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Cocktail Cruises

Leave your worries on the dock, climb aboard our cocktail cruises and party “island style” with us. Feel free to grab some grub and cocktails at The Island Time Marina and Restaurant to bring along. If you prefer, you may bring your own cooler stocked with your favorite “adult beverages” (beer and wine only, no glass permitted, 21 and up).

Our crew will take you on a two-hour tour in the Banana River while you see what “island life” is really about. Enjoy music as you cruise, drink, sightsee, and ultimately relax in one of the most beautiful estuaries in North America.

Experience an Banana River cocktail cruise and drift away into the fading Floridian sun while slowly enjoying your preferred cocktails, adult beverages, and other appetizers. We aim to make sure that you are able to relax and put that exhausting work week behind you, while experiencing unforgettable views. Raise your drink with other people on the cocktail cruise, make new friends, and wave to passing boats while the cooling river breezes surround you.

Feel free to bring your camera at your own risk. Remember what the locals say, “What happens on the island, stays on the island”. Cheers!

* Wheel Chair Accessibility

All tours depart from The Island Time Marina and Restaurant.

 

The Island Time Marina & Restaurant is under new management, offering new services, and undergoing significant renovations. The Island Time Marina & Restaurant also provides directions to reach its location if you’re traveling on the ICW:

Traveling North On The ICW

The Banana river route is picturesque and saves a few hours of travel time compared to staying on the ICW to the Barge Canal.
Travel North on the ICW to marker #2 and immediately past the fixed SR 518 bridge (65′ vert clearance) you will see marker #1 to the right leading into the Banana River. Shortly you will see the Mathers Bridge, a 7′ swing bridge that opens on demand with limited operating hours. Contact the bridge tender on VHF channel 09. Proceed past the fixed SR 404 bridge (43′ vert clearance) where the river opens into a wide body with Patrick Air Force Base to the right. Bear slightly West of North to markers #11 and #12 approximately 5 miles ahead. Use the day markers to carefully navigate to green marker #27 shortly before the fixed SR 520 bridge (35′ vert clearance). Just prior to going under the bridge turn sharply to port and follow the private day markers East along the causeway, past a public launch ramp, to a point that requires you to turn to starboard past condominiums where you will turn sharply to port along the seawall to Island Time Marina.

Traveling South On The ICW

Travel South on the ICW from Titusville to markers 13 and 14 just prior to the fixed SR 528 bridge (65′ vert clearance) where you bear off to port and through the Barge Canal. The Barge Canal links the Indian River to the Banana River and through a lock into Port Canaveral. Once in the Banana River proceed to marker #5 and turn South under the SR 528 bridge and head three miles to red day marker #28 and the fixed SR 520 bridge (35′ vert clearance). Proceed under the bridge where you will immediately turn to port following the private day markers East along the causeway, past a public launch ramp, to a point that requires you to turn to starboard past condominiums where you will turn sharply to port along the seawall to Island Time Marina.

 

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 on Lake Santa Fe, outside of Gainesville, 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 a bit 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.