Crab Island Cruises

Crab Island Cruises - Fun in the Sun for Every Occasion
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Forget renting a boat and having to worry about navigating safety, and a driver! Crab Island Cruises will create an amazing experience for any type of gathering, from party time to family-friendly. Your captain provides floats, games, toys, and sightseeing tips and will stay with your group to make sure everyone has fun and stays safe. All you have to do is show up with a towel and some sunscreen; let them do the rest!

- The Local Expert Team

Destin has been voted one of the top destinations for boating, and it’s hard to miss all the floaters in the bay as you cross the Destin Bridge. If you’re considering renting a boat or pontoon to head out to the island, go all the way and rent the captain, too! Enjoy a customized cruise to Crab Island that includes a tour of Destin Harbor while watching carefully for dolphins, sharks, and other sea-life sightings. Once your boat arrives at the island, your captain will drop the anchor for a day of fun in the sun.

Crab Island Cruises provides everything you need for your day on the island including life jackets, floats, water toys, coolers packed with ice, bottled water, beer pong, and more. Feel free to stock the waiting coolers with beverages of your choice, but please skip any glass bottles. You should also bring any personal necessities such as sunscreen, towels, and snacks. If you prefer to pack lightly, toss a few drinks in the cooler for the cruise over to the island, and purchase everything you need from island vendors. 

Some activities your party might enjoy include relaxing on inflatables with a cold drink, digging for hermit crabs and sand dollars, an obstacle course in the water, beach volleyball, and of course, plenty of swimming, snorkeling, and splashing. The knee-deep waters are perfect for playing, visiting, or working on your tan. Previous party-goers rave about the hospitality offered by the boat captains and their constant eye on everyone’s safety. From staying on top of music playlists to refilling empty beverages and watching for jellyfish, you’ll get more than just a ride to the island.

Cruise options are flexible so you can create the perfect day. Cruises start at 4 hours for 6 people, but additional guests are welcome. Cruises can be extended at a flat rate of $125 for every additional hour and can often be purchased on-the-spot if you’re having too much fun to head back. Whether you’re bringing the family for some fun and reconnection, letting loose for your bachelorette party, or you’ve gathered up your friends for some much-needed R&R, Crab Island Cruises will deliver an experience tailored exactly to your wishes.

Insider Tips:
– Book your trip for earlier in the day if you’re bringing young kids. Crab Island Cruises happily keeps things family-friendly, but other island visitors may not. 
– Don’t be afraid to tell your captain exactly what you’re hoping to see and do. They are remarkably accommodating–from wild parties to romantic enclaves–but only if you speak up!