Kayaking Tour “Cypresses, Blue Springs, Alligators & Birds”

April 13 — 17, 2022.

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Tour start and finish — Jacksonville, FL

DatesApril 13 — 17 of, 2022

Price$ 1450 per participant (limit: 7 participants).

InstructorAlex Mironyuk

Deposit$ 350 (payments accepted for the remainder of the balance)

Tour’s Highlights

Explore one of the most unusual, picturesque ecosystems in the southern USA — cypress swamps and rivers, where old trees grow in the middle of the water. Tourists very seldom visit those places due to their remoteness, lodging problems, luck with restaurants, and so on. In addition, the weather is hot and humid most of the time.

But we’re going there during the most comfortable season when the temperature usually won’t go higher than 75°F and won’t go lower than 50°F.

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

These swamps and rivers are home to countless bird species, deer, rabbits, raccoons, turtles, and other beautiful animals, as well as to Florida’s infamous gators. With that in mind, always be alerted to encounter them many times during our tour!

You will get a chance to explore the area as you have never even imagined it before. I will lead you to my favorite places around the cypress swamps, rivers, and springs.

Physical Difficulty: Moderate. This Workshop Involves some kayaking at the cypress lakes and rivers.

Fitness Level: Like with any outdoor activity, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity.

Airport: Jacksonville, FL.

Transportation: included in the tour’s price

Lodging: hotel and simple forest cabins lodging is included in the tour’s price (2 people per room/bedroom). Each forest cabin is furnished with two queen beds with linens, towels, blankets, and pillows. Also, each cottage has a shower, coffee machine, and tabletop stove. You can upgrade your stay to single occupancy for $580 (subject to cabins availability). 

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Meals: are not included in the tour price. The last two nights of our tour, we will live close to the lake in comfortable forest cabins. We can cook for ourselves (there are several different options such as grilling, stove-top cooking, and the age-old microwavable food).

Canoeing/kayaking:  Your tour’s payment includes a two-person canoe so that you will ride it with another participant. You can upgrade it to a single ride (canoe or kayak) for an additional $320.

No level of kayaking experience is necessary for participants. Whether you are just beginning or are an experienced kayaker, I am happy to help you operate your Canoe (kayak).

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
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Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Itinerary

Day 1. April 13, Wednesday

Our group will meet at a car rental facility near Jacksonville International Airport at 5 PM, where we can meet everyone and get to know each other. After a short introduction meeting, we will go to our first dinner together. After dinner, we will drive for about 1.5 hours to our hotel.

Night in hotel

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 2. April 14, Thursday

That morning we will get in our canoe at about 8 AM to start the adventure on one of the most impressive Florida’s rivers with countless springs along the river banks.

Believe it or not, but for about 6 miles, the water would be blue and crystal clear, so you will be able to see the river’s bottom almost all the time throughout our journey on the water.

First 4 miles, we will paddle our canoe through the natural wilderness full of egrets, herons, ibises, hawks, ospreys, deer, turtles, and maybe even some tiny gators. 

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Another 2 miles brings us into a unique small township on both sides of that river with picturesque piers, docks, boardwalks and beaches (swimming places) and we will have lunch there (you need to bring your lunch with you)  and if you want —  you can swim at that crystal clear warm water too!

As soon as we pass that township, we have to paddle another 6 miles on brown water sharing the river with small motorboats and pontoon boats. Along these 6 miles, we will have a chance to watch for different birds and again for some gators.

The total length of our today’s river’s journey would be something about 12 miles. But don’t be afraid that this would be a hard workout — a regular, not trained person can make it for about 5-6 hours at a very relaxing pace because the river’s current will work for us too!  

After that long day full of physical exercise, we deserve a good dinner in a local restaurant.

Night at Hotel

Day 3. April 15, Friday

After breakfast, we will check out our rooms and load all our luggage to our cars in the morning. We will explore the Santa Fe River with countless springs and unique cypress sceneries this day. Perhaps we will see fewer birds and reptiles than yesterday, but we definitely will make more stops at many of Florida’s springs. We will genuinely enjoy Florida’s experience other than beaches and palm trees.

Today again, we will roughly paddle downstream for about 6-7 miles.  And like yesterday, everyone needs to take a lunch to the canoe. Even if you didn’t swim yesterday today, most likely, everyone wants to try to swim in some warm spring. All year-round, the water temperature in these springs is 72°F so that you wouldn’t be cold.

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

As soon as we finish our trip, we have to drive for about 2 hours to our next destination — to a vast cypress swamp full of cypress and alligators.

We will live close to the lake in comfortable forest cabins for the next two days. We have to cook for ourselves  So most likely this evening we will have some BBQ dinner.

Day 4. April 16, Saturday

After breakfast (we have to cook it for ourselves), we launch our canoes and start paddling into the remote part of the swamp to see thousand of cypress, birds, and alligators. Unlike our previous days, our trip today can be described as out and back, so we don’t have to paddle some certain distance. We will go while we feel comfortable returning to our cabin. It would be approximately 6-8 miles round trip with a prolonged water current. In other words,  we again will spend pretty much all day on the water. 

In the evening, we again will grill (cook) some delicious dinner for ourselves and enjoy a glass of wine or bottle of beer.

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 5. April 17, Sunday

After breakfast, we check out from our cabins, and one more time launch our canoes to the swamp. 

Like yesterday we are going out and back, so we will paddle until we have enough time to get to the airport on time. Most likely, it would be a 4-5 miles paddling trip. 

We will come back to our cars by Noon — 1 PM, and by 3.30 — 4 PM can be at Jacksonville International Airport, and our trip will be officially over.

Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Payment schedule and cancellation policy:

The total price for the trip is $ 1450

A  deposit of $ 350 is due during sign-up to reserve a space for this trip.

Cancellation Policy — Your deposit is fully refundable for up to 60 days before the trip starts (February 13, 2022). If you decide to cancel your trip after that date, your deposit becomes non-refundable.

The final balance of $ 1100 is due by March 1, 2022. Full payment is due at this time, and there will be no refunds on the total amount owed if you cancel after the final price. However, if we find another client to fill your space, you will receive a full refund, minus your non-refundable deposit.

If we cancel this trip— you will get a full refund.

What is included:

  • Transportation;
  • Double occupancy room* in a hotel and  a forest cabins;
  • Rent a canoe for two persons (so you will ride it with another participant) and help in their use. You can upgrade it to a single ride (canoe or kayak) for an additional $320.
  • guidance to a beautiful variety of locations;
  • An incredible, unforgettable experience, full of adventure with amazing people and loads of great photos!!!

* You can upgrade your lodging to single occupancy for $580 — send this inquiry before you book the workshop.

What is NOT included:

  • Meals and snacks;
  • Medical Insurance & Incidental Costs;
  • Airfare to and from Florida;
  • Travel passports, visas, and other travel documents;
  • Alcoholic beverages.


Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Cypresses, Springs, Birds and Alligators. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Recommended Personal Gear:

  • Rubber boots or water shoes — you might step into the water to get into a canoe or get out from it.
  • Dry bag to care for your  gear and lunch in the canoe
  • Waterproof sleeve or case for your phone
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Extra warm clothing for possible cold weather conditions including long underwear, hats, and gloves
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • anti-mosquito repellant

Questions? Please feel free to call me at (386) 627-1449 if you have any questions or message me.

A follow-up email with schedule details, recommended gear and a liability release will be sent to registered photographers.