- The Thousand Islands are a flood tide delta deposit, formed in the past by a breach in the barrier island by a strong storm surge. This natural occurrence created a maze of narrow trails & canals through the natural mangrove islands and hidden hammocks.
- The spectacular canals through the 1000 Islands provide shelter to herds of manatee, playful bottlenose dolphin and a variety of coastal birds.
- Some of the birds passengers may observe while on this tour are reddish egret, wood stork, rosette spoonbill, brown and white pelican, nesting osprey, great blue heron feeding their young, tri-colored, great snowy egrets, white ibises, brown headed nuthatch, red-cockaded woodpecker, terns & coots.†††
- Parade of Homes - You will also be able to see how the locals live who have taken up residence along the Thousand Islands' canals.†
What Is Not Included?
Transportation to and from the boats is also not included.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Advance purchase is strongly recommended and our trips often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased in advance with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
- Is there an age limit?
- No - any age is welcome to join us on board Island Boat Lines. However, all guests must have a ticket, regardless of age. Our passenger capacity is strictly limited by safety and comfort considerations, as well as by the US Coast Guard.
- What happens if it rains?
- Your captain and crew watch the weather forecasts closely and want to ensure your trip is safe, enjoyable, and a memorable experience. In the event that current or predicted conditions get in the way of that happening, requiring us to cancel, we will contact you as soon as possible so you can join us at another date/time. Be sure to provide a good local contact number or cell phone you will answer while on vacation when purchasing your tickets.
- What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
- Every guest, regardless of age, needs a ticket. For children ages 2 and under, a free "Lap Pass " ticket is available if there are vacant seats remaining on the cruise. Children ages 3 through 12 must have a "Child" ticket.
- Is gratuity included in the ticket price?
- Gratuities for your Island Boat Lines crew are not included in your ticket price. If you have a great time and wish to recognize the contributions of the crew, you're welcome to give any one of them a tip to be shared by all. We are occasionally asked what a good tip is - it's entirely up to you, but 15% is common.
- Are group discounts available for the public tours?
- Yes, purchase 20 or more "Adult" tickets and you'll automatically receive a 20% discount off each "Adult" ticket in your group and a reduced rate on other ticket types. No double discounts. Group ticket purchases do not include gratuity.
- What wildlife do we see on the trip?
- The spectacular canals through the 1000 Islands provide shelter to manatee, dolphin and a variety of coastal birds. Some of the birds that passengers may observe while on the tour are reddish egret, wood stork, rosette spoonbill, brown and white pelican, nesting osprey, great blue heron feeding their young ,tri-colored and black-crowned night heron, snowy egrets, white ibises, crested caracara, red-cockaded woodpecker, terns & coots.
- Do we see mothers & babies?
- Sometimes. We have even seen the birth of both Manatees and Dolphins. While we cannot guarantee who we'll see, mothers and calves spend many months together giving us several chances to see them. They often travel in "maternity groups" of four to twelve dolphin.
- Will we see a manatee?
- There are many manatees that inhabit the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands and the Indian River Lagoon. However, because this is true wild life settings, we can not guarantee sightings.
- How far away are the dolphin from the boat?
- While we never "chase" our dolphin, we will move within a respectable limit to observe them. Often, though, they will spot us and come right up to the boat. They especially enjoy playing and frolicking in the wake created by the boat's outboard motors. We are in line with regulations and will not come in direct contact with, feed, touch, or harass the dolphin.
- Are drinks or food served on the trip?
- Food and drinks are not included with your trip. You are more then welcome to pack a small cooler if you would like to bring along treats or a picnic lunch. We sell water or soda for $1 on board the tour if you donít want to pack a cooler. Alcohol is permitted on board but as a courtesy to other passengers we request that alcohol is consumed in moderation on public cruises.
- Can I bring a cooler, picnic basket, or other large items?
- Sure, you can bring a small personal cooler that you can keep in your seating area.
- Can we see the wildlife on the Islands from the boat?
- Absolutely! We also recommend you bring your own binoculars for a closer view.
