Sea-Kayaking, Drift Snorkeling, Land Tours
& Birding on Great Abaco Island

Ron KayakingHost: Ron & Erin Lowe-Pagliaro

When: Anytime

Length: Several tours are proposed ranging from half-day ones to multi-day ones.

Number of guests: In general, 1/2 day trips require 2 person minimum, Full-day trips 4 person minimum

Fee:

Kayak Rentals
Single Perception Prism 14ft sit-on-top         $35/day
Single Ocean Kayak Scrambler XT 12ft sit-on-top $25/day
Tandem Perception Keowee 13ft cock-pitted       $35/day
Tandem Ocean Kayak Cabo II 16ft sit-on-top      $45/day

      10% discount for rentals over 7 days

Tour prices are given below

All trips require 20% deposit, prices are based on a 2 person minimum, special rates given to groups of 6 or more.


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We offer guided nature kayak tours through the protected waters of Great Abaco's mangrove estuaries.  We operate 7 days, trips departing from our Marsh Harbour office at 10am and returning at 5:00pm.  If you are traveling from other cays, we work with the ferry schedule, or can make arrangements for your boat dockage.

Half- to Full-Day Trips

(for map showing kayaking route, click here)

kayakingFull-Day Kayak Trip
We provide a full day of paddling, snorkeling, with a picnic lunch and drinks.  We visit two snorkeling sites, one a drift over a patch coral reef teaming with fish, the other over a blue hole in 8 feet of water.  This is a fabulous trip for the whole family and requires no previous experience. Children 12 and under paddle with an adult in one of our tandem boats.  We have snorkeling gear available (although you may bring your own, if you prefer), and all of the paddling gear and instruction for our sit-on-top kayaks, including full back rests, life jackets and feathered, adjustable paddles.
The cost for the entire day trip is $85 for adults and $45 for children under 12.
Trip capacity is 14 people (with maximum 6 children).  Most groups are 4-6 people.

Half-Day Kayak Trip
We also offer a half day trip which includes some snorkeling, and beverages for the trip.   This 4 hour trip is scheduled in the morning or afternoon depending on the daily tides.
The cost is $55 adult $35 child.

South Abaco Safari
10am 5pm.  For the nature enthusiast, this is an adventure to the southern points of Great Abaco Island.  We drive by off-road vehicle to explore inland Blue Holes, stroll through the native pine forests, enjoy a traditional Bahamian cooked lunch along the shore in the quaint settlement of Sandy Point, into the Abaco National Park in search of the endangered Bahama Parrot, and for a stroll along a deserted beach of the Atlantic Coast.
The cost is $85 adult   $45 child.

Hole in The Wall
10am - 5pm.  For the true adventurist, this trip travels 2 1/2 hours south of Marsh Harbour, through the Abaco National Park, where you may get a glimpse of the endangered Bahama Parrot in its native pine forest.  The last 15 miles to Hole in the Wall is over a rugged, bumpy road, but arrival at Hole in the Wall is well worth it.  With a picnic lunch provided at the base of the lighthouse, we have time to expore the lighthouse grounds, hike out to "The Hole in the Wall", climb down into an extensive cave system, or simply sit and enjoy the scenery!
The cost is $95 adult    $55 child    minimum 4 people

Abaco ParrotMorning Parrot Tour
6am - 11am.  A trip with certified birding Guide, Ron Pagliaro, south of Marsh harbour to visit a flock of the Endangered Bahama Parrot feeding in a mature coppice forest.  Tour also targets other West Indian specialties and the natural history of these islands.  A birding tour for both beginners and serious birders alike.   Includes coffee, juices, and bagels.
Cost is $55 adult   $35 child

Specialized Birding Tours can be arranged anytime with Certified Bird Guide
Ron Pagliaro.

South Abaco Birding Trip
6am meet @ Abaco Outback in Marsh Harbour for drive southward to Abaco National Park and Bahama Palm Shores, targeting such species as Rose-throated (Bahama) Parrot, Bahama Mockingbird, and Bahama Woodstar. Bird as we go to Sandy Point for lunch on a deck overlooking the beach (beautiful place).   Fresh homemade fare -  fish or chicken.  After lunch, return to Marsh Harbour - birding beaches and freshwater ponds along the way.   3:30 - 4 PM return to hotel.  $140 pp Price includes meals (breakfast & lunch, beverages), Transportation and guide, Area field guide and references, field scope.

