Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing.  The boat then drives off, carrying the parasail wing and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute. The activity is primarily at Sanibel Island, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding.

Set out for a thrilling parasail ride, gliding high above the sea while enjoying panoramic views over Sanibel Island. Your experience begins with a safety briefing and instructions on the basics of parasailing from a skilled professional. After that, get into the water and put your knowledge into action. The wind and the boat do all the work as you rise up into the air and fly over the waves.

Behind the boat, you can soar as high up as 500-656 feet, feel the adrenaline and take in breathtaking views of Sanibel Island’s coastline and skyscrapers from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. This is the part of the parasailing experience that most people find to be completely magical. You’re a few hundred feet up in the air, far enough that you have a unique perspective on the beach, the water, and all the people and wildlife around you.


You can see deeply into the water, which is usually crystal clear around Sanibel Island’s beaches. You may see dolphins playing in the surf, manetees exploring or looking for food, and schools of fish moving through the water. You can see all the way to the horizon, both on land and on sea. It’s an intense moment, when you realize just how small you are in comparison to the world we live on, both humbling and impressive.

If you want to document the experience itself, you can take pictures or video while you’re up in the air, though of course you will want to take care with your equipment; make sure that you have everything attached to you with a strap, just in case the majestic view makes you lose your grip.


Without a doubt, the best way to cover the sea in the beaches of Sanibel Island is aboard a Jet Ski (also known as Waverunner ) across open water. Kayaking and paddleboarding may give you more time to take in the quiet nuances and scenery of the area.

Sanibel Island offers everything you could possibly need for a day of island fun off-the-beaten path. Create your own adventure by renting a Jet Ski and exploring independently or sign up for one of Sanibel’s waverunner excursions to take a guided tour of the area. The Sanibel’s  excursion takes you around by Jet Ski to the north tip of Captiva and its neighboring island. On excursions
it’s common to see dolphins playing in the waves as well as manatees, rays and turtles swimming below the surface. If time allows, excursions sometimes go ashore for a little bit of shelling on the uncrowded shores of Cayo Costa – one of the area’s definite must-visit destinations.

You can find the largest rental fleet of boats and waverunners in Southwest Florida. Unlike other rental companies, they don’t place constraints on where you can go. Explore the mangrove shoreline and various bridges of the Caloosahatchee, or make your way into the open waters of Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. All rentals here include a full rider’s orientation, during which the experienced crew will brief you on waverunner safety and operation. Not to mention they’ll give you tips on where to spot wildlife along the way.


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.





Beach Activities

When you’re in Sanibel Island, the beach is your main playground with over soft sand, sun and sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Sanibel Island beaches is great for sunbathing and beautiful long walks.  Besides, there are many activities you can do at the Sanibel Island’s beaches.  First, you can do shelling in all beaches on Sanibel Island, get an early start and collect as many colorful shells as possible. You can making sand sculptures as a team building activity for your friends or your kids.

The pristine waters surrounding Sanibel Island and Captiva Island provide excellent opportunities for
fishermen of all skill levels. Fishing is the one
of the main beach activity on this island. Fishing on Sanibel Island almost always yields something to catch.

Boating and swimming is a natural way to enjoy the best of island life. Go boating at Sanibel Island for pleasure, or spend your time on Sanibel Island enjoying a canoe trip or kayaking in the waters between the barrier island, which its shores protect.


If you want spend time with your kids at the beach, you can do Beach Scavenger Hunt. Sanibel beach is full of hidden treasures, you can use shell as treasure. If your pint-sized pirate isn’t quite ready for ocean exploration, then a land-based scavenger hunt is a great way to spend the afternoon. Start the day off with easy-to-locate items and slowly work your way toward more obscure finds. Sometimes the simplest games at the beach can be
the most fun, so forget the fancy gear. To start a giggle-inducing game of toss all you’ll need is an oversized beach towel and beach ball.


For relaxing, take a meditative moment and do yoga to the sound of the waves. Sanibel beaches perfect for yoga with soft sand. What better way to get the ultimate mind, body experience than by performing yoga on the beach, Imagine listening to the sound of waves, smelling saltwater, and feeling the gentle touch of sand. No music is necessary because nature provides it own unique sounds, allowing one to relax while practicing.

After a nice day at the seaside, light the fire and have a BBQ on the beach with your friends. The perfect way to end the perfect day. And you can in Sanibel Island, but only in the specially designated spots. Enjoying a BBQ on the beach is all part of the experience.