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Crab Island Cruises

Private Boat Tours in Destin, FL

Crab Island Private Excursions

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Let Us Do The Driving While You Have All The Fun!

Established in 2011, this owner-operated company is based on the belief that our customers should have FUN! As I see it, vacations just don’t come often enough. So we want to do everything in our power to ensure that our customers enjoy their time on the water. Whether you’re looking for a wild day at Crab Island, a cruise through Destin Harbor, or a relaxing day on a private island, Crab Island Cruises, LLC is here for YOU! We are committed to making you happy. It is our desire to have a high percentage of our business be from repeat customers and referrals.

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry…and don’t forget…the most fun!

What Is Crab Island?

Crab Island is a sandbar that is located just north of the Marler Bridge in Destin, FL. Crab Island started to gain in popularity as boaters used the area to anchor their boats to catch some rays and wade on the sandbar. Now the spot has erupted into a popular social scene where locals and tourists congregate for fun and sun. Crab Island is just minutes from the Destin Harbor. Anyone who has been there has seen the vast array of marine life. From dolphins to seabirds, friendly animal encounters at Crab Island Destin, FL are commonplace.

So, why is it called Crab Island? Before a hurricane covered the once tiny island in emerald waters, Crab Island was a small plot of land shaped like… you guessed it… a CRAB! Along with the thousands of tiny crabs found on the floor of the sandbar, it’s easy to see why it is called Crab Island!

Meet The Crew

Walt Forster, Owner
Sean Moore
Robbie Barton
Bob Williams

Brandon Vanlanken
Georgina Powell
Jake Demass

We Make Your Experience With Us The Best!​

The best time with captain Robbie!

My wife and I booked boat #5 with captain Robbie after reading raving reviews on and we had our two dogs with us on vacation. We were not disappointed, in fact it was the best part of our vacation and we ended up calling and booking him again the same week. He took us to great snorkel spots and beaches where our dogs could roam. We spent a lot of time at crab island just relaxing while our dogs made a lot of people friends.

– Kyra S. | Tripadvisor

Brandon and Savannah were amazing and just what we were looking for! Would definitely do it again! They made our first experience at Crab Island more than worth it!

– Airianna J | Tripadvisor
Wonderful Crab Island Cruise

We had Captain Bob, Boat One. It was a great experience! It was my husband and I plus our 3 kids (15,7,2). He was wonderful with them. We were able to relax and he really had everything we needed to enjoy this 4-hour cruise. He gave us a tour of the harbor and then we spent about 2 hours in the water. I would highly recommend him!

– Kylie C. | Tripadvisor
Amazing trip with Captain Robbie

This was the best trip. So much fun for the entire family. Ask for Captain Robbie - boat #5. He was the best. He spent so much time making sure we all had a great time including the kids. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to book a pontoon trip and highly recommend Robbie. He was so sweet.

– Linda H. | Tripadvisor
A Big Must when in Destin!!

Brandon was awesome!! Highly recommended and will make it a must every time we are in Destin!! Thanks Brandon for showing us around the Harbor, seeing the dolphins and having a blast at Crab Island.

– Sarah R | Tripadvisor
Amazing Time with Kids

Captain Robbie, boat 5, was absolutely amazing. He was so much fun and down to earth. He also spent time teaching my kids how to snorkel and even played games with them. Just having him spend time entertaining my kids and giving me a chance to relax was so rewarding. My kids have already requested him again for next year!

– Miranda M. | Tripadvisor
Awesome day!

We had a great time today with Captain Brandon! He was so accommodating and friendly. Being from the coast, we are tough critics and he was spot on!!

– Amanda W | Tripadvisor
Great Day with Captain Island Cruises!!

Our family had the best time at Crab Island. Crab Island Cruises set us up for a pretty amazing day. Captain Jake was fabulous. He was so personable and even entertained the kids. I would highly recommend booking!!

– Kim P | Tripadvisor
Captain Robbie & Sean!!!!

Captain’s Robbie & Sean were amazing for our bachelorette party. They took it upon themselves to take photos of us in the water and enjoying our day on the water. We now have great photos to go with our memories of that day! These guys are great!

– Erin S | Tripadvisor
Great day with Captain Sean!

Captain Sean was great! He brought us around to see a dolphin then over to crab island. He is very knowledgeable about the area and really made the trip special. We were 5 young adults and would definitely use Captain Sean again!! He had a loud speaker, a cup and table for pong. We had the best day with Captain Sean!

– Julia D | Tripadvisor
Bachelorette pontoon

We had such a wonderful time on the pontoon! Our captain Sean was so nice and very attentive. We felt so safe with him driving our boat. He even bought us chicken tenders and fries while out at crab island! Highly recommended their company and also Sean as the captain! Great for bachelorette parties who want a respectable captain who also is good at taking pictures for the group.

– Taylor H | Tripadvisor
August 2019

Captain Sean & Mike very good time at Crab Island & on our boat ride. Made sure if we had any questions that they were addressed. Would definitely go again with them. As far as Crab Island it was fun.

– Jody S | Tripadvisor
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