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ECOmersion will take you through the Mangrove Tunnels of Weedon Island in St. Petersburg, and it’s an experience well worth the trip. The kayak tour company operates out of the resplendent preserve 7 days a week. Visitors can enjoy multi-hour guided adventures with a member of the ECOmersion team, or reserve a time to go out and paddle on their own.
The company’s ethos is to get people outside and connected with nature. Don’t be surprised if you happen upon wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, fish, and birds during your tour. Weedon Island Preserve is quiet, reserved, and fun for all ages and experience levels.
ECOmersion donates to groups that protect our environment
ECOmersion is about more than just getting out on the water. The guides want to enrich each visitors understanding of the natural environment, and to encourage them to actively protect it. As a way to give back, ECOmersion donates a percentage of all profits to local and national groups. Some of these groups include the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Audubon Society, and the Tampa Bay Watch (TBW) who protect and maintain the environment around us for future generations to enjoy. ECOmersion also coordinates monthly cleanups and have picked up hundreds of pounds of trash from our local shorelines.
ECOmersion has spearheaded cleanups with 119 attendees who removed a total of 690.5 pounds of debris from Pinellas County public spaces. These cleanups took place at 9 different locations. ECOmersion staff and friends also participated in the 35th Annual International Coastal Clean Up in support of international environmental awareness. Additionally, the ECOmersion launch site will strive for net zero emissions by 2025 with all electricity provided by solar panels attached to the facility.
Rent a kayak, or enjoy a guided adventure
Want to rent a vessel? ECOmersion offers single kayaks, tandem kayaks, SUP paddle boards, and canoes. These vessels can be rented from 1-4 hours and range in $25-$75 for the entire experience.
In the mood for a full guided tour? ECOmersion has you covered. The experience will begin by taking you into the pristine blue waters and seagrass meadows of the Weedon Island Preserve as you and your guide search for manatees and dolphins. After hanging out with underwater friends, you will then make your way to the winding mangrove tunnels. These mesmerizing tunnels stretch for miles and are some of the longest tunnels in all of Florida.
Explore the longest mangrove tunnel in Florida
“Be on the lookout for mangrove crabs, mullet, and countless varieties of birds that nest inside the mangrove forests,” write the ECOmersion owners. All along the way your experienced tour guides will be answering all of your questions and will educate you about the history and wildlife of the Weedon Island Preserve.