Boat tours in the Daytona Beach area include dinner and river cruises, fishing tours and scenic sea life tours. Some boat tours offer the chance to spot dolphins, manatees, turtles and other animals in the local wildlife reserves.
The Manatee boat tour cruises along the intracoastal waterway, giving visitors the chance to enjoy two hours on the water exploring protected wetlands and mangroves. On the tour, there is the chance to see dolphins and manatees, a range of birds, a closer look at the De Leon Lighthouse and a myriad of exuberant waterfront homes. Tours operate all year round, and there are three departure times. In the summer, the Manatee boat does a sunset cruise.
Dolphin and Manatee Eco Tours in Ponce Inlet offer the chance to experience more than just a typical boat cruise. In a 90-minute excursion, passengers have the opportunity to get off the boat and explore spoil islands if the tide permits. Casting nets, collecting shells and sand dollars, and checking the contents of crab traps are all recommended activities.
A little further away, it's possible to book a dinner cruise from New Smyrna Beach. The Dolphin View restaurant owners have a dine-and-cruise boat, and tickets for one of the cruises provides a 90-minute river excursion, raffle entries and access to low-cost beverages. Cruises typically take place on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the year at 5:30 p.m.