- What boat will I be on?
- The Island Boat Lines' vessels, the Miss Florida and Sunshine, are 45 foot covered pontoon boats with bench seating and restrooms on board. They have capacities of 38-43 passengers and both do the ecotour. We often will take out both boats simultaneously, but there is no way to know in advance which vessel you will be on. Both are just as enjoyable!
- Are there restrooms on board?
- Island Boat Lines vessels have a unisex "marine head" on board. Unfortunately, this head is not wheelchair accessible.
- Will I get anything when the trip is over?
- At the conclusion of your tour we will provide passengers with a souvenir postcard and discount shopping coupon to World Famous Ron Jons Surf Shop.
- What are the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands?
- The Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands are a flood tide delta deposit, formed in the past by a breach in the barrier island by a strong storm surge. The spectacular canals through the 1000 Islands provide shelter to manatee, dolphin and a variety of coastal birds. Discovered on the tropical mangrove islands are shell middens from Floridaís original inhabitants, the pre-Colombian Native American Indians. The Cocoa Beach 1000 Islands are a part of the Indian River Lagoon Estuary also located in the Banana River.
- What should I wear?
- Dress seasonally according to the weather conditions. The sun is much stronger on the water although the boat does have a roof that provides nice shade. We always recommend sunglasses and sunscreen. You will not be getting off of the boat so you donít have to worry about wading in the water and the hazards associated with that. You'll want to wear soft soled rubber shoes or sandals on the boat. It is usually cooler on the water so you may want to bring a jacket or fleece with you.
- Will I get wet?
- Maybe. If it rains or if it is a windy day you may get an occasional spray from the river.
- Is there any shade on the boat?
- Yes. The eco-tour boats have a lovely shaded roof.
- Are the eco-tour boats stable?
- Island Boat Lines operate 43 passenger USCG Certified and Approved Vessels. These boats are large pontoon boats with a flat deck which make them extra stable. Comfortable bench seating is also provided. The boats have sturdy railing that allows even more safety and stability for our passengers. The boats are equipped with twin Honda 4-stroke engines.
- Are life jackets available on board?
- Life jackets for all passengers are provided on board. Infant life jackets are not provided.
- Will I get seasick?
- Our guests usually find the Island Boat Lines tour boats to be very steady vessels. However, we advise that you consult with your doctor about taking preventative measures beforehand if you are prone to motion sickness.
- Are the Eco-Tour boats handicap accessible?
- Boats are not typically handicap accessible. However, we have been able to accommodate almost all passengers in wheel chairs. Only portable chairs can be boarded due to weight restrictions on the boats. We also recommend that you arrive early so that the Crew will have time to assist you. Sometimes the water level prohibits us from being able to board a wheel chair safely. Do keep in mind that the restroom on board is not wheelchair accessible.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes, but only directly through Island Boat Lines by clicking the "Contact IslandBoats" link.
- Can I book a private trip or charter?
- Yes! We offer private trips, too. We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please use the "Contact IslandBoats" link to inquire further about your options.
- Do you offer team building events?
- Yes! Our trips are perfect for team building and corporate events. If you are interested in hearing more about our special offers for team building, please click on the "Contact IslandBoats" link and let us know what you're interested in.
- Is there smoking allowed?
- Smoking is prohibited onboard our vessels as per U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
Island Boat Lines
Island Boat Lines offers a variety of adventures and tours you can choose from! You also have the option of planning a customized Private Charter on board the Indian River Queen, our triple deck paddlewheel boat. The Queen is ideal for groups or to serve as a venue for your Special Event.
Catch the daily eco-tour which explores the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands, home to herds of Manatees, flocks of Birds and playful Dolphins.
Or plan a private charter! Options include a "Private" World Class Port Tour which begins with an up close and personal tour through the Port Canaveral Locks and Cruise Ship Harbor, our "Floating Classroom" that treats students to an Eco-tour field trip they will always remember, or even a private Booze Cruise led by our certified captain, your "designated driver"!