SunVenture Cruises Expands to Offer the Only Chartered Cruises from Okaloosa Island on the SunVenture II
It’s an exciting New Year for SunVenture Cruises with a New Boat, New Web Site and New Cruises! SunVenture Cruises today announced that it is expanding its leisure cruises beyond Destin and into Okaloosa Island, featuring the only chartered cruises in that area. SunVenture Cruises has launched a custom-built new vessel, the SunVenture II, and is now offering full-service leisure cruises from the Dock on the Island on Okaloosa Island. Both the SunVenture I, docked at the Destin Harbor, and the SunVenture II are cruising daily in the summer for Crab Island Excursions, Sunset Dolphin Cruises, Fireworks Harbor Cruises and Private Cruises for up to 98 guests. Both vessels offer the advantage of having an on-board restroom and full access to the boat and captain during all cruises.
“Our Crab Island cruises have grown in popularity as the safest, easiest and most affordable way to enjoy Crab Island so it made sense to expand into Okaloosa Island. Our guests love the convenience of our captain navigating the busy waters to Crab Island and staying with them the entire time so they have access to the boat with a restroom and shade,” stated James Murray, Proprietor of SunVenture Cruises. “Just five miles from our Destin location, the new Okaloosa Island location gives our guests more convenient options for cruising to Crab Island, enjoying a Dolphin Sunset Cruise or a private cruise for up to 98 guests.”
Established in 2012, SunVenture Cruises is a locally owned and operated business that offers a variety of daily summer leisure cruises with Coast Guard-licensed captains. Its parent company, SunQuest Cruises, is a locally-owned and operated business that is celebrating its 15th successful year of offering leisure cruises and weddings in this area. The SunVenture I, docked at Heron Harbor on the Destin Harbor, is a 45-foot sporty catamaran for up to 49 passengers with a restroom on-board, open air arrangement, state-of-the-art sound system and seating in close proximity to the water. The new SunVenture II is five miles away at the Dock on the Island across from The Island Hotel by RL on Okaloosa Island. Identical to its sister boat, the SunVenture II is a custom-built, 45-foot vessel with on-board restroom, shaded area and capacity for 49 passengers.
The Best Way to Get to Crab Island in Destin Fl
For the past seven years, SunVenture Cruises has provided a safe and viable option for enjoying Crab Island, an underwater sandbar featuring hours of relaxing and fun in the sun. Both vessels offer daily cruises at a fraction of the price of renting a pontoon boat plus the Coast-Guard licensed captain drives the boat and stays the entire time. Guests have full-access to an on-board restroom, their coolers and a shaded area. Together, there are four daily Crab Island summer cruises including a three-hour mid-morning excursion and a four-hour afternoon excursion.
Other leisure cruise options include two daily Sunset Dolphin evening cruises and two weekly Destin Harbor Sunset and Fireworks cruises every Thursday night in the summer. With the expansion of an additional vessel, SunVenture Cruises has doubled its capacity for private cruises to up to 98 guests. Private cruises have evolved into a popular option for memorable celebrations on the water. SunVenture Cruises has hosted a variety of private cruises for family reunions, bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday parties, weddings, receptions, corporate retreats, brunches and more. The state-of-the-art sound system, shaded areas, catering options and open deck arrangement makes it an ideal venue for any occasion, big or small.
Based on guests’ reviews, SunVenture Cruises is the proud recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the past two consecutive years as well as the “People Love Us on Yelp” award.
SunVenture I is located at 314 Harbor Blvd in Destin Florida, one mile east of the Destin Bridge at Heron Harbor. Just five miles away, SunVenture II is located at 1318 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE on the bayside of Okaloosa Island at Dock on the Island behind Island Time (across from The Island Hotel by RL). Cruises for both vessels can be conveniently booked online. For additional information, including cruise videos, schedules and online reservations, visit the redesigned new website – www.SunVentureCruises.com.
