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Captain Jack

Boat Tours in Matlacha, Florida

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Experience The Boat Tours!

Jump Aboard Captain Jack Boat Tours!

Departing daily from Matlacha and Pine Island, Florida.

We offer…

  • Tiki Boat Fun Tours
  • The Dolphin Tour
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Weddings/Renewal of Vows
  • Burial At Sea

Reservations required for all tours.
All tours departing from Matlacha and Pineland, Pine Island, FL.

See map and driving directions below.

TIKI BOAT FUN TOUR

1 hour / $35 per person

Matlacha is an “Old Florida” fishing village, home to many brightly colored art galleries, island boutiques, seafood restaurants, and traditional Florida fish shacks. Matlacha Pass is teaming with life. Keep your eyes open for the occasional dolphin, manatee, and countless birds who call Matlacha Pass home. You may see an osprey, pelican, anhinga, great blue heron, night heron, great and snowy egret, ibis, and bald eagle. We will tell you about the mangrove coast which is vital to our ecosystem. Pass under the the Matlacha Drawbridge, the most fishingest bridge in the world and cruise past the famous Bert’s Bar!

Departure:
Yucatan Restaurant
4875 Pine Island Road Matlacha, Florida.
Call for Reservation and Departure Time.

DOLPHIN AND NATURE TOUR

2 1/2 hours / $300 for boat and captain up to six persons.

Southwest Florida has one of the largest populations of Bottlenose Dolphin in the world. These creatures have the second largest brain to body mass ratio of any mammal which contributes to their incredibly high intelligence and emotional intelligence. We will cruise out to Charlotte Harbour, view Boca Grande Pass, glide through the marina at Useppa Island, home to the great Calusa Indians 10,000 years ago, all the while looking for these playful mammals who love to ride in the wake of our boats. Our manatee are are also present in our waters during the months of November to April. We will take you to the Manatee Cove on the east side of Cayo Costa to look for our endearing sea cows.

Departure:
Tarpon Lodge
13771 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, Florida.
Call for Reservation and Departure Time and Location.

MATLACHA SUNSET TOUR

1 hours / $35 per person

What a great way to end the day. Sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of Matlacha Pass and the setting sun. Keep an eye out for the dolphin, manatee, osprey, pelican, anhinga, great blue heron, night heron, great and snowy egret, ibis, and bald eagle. We will tell you about the mangrove coast which is vital to our ecosystem. Pass under the the Matlacha Drawbridge, the most fishingest bridge in the world and cruise past the famous Bert’s Bar!

Departing from:
Yucatan Waterfront Restaurant
4875 Pine Island Road in Matlacha
See map and driving directions below.
Call for Reservation and Departure Time.

BURIAL AT SEA

2 hours / $300 for captain and boat up to six persons.

Burial at Sea is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. During this difficult time, ash scattering at sea can be a beautiful way to send your loved one on their next journey. Your captain conducts a dignified and caring service for family and friends onboard one of our safe, dry, and comfortable 26 foot catamaran powerboats. We take a leisurely cruise out to Charlotte Harbour through Jug Creek. It is not uncommon for the bottlenose dolphin to join us. There are always pelican and osprey flying nearby. It gives family and friends an opportunity to be in a peaceful natural environment. We ask that you bring flowers to release into the water after the scattering of your Loved One’s ashes. In this way, we can see which way the current is moving. We traditionally do a circle of life around the flowers with the boat and give you the coordinates.

Departure:
Tarpon Lodge
13771 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, Florida.
Call for Reservation and Departure Time and Location.

Weddings/Renewal of Vows

Captain Linda is also an ordained minister.

If you would like a small, intimate wedding or renewal of vows without all the frills, come aboard our 26 foot catamaran for a memorable day or evening. Vows can be exchanged on board or at the Yucatan Restaurant.

Departure:
Yucatan Restaurant
4875 Pine Island Road Matlacha, Florida.
Call for Reservation and Departure Time.

For All Tours…

What to bring:

We provide water on board.
You are welcome to bring a small cooler with any beverages and snacks you would like.
Sun screen and bug repellent are a good idea since it is Southwest Florida! 
And if applicable,  bring your marriage license application!

Experience The Tiki Boat!

tiki boat logoBreaking News!

Captain Jack Boat Tours Adds New Boat

The Tiki Boat

Leaving daily from
Yucatan Waterfront Bar
4875 Pine Island Road in Matlacha

Call Captain Jack
or
Captain Linda
for more information
at
239-222-9886
or  click here for the
Tiki Boat website

 

Don’t Miss The Boat!

