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Many people (perhaps even yourself included) find out about Marco Island in their search for a beach vacation getaway. As a local who has grown a family here, we often hear visitors explain how they came for a simple beach retreat – a beautiful stretch of white sand to call their own for a week and to kick back and relax to the gentle hum of waves without having to think about work. 

We don’t blame you! Marco Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With six miles of beaches and 100 miles of waterways within its 24 square miles, Marco Island proudly boasts the title of the largest Barrier Island within Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands area. 

If you come for the beach, we can assure you that you will not be disappointed, but Marco Island is more than just a beach.  In fact, it is more than you could possibly imagine. With unequaled access to wildlife, mysterious ancient history, alien-like coastal structures, and more, visitors quickly realize they’ve found a hidden sun-soaked gem that will have you thinking of excuses to return as soon as possible! 

From the unique insight of a Marco Island local company, here are the top Marco Island attractions that make our home more than just a beach! 

1. The Deep History of Marco Island

The history of Marco Island begins at least 6,000 years ago at the arrival of the fierce Calusa Indians. With the finding of ancient burial mounds and artifacts from this civilization, Marco Island is home to one of the most important archaeological sites in North America. Among artifacts of pottery, animal carcasses, shell tools, arrowheads and harpoon spears made from shells, perhaps the most well-known discovery is the Key Marco Cat, which is described as one of the finest pieces of Pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America. It has survived against all odds, and you can see it for yourself by visiting the exhibit where it is on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum until April 2026. 

Ancient and vanished civilizations are not the end of Marco Island’s history. Visitors can also learn about the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 1500’s who would go on to name the island, “La Isla de San Marco”, or rest with a cool drink or overnight stay at the Olde Marco Island Inn which dates back to the 1800’s. 

2. Unmatched Access to Nature 

Marco Island attractions include access to nature unlike anywhere else in the world. In addition to the beautiful plants and flowers you’ll see, there is a great variety of animal species including: 

When visiting Marco Island, it is imperative that you take advantage of being able to explore the tropical paradise and experience all of its wildlife. The best way to achieve this, by far, is going on a jet ski tour. Take a thrilling 30-mile round trip into the 10,000 islands, experiencing a mix of wildlife education and adrenaline-fueled adventure on a personal jet ski. You can expect up-close encounters with the island’s aquatic wildlife, including unforgettable side-by-side journeys with playful dolphins. Jet ski tours are a great activity for families and people of all ages and experience levels. At Avi’s Watersports, our Marco Island jet ski dolphin tour offers an exciting and memorable experience for families looking to create lasting memories. It is truly a Marco Island attraction you cannot miss! 

3. Fascinating Cultural Centers

Marco Island is steeped in a unique culture for you to enjoy. From a weekly farmers market and the Marco Island Center for the Arts to the plethora of marinas and the Island Theater Company, you’ll instantly feel immersed in the local culture. We also have several parks (including the visitor-favorite Canine Cove), a historic Catholic Church, pineapple plantations, a classic movie theater, and numerous salons and spas. There’s something for everyone, and the culture of Marco Island will be sure to make you feel at home. 

4. Sports and Activities 

Marco Island includes several attractions for sports lovers as well. You can experience some of the best golf in the world with scenic tee-offs and views of the city and the sea. Visitors can also find several bicycle rental shops, putt-putt golf and games at Marco Golf and Garden, plenty of fishing opportunities, tennis courts, paddle boarding and kayak rental shops, pedal boating clubs, and even fitness and gym centers across the island. 

Come for the Beach, Stay for the Fun

You’re not alone in wanting to relax on the beach for your vacation, but after a day or two of recouping your energy, you’ll surely want to tap into the extensive Marco Island attractions. Between all the attractions we discussed (history, wildlife, culture, and sports) there’s one activity that will ensure you can do it all! Reach out to Avi’s Watersports to learn more about our jet ski tours and how they can turn your vacation into the experience of a lifetime. 

Whether you’re a resident or visitor to Florida, jet skiing is a thrilling adventure for people of all ages - from simple fun in the sun to wonder-filled dolphin tours, this activity is a favorite for professionals and amateurs alike. If you’ve only just begun considering a jet ski rental on Marco Island, you likely have a lot of questions! Here, the Avi’s Watersports team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about jet ski rentals, along with their straightforward answers:

Do you need special permission to rent a jet ski? 

In the state of Florida, there are boating safety laws that require the completion of a boating safety course for anyone wishing to operate a jet ski within their jurisdiction. With the completion of a boating safety course, all jet ski drivers are required to have a boating certificate. 

Who needs to take a boating safety course? 

