Marco Island Water Sports
Marco Island Water Sports
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Parasailing & ParaglidingWaterskiing & JetskiingWater SportsEco ToursStand Up Paddleboarding
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
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S PREMIER ALL BEACHFRONT WATER ADVENTURE PROVIDER SINCE 1981. Marco Island Water Sports offers many diverse ways to see the amazing wildlife and scenery that surrounds Marco Island. Experience our 10,000 Islands Guided WaveRunner Excursions through the mangrove forest of the Everglades. Parasail high above the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico or take one of our boat excursions for dolphin watching, and shelling on a deserted island! We are located directly on the beaches of Marco Island.
Marco Island, Florida
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2024

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KCGator12
Gainesville, FL29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The 13 year olds in our group wanted to try parasailing. They did a great job with them, but the 30 minute trip involved only about 10-12 minutes of parasailing. A little pricey though considering the company about 50 yards down the beach was $30 less.
Written July 2, 2020
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KC, Thank you for taking the time to give your honest and constructive feedback on your experience with us as well as the pricing. We appreciate it and thank you for choosing us for your family’s parasailing adventure!
Written July 8, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

meredithkm
Chicago, IL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
While visiting Marco Island with my extended family, we decided to do a Wave Runner tour leaving from the Marriott. This was a very convenient location for us to get to - and we had 7 waverunners rented for our tour with 14 of us going (2 on each).

Most of us needed to complete a short test to be able to drive the wave runner, but Marco Island Water Sports made this truly painless. We made our way down to their location, read the booklet with information, and took a 25 question test. Everyone passed and we were ready to go!

We had Captain Ryan guiding our tour, and he was FANTASTIC! He was extremely knowledgeable regarding the habitats we rode through, history of the island/area/architecture we saw, and animals. They do not promise that you will see dolphins, however we got very lucky and Captain Ryan spotted some dolphins toward the end of our ride. He led us over to them and let each of us get close enough to see them (mom, dad and baby dolphin!) jumping and swimming under us - one of the coolest experiences of my life. After we followed the dolphins for a little while, Ryan noted that the Dad Dolphin was starting to get a bit defensive in his maneuvers and therefore we stopped following them and headed back to the Marriott. I really appreciated Ryan's vast knowledge of dolphin behavior (which he shared with us) but also that he used this to ensure we were not bothering them in their natural habitat.

