• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable

    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

Guided Canoe and Kayak Trips

Guided canoe and kayak trips are typically offered during the winter months (January - April), but may also be offered on a more limited basis at other times of year. Check the Schedule of Events for details.

General Information Pertaining to All Trips

Reservations required, yet reservations will not be taken earlier than 7 days in advance of any trip. Call 786-335-3612.

Paddler Requirements for Short (2-3 hour) Trips

  • At least one "adult" (18+) must be in each boat
  • Second paddler must be at least 11 yrs old
  • OPTIONAL middle floor seat: Children must be at least 10 yrs old and weigh at least 50 lbs
  • If an adult with a child under 11 yrs old wants to sign up, they must find another adult to accompany them
  • Maximum number of people per canoe is three (even if they are small); Kayak maximum is two.
  • Participants must know how to swim.

What to Bring on the Trip

  • Sun protection: At least sunscreen and a sun hat of some kind
  • Water - recommended 1 liter per paddler for short trips and 4 per paddler for all-day trips
  • Closed-toe shoes that can get wet; clothes that can get wet - cotton not recommended
  • Food: optional snack for short trip; lunch and energy snacks for all-day trips.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Paddling gloves optional but recommended for all day trips
  • Trip Cancellation and Confirmation
  • All trips are subject to cancellation at the Biscayne National Park guide's discretion, e.g. due to bad weather. Visitors will be informed as soon as possible if there is a cancellation. No "rain checks."
  • If you must cancel your reservation, please do so as soon as possible to allow us time to fill your vacancy.

Did You Know?

Caribbean Spiny Lobster

While lobstering is permitted in Biscayne National Park, the tasty crustaceans are protected in the Biscayne Bay-Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary, where harvest is prohibited year round. More...