Kayaking – Keewaydin Island, Naples FL (2011.03.09)

Kayaking – Keewaydin Island, Naples FL

For my birthday I wanted to get in the yak and head down to Keewaydin for some early morning photography and beach combing.


A view looking North from the isolated shores of Keewaydin. You can see the rocks from Gordon’s Pass in the distance.

A view looking south. That’s my kayak, and that’s the condos of Marco Island on the horizon.

There was a lot more glass on the beach than normal…

And a ton of giant Pen shells.

This lone Royal Tern had no problems with me and my telephoto lens.

As you can see, I was able to get a bit close to him/her?

A sailboat passes in the distance.

This Survey Marker is a bit buried.

A flock of Royal Terns landed on the beach near me.

They were not sure what to think.

But they didn’t mind posing for my camera as long as I didn’t get too close to them.

During my birding I was approached by an older couple asking for information on the large jellies that were washing up on shore. This is a photo of my educational lesson I gave them. You can see I flipped over the jelly for them and gave them some instructional diagrams, hah.

Royal Terns take flight!

Caught in the act!

That’s it for this trip, was a great way to spend a birthday morning. Thanks for looking! :)

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  1. Robin Lurie August 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    I am going next month kayaking near Marco Island. How do you get to a launch to go to KeewaydenIsland? Your photos are yummy.


    • neeko August 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks Robin.

      I always launch from 32nd Ave South in Naples FL and then make the paddle down to the north end of the island. You can also put in at Rookery Bay, there is a road called “Shell Island Road” on your way to Marco which leads to a launch. Finally, there might be a launch in Isle of Capri, but I cannot confirm that. Otherwise, you could launch from Tigertail beach on Marco, but that might be a bit of a paddle north towards the island.

      In summary, the easiest and most direct path might be the one from 32nd Ave S.

      Good luck!

  2. Karel February 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Wow, beautiful pics! I would love to paddle there as well, not sure about my skills though. Is it an easy route from the 32nd Ave?

    • nick February 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      It’s rather easy, about a 30 minute paddle to Gordons River. Just be careful crossing the pass. Boats go through there a little fast. After that, it’s about 15 more minutes until you can get out of the kayak and walk around on public beach.

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