Great Calusa Blueway
Paddle with dolphins, manatees and wading birds on Florida's southwest coast. Pass the famed beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, enjoy hiking, biking and swimming on Cayo Costa, Florida's least-visited state park accessible only by boat, and delve into Sanibel Island's Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
We have received special permission to camp one night at an interpretive site of the Calusa Indians, namesake of the water trail. We will be able to walk the trails up the shell mounds and camp on the very spot where this sophisticated people, now extinct, had a large settlement. Next, we'll paddle to Cayo Costa State Park, Florida's least-visited, accessible only by boat. Spending two nights here gives us time to enjoy the hiking and biking trails, a day paddle through Lover's Tunnel mangroves, and swimming on the beautiful beach. We'll camp just steps from the wild beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Average distance: 8-12 miles per day.
Cost: $895 per person double occupancy, $950 single: includes sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, camping fees, and pre-launch dinner and lodging in quaint cottages that are right at the launch in Bokeelia, FL. Not included: airfare, alcohol, bike rentals, and post-trip lodging.*
A complete circumnavigation of Pine Island that takes in the complete island chain: Sanibel, Captiva and Cayo Costa. For more experienced paddlers, confident in potentially rough, open water, and able to do a wet exit and assisted re-entry. We average 10 to 17 miles daily, 70 miles in all. We start in Bokeelia at the top of Pine Island, traverse the outer islands of Cayo Costa, camping two nights there for hiking, biking and swimming on the Gulf of Mexico wild beach. From here we'll follow the barrier islands of the Captivas and Sanibel, with stays in a beach cottage and on a primitive island, pass through the famous Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, then loop back up around to Matlacha, a funky, colorful fishing village.
Cost: $1,595 per person double occupancy, $1795 single: includes sea kayaks and gear, camping equipment, all meals, cottage and camping fees, including lodging and dinner the night before launch, and one night in a historic cottage on Captiva Island. Not included: airfare, alcohol, and post-trip lodging.* See below discounts for bringing your own kayak or camping gear.
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Include sea kayaks, all camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.), camping fees, lodging, guides services, instruction, all meals & snacks. (Sales tax is included.) Our groups are small, allowing us to provide personalized service.
Optional restaurant dining or hotel stays are at customer's expense.
Discounts cannot be combined.
-10% off for bringing own sea kayak at least 16 feet long with double bulkheads, paddle, PFD, and sprayskirt. Kayak must be approved by Burnham Guides as appropriate for open water expeditions and carrying communal gear, food and water. Burnham Guides is not responsible for loss or damage to personal boats or gear.
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-10% for bringing your own camping gear: small tent, packable sleeping bag and pad and associated drybags. Gear must be approved by Burnham Guides, backpacking-style and able to fit into the hatches of the kayak, leaving enough room for communal gear, food and water.
-Group Discounts available for 6 or more.
-20% for children under 15 in a tandem with parent
A 20% deposit required at time of booking. We will email you a link to pay online at a secure site. Balance is due one week before trip and is non-refundable.
30-day notice is required for cancellation to receive a refund of your deposit. Refund may be subject to a processing fee to cover credit card charges and any nonrefundable reservations we have made on your behalf. Trip Insurance is highly recommended for longer trips.
Dinner and lodging the night before launch is included at Bokeelia Cottages, on Pine Island, FL. This is a convenient motel right at our launch. If you would like to also stay there the night of landing, contact them at (239) 283-0015. Matlacha also has several places to stay.
Closest Airport: Southwest Florida International (Ft. Myers).com. Taxi service is available from the airport to the launch. Call Pine Island Taxi