Friendly Waves Charters
Boat Tours • Eco Tours • Private Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Speed Boats Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Why book with Friendly Waves Charters
  • I am an accomplished and credentialed USCG Master Captain operating an adventure charter boat tour.
  • I am a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy. Immediately following graduation at age 21, I served as an officer on US flagged merchant ships for several years. I was also a US Naval Reserve Officer.
  • English
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Motown07
Fort Myers, FL126 contributions
May 2021
Hands down...fantastic day out on the water with Friendly Waves Boat Charters! My husband wanted a day out on a boat to just enjoy the water and relax for his birthday celebration. After doing some recon online, we decided on Friendly Waves. The boat looked great, excellent website, great history of Captain Steve and we could book a charter just for the 2 of us! We loved every minute of the day! It exceeded our expectations! Captain Steve and First Mate Joy were excellent and the boat was amazing. We did the 6 hour All-In-One Family Fun Pack option. Cruising around, enjoying some time on Super Mable (felt like a kid again!) and anchoring at Cayo Costa for some beach time was exactly what we needed! We will definitely be booking again in the future with Friendly Waves and have already begun recommending them to friends and family!
Written May 19, 2021
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tamara2298
PA43 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Steve was extremely accommodating. We asked to go out, cruising around at a fast pace. He took us out to do just that! The boat itself is absolutely beautiful and well maintained! We felt incredibly safe and spoiled at the same time. I wish I could share my video...we had 4 dolphins jumping alongside the boat while my husband and daughter were out bouncing around on the floatable. It was truly a moment we will never forget! As others have said, it was the best day of our vacation! Thanks for the great memories!
Written June 25, 2021
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James S
1 contribution
Apr 2021
Our trip with Captain Steve and First Mate Joy was fantastic. Everything met and exceeded our expectations. The boat and equipment on board was first class and we as a family felt very safe in the hands of Steve. I can fully recommend Friendly Waves Boat Charters and we will be using them again.
Written April 23, 2021
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Buckeye-Browns-Fan
Ellicott City, MD10 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Captain Steve and his mate Joy gave us a fun, safe, and memorable day on the water. We did the four hour family fun package and honestly we wish we would have booked it for longer. The boat was fantastic: modern, clean, fast, and comfortable. A bow rider with plenty of seating up front as well as covered seating in the back. There was even a “head” or bathroom onboard. Captain Steve and Mate Joy were the nicest people ever and we enjoyed talking with them and learning about the area. They gave us each a gift bag with sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, coozy, and a shelling bag which we used when they took us to a remote island. We had a blast being pulled on the big inflatable chair behind the boat. They took us to North Captiva (a remote island that could only be reached by boat or plane) which was beautiful! Clear water and plenty of shelling. They even provided floats for us to lounge in the water. Communication with Captain Steve prior to the outing was excellent. We will definitely book again the next time we are in the Ft Myers area. A+++++ service! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Written July 4, 2021
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KG M
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Captain Steve is very open about the trip and will work with you for planning. I booked this as it was unique and offered more than others in Ft. Myers. We were celebrating an anniversary and while aboard I was planning to propose. The vessel was set up perfectly and even allowed us to bring libations aboard. We cruised around for a view of the beaches and simply enjoyed every bit of it. We anchored near a beach on Sanibel, took a dip and enjoyed the warm waters and beautiful scenery. Upon boarding from the swim Captain Steve & his wife set up up with a perfect view for the sunset and engagement. This was a highlight of our trip for many reasons besides the fact she said yes! Thank you for everything and we'll look to book again on our next visit!
Written June 13, 2021
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We thoroughly enjoyed being part of providing a memorable setting for those magic moments you both will share into eternity! Thanks so much KG! Capt. Steve
Written June 18, 2021
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CaribSurfer
Florida8,659 contributions
Feb 2022
We took visiting family on a full day charter aboard Captain Steve's boat and had a most enjoyable experience. Our trip took us along the Gulf coast past past Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva and Pine Island (to name a few) and included a stop for shelling and swimming on an uncrowded beach. Along the way we saw plenty of dolphins and manatees. Our granddaughter had the time of her life tubing around the bay. Captain Steve and First Mate Denise were wonderful and friendly hosts befitting of the company name. We've been on boat charters all over the world and this one ranked high among the best. Well worth every penny of the cost.
Written February 21, 2022
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Shirley V
2 contributions
Mar 2021
Our family of four spent the day with Captain Steve and Joy. What a lovely experience! It was the best day of our 2-week vacation. Worth every hour and every dollar. I highly recommend spending a day out on the water on "Ship Faced"!!
Written April 6, 2021
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Candace H
1 contribution
Mar 2021
Best money we've ever spent on Ft Myers Beach! Captain Steve and his First Mate Joy were very friendly, fun, professional and knowledgeable about the area. The boat Ship Faced was incredible, we couldn't have asked for a nicer vessel to go boating in. We saw tons of dolphins, went shelling at Cayo Costa State Park, and swimming. This experience was something our group will never forget. It was a perfect day on a perfect boat and we will definitely do it again on our next trip!
Written March 26, 2021
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Kelly R
6 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
My family and I had a fantastic experience with Captain Steve and his first mate Joy abroad “Ship Faced”. They were very knowledgeable, accommodating, and fun. Joy went above and beyond to make sure we were all comfortable and enjoying the day! The boat is brand new, clean, and meticulously maintained. They were great hosts and thought of it all..beverages, snacks, water inflatables, snorkel equipment, sunblock and even bags for shelling. It was a great day on the water. We really enjoyed the ride, taking turns jumping off the boat while docked, swimming in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, and our time shelling along Cayo Costa. We had an awesome adventure that included a stop for lunch on the water with scenic views, dolphin and manatee sightings and ample opportunity to feel the sun on our face and the wind in our hair. Already looking forward to our next time!
Written March 20, 2021
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GoPlaces390267
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Oct 2021
Captain Steve and Joy were very friendly, good sense of humor and we felt very safe. Best parts were stopping at Cabbage key for lunch and visiting beaches along the way. Lots of laughs and fun the whole day. Boat was beautiful and spotless. Definitely a perfect activity to do on vacation with a group of friends! Good memories
Written November 1, 2021
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