Riding the Waves
Boat Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore Florida’s Gulf Coast from your very own 2 seated powered catamaran. You’ll enjoy the independence of driving your own boat as your guide leads the way, narrating about the local wildlife and history of the area. During your adventure you’ll get up close to Florida’s coastal wildlife as you cruise along Gasparilla Sound and the Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve. Our tours are fun, informative, and perfect for all ages. Explore the waters in comfort with Riding The Waves!
Englewood, Florida

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2022

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darbenzio
Positano, Italy4 contributions
Sep 2022
We did the eco tour with Conner and it was fantastic! We saw dolphins and manatees and tons of other wild life. It was well worth it and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the water and all the beauty it has to offer. Conner was a great guide and very knowledgeable and he made the tour fun and super ineresting.
Written September 7, 2022
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Kim C
Wexford, PA13 contributions
Apr 2022
We really enjoyed our time on the water during this activity. We went as a group of 6, which is the max this vendor can accommodate. We had 4 adults and two teenagers. We were on the water for almost 3 hours and had a to of fun! This is a guided tour and Connor was our guide. You are given walkie-talkies so you can communicate any boat issues or ask questions about the scenery. Connor shares information about local wildlife and the waterways that you travel on. You make a brief stop (15-20 minutes) at a beach to stretch your legs and take group photos. We took a lot of photos while we were driving our boats as well. Everyone really enjoyed both the slow speeds when we were in no-wake zones and going at top speeds while doing donuts when we were in areas with more room. I highly recommend this excursion! Two of the people in our group did this outing before and suggested it to us. We'll definitely do it again the next time we're in the area!
Written April 19, 2022
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tjhawkes
Newmarket, NH42 contributions
Jun 2020
Do yourself a favor and book one of their tours today! We went on an 1.5 hour eco-tour with Connor as our tour guide and it was one of the most fun things I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Connor is a delightful, knowledgeable young man and shared that knowledge all along the tour. We were the only couple on the 9:00 AM tour, so we knew he wasn't bringing in much money off of our tour, yet he proved an excellent guide and never skimped.

We felt so lucky to see several manatees as well as a dolphin and had a blast watching pelicans dive on bait fish. I can't say enough good things about this tour, go and have a blast.
Written July 1, 2020
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winchela
Baltimore, MD148 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
My husband & I got to spend the day out on the water today with Connor as our guide. The catamaran boats are so fun to ride and to drive. They really have a lot of zip, and there was a great balance of going fast and cruising slow throughout the tour. Connor was such a delight - just the friendliest and most laid back personality, incredibly dedicated to making sure the customer has a great time, and very well informed on the area, wildlife, the waterways, etc. He also took pics of us throughout the day - what a great bonus! We loved our day out on the water, and would recommend this tour to any family or group!
Written March 22, 2021
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marietta48
Miami, FL57 contributions
Aug 2020
This eco-tour is a MUST if you are in the area. Hubby and I booked a 1.5 hour tour. Connor was our guide and he was EXCELLENT! Connor was prompt at arriving for our pre safety talk and put us at ease with his calm, demeanor. What a blessing to see such a young man with fierce passion for the environment & knowledge of the surrounding area. Riding the Craig Craft is a hoot! Connor is a champ at teaching quickly & patiently old timers like ourselves! There is constant communication from Connor via a top of the line walkie talkie. We felt safe & secure the entire time. AND THEN.....your world opens up as you see so much on the bay, what marvels. Many different kinds of birds, manatees, seagrass, islands, houses of famous people, bird sanctuary. Connor is very informative all along the way pointing out tidbits of interest, knowledge only available to someone who has lived here all his life and is at one with the environment. It was the most pleasurable activity we engaged in while in Englewood and highly recommend it for people of all ages.
Written August 19, 2020
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Marianne M
1 contribution
Jun 2022
My husband treated me to the Eco-tour for my birthday. This was a wonderful experience. I love being on the water, any way I can but do not often have the chance. Connor obviously loves what he does and where he lives, and it shows in his genuine passion for the area. He is quite knowledgeable on the wildlife, waterways and history. We saw many dolphins, manatees, mullet, a crab and many birds, and especially my favorite, the pelicans. We would highly recommend this trip it was really so much fun. We've lived here for 9 years, but still learned so much about the area we didn't know. Thank you, Connor!
Written June 8, 2022
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Donald B
Punta Gorda, FL3 contributions
Jun 2021
Excellent time “Riding the Waves”. Conner our tour guide did an excellent job on all fronts from teaching us how to operate the boat to explaining the different things we saw on our tour. Even saw a dolphin. A must do for your bucket list.
Written June 20, 2021
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jmfarrside
Windsor Locks22 contributions
Mar 2022
Such an awesome time. Conor was such a wonderful guide very informative and thorough. We saw a few dolphins and many birds. Then our group of 8 we we able to have fun with the boats by doing donuts and going full throttle on the water. Our grandchildren had a blast too! When asked to rate Riding The Waves it was a unanimous 10 from all. Book a trip you won’t be disappointed.
Written March 27, 2022
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O52YGstephenk
1 contribution
Mar 2022
We had a great experience. My wife and I have been visiting the area for over ten years and we love fun outdoor activities and this was certainly that. This was the first time we saw these, we usually rent wave runners but a recent injury would not allow that and as it turns out this was BETTER!

Conner was great, very knowledgeable. Each boat had a walkie talkie to converse with each other as well as Conner and hear his narration. We were lucky enough to see a group of dolphins playing. Conner shared that this time of year, mid march, is during their mating season. You can take plenty of pictures but he also takes some of you as well.

All in All it was a great trip and super fun and the boats are safe for all and well maintained.
Written March 25, 2022
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Kelly
1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Family
We had the time of our life today with Connor as our guide! He was so much fun, so knowledgeable about everything we saw! from the birds to the oysters even the trees on the islands! Connor gave me confidence to drive the boat when I was worried about it, he took us all around the area and showed us the most beautiful crystal clear water, dolphins, fish and he made it feel like we were hanging out with a friend! He let us get off and take a dip in the crystal clear water! He also wiped down all of the walkie-talkies and the gears and seats on the boats. He even went through the extra trouble before my daughter even asked and looked through the closet for a pink life jacket for her! It was the little things and all the attention he paid to us that made us feel extremely important! I highly recommend riding the waves. It's an experience like no other and something you'll never forget! So much fun thank you Connor!
Written June 27, 2020
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