Discover the Best Boat Tours in Destin and 30A

Adventurers who find their vacation state of mind comes most easily in destinations filled with sand, sunshine, and amazing waves will love every second spent in Destin and across 30A. These locals are loved by travelers from across the map for their stunning shorelines but there are just as many opportunities to get out on the water and make the most of beautiful and inspiring boat tours while you’re here. Whether it’s in the name of wildlife watching or watersports, booking one of the following boat tours is sure to elevate your getaway even further.


Get Out on the Water in a Customized Style With 7 These Destin & 30A Boat Tours

When you’re ready to set sail in the name of fun, booking a boat tour in Destin and 30A is a must. From dolphin spotting to sunset cruises, you’ll find the options are always exciting!

woman standing in boat and watching the dolphins break the water

1. Destin Dolphin Cruise

Get a close-up view of some of Destin’s most stunning creatures with a ride on Destin Dolphin Cruise. Choose from a Day Dolphin Cruise, Sunset Dolphin Cruise, and, when available, a fireworks cruise through the harbor. It’s the perfect adventure for the whole family! Check out a complete list of all of our favorite dolphin cruises today! 

couple parasaling above destin waters

2. Captain Jambo’s Parasailing and Sailing Tours 

Hop aboard Captain Jambo’s Sailing Tours for a ride on 30A’s most fun catamaran! Captain Jambo’s truly offers a little something for everyone, from romantic, sunset tours to dolphin tours to parasailing experiences. If you’re looking for an exciting adventure on the Emerald Coast during your next vacation, look no further than Captain Jambo’s! 

family enjoying their day on the charter to crab island

3. SunVenture | Crab Island Cruises 

SunVenture Cruises has been operating out of Destin Harbor for the last eight years. The 45-foot vessel offers Crab Island cruises and excursions, a sunset eco-dolphin cruise, and private cruises for up to 49 people. Crab Island is a unique hang out spot just outside of the Harbor complete with a large sandbar, floating restaurants, water volleyball, a floating stage with live music, and so much more! Climb aboard and start exploring Crab Island today! 

airboat tours in 30A and Destin

4. 30A Airboat Adventures 

A ride with 30A Airboat Adventures is the only way to see the backwaters of South Walton. Glide down the Choctawhatchee River and gain an up-close perspective of the unique wildlife of the river. Tours are taken in small groups allowing for a personalized experience.  

boat charters at sunset

5. Screaming Eagle Sports 

Travelers who are looking to start their day with a thrilling sunrise boat tour can do so by booking through Screaming Eagle Sports in Destin. This tour offers up a chance to admire the sun rising over the Atlantic alongside a knowledgeable and friendly onboard guide. Calm waters, endless tranquility, and a beautiful view will put you in the right state of mind to take on the rest of the day’s adventures with ease.  

family enjoying their banana boat ride in Destin

6. Banana Boat Rides 

There are options to customize your boat tours in Destin at every turn and if you’re the type of adventurer with a passion for adrenaline-pumping fun and a heart for thrills, booking a Banana Boat Ride is a must when you’re in this area. Each banana boat is pulled by a jet ski through the waves creating a bouncy adventure that’s hard to top! This is a family-friendly outing that everyone in your traveling crew is sure to enjoy. The Banana Boat ride departure point is located just behind Pompano Joe’s Seafood House with prices beginning around $25 a person. 

7. Backwater Tours in 30A | A One-of-a-Kind Experience

For visitors who are focusing their fun primarily in the 30A area, opportunities to enjoy a backwater tour shouldn’t be missed. Led by Captain Andy Coleman, guests are invited to hop onboard a 26.6-foot shallow draft boat that’s powered by a 225 Mercury Verado engine. The ride is guaranteed to be smooth and quiet as you and your crew of up to eight passengers head out on the water to explore the historic River Basic and Choctawatchee Bay in good company. The scenery in this area is gorgeous and Captain Andy is more than happy to offer up insightful information about the terrain and local wildlife along the way. Customizing your backwater adventure is a breeze with options to book sunrise or sunset specific tours as well as eco-tours, custom adventures, or spring runs alike. Whether you opt for a 4-hour excursion or a tour that lasts all day, you’ll find this to be a tour that keeps you coming back time and again. Make your reservations in advance of your trip to ensure there’s spot for everyone to enjoy a backwater adventure you won’t soon forget. 

view of from one of our 30A rentals with a boat in the water and umbrellas lining the beach

Sail Back to Your Home From Your Friend at the Beach 

Enjoy an exciting day on the water with one of Destin’s boat tours, then come back to the luxurious comforts of Your Friend at the Beach. Our 30A condo rentals are Gulf-front and feature the most stunning amenities in the area. Our Adagio rentals offer three and four-bedroom options with the convenience of an 8000-square foot pool and a leisurely stroll to Blue Mountain Beach.      


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