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Thank you for visiting Island Runner Tours. Our goal is to provide excellent service, and a fun, memorable experience you can't get anywhere else. All our tours are private so you are assured personal service and attention.

On your private tour, we will cruise along and search for Dolphin, Manatee, and Tropical birds. Your captain has been in the Fort Myers area for over 20 years and will be pointing out interesting sights, sounds, and little-known historical facts as you cruise through the islands of paradise known as SW Florida. 

Welcome to Island Runner Private Tours & Excursions

Fort Myers Private Boat Tours

Memories That Last A Lifetime

What time should we arrive at the boat?

Welcome to Island Runner Private Tours & Excursions

Thank you for visiting Island Runner Tours. Our goal is to provide our clients with excellent service, and a fun, memorable experience you can't get anywhere else. All our tours are private so you are assured personal service and attention.

Island Runner Tours Fort Myers Dolphin Tours

Fort Myers, Sanibel, & Captiva Tours

Part of what sets Island Runner Tours apart is our experience and personal attention. A private, chartered excursion assures you'll see and experience things not found on crowded, noisy tours. We are able to adjust the excursion and explore unique, hidden areas known by your captain from years of exploring.

Meet Your Captain

Ray holds a USCG OUPV Captains license certification to 100 miles offshore. Originally from New Jersey, Captain Ray has over 40 years of boating experience on the the east coast United States, including Barnagat Bay NJ, offshore to Atlantic City, Chesapeake Bay Maryland, Hudson River, Lake George NY and Florida.

 

Ray has been in Florida for over 20 years boating and exploring Ft. Lauderdale, Islamorada, Marathon, SW FL Gulf of Mexico, Estero Bay, Sanibel, Marco Island, Naples, Captiva, and points north as far as Englewood and Palm Island.

As a 2nd mate, Captain Ray also served on customers 82 Viking to Marathon and the Bahamas. Ray lives here on the Island here with his wife and sometimes 1st mate Donna.

 

In their 40 years of marriage Donna has accompanied Capt Ray in many hours the aforementioned .

Meet Your Captain

Ray holds a USCG OUPV Captains license certification to 100 miles offshore. Originally from New Jersey, Captain Ray has over 40 years of boating experience on the the east coast United States, including Barnaget Bay NJ, offshore to Atlantic City, Chesapeake Bay Maryland, Hudson River, Lake George NY and Florida.

Reserve A Tour

Miss Emilia

  • Accommodates 1-4 Guests

  • 18' Robalo Center Console

  • 150 - 4 stroke Yamaha outboard

  • Bimini top shades (1/2 cockpit of boat)

  • Private porta-pottie onboard

  • Stereo sound system

  • Island music of your choice

  • Vhf Radio

  • GPS - chartplotter

  • Swim ladder

  • Cooler w/ice

Mandy Girl

  • Accommodates 1-6 Guests

  • 24' Robalo Center Console

  • Twin 150 Yamaha engines

  • Hard top (1/3 cockpit of boat)

  • Private electric toilet

  • Stereo sound system

  • Island music of your choice

  • Vhf Radio

  • GPS - chartplotter

  • Swim ladder

  • Cooler w/ice

Your Boats For The Day

Your private tour will take place on one of two boats. Miss Emilia or Mandy Girl. Each boat is made by Robalo and comes with full amenities including restroom facilities, music, GPS, swim ladders, coolers, VHF radio, and shade for those who want to just sit back and relax.

Your Boats For The Day

Your private tour will take place on one of two boats. Miss Emilia or Mandy Girl. Each boat is made by Robalo and comes with full amenities including restroom facilities, music, GPS, swim ladders, coolers, VHF radio, and shade for those who want to just sit back and relax.

Cruises, Trips, & Excursions

With Island Runner Tours you get a unique experience that you won't find anywhere else. Your private charter includes history, a flexible agenda, and the experience of a captain who has been in the area for over 20 years. Browse our options below or create your own excursion.

Fort Myers Dolphin Tours

Sanibel Sunset Cruise

1.5 or 2.5 hour cruise out to Sanibel Light

Estero Island Dolphin Tour

3 or 4 hour cruise in search of Dolphin, Manatee, and wildlife

Matanzas Harbor Dolphin Tour

1.5 or 2.5 hour cruise with lunch and tiki bar stops optional

Lunch & Bar Hopper Trips

Cabbage Key

6 or 7 hour trip to this remote island of Jimmy Buffet fame

Matlacha

5 hour cruise to this funky and colorful little town

Pine Island

5 hour trip back to 1965 "old Florida"

Sanibel Island

3.5 hour trip that includes a stop at the famous Grandma Dots restaurant

Matanzas Harbor Bar Hopper

2.5 or 3.5 hour lunch trip hitting all of the hot spots

Beach & Shelling Trips

Cayo Costa (South)

6 hour trip to this remote hidden gem

Bowmans Beach (Sanibel) or Turner Beach (Captiva)

4 or 5 hour trip to one of the world renowned shelling beaches

Lovers Key

4 or 5 hour trip to this sandy paradise

Sanibel Light Beach

3 or 4 hour trip with a visit to the lighthouse

Picnic Island

4 hour trip to this remote boat-accessible only island

Bowditch Point

3 or 4 hour trip to relax on the beach or shell

Island Excursions

Gasparilla Island

8 or 9 hour excursion to explore this unique island

Tween Waters/Captiva

8 hour excursion to Captiva with kayaks, resort pools, and bicycles

Port Royal/Naples

7 hour excursion to see "million dollar" views

Frequently Asked Questions

Any other questions or concerns

You can click the link to email us, visit us on Facebook, or call us at 239-777-3058.

Will we go fast?

Back bay trips and harbor tours are all “no wake” this means we go slow to protect the manatee and wildlife in that particular area. Island trips we will “jump on plane “ in the gulf and intercoastal and cruise at 25-30 mph to our destination.

Does the boat have shade?

Both boats have some shade – see boat descriptions

What time should we arrive at the boat?

We appreciate your arrival 15 minutes prior to sail time, this will give time to board and stow your gear. Our goal is to give all allotted time on the water. We must keep to a schedule on short or ½ day trips.

What if I get sea sick?

If you are prone to sea sickness we suggest taking Dramamine the night before and possibly morning of according package directions. We may suggest avoiding the island excursion trips as the gulf may get choppy at times.

Can we smoke?

Smoking is not permitted on board for safety reasons, however we can stop along the way if you wish. Illegal substances are strictly prohibited, in the event of an infraction, we will return to the dock without refund and trip will end.

Is there a bathroom on the boat?

Yes there are marine “heads” on both of our boats, and they should be used only for liquid waste. There are also places along the way where we can stop.

Will we definitely see dolphin?

These friendly creatures are wild, we cannot predict where or when we will see them, however there are so many here in Estero Bay it is rare that we don’t.

  • On short trips (2 hrs or less) we see dolphin at least once 90% of the time.

  • On longer trips (over 2 hours) we see dolphin at least once 99% of the time.

  • Manatee are harder to spot and not as plentiful as the dolphin but we do see them frequently.

What if it rains?

We will go in light rain as our rains don't typically last very long. If there is a threat of lighting, we won't go and we will need to reschdule.

What should I bring?

  • You may bring anything you like to eat or drink on any trip ( we will have a cooler with ice for your use) we suggest canned beverages – no bottles or glass please.

  • Sunscreen and Hat - lotion only (no sprays please )

  • Towel and extra clothes for beach trips

  • Jacket or sweatshirt for winter trips

© 2021 Island Runner Tours. Fort Myers, Florida.

Getaway Marina

18400 San Carlos Blvd

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

239-777-3058

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