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 Boat Tours and Charters


Half DAy Eco Charter (4 Hours)

Shelling. Sightseeing. Dolphin and wildlife encounters all rolled into one.  The best bang for your buck. Explore the beaches and bay of our islands on an unforgettable natural adventure that is sure to be the highlight of your vacation.

$450 (per boat up to 6 passengers)


sunset cruise (2 hours)

One of the most beautiful times to be on the water. Let the setting sun paint the sky for your perfect, private evening cruise. Drinks are encouraged. But not for the captain.....someone has to steer the ship! (Due to summer weather, this trip is not offered June-Aug)

$300 (per boat up to 6 passengers)


Full day (6 hours)

We offer a full day experience that covers all of the natural "must-see's" of our marine habitat. Explore hard to reach beaches and coves, learn to paddleboard, grab lunch, drinks, or ice cream at island outpost restaurants only accessed by boat. Let us show you the best that our islands have to offer!

$700 (per boat up to 6 passengers)


Private excursion with Marine Biologist

(4 hours)

Learn the in's and out's of the estuarial marine habitat on a guided tour with Stefanie Plein, M.S.. This is your chance to dive deeper into our local habitats further than ever before. From the grass flats, mangrove habitats, and sprawling natural beaches, marine biologist Stefanie Plein will walk you through an unforgettable experience that will leave you with an all encompassing understanding of how our marine systems function in Southwest Florida. Interested in shelling? Stefanie has you covered! When you book a half day eco charter, you can “add on” Stefanie to the trip.

$550 (per boat up to 6 passengers)


Look and Release

In place of modern fishing practices which can lead to thousands of feet of discarded and entangled hooks, weights, and fishing line every year we choose to engage in sustainable look-and-release fishing practices by using a traditional seine net in shallow waters. By using a seine net we are able to briefly trap varying species of fish, shrimp, seahorses, and crabs for educational purposes before releasing them back into their home unharmed.

(Part of the Half Day Eco Charter and the Full Day Eco Charter)


Paddleboard Lessons

While enjoying our time at the unspoiled beaches of our area we often like to use our onboard paddleboard in the shallow, calm waters right off the beaches. For beginners we offer instruction and cover the basics to get you standing up and paddling right along. Dolphin occasionally swim by and curiously approach for a better look!

(Part of the Half Day Eco Charter and the Full Day Eco Charter)


Snorkeling for Shells and other Natural Treasures

When the weather is calm we bring along assorted sizes of snorkel gear for you to enjoy the warm, shallow waters right off of the beaches. This is one of the best ways to search for shells, sand dollars, and other organic marine materials that often go unseen by the common passerby on foot.

(Part of the Half Day Eco Charter and the Full Day Eco charter)

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Bald eagle on North Captiva Island

Bald eagle on North Captiva Island


How many passengers can you accommodate? Per US Coast Guard regulations, we can only take up to 6 passengers.  If your group is larger than 6, please call us to discuss the possibility of partnering with another captain to charter an additional boat.

Where do we depart from? Our charter boat in Sanibel-Captiva, FL, sails out of Green Flash Restaurant (15183 Captiva Dr. - bayside of Captiva).

Can I bring drinks and snacks on board? Yes, we have a cooler with ice on board. Feel free to bring any snacks and drinks that you would like while we are out on the water. In an effort to reduce single-use plastics in our waters, we do not provide bottled water and ask that you please remember to bring a reusable water bottle!

Shelling with New Wave!

Shelling with New Wave!

Are your rates per person? No, our rates are per private trip. The cost is the same whether it is 1 or 6 people.

What type of payment do you accept? Payment will be made at the conclusion of your sunset boat trip or tour. We accept cash, check, and credit card (small service fee is added).

What is your cancellation policy? We collect a deposit to reserve your date and time slot. This deposit is non-refundable unless the trip is canceled by the Captain due to bad weather or unforeseen boat problems. In the case of inclement weather, we will try to re-book your trip for a better day if your schedule allows. Otherwise, we will cheerfully refund your entire deposit. If you fail to show up for your charter or cancel within one week of departure, you forfeit the entire charter amount.

Is there shade on the boat? Yes!

Is there a bathroom on board the boat? Unfortunately, restrooms are not available on the vessel, but we will never be more than 10 minutes away from one.

A sand dollar as large as your head!

A sand dollar as large as your head!

What will we see? If you’re hoping for a dolphin cruise, you’re in luck! On every trip marine mammals (West Indian manatees and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins) are a main attraction. We also see birds, historical landmarks, undeveloped beaches and islands, and miles of unspoiled mangrove and seagrass habitat. We will provide you with a very memorable tour.

Where do we go? We explore the largely undeveloped barrier islands of northern Pine Island Sound.

