Join us for an intimate exploration of the waters of Biscayne National Park!
Duration: 3.5 hours
Start Time: 9 AM, 1:30 PM
Available Days: Daily
Cost: $79 Per Person or $395 Private booking up to 6 people
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A guided paddle in the calm clear waters of Jones Lagoon!
Every day there is a guided paddle though the calm clear waters of Jones Lagoon where you can look for baby sharks, turtles, and the rare Roseate Spoonbill. Paddle over water that’s just inches deep and surrounded by amazing marine life.
Institute staff help you with your gear and inform you about the history and local ecosystems. We want to share all the beauty this area has to offer and show how we can be good stewards of the National Park, preserving its unique habitats for generations to come. And most importantly, we can have a blast doing it!
Trips to the lagoon ride on a powerboat for about 30 minutes to arrive at the site. We supply either double kayaks or stand up paddleboards. We take with a maximum of 6 per guided paddle trip. Children 8 years old and above are welcome on shared trips, all ages are welcome on private trips. Arrive at the visitor center at 8:30 AM or 1 PM for check in, boat departs at 9:00 AM or 1:30 PM and returns at about 12:30 or 5 PM
Guided paddles in Jones Lagoon are for active adults and children age 8 and older who are good swimmers. Children ages 8-12 will need to book a double kayak and have an adult be in the double kayak with them. Ages 12 and older can select a stand up paddleboard. Younger participants are welcome when booking as a private trip. Programs that are suitable for all ages include Boca Chita Island Experience and Sail, Paddle, Snorkel and Island Visit.
Locations and Trips:
Biscayne National Park trips start and end at the park headquarters at Convoy Point. Trips motor east across Biscayne Bay to Hurricane Creek on our USCG Inspected powerboat before continuing to the dive or paddle location. The trip travels by high speed boat in open waters where the jarring motion of the boat could cause problems for pregnant women, and those with recent surgeries or back injuries.
For paddling in Jones Lagoon we supply stand up paddleboards (SUPs) or Double Kayaks. SUPs can be used sitting, kneeling, or standing. We have drinking water available, please bring a refillable container to minimize trash. Please bring hats and polarized sunglasses with eyeglass lanyard for better underwater viewing.
Important Medical and Liability Release Information and Waivers for Paddling:
Online waivers will be sent with the booking confirmation. No printing necessary. You can even complete the waivers on your phone! Adults over the age of 18 must complete and submit their own waiver. Minors ages 17 and younger must have a parent or legal guardian complete and submit a waiver on behalf of the minor. For paddling activities there are separate waivers for adults and minors, please be sure you are completing the appropriate waiver. To complete the waiver process, you will need to confirm your email address through and email that will be sent by Smartwaiver.
Paddling is an exciting and demanding activity. When performed correctly, applying correct techniques, it is relatively safe. However, there are certain medical conditions that increase risk. If you have a medical condition described on the Medical Statement or any other condition that would be contrary to safe participation in any in-water activities, you must provide documentation that you sought the advice of a physician prior to engaging in paddling activities.