This is Your Own Personal Custom Tour, With a Personal Porter. It is Your Day and Your Custom Tour. You Make It What You Want.

Meet Your Captain

Coast Guard Licensed Captain, Michael Porter offers 20 years of knowledge and experience navigating the beautiful, clear-blue waters of the SW Florida Barrier Islands.

Your safety and enjoyment are always his top priority. Captain Porter will plan your charter by taking into careful account the everchanging Florida weather conditions, tides and other factors that could affect your trip. Along with being insured, he carries a current CPR and First Aid Certification.

Captain Porter is passionate about sharing the beauty and wildlife that his home waters have to offer and will introduce you to many native species including; dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, sea gulls, osprey, and the occasional bald eagle. He will also be your guide to the little-known, remote beaches that are prime for shelling and picnicking.

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About the Boat

Barrier Island Excursions, LLC operates from a Sea Hunt Bx24 Bay Boat powered by a reliable Yamaha 250 engine. She is a 24-foot center console with plenty of comfortable and padded seating. The boat can fit up to 6 people but we do recommend 4 people for a comfortable experience. A hard t-top will prove some shade.

Normal cruising speed is between 25 and 30 mph with a top speed of about 50 mph. Designed with higher sides to ride safely off-shore and with a shallow 18’’ draft that allows her to ride in the more shallow waters closer to shore.

The boat is equipped with all required safety equipment. Both the boat and the captain are licensed and insured.

Boat departs from:

Cape Coral: 116 SE 34th Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33904
(Main boat depart site)
(Parking is available on the street in front of the location.)

St.James: Monroe Canal Marina and Boat Rentals 3105 Stringfellow Rd, St James City, FL 33956

Fort Myers Beach: Snug Harbor Restaurant, 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. , Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Cape Coral: Tarpon Point Marina, 6179 Black Marlin Lane Cape Coral, FL 33914
(Parking available, 239-549-4900)

Captiva Island: The Green Flash Restaurant, 15183 Captiva Drive Captiva Island, FL 33924
(Parking available, 239-472-3337)

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Our Charters

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The boat is a 24-foot Sea Hunt Bay boat powered by Yamaha 250 designed to perform in shallow areas of 18-inch draft and gulf side for medium size waves up to 4 feet. The boat has a hard T-top for shade and six comfortable padded seats.

The Custom tour starts at Miserable Mile in Caloosahatchee River, through Pine Island Sound, Sanibel, Red Fish Pass, South Sea, Captiva, North Captiva, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key turning at Boca Grande then back on the Gulf of Mexico side. (Weather and water activity permitting)

This will allow us to view the white sandy beaches of the secluded outer islands. Along the way, we will be seeking out dolphins, manatees, seagulls, pelicans, osprey, storks, and water turkeys.

Lunch is whenever time allows and wherever you like. If you would like to include a special restaurant or set up a picnic just let us know. 9-hour cruises are well suited for stops that could include lunch on Cabbage Key, Captiva, North Captiva, or other areas. (lunch is on your own)

My passengers have cloned it as ‘The ride of their life’. If you want we can cut through Charlotte Harbor, go around Bokeelia then south through Matlacha, and back to the ‘Miserable Mile’.

All Custom tours have access to fishing at no additional cost, The group is only restricted by the time they have on the Custom tour.

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This awesome leisurely cruise starts around ‘Miserable Mile’ and then heads north upriver. Coast past ‘Cape Coral Bridge’, slide under “Midpoint Bridge”, then slow down and view the Fort Myers skyline. Three more bridges to pass and then on our way to our first stop just past the ‘Highway 75 Bridge’.

Once in the Orange River estuary, we will go into stealth mode with a trolling motor to sneak up on the largest herd of Manatee. We will spend about an hour or so floating with the Manatee and counting their calves.

We will explore ingrates, storks, osprey, and if we are lucky maybe spot a bald eagle nesting.
Then travel further north past highway 31, through some of the most beautiful farmland of Florida. As we pass multimillion-dollar homes, we will finally get to the first damn lock of the river. Here we can talk about the history of the Caloosahatchee River and start our return.

Depending on our schedule, we can stop at “Fort Myers Boat House” to take a quick swim, eat lunch, or enjoy a flavorful adult beverage of your choice. We can stop on the way home and visit the manatees again to bid our farewell.

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The island hopping and shelling Custom tour is one of our most popular. Visitors on our shelling trips experience some of the most abundant areas for beachcombing anywhere on Florida’s coast. We try to hit the lowest tide and most productive spots such as Captiva and Sanibel. For longer excursions, we can include North Captiva and Kayo Costa only accessible by boat.