About SunVenture Cruises
Established in 2012, SunVenture Cruises is a locally-owned and operated leisure cruise company offering a variety of daily summer cruises by Coast-Guard licensed captains on two vessels: the SunVenture I at the Destin Harbor and the SunVenture II, at the Dock on the Bay on Okaloosa Island. SunVenture Cruises provides the easiest, safest and most affordable way to get to Crab Island with captains driving the boat that stays the entire time with on-board restroom and shaded areas. Other cruises include Dolphin / Sunset Cruises, Sunset Harbor Fireworks Cruises and Private Cruises for up to 98 people. SunQuest Cruises is the parent company to SunVenture Cruises. For additional information, including schedules, cruise videos and online reservations, visit www.SunVentureCruises.com.
About SunQuest Cruises
Established in 2004, SunQuest Cruises is a locally owned and operated company based out of Miramar Beach, Fl. SunQuest Cruises began with the only dining and entertainment yacht in Northwest Florida, the SOLARIS. Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS yacht is a magnificent 125 foot, 5,200 square foot yacht with three decks of indoor and outdoor spaces. The SOLARIS offers public dinner cruises year-round for up to 150 people and is an award-winning wedding venue. In 2012, SunQuest Cruises expanded into Destin with SunVenture Cruises to fill a niche for Crab Island cruises. SunQuest Cruises expanded again in 2018 with SunQuest Beach Weddings, a full-service wedding company providing Destin beach weddings, floral design, wedding planning, catering, rentals and more. For more information, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850.650.2519.
One of the Top Things to Do in Destin | 2017 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
Our guests have spoken. SunVenture Cruises has been voted as one of the top Destin boat tours and water sports in Destin Florida and one of the top things to do in Destin. All the positive reviews have earned the staff the 2017 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, an award honoring accommodations, restaurants and attractions that consistently receive great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
“Our team works extremely hard to provide the highest quality service and experience on our daily Crab Island and Sunset Dolphin Cruises,” stated James Murray, General Manager and Owner of SunVenture Cruises. “We are honored to be part of our guests’ vacation experience and we thank them for their consistent praises of our company.”
The SunVenture is a Guy Harvey-inspired, 45-foot sporty catamaran with Coast Guard-licensed captains. The team cruises daily in the summer from the Destin Harbor for Crab Island cruises, Dolphin / Sunset Cruises, Fireworks Harbor Cruises and private charters.
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
“This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions,” says Vice President of Industry Marketing, Heather Leisman.
The SunVenture is continuing its daily cruise schedule through Labor Day, including the weekly Fireworks Destin Harbor Cruises. We hope you will join us soon!
Wondering about things to do in Destin Florida for the 4th of July? Well the secret is out that the top spot is Crab Island, an underwater sandbar where locals and guests drop anchor with their boats for an unforgettable day in the sun. Only accessible by boat, Crab Island offers hours of fun in the crystal clear, waist deep waters – whether you want to relax on a float or listen to live music and jump on inflatables, it’s a playground of fun for everyone.
Instead of dealing with the hassle of captaining your boat, let us take you to Crab Island. Our Crab Island cruises are soaring in popularity, as one of the top things to do in Destin Florida. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out our 5 star reviews on Facebook or our Yelp Reviews, that earned us the People Loves Us on Yelp Award for 2017.
This summer, CrabIslandOnline.com is sponsoring a summer full of live concerts on a floating stage – how cool is that? This 4th of July in Destin you can enjoy these concerts:
Saturday, July 1st from 10am-1pm or 2pm – 5 pm, Book Now: Crab Island Cruise with Jump School Live Concert, sponsored by CrabIslandonline.com
Sunday, July 2nd from 12 – 3 pm, Book Now: Crab Island Cruise with Heritage Live Concert, sponsored by CrabIslandonline.com
Tuesday, July 4th from 2 – 5 pm, Book Now: Crab Island Cruise with Colt Wilbur Band Live Concert, sponsored by CrabIslandonline.com
Let us take you to the only place to be this 4th of July – we’re cruising twice daily to Crab Island, including special 4th of July times. Also, check out our daily sunset dolphin cruises and Harbor Fireworks Cruises.
Just when we didn’t think we could top last year – this summer has proved to have been the most fun for our Crab Island cruises. Captain Larry and Joe provided our guests with laughs and memories throughout the summer. We want to end the summer on a memorable note and we want to celebrate with you.
