1 - Sanibel Thriller
Have you ever wanted to see dolphins up close and personal? Well, up close and personal but not actually be in the water? You’re in luck. Sanibel Thriller, a 55’ powerboat, offers high speed boat tours hugging the shores of the Gulf of Mexico from the historic Sanibel Lighthouse to North Captiva. This exhilarating 90-minute adventure will put you right on top of the water and leave you speechless as you’ll literally see dolphins jumping in the wake of the boat. Tours depart up to three times a day from the Sanibel Marina – which is right next to Gramma Dot’s restaurant.
What makes Sanibel Thriller also quite special is the historic narration during the tour. You’ll learn about the history of Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, and more as narrators divide the perfect amount of time between history and simply just being out on the water. Visit sanibelthriller.com for more info or call (239) 472-2328. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
2 - Commodore Creek Kayak Trail (Tarpon Bay)
Spend a couple hours along the popular Commodore Creek Kayak Trail in Tarpon Bay. With mostly shallow water, the trail is great for both beginners and advanced paddlers who want to soak up the scenery. Guided tours are available, but you're also given the option to go solo. Visit Tarpon Bay Explorers for more info.
3 - Ft. Myers Beach Jet Ski Dolphin Adventure Tours
Holiday Water Sports of Fort Myers offers a unique way to see dolphins up close on a powerful waverunner.
The 90-minute guided tour through Estero Bay is an unforgettable experience as you can literally get within several feet of the dolphins as they like to swim in the wake. A great way to create family memories that will last forever.
4 - Bowman's Beach
Turquoise blue waters, bright white sand and natural tranquility make Bowman’s Beach one of America’s premier beaches. With no condos or resorts in its line of sight, Bowman’s is an intimate, extremely relaxing beach and the perfect day trip for couples or families alike. Bowman’s is located on the northern end of Sanibel Island, making a quick up to Captiva Island an option as well. 1700 Bowman's Beach Rd.
5 - SUP Yoga
Ambu Yoga on Captiva Island offers SUP yoga, beach yoga, hot yoga and much more. All classes are open to the public and the studio is right across the street from Starbucks.
6 - Fishing
Whether you're looking for private charters or to simply just get out and fish, both Fort Myers and Sanibel Island have plenty of great fishing. If you're on Sanibel, stop by Bait Box for all your local fishing needs, and, if heading up towards Captiva Island, check out the fishing at Turner Beach (Blind Pass), and the bridge that connects the two islands.
7 - Parasailing
See Fort Myers from high above the water. Parasailing adventures are a great way to see the natural beauty of SWFL.
8 - Kayak Manatee Tour Voted #1 of 32 outdoor activities in nearby Bonita Springs, the kayak manatee tour is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. As certified naturalists guide you through the waters manatees will literally swim within inches of your kayak.
Awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence and voted Top 10 things to do in Florida. Click Here for more info.
9 - Captain Bob's Excellent Adventure Eco Tour Full-day and half-day eco-tours through the majestic Everglades! On each tour, patrons experience an airboat ride, boat cruise, wildlife drive within the Big Cypress Preserve, nature walk and lunch. Seeing alligators is a definite on this tour! https://excellentadventure.org/