Boating is the leisurely activity of travelling by boat, or the recreational use of a boat. In Sanibel Island theres many kind of boat such as powerboats, sailboats, or man-powered vessels (such as rowing and paddle boats). It is a popular activity in Sanibel Island. If you’re tired of the same old weekend activities, you can try boating. There’s something incredibly freeing about cruising on the open water – breathing in the fresh air, feeling the wind in your hair and the ocean beneath. Leave all your worries back on the shore and escape for the day. At Sanibel Island, you  can bring your own boat or rent a small boat. Check out the boating activities in Sanibel Island below.

1. Boat rentals

– Kayak and Canoe

Kayak and Canoe is a small boat that has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler. You can do kayaking in Sanibel Island, this is one of the main activity if you are on vacation in Sanibel. One of the reason is the Gulf waters off of the coast of Captiva and Sanibel Islands are among the most beautiful in the world, where unrivaled wildlife, fishing, and nature views abound. This is the best spot to kayaking, you can get up close with the natural paradise.


– Stand up Paddleboard (SUP)

Stand up paddle boards (SUP) offer a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. With a minimum of gear, you can paddle ocean surf or placid lakes and rivers. Paddle boarding delivers a full-body workout and thus has become a popular in Sanibel Island. And since you stand at your full height, you can enjoy unique views of everything from Sanibel’s Mexican Gulf sea creatures like bull dolphin, manetee, and many more.

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– Pontoon Boat

A pontoon boat is a flattish boat that relies on pontoons to float. Pontoons may support a platform, creating a raft. pontoon boats can hold up to 10 people, but will be a tight squeeze. While fishing, pontoon boats can hold a maximum of eight people. At Sanibel Island,  pontoon boat perfect for wildlife viewing, cruising around the back-bay waters or finding a favorite fishing hole to bring home dinner.  While cruising around, boaters may spot dolphins swimming by or manatees munching on sea grasses.


2. Tours and Cruises

– Tarpon Bay Explorers

With this cruises you can learn about Tarpon Bay’s rich Mangrove Estuary ecosystem and get an up-close look at wildlife. The first half hour includes Touch Tank aquariums. You will hold and learn about wildlife living amongst the bottom of the estuary from sea stars, horseshoe crabs, oysters, live shells and much more, yhen spend an hour boating around Tarpon Bay. Possible sightings include manatees, dolphins, birds and fish, The naturalists will help you spot wildlife, and are able to answer any questions from wildlife biology and ecology to even the history of Sanibel and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

– Adventures in Paradise

Established on Sanibel Island in 1986, Adventures in Paradise Cruises hopes to bring you love of the sea. Experience dolphins, manatee, sea otters, seahorses and shelling throughout the waters surrounding Sanibel & Captiva Islands, you can do fishing, shelling, sea life excursions, dolphin watches, and sunset cruises.


– Sanibel Thriller

The Sanibel Thriller is a real island vacation experience, The Thriller circumnavigates Sanibel & Captiva, cruising the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound. You’ll see some of the world’s most renowned barrier islands, along with local wildlife such as dolphins and exotic birdlife, as well as the historical Sanibel Lighthouse.


– Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise

Join the friendly pirates aboard the Pieces of Eight pirate ship pillaging and plundering the Gulf of Mexico from the shores of Fort Myers Beach. Pieces of Eight is a 90 minute swashbuckling pirate show on board a 65ft. replica Spanish galleon. Buccaneers young and old will experience a real-life pirate voyage back through the Golden Age of Piracy and have a jolly roger of a good time on this “fun for all ages”; interactive attraction.





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