A Boaters Paradise

There are so many fun water-bound things in Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Florida to fill your days. One of the best parts about taking a trip to these remote island escapes on the edge of Florida is that they are entirely surrounded by beautiful and sparkling blue waters.

What better way to enjoy Sanibel & Captiva Islands than by boat? Whether you know what you’re doing or if you’re a novice at boating, there are tons of options for you to check out with your time on Sanibel & Captiva Islands.

What better way to enjoy Sanibel & Captiva Islands than by boat? Whether you know what you’re doing or if you’re a novice at boating, there are tons of options for you to check out with your time on Sanibel & Captiva Islands.

New to Boating?

Even if you’ve never been on a boat before in your life, you can still experience this boater’s paradise. It’s so easy to get out on the water and have a new and exciting time during your first boat trip. There are lots of options for you to do just this, all of which will make you feel safe and ready to have a good time.

There are many sightseeing tours you can book where most of the boating is done for you. This way you can get your footing being out on the water without having to worry about any of the technical aspects. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the fantastic scenery around you.

One of the most popular bout tour providers is Captiva Cruises. Many day trips take you up north past North Captiva Island and into the stunning wetlands and open waters near Cayo Costa.

During these sightseeing cruises, you can see lots of native flora and fauna of the Sanibel area. You’ll be sure to see some of the incredible mangroves, plus water birds, dolphins, manatees and more.

Boat Rentals and Drop-ins

If you’re an experienced boater or even own your own boat, the word is your oyster when it comes to this paradise. If you’re bringing a boat along with you there are plenty of boat launches and marinas throughout the area for you to dock at. You can find fun things in Sanibel & Captiva Islands at your own pace.

Try the Captiva Island Yacht Club. This luxury location has four boat slips and a highly-acclaimed diner on the water.

There are, of course, multiple options for renting a boat. We really recommend Sweet Water Boat Rentals. The crew equips you with all the equipment you need, making your boat experience for easier to manage and prepare for.

Many of the boat rental providers are located right by the top marinas in the area. Sanibel Marina, for example, is both a marina and a boat rental resource.

If you’re not interested in boarding a big boat, you can always explore the waterways of the area by taking a guided kayak or canoe eco tour.

Other Boating Options

If you’re not interested in boarding a big boat, you can always explore the waterways of the area by taking a guided kayak or canoe eco tour. These tours are a great way to take your time through the waters and get up close and personal with all Sanibel has to offer.

Motorboat rentals are a lovely option for anyone who feels like they fall in between a novice boater and an expert. Many rentals in this area will also allow you to hire a captain. This lets you have a more private experience, while still getting the opportunity to learn more about boating on your own, but without getting rid of the safety net entirely.

Other Fun Activities

If you’ve decided boating isn’t your thing, or maybe you tried it out and are looking for something else to fill your day, we’ve got you covered. There are so many wonderful family-friendly activities in Sanibel & Captiva Islands in and out of the water. You can explore some of the marine life local to the area, or go to some of the fairs and festivals happening, and so much more.