• Overview

Eco Tours

Join our crew aboard The Nana for our two-hour eco tours. With our Eco Tours, you will be discovering wildlife in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere. The Indian River Lagoon is home to over 4,000 different plant and animal species.

We definitely encourage taking our eco tour.  Be sure to bring any friends, family, or loved ones to an eco tour with Banana River Boat Tours. We’ll ensure your safety while encountering any wildlife on the water. We also always guarantee that you and your loved ones will experience an unforgettable time. Whether you simply wanted to experience something new or if this is something on your bucket-list, our eco tours are great anytime!

What To Expect

In the water, you may see Lagoon Bottle-Nosed Dolphins frolicking in pods or chasing bait fish. Cruise by a West Indies Manatee as she lounges in her habitat. Bat-Rays breaching the surface, alligators cruising by, Moon Jellyfish propelling themselves along. There is even the world’s oldest living dinosaur, the Horseshoe Crab. You’ll see them cruising the bottom are all sights you may see on your tour.

Look into the sky and watch majestic Ospreys dive for fish. See the beautiful hues of pink as an endangered Roseate Spoonbill glides by. Hear the sounds of a Great Blue Heron squawking to its mate. Nesting American Bald Eagles will watch as you cruise by. Our knowledgeable crew will point out those birds and many more along the tour.

Keep your eyes peeled as you cruise alone the shorelines. There are panthers, bobcats, wild boars and other local land wildlife as they meander to the river for a drink. Therefore, cameras are encouraged for the entire experience. So, you can document the marvelous wildlife views of the Space Coast.

On your tour, you’ll be crossing through the southern edge of Mosquito Lagoon. You will be able to view some points of local interest, including Kennedy Space Center. You will be passing by the lock system which allows waterway travel to Port Canaveral and to the Atlantic Ocean.


 

 

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.