A Sarasota day trip to Captiva and Pine Island Sound provides a full day of island activities. Captiva is located a little more than two hours drive from the Sarasota area.
Since 1986, Captiva Cruises has been offering tours through Southwest Florida’s estuary and National Wildlife Refuge that is Pine Island Sound. This aquatic preserve is home to abundant wildlife and rich with history. The crew aboard Captiva Cruises’ vessels shares their in-depth knowledge and passion for the area while passengers marvel at the native Florida wildlife. Read Captiva Cruises featured blog article – click here!
Family-Friendly Dolphin and Wildlife Cruises
Captiva Cruises offers a 90-minute Dolphin and Wildlife Adventure cruise which is narrated by volunteers from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation every day of the week. This is a fascinating family-friendly cruise that offers excellent native Florida wildlife sighting opportunities. There is nothing more exciting and memorable than seeing a bottlenose dolphin jumping and playing in the boat’s wake! Dolphins are spotted on approximately 95% of cruises and is sure to be hit with all members of your family. Read our blog article about our Dolphin Watch and Wildlife Adventure Cruise aboard the MV Lady Chadwick.
Visit Captiva’s Outer Islands
Cabbage Key, is a favorite stop for boaters in search of fresh seafood, a “cheeseburger in paradise,” and amazing key lime pie. Useppa Island is an exclusive and legendary private island club. Passengers enjoy lunch at the Collier Inn and a visit to the island’s charming history museum. Cayo Costa State Park is a Florida state treasure. The island accessible only by boat is nine miles of preserve and offers pristine beaches and ideal shelling. Boca Grande is a charming seaside village with cozy restaurants, lovely island boutiques, classic cottages and historic churches. Read our featured blog article about Cayo Costa State Park here.
Seasonal and Private Cruise Options
In addition to Captiva Cruises regularly scheduled tours, they offer seasonal special expeditions to the Tarpon Lodge and Randell Research Center on nearby Pine Island. Science at Sea and Shoreline Discovery Cruises are other seasonal favorites. Private charters are popular where passengers can customize their cruise experience. Fishing, shelling, island hopping, lunch, cocktail, and dinner cruises can all be arranged for 2 to 148 passengers.
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Reservations are REQUIRED for all cruises and may be made over the telephone with a credit card.
Captiva Cruises depart from South Seas Island Resort and McCarthy’s Marina on beautiful Captiva Island, Florida.
McCarthy’s Marina is located at 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island, Florida.
South Seas Island Resort is located at 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, Florida.
Call to make a reservation 239.472.5300.