Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding
Imagine yourself kayaking through marvelous mangrove tunnels, practicing yoga atop a paddleboard, or getting up close to unique wildlife, like sea stars, manatees, and dolphin. With miles of coastline, you’ll soon understand why using a paddle for propulsion is the best way to experience Bradenton Area waters.
With a name like Surferbus, you know you’re in for an adventure. Just pulling up to the surfer-themed bus is an experience, as it is literally covered in colorful kayaks, paddleboards, and oars. But don’t let the laid-back styling fool you, you can rent first-rate equipment and take self-guided tours of the local waterways. Directly adjacent to the bus is Palma Sola Bay, a calm body of water that is perfect for novice paddlers. More adventurous explorers should paddle through the mangrove tunnels of Robinson Preserve. Regardless of which route you take, you’ll easily spot local sea life and wildlife in their natural habitats.
Beach Bums is a vibrant outpost where you’ll find just about any kind of rental to explore Anna Maria Island, including bicycles, golf carts—and of course, paddle boards and kayaks. If you’re a DIY kind of person, take advantage of Beach Bum’s free delivery to Bayfront Park. There you’ll access lower Tampa Bay where you can paddle around the Anna Maria City Pier while taking in sweeping views the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. If you’re looking for a more exclusive experience, book a guided tour. Your expert guide will give you a brief orientation, complete with proper balance and paddling techniques. Once acclimated, the tour meanders around mangroves into Anna Maria Sound, under Key Royale Bridge and into Bimini Bay. Paddlers often see dolphins feeding in the shallow waters, and the lucky few may even spot manatees!
For those looking to find a mindful moment, the Salty Buddha offers paddleboard yoga sessions. The cool Gulf breezes and warm sun offer the perfect opportunity to tune-out everyday life and harmonize with Mother Nature. Each 90-minute session includes an introduction to paddleboarding, a short journey over the emerald waters around Anna Maria Island, and an hour of guided yoga. Immerse yourself in nature, then connect your mind and body as you flow through yoga poses atop your paddleboard. With beginner and advanced classes, this is truly a unique experience for every yoga enthusiast.
Owned by a husband-wife team, AMI Paddleboards is a top-notch rental depot for kayaks and paddleboards. Whether you’re looking to travel at your own pace or join a guided adventure, they have you covered. For the self-starters, your rental will be delivered to just about any location on Anna Maria Island or Longboat Key, making your excursion a breeze. If you’re looking to learn more about the local waters, book a tour through the mangroves with their knowledgeable guides. Each trip includes equipment, expert introduction, and a tour through diverse ecosystems. No matter if you’re solo or on a tour, you will have the chance to get up close to area wildlife, like horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and dolphins!