Calusa Blueway Trip
Great Calusa Blueway
4 and 6 day Options
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.
$795 per person includes sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, and camping fees. Arrive the night before to stay in quaint cottages that are right at the launch in Bokeelia, FL. Not included: airfare, pre/post trip lodging, alcohol, and bike rental.
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 and end in Bokeelia at the top of Pine Island, spend a night in the funky little village of Matlacha, pass through Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, traverse the outer islands of Sanibel, the Captivas and Cayo Costa, camping two nights there for hiking, biking and swimming on the Gulf of Mexico wild beach. There is one primitive island night, and one night in a beach cottage on Captiva. Arrive the night before and stay in efficiency cottages right at the launch in Bokeelia, FL (cost not included).
$1,500 per person double occupancy
includes sea kayaks and gear, camping equipment, meals, cottage and camping fees, and one night in a historic cottage on Captiva Island.
Not included: Pre/post trip lodging, airfare, and alcohol
discounts for bringing your own kayak or camping gear