Riding the Waves
Riding the Waves
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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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2023

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2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
What a perfect way to celebrate a birthday! We especially enjoyed the school of dolphins that entertained us for a good 10 minutes. Thank you Rachel! You were amazing!
Written November 29, 2022
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darbenzio
Positano, Italy4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Pat N
Tortola5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Two of us took the 2 1/2 hr mid day ecotour with Conner in mid August.

First the boats: so much FUN. Conner used a Craigcat and let us use a slightly larger and newer model called a HyperGlider. They were stable, easy to maneuver and had lovely shade from a Bimini type top. The 30 hp outboard motor gave us plenty of zip without being scary or hard to handle. Fun little boats for sure.

Next the ecotour: we saw lots of dolphins - even a pair that came alongside our boat just inches away. We saw them feeding under a bridge, we saw them just cruising along, we saw big and little ones too. Then manatees too. Their little piggy noses were so cute but the big thrill was when two of them came fully to the surface right near us, showing their backs and then down they went and up came a flip of their big curved tails! So cool!

Speaking of cool: the weather was hot…August hot in Florida! But we were constantly in a breeze from moving along in the water and the canopy provided excellent shade. A very comfortable day on the water,

And finally….Conner - our guide- was awesome. He went way out of the way to find and show us and identify for us many birds and other critters. We now know how to tell a juvenile pelican from an adult!! He was informative, answered questions, stopped so we could take a dip and even caught and showed us a spider crab. He’s lived in the area his whole life and was able to make the area come alive for us. And oh!! The photos and videos he took and sent to us- they were terrific.

Can’t wait to go again.
Written August 20, 2022
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NatAndyJosh
Cambridge, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Great fun, but really safe.
We saw a couple of dolphins, ospreys and masses of wildlife.
Our guide, Conner, was knowledgeable and passionate about this area.
Written August 12, 2022
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Damie
Wilmington, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Connor was a great tour guide! He is very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. The boats were super fun and we loved being on the water. Highly recommend booking a tour!
Written July 2, 2022
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EaganLifer
Eagan, MN16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Connor was a great guide! The boats are super fun to drive and he gave us ample time to do our own thing. He is super knowledgable about the area.
Written June 30, 2022
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Martha B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Took the barrier islands tour in May 2022. Never received photos/video and several emails have been sent with no response from business.
Written June 27, 2022
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Marianne M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Cara P
Mountain Iron, MN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
What an amazing experience. Connor was very knowledgeable in regards to the wildlife, waterways and flora. This was the first time we had rented these boats and they were easy to navigate and use. We felt very safe on them. We did the 1.5 hour tour. We had dolphins and manatees come right up to our boats on the trip. This was a great way to learn some history and facts about Florida and to view it from a different point of view.
Written June 8, 2022
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Heidi B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Highly recommend! So much fun. Connor is great! We saw dolphins, a manatee and beautiful birds. My husband and I took turns driving. Doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. Fun to do donuts too!
Written May 21, 2022
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