Canal Cruises and Water Taxis
Don’t Have a Boat? No Worries!
Here is a sampling of captains offering waterfront tours and transportation. Afterall, to really immerse yourself in Southwest Florida, you need see it from the water! Most of the tour operators offer a variety of tour options and private groups tours. This is a great way to learn the local waterways. Because some of the waters here are shallow, it’s good to develop local knowledge and nautical skills from licensed captains. (On the flip side, the shallow, calm waters are great for kayaking and similar.)
Canal Cruising in the Cape and Matlacha
Operator: Canal Cruisin in Cape Coral
This tour operator has a few different options for routes to take and different canals to see depending on preference. They cruise on a classic electric Duffy boat which has a top speed of 5 mph for a relaxing tour. They offer the option to extend the cruise for those that would like to stop for lunch and/or drinks along the route. Some examples of the types of cruises they offer: sunset cruise, Matlacha bar hopping, and morning mimosa tours.
Operator: Nautical Tiki Cruises
These are catamaran-style tiki boats that service Cape Coral and Fort Myers. With two convenient locations, groups can cruise from the Cape Coral Boathouse or Fort Myers Yacht Basin. Private charters are also available for the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel and beaches. And very importantly, their boats have bathrooms!
Operator: Island Girls Charters
Island Girl Charters at Pineland Marinais the water taxi service to North Captiva Island where they dock at Safety Harbor Club and Mainstay’s restaurant. They also offer daily trips to the Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant. Their fleet consists of several multi passenger USCG certified vessels. They run 6 scheduled trips daily and can also arrange private off-schedule trips at any time you prefer, day or night.
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