The Best Cruises & Boat Tours

Whether you're into spotting dolphins, watching sunsets, sipping a cool drink under a tiki, or seeking adventure, St. Pete/Clearwater has a boat tour for you.

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From sightseeing cruises to sunset boat tours, St. Pete/Clearwater has options to suit every style.

Slip on your flip-flops and your sense of adventure as you peruse these top boat tour options in St. Pete/Clearwater. Want even more helpful info on boating excursions?

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Tiki Boat Tours, multiple locations

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Tour the waters surrounding St. Pete/Clearwater in the most original way – aboard a floating tiki bar, thatched roof and all. From sunset cruises to full-day tours, relaxing on the sandbar or spotting dolphins, gather your friends, BYOB, and board a tiki boat tour for a unique way to navigate the scenic waters. Several tiki tour businesses operate in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, including Florida Tiki Tours in Madeira Beach which roams around John’s Pass and Boca Ciega Bay. Or set sail with St. Pete Tiki Tours and take in relaxing Gulf views. Other options include Cruisin’ Tikis in Clearwater and Totally Tiki Tours in St. Pete, which departs from the St. Pete Pier for an awesome experience in Tampa Bay.


StarLite Cruises, multiple locations

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StarLite Cruises offers dinner and sightseeing tours in several locations, and can even host weddings and special events.

No matter what type of cruise you're looking for, or where you'd like to sail from, chances are StarLite Cruises has the perfect boating excursion for you. From dinner cruises on a yacht, to dolphin watching tours, to party cruises and full-day group excursions, this family-owned business has grown from a single vessel to become the largest daily excursion fleet in Florida. 

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Get Up and Go Kayaking, Tierra Verde

A woman in a clear see-through kayak in the mangroves of St. Pete/Clearwater

Clear kayaks are an amazing way to experience kayaking at Shell Key Preserve.

Don't miss a chance to get out on the water with Get Up and Go Kayaking in Tierra Verde. The company offers guided clear kayak tours of Shell Key Preserve, and was rated the number one nature and outdoor activity in the world by TripAdvisor! Also check out their unique nighttime tour, complete with color-changing, waterproof LED lights that light up the water below for a cool way to spot marine life. 

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St. Nicholas Boat Line, Tarpon Springs

St. Nicholas Boat Line

Get a first-hand look at sponge diving with St. Nicholas Boat Line.

Experience a bit of history when you cruise with St. Nicholas Boat Line, an iconic family-owned business in Tarpon Springs. During this unique tour, which departs from the Sponge Docks, you’ll learn about the history of sponge diving in the region and see a live sponge harvesting demonstration.

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Captain Memo's Original Pirate Cruise, Clearwater Beach

A happy little girl wearing a pirate hat on board Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise.

No family vacation in St. Pete/Clearwater is complete without a pirate cruise. Little ones, in particular, will appreciate the outing.

For those who've ever dreamed of playing the role of a swashbuckling pirate, Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise lets you and the family live out the adventure on an actual pirate ship. This fun-filled family cruise is a must when at Clearwater Beach.

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The Tropics Boat Tours, Clearwater Beach

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The Tropics Boat Tours offer dolphin and sunset cruises.

All aboard Tropics Boat Tours, a tropical-themed, double-decker catamaran for daily cruises or chartered events from Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a full bar while cruising the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico with plenty of chances to spot and interact with dolphins along the way.

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Little Toot Dolphin Adventure, Clearwater Beach

The Little Toot Dolphin Adventure boat at Sunset

Little Toot Dolphin Adventures advertises the closest Dolphin Encounter experience in the destination.

If you don’t go on a dolphin-sighting cruise, did you really visit Florida? Little Toot Dolphin Cruise has a knack not just for knowing where to find playful dolphins, but also for getting them to jump and play behind the boat on almost every trip.

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Sea Screamer, Clearwater Beach

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The Sea Screamer is Clearwater's only speedboat dolphin adventure.

What’s cooler than cruising around on the world’s largest speed boat? Cruising around on the world’s largest speed boat at sunset with dolphins jumping in your wake. Sea Screamer is sure to delight kids and adults alike during this wet and wild ride.

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Paddle Pub, Clearwater Beach

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Set sail for fun on a Paddle Pub tour of Clearwater Beach.

Board the Paddle Pub, a pedal-powered pontoon boat for a fun way to tour the scenic waterways of Clearwater Beach. Simply choose your tour, grab your friends, BYOB, and let the fun begin! Led by a captain and (rest assured) also powered by an engine, your tour will stop for an island swim during the day or to enjoy sunset views at night.

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Pirate Ship at John's Pass, Madeira Beach

Ready your sea legs and leave the land lubbers behind. Board the Pirate Ship in Madeira Beach and get ready for its entertaining crew to take you on a pirate cruise that you and your family will never forget. Start practicing your best "arrrrgh" and get ready for pirate games, dolphin spotting and other family fun.

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Hubbard's Sunset Cruise, Madeira Beach

Hubbards Marina Sunset Cruise out of Madeira Beach

Hubbards Marina Sunset Cruise offers free beer and wine on it's 1.5-hour sunset cruise.

Adventure meets nature during Hubbard’s sunset cruise. Grab your front-row seat to the best show on the sea as you take in the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico and the wonders of its playful marine life.

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Calypso Breeze Tropical Party Cruise, Madeira Beach

Island time is all the time aboard the Calypso Breeze Tropical Party Cruise. Enjoy a tropical-style buffet and bar while taking in a breathtaking sunset during the nighttime tour or amazing scenic views during the day.

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Dolphin Landings, St. Pete Beach

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There's a good chance you'll spot wild dolphins on one of our local boat tours.

Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center is the only charter company in the area that offers sailing aboard large ocean ketch vessels. There’s nothing like taking in an unforgettable sunset with the wind in your sails. Choose from dolphin-watching, sunset trips, island adventures, or fishing trips and look forward to a St. Pete Beach experience like no other.

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Dolphin Snorkeling Cruise, Egmont Key State Park

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Head to Egmont Key to snorkel the warm waters that line the shore and the sunken ruins of Fort Dade.

If you’re the adventurous type, the Dolphin Snorkeling Cruise is for you. This half-day, dolphin-watching excursion takes you out to Egmont Key State Park, a deserted island in the mouth of Tampa Bay. There you can snorkel the often clear, calm, shallow water. Look for fish and explore the island’s abandoned forts left over from the Spanish-American War.

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