Banana River Boat Tours provides a variety of services through our river boat tours, including multiple types of trips and tours:
- Boat Tours
- Boat Rides
- Port Canaveral Tours
- River Excursions
- Cocktail Cruises
- Rocket Launches
- Sunset Cruise
- Fishing Tours
- Eco Tours
Leave your worries on the dock, climb aboard our cocktail cruises and party “island style” with us. If you prefer, you may bring your own cooler stocked with your favorite “adult beverages”. This includes beer and wine only, no glass permitted, 21 and up. Our crew will take you on a two-hour tour in the Banana River. This allows 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.
Rocket Launch Viewing
Join us for an upcoming rocket launch. Feel the excitement of those around you. See and hear the engines fire up. Feel the rumbling grow until the water and boat begin to tremble. Watch as lift-off occurs. Follow the bright orange in the sky. You’ll be so close that on clear days, you can see the explosive charge as the boosters fall away. If you’re lucky enough to join our crew when they are landing the boosters back on land, you’ll see the booster thrusters fire as it nears the landing platform. Once it’s down, the sonic boom is ground, or in our case, water shaking.
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.
Fishing in one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere is an exciting way to spend two hours while visiting the Cocoa Beach area. Enjoy an exciting fishing tour trip on board The Opa. Designed to be a fishing vessel, it’s been outfitted with rods, reels, and proper tackle to catch many different kinds of salt water fish found in the Indian River Lagoon.
Our crew will guide you to the best fishing tour spots in the river. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, you’re sure to catch fish or have a great time trying. For our beginners, we’ll show you how to cast, bait your hook and even remove your fish from the hook, but not before you get some fish selfies. We’ll make sure that you are able to experiment your skills or figure out a new technique while casting the line, and the experienced professionals will be there to help every step of the way. No fishing license? Don’t you worry. Our license has you and your entire crew covered.
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. 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.
The view of watching an Osprey dive into the ocean for fish or watching the Bald Eagles nesting alongside the trail will be a sight that you will remember for a long time to come! The shorelines are another area to keep an eye out for as the sight of the bobcats, panthers, wild boars, and other local land wildlife will be quite an amazing experience. This is the tour you NEED to bring your camera with you to document.
What makes bioluminescence tours so much fun for all ages is that anything and everything that comes in contact with the water allows you to become the conductor of your own magical light show. Every stroke of the paddle, every move made by the living creatures below the surface, every splash made by your hand, becomes a mesmerizing illumination that looks like shooting stars across the night sky and the famous northern lights but in the water. And if you are fortunate enough, you may come across a dolphin or manatee providing an eerily ghostly presence, yet not scary at all. If you’re planning to take a nice excursion to Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, please don’t hesitate to climb aboard and experience the liquid light show that is like no other on earth. Experience one of nature’s unforgettable natural displays.
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.