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Pedal About in a Hobie!

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Looking for a new way to explore some of Sanibel’s most gorgeous back-bay waters? 

Tarpon Bay Explorers is now offering custom Hobie trips to explore the wilderness of Tarpon Bay’s mangrove estuary.

For those who may not yet have heard of Hobie kayaks, they are not traditional “all-arm-powered” vessels. Hobies have a pedal drive system that allows the operator to use their legs instead of their arms, which means going further faster and without as much fatigue. 

The set up looks similar to a recumbent bike, but the pedals power a kayak instead of a bike. The kayaks still come with a paddle, so if you find yourself in extremely shallow water, you can still navigate your way to your destination. 

Tarpon Bay Explorers added three Hobie kayaks to their fleet earlier this year. 

“They are awesome boats,” explained Captain Brie Coffman, who has been with Tarpon Bay Explorers since its inception in 2002 and will be leading the Hobie trips, which will also include a focus on wildlife education. “Personally, I love fishing from Hobies the most, but it will be a great way to get people on the water in a different way,” elaborated Coffman. 

The starting rate is $50 per person for a two-hour tour.  Visitors can also add a fishing option for an additional $25 per person fee, which would include all amenities needed to fish, with the exception of a Florida Saltwater Fishing license.

For additional information and reservations, call Tarpon Bay Explorers at 239-472-8900. 



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