Great Calusa Blueway
Paddle with dolphins, manatee and wading birds on Florida's southwest coast. Pass the famed beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, spend two days 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.
Lodging ranges from island camping watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, a Sanibel beach cottage, and a night aboard a cool mothership!
7-day trip: 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 14 miles daily, 60 miles in all. We start in Bokeelia at the top of Pine Island, traverse the outer islands of Cayo Costa, the Captivas and Sanibel, and loop back up around to Matlacha, a funky, colorful fishing village.
Cost: $1,550 per person, all-inclusive of kayaks, camping equipment, lodging and meals. Based on double occupancy. If you do not want to share a room, a single supplement may be added. See below discounts for bringing your own kayak and/or camping gear, early booking, and groups.
Want a shorter or beginner trip? Contact us to customize a 3-4 day expedition just for you!Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail for more information or to reserve your spot!
Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival
We had a great time sharing our books and slide show and meeting new paddling friends at the Blueway's signature event. Mary even tried an SUP Yoga class!
Check it out next November: demos, speakers, instruction, evening socials, a film festival and photo contest, live music, fishing tournament, races, group tours, club paddles and more.
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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% Early Booking Discount on Florida trips booked (deposit made) by Sept. 1.
10% off for bringing own sea kayak (must be deemed capable of overnight, open water expeditions by Burnham Guides).
10% for bringing own camping gear: tent, sleeping bag and pad.
20% for bringing your own camping gear and sea kayak.
20% for groups of 6 or more
20% for children under 15 in a tandem with parent
20% deposit required at time of booking. Balance due one week before trip.
30-day notice is required for cancellation or deposit will not be returned. Return of deposit may be subject to a processing fee to cover credit card charges and any nonrefundable deposits we have made on your behalf. Trip Insurance is highly recommended for longer trips.
Pre-launch lodging at Bokeelia Cottages (also our launch) is included.
Closest Airport: Southwest Florida International (Ft. Myers).com. Taxi service is available from the airport to the launch. Call Pine Island Taxi