North Abaco Birding Trip
6am meet @ Abaco Outback in Marsh Harbour for drive Northward to Abaco's last stand of virgin pine forest.  This area is being considered for (IBA) Important Bird Area status.  Woodland birding is the focus - targets endemics as Bahama Yellowthroat, Bahama Swallow, Yellow-throated Warbler (local race flavescens), Olive-capped Warbler $85 pp.  Return to Hotel 1PM.
Price includes meals (breakfast & lunch, beverages), Transportation and
guide, Area field guide and references, field scope.

Half Day Parrot Trip 
6am meet @ Abaco Outback in Marsh Harbour for drive southward to Abaco National Park and Bahama Palm Shores, targeting such species as Rose-throated (Bahama) Parrot, Bahama Mockingbird, and Bahama Woodstar.  Bird as we go back to Marsh Harbour.   birder's breakfast and beverages provided.
Transportation and guide, Area field guides and references, field scope.$55 pp

Multi-Day Birding Trip

Day one - Arrive in Abaco Midday. Trip briefing.  short introductoryBird hotel grounds, Marsh Harbour dump and surrounding ponds.

Day two - 6am meet @ Abaco Outback in Marsh Harbour for drive southward to Abaco National Park and Bahama Palm Shores targeting such species as Rose-throated (Bahama) Parrot, Bahama Mockingbird, and Bahama Woodstar. Bird as we go to Sandy Point for lunch on deck overlooking beach (beautiful place).   Fresh homemade fare -  fish or chicken.  After lunch, return to Marsh Harbour - birding beaches and freshwater ponds along the way.   3:30 - 4 PM return to hotel. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Day three - Spring/Summer - 6am meet @ Abaco Outback in Marsh Harbour for boat trip to (April, May, August) Pelican Cays National Park. In the summer months the Pelican Cays are incredible for nesting pelagics - and a fun aside to birding is snorkeling the Sandy Cay Reef.  Lunch at Cracker P's, whose organic gardens offer great opportunities for West Indian Red-bellied woodpecker, Red-legged Thrush. Day three -  Fall/winter- 6am meet @ Abaco Outback in Marsh Harbour for drive Northward to the ferry to Green Turtle Cay for low tide birding on the tidal flats.  Wintering shorebirds, terns, waders, and neo-tropic migrants are the focus.  This day also includes birding Abaco's last stand of virgin pine forest.   Woodland endemics are the focus - targets Bahama Yellowthroat, Bahama Swallow, Yellow-throated Warbler (local race flavescens) This area is being considered for (IBA) Important Bird Area status.  Breakfast and lunch provided.

Day Four - 6am meet @ Abaco Outback office for birding session in Snake Cay - This mature tropical hardwood forest/Mangrove is a great "wrap up" for any specialties you may be missing.   Of particular interest - Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Yellow Warbler (local race flaveceps), Key West Quail Dove.  At noon we return to Marsh Harbour in preparation for departure. Breakfastprovided

Two Day Andros extensions available
Black-cowled Oriole, Great Lizard Cuckoo -requires extra charter flight Package includes:
  a.. Comfortable accommodations at "The Lofty Fig"-  Air conditioned room, kitchenette, private bath with tub, queen bed, (rollaway available), screen porch, pool.  Owner operated cottages, very clean and well landscaped with good birding on grounds.  Conveniently located in Marsh Harbour, walking distance to restaurants, shops, Abaco Outback office, etc.
  b.. Half-board includes birders' breakfast daily, lunches - combination picnic style and restaurant.  ( Does not include alcoholic beverages)
  c.. Ministry of Tourism Certified Guide, Ron Pagliaro, has over 2,000 hours field time on Abaco!  I do my best to get you birds you need!
  d.. All Ground Transportation - not including airport transfer
  e.. Boat trip to reach the outer cays - Fall/Winter shorebirding at Tidal flats or Spring/Summer Breeding Pelagics White-tailed Tropicbird, Roseate Tern, & others.
Double occupancy price - 3 nights $675/per person based on 6 person party.
 $725/person based on two couples, $1075/person based on one couple
30% deposit holds reservation,
(if trip does not fill, you may opt a full refund, or pay the difference.)


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