Tarpon Bay Explorers - Explore and Discover

Offering a large selection of kayak, canoe, bike and boat rentals, Tarpon Bay Explorers will meet all your nature recreation needs. Explore the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and beautiful Sanibel Island.

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Tarpon Bay Explorers
900 Tarpon Bay Road
Sanibel Island, FL  33957
Open 7 Days A Week At 8am

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Not sure about going on your own?  Check out our guided nature tours and let an experienced naturalist lead the way.


Kayaks and Canoes
Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle through the mangrove forest along the Commodore Creek Water Trail or explore the open waters of Tarpon Bay and look for dolphins, manatees, birds, and more.  (2-hours minimum. Safety vests included at no charge.)

Ride a bike along Wildlife Drive in the heart of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We are the closest rental facility to the Wildlife Refuge, with no intersections to cross. Children’s bikes, trail-a bikes, baby buggers, and baby seats are also available. (Half- or full-day. Safety helmets included at no charge.)

Motorized Canoes
Perfect for fishing in Tarpon Bay. These two-person canoes come equipped with an electric trolling motor so you don’t have to spend time paddling. Bring your own fishing gear or rent it from us. Live bait and fishing licenses are also available. (Half- or full-day.)

Pontoon Boats
A relaxing way to explore the 950 acres of pristine waters of Tarpon Bay. Bring the whole family and spend the day fishing or sightseeing in the mangrove estuary. Our 20-foot pontoon boats accommodate up to 8 people (handicap-accessible) and come equipped with bimini top, trim and tilt motors, cooler with ice, live well, and ample storage. Bring your own fishing gear or rent it from us. Live bait and fishing licenses are also available. No boating experience necessary. Guides/Captains available. (Half- or full-day.)

Standup Paddleboards
Come walk on water! Introducing standup paddleboard rentals at Tarpon Bay Explorers. Our service is unique in Sanibel because ours is located in the "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We are also unique because only Tarpon Bay Explorers offers an environment where no board transport is needed. Launch right from our rental location! Enjoy paddleboarding through the estuary to see fish, birds, dolphins, manatees and more. Our boards are very stable and good for any and all skill levels. Come walk on water and get a great core workout!

Tarpon Bay Explorers is the licensed concessionaire of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, providing low impact recreational and educational opportunities to the public under contract with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.