You’ve explored the sand, and maybe even picked up a few shells on the way. Now, introduce yourself to the waves and waters of the glistening Gulf of Mexico.

Experiencing life on the water is easy on Sanibel Island, especially with more watersport activates than you can count on two hands. Whether you prefer smooth, easy sailing or adrenaline-inducing fast paced fun, watersports on Sanibel island are fun for everyone, regardless of age or skill.

Cruise on top of the waves (or explore the Sanibel River or Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge) from the comfort of a kayak or paddleboard. There are several shallow and calm local waterways that allow people of all skill levels to kick back and enjoy an afternoon on the water. Kayaking and paddle boarding is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with our area’s local wildlife residents. It is not uncommon to catch a dolphin swimming nearby or a manatee gracefully drifting underneath your feet.

If you prefer high energy excitement on the water, head on over to Captiva to hop aboard a wave runner and skim across the coast for the most thrilling watersport activity on Sanibel-Captiva. Please keep in mind, all wave runner drivers must be 16 years of age and provide identification with a birthdate present.

If you’re a boater, Sanibel Island is host to several local rental companies that will get you and your family on the water in the perfect vessel for your needs. Whether you’d prefer to laze the day away on a sturdy pontoon boat or head off shore for a little bit of fishing in a state-of-the-art fishing boat, there truly is an option for everyone.

If you are interested in participating in any watersport activities on Sanibel Island, do not hesitate to reach out to our front desk staff. They are always happy to guide you towards a watersports rental company that suits your specific needs and budget!