• 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.

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. It 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.