Boating on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island
From bottlenose dolphin to the giant manatee, the waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva Islands are vibrant with wildlife that can rarely be seen from land. Not only is the Gulf of Mexico chock full of extraordinary marine life, the white sand beaches of the surrounding islands are one of a kind and known around the world for their beautiful shells. Try shelling on some of the islands which can only be reached by boat like the beautoiful Cayo Costa or North Captiva Island. Fewer people mean greater opportunities for you!
Charter a boat or go out with a guide on one of the many tour boats and experience all that the pristine waters of Sanibel and Captiva have to offer. Interested in chartering a deck boat or fishing boat? Try vacationboats.com. Some of the boat tours include sunset cruises, dolphin excursions, island hopping, and back-bay or deep sea fishing. Adventures in Paradise, Tarpon Bay Explorers and Captiva Cruises offer a regular schedule of cruises. Want to find the best fishing spots around? Hire one of the many fishing guides on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Book your vacation rental through Sanibel and Captiva Accommodations and don't miss the many experiences on the water that will make your Sanibel Captiva vacation one that you will never forget.
Shelling can be enjoyed on any of the pristine Sanibel Island or Captiva Island beaches. Remember, high winds and low tides bring the best shells! If you are new to the world of shelling or searching for the elusive junonia shell, check out the website iloveshelling.com. Or you may want to enlist the help of a professional guide. There are a variety of charters available from both Sanibel and Captiva Island locations.
Whether you are looking for the peace of a kayak trip through “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge or the thrill of a parasail ride over the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel and Captiva have you covered! Canoes, kayaks, wave runners, parasail or banana boats can all be rented to help make your vacation in Sanibel even more memorable. Tarpon Bay Explorers, Adventures in Paradise, and Captiva Cruises are open daily and ready to assist.
Life in the Water The water surrounding Sanibel and Captiva is wondrous ... tiny organisms that provide food to our fish, dolphins and manatees, sea grasses provide hiding places as well as food, tides and currents, and more. Try to schedule a class or two with The Sanibel Sea School during your visit. But the classes fill up quick! Check out their website and find out more!