What you can expect on the Tiki:

Get in the spirit with Hawaiian leis

Chill out with reggae music

Have a cool beverage

See the local birds in flight

Re-enact Gilligans island

Enjoy the sunset

Or just sit back and dream. This is your special time.

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Meet Your Captains

Captain Jack

Captain Jack La Plante has spent all of his life on the water as a merchant mariner.  He has traveled the Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico, Central and South America.  His love of nature has taken him to the Southwest Coast of Florida where he shares our wonderful  wildlife and pristine ecosystem with your family.

Captain Linda

Captain Linda Middleton has lived in Matlacha, Florida for three years. Her love for this area has encouraged her to share her knowledge of the beautiful south west Florida birds and water life with all who board her boat. Come join her on one of her exciting tours on the Captain Jack Tiki Too tropical vibe boat or the artistic flair of the Leoma Lovegrove boat. Captain Linda will entertain you with her witty sense of humor as she skillfully navigates around the colorful canals and historic areas of Matlacha. In her spare time Captain Linda loves to play her piano and do artwork. She is especially proud of her original works of art that decorate the Tiki Too. Captain Linda holds a US Coast Guard master license.

Recent Comments

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Take a look at what they’re saying on Trip Advisor! Click here

Comfortable vessel and outstanding excursion on Pine Island Sound and Gulf

My father had asked to have his ashes placed in the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Jack as a page on his website for burial at sea. The vessel sat 6 so I was pleased to have all the people that he invited to his last birthday join us. Dad would have wanted it to be a wonderful trip, and it was. Captain Jack went out of his way to make our trip easy, fun and memorable. He offered to stop at Cabbage Key for lunch.

We preferred to dine at Tarpon Restaurant and he made reservations for us. We arrived in 3 cars and he prepared the parking cards for each car. Captain Jack brought Captain Linda who is joining his company. They respect each other and have great report. The vessel had several types of seating, some under cover and some in the open. I sat at the bow which felt like a comfortable chaise lounge. On the way out to the Gulf, we spotted a pod of dolphins and we circled to watch them. He knew the pod and their likely responses to his boat positioning. We placed the ashes and flowers and he circled the flowers as long as we wanted. Captain Jack offered to take us different places associated with the trip. Captain Jack knows his vessel and the waters. I recommend Captain Jack Boat Tours for excursions on the beautiful waters of Pine Island Sound and environs!
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Lisa from Trip Advisor

From North Fort Myers, Reviewed May 24, 2018

Just Awesome

Having gone out with Captain Jack last year we booked again with them for Haloween this year.
He was waiting for us at the dock and had a parking permit ready for us.
Our aim was to see dolphins but I could never have imagined just how many we would have seen. We had different pods follow us for virtually the whole 4 hour trip. At one time there was a pod of 10 dolphins.

We had a separate visit from 2 adults and a baby dolphin. Then we had a dolphin just jump beside us all the back to the dock for about 15 minutes. We had intended on going to cabbage key for lunch, but when we got there he was closed for some renovations, so we ended up at Barnacle Phil’s, which was absolutely fantastic, I had triple tail basket meal, and it was great. Captain Jack has a new Tiki boat, and we had such a fantastic day, we decided to extend it and take a sunset cruise on the Tiki Boat. WOW! Captain Linda has just a fantastic job of making this a real spectacle, with lights, paintings and Tommy Bahama furniture. We had snacks drinks and the most fun ever. This was a most memorable day, Captain Jack and Captain Linda are really special and go all out to give you an experience of a lifetime. We cannot thank them enough. We will treasure this day forever.
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Ladymuck01 from Trip Advisor

From Hampshire U.K., Reviewed October 2018

Wedding and Birthday

We were married on my new wife’s birthday and wanted a way to end this wonderful day.
We called Captain Jack at about 10a.m. and found him in Tampa. He answered and met us at his boat in Bokeelia at 4:30!!! He brought along Captain Linda to help. 
This was an amazing afternoon thanks to both Captains. Tours of the islands, with history, cocktails at Cabbage Key, and Dolphins following our boat. We couldn’t have wished for a better end to the perfect day! Don’t miss the chance to get out with either of these fine, experienced Captains….Great experience, wonderful people!!!!

NorthStar499742 from Trip Advisor

Reviewed September 2018

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