Tarpon Bay Explorers - Explore and Discover

Nestled within the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Tarpon Bay Explorers offers a variety of nature tours and rentals to help you make the most of your Florida vacation.

Tarpon Bay Explorers

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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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Guided Nature Tours

See wildlife up-close and discover the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge with an experienced naturalist by your side.  Tarpon Bay Explorers offers many guided tours designed to be both educational and fun! Birds, dolphins, manatees, and alligators are just some of the amazing wildlife found in the pristine native tropical and subtropical vegetation of Sanibel Island.

Refuge Tram Tour Guided Kayak & Canoe Tours
Kayak Trail Tour
Sunset Rookery Paddle
Nature & Sea Life Cruises
Daytime Cruise
Breakfast Cruise
Evening Cruise
Deck Talks Touch Tank Exploration Standup Paddleboards


Got fish?  We do—snook, redfish, seatrout, and more, plus all the supplies you’ll need to catch ‘em…licenses, live bait, tackle, and free advice.  Experience some of the best fishing in southwest Florida.  Sign up for a private fishing charter and let the Tarpon Bay Fish Finders take you “catching” in the back-bay or rent equipment and go it on your own.


Whether you choose to tour the Wildlife Refuge by kayak, canoe, bike, pontoon boat or standup paddleboard, Tarpon Bay Explorers has everything you need for nature recreation on Sanibel.

Gift & Nature Shop

Don’t miss one of Sanibel’s most unique gift shops—T-shirts, children’s nature toys, home accessories, jewelry and more.

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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.