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Our custom 24’ Sea Hunt can accommodate up to 4 passengers and 4 can fish at the same time. The boat is considered a unique Florida Classic, a comfortable ride, with plenty of space and shade. The trout and shark are the primary target fish for our tour. It is focused on the family, especially children. Four top-quality Shimano fishing rigs along with four fishing licenses will be provided.

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Frequently Asked Questions

All chartered events are customized to fit your needs. Times can be personalized as well: Essentially, you are charting the boat for a period of time, we will custom to fit your adventure!

We have some popular charters and cruises to offer listed on the website. They normally break into half day or full day charters every Saturday and Sunday.

Half Day: five hours $500
7:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (5 hours)

Full Day: nine hours $900
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (9 hours)

Weekday charters are available for full-day tours only when booked two weeks in advance.

Half Day Manatee tours up the Caloosahatchee River can be scheduled during the week with a two week notice. (January through March)

  • Boat
  • All required safety equipment
  • Fuel
  • Captain
  • Cooler with ice
  • Complimentary bottled water and energy bars
  • Fresh water hose and raw water access for showers
  • 4 fishing license
  • High quality fishing gear, including:
  • 5 Shimano fishing poles
  • Cast net
  • Live wells

Hat, shirt, sunblock, sunglasses, beach towel if swimming,
Your favorite beverage — NO BOTTLES
Ask about bringing your own cooler (cooler with ice and water will be provided)
Water shoes
Camera and binoculars
Light jacket, sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt
Life jacket for any children under the age of 3

Yes they can as long as the schedule allows, for an extra charge of $100/hour.

As an example:
If you purchase half day and want to extend two more hours charge would be $200 as long as the time has not already been reserved.

Maximum of 6 passengers, regardless of age.
Passengers under the age of 13 are required to wear a life vest while on board. Children under 3 require that you bring their own life jacket.

No, sorry there is not. There are methods.

No, this is a private experience for your group only.

Unfortunately, we do not.

We require a minimum of 72 hours for cancellation notice prior to your trip. If the trip is canceled by the Captain for weather or any other reason you will receive a full refund.

Cash or major credit cards. Payment in advance secures your reservation.

Yes, according to Coast Guard regulations.
If you have a child under 3 you must bring their life jacket.

No smoking is allowed onboard.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
James Celia
James Celia
Captain Porter did an amazing job on our nautical adventure. He is very knowledgeable and navigated the boat well. It was a smooth ride throughout. Thanks for tha amazing experience and I will be booking again in the future anytime I make it down to that area!
Amy Lamberg
Amy Lamberg
Perfect boat trip. Captain worked with us to customize the itinerary. Beautiful /comfortable boat and Captain knew his way around the waters. He also took the time to turn around and let us see dolphins, then to our amazement they decided to follow our boat! Magical day! Cannot wait to return to Florida and take another boat trip.
Joey Lamberg
Joey Lamberg
Was a great experience, the boat ride was great, great route, and saw many dolphins and great scenic area
Michael Fortini
Michael Fortini
Mike was fantastic! Super knowledgeable & pleasent gentleman to say the least.
Ken Scott
Ken Scott
Captain Porter has an entertaining personality and a vast amount of knowledge about the local waters and wildlife. One of the best boat tour guides I have had the pleasure of meeting. We had such a great time on our adventure with him. I would highly recommend Capt Porter to anyone looking for a great adventure on the water staying in the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area.
Joe Peed
Joe Peed
This is by far the best charter I have been on, know matter what it is fishing(which we always catch fish) or weather my wife just want to see the islands, dolphins, manatees, and turtles. Followed by a new place to eat looking for a great day on the water definitely call
Porter is a very experienced navigator when it comes to Southwest Florida waters and went above and beyond to assure that we were entertained throughout the journey. You won’t regret booking with Barrier Island Excursions.
Went out on the boat today and had such an amazing and relaxing time. Seen tons of dolphin and sting ray. Caught plenty of fish so much fun.
Jen Phillips
Jen Phillips
6 stars! Fantastic, personalized experience. Captain Porter has a gift for interpreting your desired experience.
Matthew Gornick
Matthew Gornick
We had a wonderful day on the water with my father-in-law and son! Captain Porter was knowledgeable, fun and had a great sense of humor! My 8-year old son caught the most fish and he was proud that we ate the sea trout he caught for dinner that night! It was a very memorable experience for our family! I highly recommend Captain Porter and Barrier Island Excursions!


Personal Custom Tours Available Area

  • All Barrier Island
  • Sanibel
  • Captiva
  • Cayo Costa
  • Boca Grande

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