• Overview

Sunset Boat Cruise

Begin your long evening with a relaxing, enjoyable two-hour Sunset Boat Cruise  in Cocoa Beach, on the Banana River. Once aboard The Nana, sit back, relax and soak in the spectacular views of barrier islands and uninhabited spoil islands while watching the sun dip closer to the horizon.

Our knowledgeable crew will point out local points of interest along the way. You’ll also be treated to sights and sounds of some of the 4,000 plus animals and plants that call the Indian River Lagoon home. While cruising the waters, dolphins, manatees along with majestic birds will welcome you along the tour.

As dusk falls, you and your crew will be treated to breathtaking colors of golden yellows, oranges, and reds with hints of purple. When clouds roll in, the beauty is intensified as the unusual cloud shapes are washed in the colorful hues of the Florida sunset.

Be sure and bring your camera along to capture the beauty of the sunset over the Indian River Lagoon that is unmatched from the water. You can grab dinner and “adult beverages” (beer and wine only, no glass on the boat) from The Island Time Marina and Restaurant to enjoy on your cruise. Experience an Banana River sunset boat cruise and drift away into the fading Floridian sun while slowly enjoying your preferred 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 and the cooling river breezes around you.

*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.