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 Boat Tours and Charters


Half DAy Eco Charter (4 Hours)

From snorkeling shallow grass flats to shelling miles of natural, unspoiled beaches, experience what other travelers call the highlight of their vacation. This is an immersive, hands-on learning experience for all ages. Explore the beaches and bay of our islands on an unforgettable natural adventure.

$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!

*Please contact us for availability and to book.

$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.


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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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.

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