Enjoying the water while on a Gulf Shores vacation is a major part of the overall beach experience. After all, the Gulf waters are healing, inviting and relaxing.

For a different perspective on the water experience at the beach and to learn more about coastal conservation, sign up for the Dolphins & Wildlife Kayak Experience with Wild Native Tours. This immersive kayaking experience is a must-do for anyone interested in the Gulf ecosystem.

Guided tours are conducted daily at sunset and throughout the day, with hours varying depending on the season. The three-hour kayak tour allows you to spot dolphins within just a few feet, see coastal bird species and in general learn more about the Gulf Coast environment.

The tour will immerse you in the coastal wilderness. Throughout the experience, your guide will help you watch for and teach you about the area’s bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment. When dolphins are spotted, kayakers keep their distance, remaining unobtrusive and non-threatening.

You will come away with an appreciation, understanding and newfound knowledge of dolphins as you learn about their life, history, feeding behaviors, intelligence and communal nature.

During the tour, the guides will also point out other local wildlife such as manatee, turtles and birds regularly observed in the area.

Area waterways also support commercial operation, and you may see shrimp boats, crab boats, tug boats and barges. You’ll also learn how the waterways are protected and preserved.

The tour departs from Oyster Bay Marina on Baldwin County Road 6 just west of the main Gulf Shores beach area and includes kayak rental, life jackets, bottled water, guide service and gear transport.

All you need to bring is your sense of adventure, comfortable clothing, cameras, binoculars, snacks, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and a signed waiver.

If you love exploring nature, book your next Gulf Shores area vacation in a Fort Morgan beach rental, and use it as your headquarters for exploring historic Fort Morgan, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Sanctuary and even taking a trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab via the Fort Morgan ferry.