offer a  private family friendly tour that is
tailored to families with smaller children and
is abbreviated, spending just 2 hours on the water.

Children are welcome but expected to be well behaved and under control at all times.  The guide
has the right to terminate any tour based on behavior out of respect for others on the water. No
refunds are available. There is no age limit and children under 3 are free when riding in a double
kayak with an adult parent or guardian. Only private or family friendly abbreviated tours are available
to parties with children age 12 and under .
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Serving all of Central Florida
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