The only place to celebrate Labor Day in Destin Florida is at Crab Island. This underwater playground offers hours of fun in the sun as we anchor at the shallow sandbar near the Destin bridge. You’ve worked hard, now it’s time to play hard!
We will stay anchored during the entire Crab Island excursion as you decide what you want to do in the emerald green, waist deep waters. You can go canoeing, jump on the inflatables, slide down the slides, listen to music, eat food or simply float and relax in the sun. Bring your cooler and let us take you to the only place to be this Labor Day in Destin. We have Crab Island Cruises at 10am, 12 pm and 2 pm throughout Labor Day weekend.
If you want to catch one of the last summer sunsets this Labor Day, we’re cruising every night at 6:30pm for our Destin Dolphin Sunset Cruises. Our entertaining captains will take you through an entertaining and narrative tour of the Destin Harbor for this educational and fun eco-tour. Watch the sun set under the iconic Destin bridge and hopefully see some playful dolphins. The SunVenture’s relaxing setting and arrangement gives you one of the closest views of the dolphins without being on a large, overcrowded boat.
View our Destin Dolphin and Crab Island Cruise schedule here and book online.
From all the rave reviews we’ve received this year, it seems like one of the highlights of Destin beach vacations is a cruise on the SunVenture. With its versatile open air arrangement, the SunVenture offers so many ways to have fun on the water. A great alternative to the larger Destin cruises, the SunVenture offers a more personal, relaxed setting for families and friends.
Here are the top 5 ways to enjoy a SunVenture cruise:
1. Crab Island – We are cruising twice daily to one of the most unique water experiences. Ranging in depths from 2 to 10 feet, the underwater sandbar known as Crab Island is the place where everyone anchors their boats and spends a day in the waist-deep emerald green waters. With picturesque views of the Destin bridge, Crab Island offers everything from live music and water slides to floating food vendors, paddle boarding and relaxing in the water.
Pack a cooler and jump aboard as our Coast-Guard licensed captains take you for a narrated tour of the harbor and drop anchor at Crab Island. The boat stays with you the entire time, offers a restroom on-board and is much cheaper and convenient then renting your own boat.
Here’s a June 2016 review: “”Crab Island was absolutely beautiful and there was so much to do! The boat was great and the crew was very friendly and very funny. They kept you entertained! Once you arrive, you get off the boat and just walk or swim around. The waters are waist deep and you can walk around to different activities such as jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks, banana boats, etc. There are different restaurants to eat from and also a big inflatable playground. It was so much fun for myself and the children. Thanks Sunventure 1!!!”
2. Sunset Dolphin Cruises – It doesn’t get much better than cruising into the sunset as dolphins are frolicking from the emerald green waters of Destin Florida. We’re cruising every evening at 6:30 pm with our Captains Larry and Joe whose goal is to keep you laughing and entertained throughout the cruise.
Here’s a July 2016 review: “We joined Captain Larry and Joe out for the 10am Crab Island cruise. The guys were so much fun and Crab Island was a blast. We enjoyed the trip so much that we decided to book the 2pm cruise and the dolphin sunset cruise for the same day. We saw a ton of dolphins on the evening cruise and one came right up next to the boat. I would highly recommend Sunventure I for any of their cruises. Larry and Joe made our day on the water. They are great guys and tons of fun.”
“This was our last adventure during our vacation there and we enjoyed the sunset cruise very much. We were able to see four dolphins and the sunset was beautiful. Grant and the captain (I feel bad for forgetting his name) made it fun and had a great sense of humor adding to the enjoyment. We were glad to be on this boat and not the overly crowded boats so we could still fully enjoy the beauty without the feel of a booze cruise. Thanks for making our trip to Destin, Florida memorable!”
3. Fireworks Adult Cruises – who says fireworks are just for holidays? In Destin, you can enjoy the Fireworks every Thursday night from the Destin Harbor. Life is all about family but if you’re looking for a break, then consider our adults only Fireworks Cruises.
