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New Smyrna Beach EcoTours

Kayak & SUP EcoTours
Homeschool Outdoor Activities, airbnb Experiences


Come out and paddle where the tides flow and the dolphins play


After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics …. and found that none of these satisfy, what remains?
Nature remains.
Walt Whitman

2 hour tours

Tour the Indian River Lagoon with Certified Florida Master Naturalists

Kayak New Smyrna Beach,The Indian River Lagoon

Kayaking Central Florida’s Indian River Lagoon in New Smyrna Beach is one of the best Florida experiences you can have!

The Indian River Lagoon System boasts the highest biodiversity of any estauary ecosystem in the country.

Kayak or Paddleboard the Indian River Lagoon with Certified Master Naturalists. You can find yourself in water loaded with fish, wading birds and many varieties of marine life. Paddling among manatees and dolphins is a common occurrence.

Our Nichols Surf Shop EcoTours last about 2 hours. We take individuals and/or groups into the mangrove forests, coves and tidal marshes of the Indian River Lagoon.

Overview of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon

There are three primary water bodies within the Indian River Lagoon system.

They include the Indian River Lagoon itself, the Banana River, and the Mosquito Lagoon.

Paddling the Indian River Lagoon offers the chance to see manatees, dolphins and bird life; such a gannets, gulls, shorebirds, and wading birds along its’ shores.

Looking into the water as you paddle may reward you with the sighting of a sea-turtle grazing on algae.

In the warmer months you will find conchs, rays, manatees and and sea urchins – just to name a few.

We also stop at “natures salad bar” and treat you to some of the Indian River Lagoon’s wild edibles such as sea-purslane, saltwort and glasswort, to name a few.

Come join Nichols Surf Shop for a spectacular Indian River EcoTour experience! Unwind as your tour guide leads you on a rich, educational, and fun journey.

What is Ecotourism?

Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that does no harm to the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

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Eco-Tour Guides

Certified Florida Naturalists – University of Florida

Nichols Surf Shop New Smyrna Beach Florida

Michael Tillman

Having grown up on the white water of the Potomac river, I have years of experience in paddling and water safety.

I am an avid explorer of the natural world and will bring that experience and my enthusiasm to each tour.

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Sonia & Mike

While waiting for Sonia’s Bio, I thought we would introduce her loading kayaks with Mike. 

…. bio to come

Warren Reynolds

  • Florida Master Naturalist Program, University of Florida: – Coastal Systems Certified – Freshwater Certified – Uplands Certified
  • Retired hospitality industry
  • Kayak & Bicycle Ecotour Guide
  • Florida Native Plant Society

Native of Virginia, New Smyrna Beach resident 14 years

Lois Reed

  • Florida Master Naturalist Program, University of Florida: – Coastal Systems Certified – Freshwater Wetlands Certified
  • Former Wilderness Survival Leader; Project U.S.E.; NOLS; Outward Bound
  • Eco-tour Guide, Central Florida
  • Web Designer, Artist;  Lois Reed Designs
  • Artist: Eco Art, Primitive Art, Intuitive Art;  EcoSoulArt

Kayak & PaddleBoard
EcoTour prices

2 Hours:

2 Hours with your own vessel:

(Call for Education and Group Rates)

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  • Corporate Team Building Tours
  • Home School Outdoor Education (Covid Considerate!)
  • Education Tours for Schools and Advanced Studies
  • Family Reunion Tours
  • Eco-Art Tours
  • “You Suggest it” Tours!

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307 Lytle Ave,
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168