Ryan was attentive, knowledgeable, and patient as we had very new drivers with us and all had a safe and fun ride. Thank you to Marco Island Water Sports and Captain Ryan for a truly unforgettable ride!
Written January 6, 2020
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Wow! Thank you Meredith for taking time to leave such a fabulous and detailed review of your experience with Capt. Ryan on our WaveRunner tour! Hearing that you had such an informative, safe and most importantly, fun adventure is what makes our jobs the best. Wishing you and your extended family a great rest of your vacation here on Marco Island! :)
Written January 9, 2020
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ann12019
Highland Heights, OH2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Our group of 4 women (ages 50+) had a great time parasailing off of Vanderbilt Beach! The crew was fun, professional and half the fun was watching others go up while riding in a beautiful boat! Loved every minute of it! One tip I would share is that if you are going to the Naples location, you launch from the beach and not a dock. This is only important for anyone that would not be able to climb the ladder into the boat. Go to the Marco location if you need to enter the boat from a dock.
Written March 21, 2021
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Thank you Ann and friends for coming out to parasail with us! Happy to hear you enjoyed the entire experience, and thank you for the feedback and notes regarding the beach pickups. =)
Written April 11, 2021
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MONICA B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Biggest Scam!! Don’t let these con artists fool you into buying their Dolphin and Shelling excursion, I bought tickets for 5 adults and 1 child about $600 and all we got to see were the same sea gulls we could have seen sitting at the beach. The name of the excursion is Dolphin and Shelling. According to them we would see dolphins, manatees and eagles. Well we got in the boat and were greeted by the captain and the tour guide. We started sailing and there was absolutely no wildIife around. After about an hour the captain said he saw something getting close (a manatee) then the tour guide would say “oh we missed it”, and they did that around 3 times. It was obvious, and everyone was annoyed because we had just been robbed. It’s the same as if Sea World sold tickets to see the orca whale and when you get to the show they say oh sorry, she’s not here today. Why can Marco Island Water Sports deliberately mislead the person buying tickets online and then just get away with an, “oh sorry we missed the dolphins, manatees and eagles this time”, but still keep almost $600 of mine? That is not okay!
Written December 8, 2020
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We would like to offer our apologies that your experience with us was not a positive one, and that you did not see the wildlife you had hoped to see. Unfortunately, unlike Sea World we cannot guarantee that wildlife will be seen every time and always do our best to provide an exciting and informative excursion to our guests whether wildlife is present or not. We take accusations of theft very seriously, so if you would like to add any additional comments or concerns please feel free to email sam@marcoislandwatersports.com
Written December 12, 2020
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vzescape
Boston, MA882 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
1st time renting jet ski. A little disappointed that we had to go 15mph speed limit for about 15 min going outbound and same for return so this ended up using half our rented time. Most annoying was the maps were not matching the markers we saw so we couldn’t go fast because we didn’t know the area. My husband was too large for his skis so it was too unstable for him to ride with my son and we didn’t want to pay for a 3rd ski. My daughter and I shared a ski and found out afterwards that we had no stability issues because we had the better model. It was a shame that we couldn’t all stay together just because one ski was not as good as the other and also because my husband and son had to turn in their ski early. It seems like they should have better skis available or at least make suggestions on how to match people to the skis. My daughter and I weigh less and should have been on the inferior ski.
Written December 10, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. However, I believe that this review may have been meant for another rental company as we do not issue maps with our jet ski rentals and our operation area does not have any channel markers. If you’d like, please feel free to visit us for your next jet ski rental. We have well maintained equipment, and trained staff that are happy to provide all the instruction you need to feel safe and confident on the water. :)
Written December 11, 2020
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Nelsons North
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Matt and James were the perfect captains for my daughter’s first parasail. Even though she is 18, mothers still get a little concerned. I knew as soon as we got going that these two were pros. I went as an “observer” and photographer (with phone) and the ride along in the boat was worth the money for certain. Thank you for making a memorable adventure for mother and daughter alike!
Written March 23, 2020
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Heather
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
I did 2 tours while in Marco Island and out of those 2, this one would come in 2nd place. It was a good time but I just had a better experience on the other tour. This tour had about 30-40 people on it and I couldn't hear the tour guide very well (my other tour had about 10-12 people and our tour guides were knowledgeable, entertaining, and polite). This tour was more expensive and they don't provide you anything to collect your shells in (if you wanted something, I believe it was $10 for a shelling bag) whereas the other tour I took was less expensive and provided a shelling bag for free to everyone on the tour.
Written June 11, 2021
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Heather, Thank you for taking the time to leave your honest feedback regarding your experience on our dolphin watch & shelling tour. While we are still happy you had a good time, your suggestions will be taken into consideration as we we are always looking for ways to improve the experience we offer to our guests. If you have any additional comments you'd like to add, please feel free to email sam@marcoislandwatersports.com.
Written June 17, 2021
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Tachianna E
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Booked a parasailing ride in October of 2021 with my sister and had a blast. Booked another this past week with my brother. Again, we fully enjoyed our time. The crew was extremely friendly and the captain took the time to educate us on the different animals that we saw or might see. Our only disappointment was the fact that the website advertises 12-15 minute rides and both times we've booked rides, we've been in the air not even 10 minutes. I understand that they have to stay on schedule for the other rides of the day, but unless I'm misunderstanding something, I would suggest they fix their website if they are not going to fulfill what they advertise and charge hundreds of dollars for.
Written April 20, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us constructive feedback regarding your experience with booking parasailing. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the excursion enough to return with your brother and enjoyed that too. We really appreciate your suggestions and notes, and will take them into consideration regarding our website as we aim to provide the best possible experience parasailing from start to finish.
Written July 15, 2022
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Morti R
Chicago, IL68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Our group of 5 (3 drivers and 2 riders) did the 10,000 Island Tour, and it was a fantastic experience, due entirely to the entire staff at the Hilton hut and to Heath, our tour guide. Our experience started off a bit rocky at the Crystal Shores hut (let’s just say the guy working there is not a morning person), but once we were directed to Heath and the Hilton hut folks, it was nothing short of amazing. I did think the pace would be bit more (it is not), BUT, it didn’t matter in the end because driving was easy and we saw dolphins, manatee, mangroves and the dome homes, all which we stopped for plenty long enough to take pictures, video, and get a really good view. If you have even an ounce of adventurous spirit, take this tour, our entire group is still talking about it.
Written July 25, 2021
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Heather, Thank you from all of us for such a wonderful recommendation regarding your experience on tour with us! We are SO stoked to hear your family had such a great experience with Heath and the crew, and of course got to see all the wildlife and natural area that make this area so special! :) Please tell the rest of the family we said thank you, and we look forward to welcoming you all back again sometime.
Written July 26, 2021
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Sandra G
Marco Island, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Yesterday Marco guided our group of six wave runners on a great 2 hour trip! Marco Island Watersports did a very good job of preparing us for safely riding through some rough water and areas where the water is quite shallow. It is important to arrive the 1/2 hour before the tour begins. Our guide Marco was fantastic! He brought us through the mangrove islands to see dolphins, white pelicans and osprey, He was friendly, knowledgeable and really seemed to enjoy the trip as much as we did. Great way to get out on the water and see the wildlife and enjoy the beautiful scenery! Highly recommend this tour.
Written January 4, 2020
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Sandra, Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your experience on the WaveRunner tour with Marco! We’d bet he did enjoy it just as much as you did, and I’m sure he’ll be happy to hear you had a great time. :) Hope you have a fantastic rest of your vacation!
Written January 4, 2020
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