About Banana River Boat Tours
Banana River Boat Tours is owned and operated by Captain “CJ” Enneking and his wife, Jayne. Captain CJ is a true native Floridian. Growing up motor boating, sailing, and water skiing outside of Gainesville on Lake Santa Fe, he always dreamed of working on the water.
Captain CJ’s love of the water was instilled in him by his parents. That is evident in the name of the boats, The Opa and The Nana. His father was a great fisherman and even greater storyteller. Thus, the fishing boat became The Opa, aboard which you will catch great fish and learn to tell even greater fishing tales. The Nana is a bit smaller and quicker, allowing you to cruise the lagoon in style and flash just like his mom.
As you can imagine, both Captain CJ and Jayne enjoy spending any spare moment they have on the water. During the summers or school holidays, you may be lucky enough to have Jayne, a teacher, as your mate on a fishing tour. On their days off, they stick close to home, and you will likely find them camping, fishing, kayaking, canal cruising, or island hopping with friends. When asked where they go on vacation, they responded, “We live in paradise; we don’t have to go anywhere.” Captain CJ has found his missing piece with Banana River Boat Tours. It would be his privilege to share his love of the water and his little piece of paradise with you.
Join us for a two-hour tour of the beautiful Banana River. See dolphins and manatees in their natural habitat on an EcoTour. Explore the Banana River and learn what makes the area so unique.
If you’re ready to try your hand at fishing, Captain CJ will share his favorite fishing spots and fishing tales with you. Don’t worry; if you’re not a seasoned pro, poles, tackle, and bait are provided for you.
What do I need to bring?
It’s essential to come prepared whether embarking on a sunset cruise, ecotour, fishing charter, cocktail cruise, or rocket launch viewing. Weather-appropriate clothing is suggested as well as sunscreen, a camera for those picture perfect moments, snacks, food, and drinks.
Banana River Boat Tours provides the cooler and ice!
Binoculars are also encouraged for sightseeing enthusiasts, however we also have an extra pair onboard.
Can I bring alcohol?
Yes. For adults 21 and older, you may bring adult beverages onboard. Glass containers are prohibited.
What is the maximum number of people permitted onboard?
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, six people is the maximum amount permitted.
Do kids count?
Yes, any person regardless of age counts toward the U.S. Coast Guard. Anyone under the age of six MUST wear a life jacket at ALL times.
Do we need life jackets?
No, we provide them. However, anyone under the age of 6 MUST wear a life jacket at ALL times.
When is the best time to see wildlife?
Wildlife is unpredictable and untrained, so there are no guarantees when it comes to tours. However, our experienced captain does the best with his knowledge and background of the Central Florida Boat Tours to ensure our guests have an unforgettable experience they will take with them forever.
How do I purchase a ticket?
Please call us at 321-759-TOUR with your credit card information ready to reserve your seat. Nothing is charged until you’re on the boat. If you choose to pay with a card, a 5% cc fee is added to your total.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Should you need to cancel your reservation or change the number of people in your party, please allow us at least 24 hours’ notice. We will take your credit card number to hold your seats and confirm your reservation if you book by phone. If you cancel or change your group size within 24 hours of your scheduled tour time or do not show up for your tour, you will be charged the total price for the tour.
When purchasing in advance, we will gladly refund you as long as you cancel or make adjustments to your reservation at least 24 hours before your tour. If we need to cancel your tour due to weather, you will not be charged.
What if a launch scrubs?
If we leave the dock, it’s considered a boat tour, so you’re charged. If it scrubs before we leave, you have the first right of refusal for the next time it’s scheduled.
Can we bring animals?
Only service dogs are allowed due to insurance reasons.
Are you wheelchair accessible?
We are wheelchair accessible. We purposely built the double gate on the boat to accommodate wheelchairs, both power, and manual.
Is the boat covered?
We have a double Bimini that covers 3/4 of the boat.
Is there a bathroom onboard?
There is not a bathroom on the boat. However, we leave from a county park with restrooms and plenty of free parking.
What if the weather is bad on the day of our tour?
Anytime the weather is a concern, we contact you to ensure that if we need to cancel or reschedule, you aren’t left waiting at the dock in bad weather.
Do I need a fishing license?
No, we have one that covers all customers onboard!
Can I bring my own pole and tackle?
We provide everything you need to fish within our area, including the bait that works best.
Can I take my fish to eat?
We mostly do catch and release. However, if you catch a keeper and you’re staying somewhere with kitchen facilities, you can enjoy your catch for dinner.
How far in advance should I book?
The earlier you book, the better selection you’ll have of time and date for your tour.
Can I book the whole boat?
We do provide private cruises. Call 321-759-TOUR for details.
I’m on a cruise ship stopping in port, are you easy to get to?
Banana River Boat Tours is only a 5-10 min drive from the port. If you book far enough in advance, we can accommodate your time depending on our schedule.