Take to the open water on a Pensacola Bay cruise or paddle a kayak through calm inshore waterways on these top four boat tours.
The last city in western Florida before Alabama is Pensacola and you’ll find plenty of the attractions here for which southern Florida has become well known. Long stretches of sandy beach, abundant marine life and leisurely cruises are major highlights. These top Pensacola Beach tours and boat trips offer a variety of ways to enjoy the natural beauty around Pensacola. Each one has been elected for this list because of its value for money, reviews from previous guests, and the uniqueness of the experience offered.
Uninhabited Island Kayaking Adventure
One of the freest ways to explore the waterways around Pensacola is by kayak. The leisurely pace and ability to get so much closer to nature are both big benefits of this tour, which seeks out a series of islands devoid of human inhabitants to get the best experience of birds, crabs and other marine life living largely undisturbed. Life jackets and other necessary equipment is provided and previous kayaking experience is not necessary. From $62 per person.
Pensacola Sunset Cruise Tour
Another top boat tour from Pensacola makes the most of a daily occurrence that paints the sky and sea in warm tones. This 90-minute sunset cruise heads out onto Little Sabine Lake then onto Santa Rosa Sound, which is sandwiched between the mainland and the thin strip of Pensacola Beach. This boat trip allows you to bring your own alcohol on board, with a cooler full of ice provided to keep things chilled. From $60 per person.
Night Glow Kayak Paddle from Pensacola Beach
If the daytime kayaking experience piqued your interest, then the nighttime version might just have you convinced. This unique paddling experience might sound like a strange idea at first. After all, what’s there to see at nighttime? Well first off, the kayaks themselves become part of the spectacle. These kayaks are constructed from a clear material filled with colorful LEDs which light up the night and the water. But more than simply being a gimmick, they enhance the paddler’s safety on the water, allowing you a great view of Pensacola Beach’s illuminated buildings from Little Sabine Bay. From $65 for two people.
Pensacola Inshore Fishing Charter
Another way to get out onto the water is via a boat charter and one of the most popular in these parts of the Panhandle is for fishing. This half-day charter is good for groups of up to five people, includes all fishing and safety equipment and takes care of the fishing licenses as well. As this is an inshore fishing trip, you’ll be exploring the coastal waterways protected by the Pensacola Beach sandbar, ensuring a less choppy journey. From $645 per group.