At H2O Adventures & More, our customers always receive VIP treatment. We’re invested in keeping our customers happy, and providing specialized services designed to make their time on the water enjoyable and memorable. Take a look at some of our customer's favorite paddling tours listed below.
Salt Water Tours
Weedon Island ( St.Petersburg/Gandy)
Weedon Island Preserve has an awesome 4 mile paddling trail through 3,700 acres of protected land and waters along the Northwest shore of Old Tampa Bay. As you paddle through the mangrove tunnels into protected lagoons you will see an abundance of birds, fish and other marine life such as dolphins and manatees. This tour is tidal dependent, so these tours are held at high tide.
Dunedin Causeway (Dunedin)
We launch from the Dunedin causeway, which allows many options but we generally paddle North
to one of the small islands. There's always a variety of birds, fish and sometimes dolphins to enjoy along the way. Once at the island, we will have time to explore and relax before paddling back.
Fort DeSoto/Shell Key (St. Petersburg)
Fort De Soto State park is made up of five islands/keys and has so many areas to explore, including the historic fort and nearby Shell Key. While paddling you will be able to see and enjoy an abundance of wildlife. Once we land on Shell Key there will be time to relax on the sandbar/beach, go looking for shells or explore the key. We also offer camping trips on Shell Key.
Sunset &/or Full Moon Downtown Tampa
Catch the sunset then paddle under the light of the full moon and lighted bridges! Nighttime is the most peaceful time to be on the water and a fantastic way to enjoy seeing downtown Tampa from the water. These tours begin prior to sunset and/or moonrise and are determined by lunar calendar.
Cypress Point Park (Tampa near TIA)
Explore the inland waters of Tampa Bay paddling around the mangroves where you may see dolphins and manatees!
After the paddle, you may want to enjoy some time relaxing on the beach.
Davis Island (Tampa)
See Davis Island and downtown Tampa from the water. We will launch at the seaplane basin beach just South of the Davis Island Yacht Club then paddle out into Tampa Bay heading North towards Tampa General Hospital. Along the way you will see some beautiful homes and wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, and birds.Hillsborough River (several locations in Tampa, Hillsborough County)
Fresh Water Tours
Hillsborough River (several locations in Tampa, Hillsborough County)
The Hillsborough River flows 54 miles through Pasco and Hillsborough counties and empties into Tampa Bay. There is a 30 mile paddling trail, which runs from the Hillsborough River State Park to Rowlett Park with many launch sites. The water level is controlled by rainfall, making it higher in the summer and lower in the winter.The flora and fauna is beautiful and you may see several varieties of birds, fish, turtles and snakes, as well as, alligators in their natural environment.
Weeki Wachee River (Weeki Wachee, Hernando County)
Weeki Wachee is home to the famous mermaids and has a beautiful 7.4 mile spring-fed sandy bottom river,
which is a beautiful bluish-green color. Its 6 mile paddling trail begins at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and
ends at Rogers Park. Like other springs in Florida, the Weeki's temperature remains a constant 72 degrees year round. As the weather gets warmer it becomes a popular spot, because it's such a refreshing place to cool off. Manatees are frequently seen here, especially in the cooler months.
Crystal River/Three Sisters Spring (Crystal River, Citrus County)
This river is 7 miles long and is home to the Three Sisters Spring, known to be thewinter residence to many
manatees (November to March). The water here is also 72 degrees and is beautifully clear. We will paddle to
Three Sister’s Spring however, during manatee season you are not allowed to kayak into the spring. You may
be allowed to swim into the spring, but this depends on United States Fish and Wildlife Service. There may also
be time to explore King's Bay before we head back. This is a popular attraction so it may be very crowded and
knowing this ahead of time may make it more enjoyable for you. Make sure to bring a mask, snorkel, fins and
an underwater camera to check out the underwater life and the bubbles coming out of the spring. A wetsuit is
strongly recommended November through March. Please note: there is no designated area where you are allowed to pull up to in order to exit the kayak. Therefore, if you want to swim you will be entering and exiting
water that is chest deep or higher. The guide will tether your kayak to others and set an anchor while you swim.
Please also understand reboarding the kayak may be difficult depending on your level of agility.
Peace River (locations in Polk, Hardee, DeSoto counties)
Also known as "Rio de la Paz (River of Peace), flows 106 miles from Polk County and empties into the bay in Charlotte County. It has a 67 mile paddling trail and is renowned for fossil hunting. People travel from all over the world to dig, sift and find Florida’s buried prehistoric treasures. The water level is controlled by rainfall, making it higherin the summer and lower in the winter. Like the name implies, it is generally peaceful and is very different from the Weeki and Crystal Rivers.
Chassahowitzka River "THE CHAZ" (Chassahowitzka Springs, Citrus County)
This River is known for Seven Sister's Spring and "The Crack". It flows 5 miles from the spring head, through
freshwater tributaries and salt water creeks out to the Gulf of Mexico. The water is beautifully clear and
refreshing in the springs and you may see manatees, bald eagles, osprey, the Florida black bear, white tailed
deer, river otters, alligators and more.