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The Original CraigCat Tour

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Florida State Law requires anyone born after January 1, 1988 to have a valid boaters safety course certificate (lifetime or 90-day) prior to operating a motor vessel of 10HP or greater. Please choose a course below, complete, and save or print your certificate prior to arriving for your tour!

RECOMMENDED! 90-Day Temporary is $9.99. Takes 1-2 hours or you may take quiz without reviewing the course:


Lifetime course is FREE. Takes 6-8 hours to complete:

Both will allow you to participate in all activities in Florida that require a Boaters Education Certificate.

*Must be 18+ to operate a CraigCat, regardless of completing certificate 

Have Your Own Backwater Adventure!

Join on us on one of the BEST adventures in Southwest Florida! Operate your own two-person catamaran through the winding waterways of the 10,000 Islands, one of the largest mangrove forests in the world! Excitement, tranquility, thrill and intimacy bundled in to one great adventure. Although it is never guaranteed, it is likely that you will see an abundance and a variety of the wildlife and marine life that inhabit the area, at a closeness you can only experience on one of our tours! As the pioneers of the CraigCat tours, the very first to do it, we do promise to give you an adventure you’ll never forget!

a person riding on the back of a boat in a body of water

What is a CraigCat?

The CraigCat is an exceptionally unique watercraft that has been giving people nothing but smiles for over 30 years! This two-seat catamaran with 30 Horsepower outboard engine driven speed boat allows our guests to go up to speeds nearing 30 mph! The boat allows for a much more intimate ride than similar small watercraft such as wave runners or jet skis. This allows our guests to sit in a relaxed, comfortable position and stretch out during their CraigCat ride around Marco Island. Conversation is much easier between driver and rider on the CraigCat thanks to the design of the seats being side by side rather than forward and behind.

The CraigCat is also known for being very stable and very safe as well as easy to operate. After a short 15 minute instructional and safety speech, you will have all the know how needed to operate the vessel and enjoy the adventure.

The CraigCat offers a space for a complimentary cooler provided by us filled with bottled water and ice already. The CraigCat also has a small dry box built on the boat to place your belongings safe from any splashes. We’ll make sure you have the best Backwater Adventure around Marco Island! 

To learn more about CraigCat and their awesome boats, visit

Reviews of Our Tours in The 10,000 Islands!

Amazing experience!

We saw several dolphins, some of which came right up to our boat! Our tour guide was the owner and was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this to any of my family or friends who visit Florida!

– Kaity Couture, Google Review
Highly recommended

This is the best tour I've ever been on and I live right on the water. The guide really knows how to make these trips awesome not to mention the quality of the water crafts your driving and in complete control of make it a smooth ride. If your into pictures of national geographic scenery of the 10,000 islands then this is the trip for you. Highly recommended. I go at least once a month!!!!! It never gets old.

– Dean Giorgi, Google Review
Great experience!

We were able to see 2 dolphin pods: 1 was leery of humans since it had a baby dolphin, the other pod was quite playful and hung around our boats for a great experience. It was also fun to cruise around the small islands in our 2-person CAT boats. This was the best part of our Marco Island vacation!

– Glenn Milligan, Google Review
The Craig-Cat tour is pretty rad!

Tyler, our guide is a super cool dude and it was fun to follow his lead. We got to see dolphins up close and personal. These little 30hp Craig-Cats move pretty fast and are very fun to drive. Would totally go again and again, Tyler made our experience that much better. Good times!

– Vince Lozano, Google Review
Great time

We had a great time, Conner was a great tour guide had fun along the way and I would highly recommend this adventure.

– Ron Clark, Google Review
Awesome boats

The owner and our tour guide was great. We saw dolphins up close on our trip. He let us know a lot of info of the area and surrounding. The craigcats are so easy to operate that anyone can operate them. The boats were awesome, so awesome that when I got got back home I called craigcat and bought one. would recommend this company to anyone. Its definitely a great time

– Chris Hawthorne, Google Review
Loved it!

We had a great time! It’s not only fun, the owner to our guide, Jason were so professional and thoughtful of our needs. All of us loved it and cannot wait to return!

– JoAnn Swenson, Google Review

We Are The ORIGINAL CraigCat Tour in Florida!


And as the “pioneers” of the CraigCat tours, we are honored to be one of the top water sports and tour attractions in Southwest Florida since 2010! We offer interactive adventures which help you connect with wildlife, sea life, adventure and beauty. It’s not your everyday guided tour when you get to DRIVE YOUR OWN BOAT! With your guide driving his boat at the front of the tour, they will lead you safely through the shallow, winding waterways of one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. Join us for one of the most beautiful CraigCat tours in Florida!