Are you licensed and insured? Yes! We are licensed under the US Coast Guard. We are also insured.

Contact us today to get underway on your unforgettable ocean exploration. We proudly serve Sanibel-captiva, Florida, and the surrounding areas.



The Forbidden Fruit of the Caribbean

We are proud to offer full service, privately guided trips to Cuba. Through people-to-people travel we are able to provide fully customizable excursions that are both culturally responsible towards the Cuban people and ecologically sensitive in regards to the many endemic species that fill the diverse landscapes of a breathtaking country that has been sealed in time.

Arguably the most beautiful island in the Caribbean, Cuba offers endless exploration and natural surprises that have been protected through the lack of development.

Our itineraries start from just 4 days/3 nights With a “taste of Havana” ranging to a 14 day guided birding excursion through the differing biomes of the country.

All trips are private and tailored to your specific needs and pleasures. You’ll enjoy one of our private guides and drivers from the moment of arrival who will steward you through both the cities and the field. You can rest easy knowing you are in the hands of professionals throughout your stay.

Flights to Havana depart daily from Tampa, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, JFK, and NYC

Lodging Is prearranged on an individual basis and varies from humble casa particulars (privately owned bed and breakfasts) to luxurious hotels such as the historical Hotel Nacional de Cuba

To inquire about this travel trip of a lifetime contact us directly at or call (239) 671-7447


Experience nature as it was meant to be when you join us at New Wave Eco Charters. Our company offers exciting eco-tourism experiences for passengers in Sanibel-Captiva, FL, and surrounding areas. When you take part in our chartered tours you will explore the natural beauty of the beaches and estuary of Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. We provide a number of individualized options for groups looking for a special way to spend the day. Book your guided wildlife excursion with us today to take part in one of our private trips.

Up Close with Nature

The Sanibel-Captiva area is filled with endless things to do and sights to see. It's no wonder that this beautiful area is a destination for countless people each and every year.

Experience our local marine life and learn more about these stunning islands that we call home when you join us for one of our sightseeing excursions. Our team includes a marine biologist and a native captain who are excited to share their love of the water with every guest. We act as your personal guide during your serene experience. Our goal is to show you the natural beauty that surrounds us while letting you unwind and unplug from everyday life.

Guided Sightseeing Excursions

You could spend all day exploring the Sanibel-Captiva area and not see everything there is to see. By taking part in our sightseeing excursions, you will have easy access to the best parts of the area. We offer private tours that take you to hard-to-get to spots that most people never get to see. 

Book Your Experience Today

Ready to start exploring? Book your trip with us today! For your convenience, we accept cash, check, and credit payment, and rates are charged per trip, not per person. We are fully licensed and insured for your safety.

Please note that in accordance with United States Coast Guard regulations, there is a maximum of 6 passengers per boat. Parties larger than 6 can be accommodated in a second boat/captain setup at twice the standard rate. You must give us advanced notice for these situations.

About New Wave

New Wave specifies in sustainable charters and eco-tourism practices. We make it our personal mission to act as ushers to each and every client to lead them across the channel from the commonplace everyday and into the very unique, serene sense of wonder that our local estuary and its surrounding Gulf waters can bring. As a charter company we feel that if we have the privilege and the right to use our local waters for enjoyment, for fun, and in our case to make a living from it, then we have an even greater responsibility to care for and nourish it.  The Hawaiians have a word for this: Kuleana.  Or simply put, a marriage between right and responsibility.  It is our responsibility as daily water-dwellers to act as stewards of the sea in order to help eliminate the mental disconnect that the hustle-and-bustle that the inevitable pace of life inflicts upon us.  It is our goal to help you unwind, unplug, and unearth the yearning for the natural world that you've been longing for.  This is New Wave.  This is us. 

Stephen Plein


New Wave Eco Charters


 "People protect what they love."  -Jacques Cousteau

Contact us today on Sanibel-Captiva, Florida, to book your excursion with our team. We offer guided tours throughout the area.

+1 (239) 671-7447

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Click the bold titles below to read the articles.

Times of the Islands - Captiva's New Wave Eco Charters Aims To Navigate Waters As 'Stewards Of The Sea'

FlightNetwork - The 42 Absolute Best Eco-Adventures in the United States This Year

Sanibel-Captiva Islander Stephen Plein leads by example

Sugar and Soul - What to do in Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Prior to co-founding New Wave Eco Charters with her husband, Stefanie Plein (née Wolf) spent 3.5 years working as a Marine Naturalist for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. She was featured in the below publications.

Huffington Post - The Art of Shelling: Shellcationing in Sanibel and Captiva

Charleston Gazette-Mail WV Travel Team: Lessons about seashells on Sanibel Island

Sanibel-Captiva Islander Marine biologist’s travels led to dream job on Sanibel