Here’s a July 2016 review: “We have been on several sunset cruises, but, this fourth of July sunset/fireworks was absolutely the BEST!!! Larry and Joe were funny, knowledgeable, and just overall fun. While we didn’t know what to expect it did not disappoint. We will definitely be back aboard and if you are looking for fun-check this out. You won’t be sorry!”
4. Birthdays – Destin cruises are the ultimate way to celebrate any occasion – from birthdays to bachelor / bachelorette parties or family reunions. Our captains can take you to Crab Island, a sunset dolphin cruise or anything else you are interested in. We also have event planners and food catering options.
Here’s a July 2016 review: “The SunVenture captain and crew was amazing. This was my first time to destin and crab island. The trip was for my birthday and it was the best time ever. I can not wait to go back. This is a must for all ages to try at least once. Very kid and adult friendly place to go.”
5. Private cruises– We can arrange for private cruises year-round, any day of the week, any time for any occasion. Boating is all about having fun in the sun and water. So why would you want to worry about fueling up the boat and driving while you watch your friends have fun? The SunVenture offers the best of both worlds…a private boat that our Coast Guard-licensed captains will drive so you can enjoy a worry-free day of fun in the sun.
The SunVenture I is perfect for Destin private cruises and boat rentals for up to 49 guests. The 45-foot Catamaran features a state-of-the-art sound system and the open deck arrangement is great for relaxing in the sun or dancing under the stars.
““Our sunset cruise on the Sunventure was a wonderful time. The boat is painted in such awesome underwater scenes and the crew was so nice. Definitely doing this again when we come back into town!”
View our daily Destin cruises schedule for Crab Island, Destin Harbor Fireworks and Sunset Dolphin Cruise times. See ya on the water.
Dolphin Cruises and Crab Island Cruises in Destin for Memorial Day Weekend
There’s no other way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Destin Florida than on the water at the legendary Crab Island and on sunset dolphin cruises. The 45-foot SunVenture is cruising daily from the Destin Harbor for daily chartered cruises to Crab Island as well as sunset Dolphin Cruises.
If you aren’t familiar with Crab Island in Destin Florida, you are missing out on one of the most amazing and authentic Emerald Coast experiences around. Crab Island is a shallow sand bar located just north of the iconic Destin Bridge. If you happen to cross the Destin
Bridge over the spring and summer, you’re sure to see a majestic view of boats anchored on the sandbar and people relaxing and playing in the waist-deep, emerald green waters.
Crab Island was actually an island before the ocean currents washed part of it away. Now it’s a floating playground that has become a nationally-recognized destination attraction.
Crab Island is a summer tradition for locals and visitors alike as the ultimate way to celebrate fun in the sun and on the water but you can only get out there on a boat. It’s easy to have too much fun in the sun which makes the SunVenture the best way to get out to Crab Island.
Our Coast-guard licensed captains will take you out to Crab Island from our convenient new location at the Destin Harbor and drop anchor for 3 hours. We’ll drop the ladder and you can jump into the waist-deep waters. You’ll find a little bit of everything at Crab Island from floating bars and restaurants to people kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding or just relaxing on a float.
If you’re trying to find things to do in Destin Florida beyond the beach, get ON the water and venture aboard the SunVenture I for a Destin dolphin cruise experience like no other. The Guy Harvey-inspired Catamaran keeps you within arms reach of the crystal clear waters and the closest seat in the house to see the dolphins up close while sailing into the picturesque sunset.
The SunVenture’s 1.5- hour narrated sunset and dolphin cruise explores the beautiful Harbor and Gulf of Mexico as you revel in the Crown Jewel of Destin Florida. Destin dolphin cruises are narrated by our entertaining Coast-Guard licensed captain through the Destin Harbor as you cruise the emerald green waters to the Destin bridge and into the sunset. Kids can captain the boat and the open air catamaran offers the most up close and personal view of the water and dolphins. All seats offer the best views in this relaxing, personal setting.
Check our daily Destin cruise schedule for Crab Island and sunset dolphin cruises and book online today. Crab Island cruise times vary from mid-morning to mid-day and sunset dolphin cruises are at 6:30 pm daily.