Sanibel offers first-class kayaking and paddleboarding. Canoe & Kayak Magazine and Paddler Magazine both list Sanibel as a top destination for great weather, abundant wildlife, world-class beaches and proximity to other hot spots such as Captiva and Pine Island.
You have decided to come to an island, drawn by the beckon of the sea. So indulge your inner sailor and get out on the water. It’s the island thing to do.
When it comes to trekking around island waterways–whether it’s the Gulf, bay, or river—paddling is the most wildlife intimate, eco-conscious mode. Outfitters on both islands can set you up with a kayak or canoe that best fits the type of water or activity you choose.
Besides rentals, outfitters offer kayaking lessons for the beginner and guided tours into the islands’ most secret wildlife areas where you can’t go by larger craft. There’s no better way to get close to the islands’ rich bird life and marine creatures. Dolphins often escort your excursion and sometimes a manatee will steal a back-scratch off the bottom of your craft.
The Island Inn now has kayaks available to rent, directly on the beach! Paddle along the coast and enjoy the warm water and the beautiful view from the other side of the beach. Visit the front desk for rentals and more information.
Source: The Islands of Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Guide