Florida State Law requires anyone born after January 1, 1988 to have a valid boater’s safety ID card. If you were born after January 1, 1988 and do not yet have a boater’s safety ID card, then you must take a boating safety course before renting a jet ski. 

Who can drive a jet ski at Avi’s Watersports?

At Avi’s Watersports, you need to be at least 16 years old in order to drive a jet ski. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and children as young as 5 are welcome to ride with an adult. 

Do I need any prior experience to rent a jet ski?

While prior experience may be helpful, jet ski drivers of all skill levels are welcome at Avi’s Watersports. 

What is a boating safety course? 

The primary objective of the boating safety course is safety for those operating jet skis as well as others and the surrounding environment. For anyone operating a motorized boat or personal watercraft of 10 horsepower or more, the boating safety course must be completed. It is completely online and includes registration, study of test material, online examination, and the delivery of a temporary boating certificate. 

Why is a boating safety course important? 

Besides being a requirement before renting a jet ski, the boating safety course includes important information that can help protect yourself, others, and the environment in which you are jet skiing. The course covers key safety concepts, such as navigation and right-of-way rules, essential equipment on board, and how to deal with various maritime emergencies that might occur. It also helps reduce the occurrence of accidents by giving enhanced knowledge, and completion of the course ensures you comply with the legalities of jet ski operation in the state of Florida, avoiding fines or penalties.

How do you get a boating certificate? 

A boating certificate is given to you upon the successful completion of the boating safety course. You will receive a temporary certificate which you will need to print and bring with you on the day you are renting a jet ski. If you don't pass your exam on the first try, there’s no need to worry - you are allowed to take the exam an unlimited number of times. 

Do you have to take the Florida boating safety course even if you’re an experienced jet ski driver? 

Yes, even if you are an experienced jet ski driver, Florida state law requires that you have a boating certificate. It may seem like a nuisance, but at Avi's Watersports, we take a proactive role in ensuring our clients have completed the required Florida boating safety course before embarking on a jet skiing adventure. This not only honors the legal prerequisite but also establishes a safer environment for everyone on our tours.

Does the boating certificate expire?

The boating certificate received after completing the boating safety course is temporary. Your certificate will expire 90 days after you complete the course. 

How much does the boater safety course cost? 

If you take your course through boat-ed.com, the cost is $9.95.

What happens if you forget to bring your certificate with you to the jet ski dolphin tour? 

For everyone’s safety and in order to maintain compliance, all jet ski drivers will be required to show a current boater safety course certificate. If you do not have one, or if you forgot to bring your proof of completion, you’ll need to either reschedule your tour or ride with a certified driver. 

Where do you find more information about boating safety and regulations in Florida? 

You can find a plethora of resources on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

How much does it cost to rent a jet ski? 

The price of renting a jet ski varies depending on the length of time you are renting it and the location. At Avi’s Watersports, we offer jet ski dolphin tours for $275 + tax per jet ski. This includes a 2-hour, 30-mile round trip into the 10,000 islands, wildlife encounters and education, jet ski fuel, safety equipment, photography, and bottled water. Keep in mind that the cost of our jet ski dolphin tour is per jet ski, not per person.

What should you bring when renting a jet ski?

When renting a jet ski, be sure to bring: 

How many people can ride a jet ski? 

This may depend on the type of jetski you are renting. At Avi’s Watersports, two people can ride on a jet ski as long as they don’t exceed the maximum weight limit of 400 pounds.

What time of day can jet skis be rented? 

At Avi’s Watersports, departure times for jet ski dolphin tours are generally 9 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm; Check booking times for confirmation. Check-in occurs 30 minutes prior to departure time. 

Is there a cancellation policy? 

There is a 24-hour cancellation policy when you book a jet ski dolphin tour through Avi’s. Other jet ski rentals may have different cancellation policies so always be sure to check ahead of time. 

Schedule Your Dolphin Tour Today

If you’re considering a jet ski rental on Marco Island, there’s no better way to experience the thrills and excitement than with a dolphin tour. Merge the adrenaline-fueled excitement with awe-inspiring access to Florida’s wildlife - at Avi’s Watersports, we guarantee an experience to last a lifetime! Contact us today to learn more or to get an exclusive jet ski dolphin tour scheduled right away. 

Looking for things to do in Marco Island? A visit to the beach is on everyone’s list, but why not plan something that you’ll be talking about for years to come? Whether you enjoy action and adventure or are looking for a memorable, family-friendly experience, a dolphin jet ski tour is something you won’t want to miss. With the wind in your hair and the splash of the sea on your face, discover the incredible world of dolphins right at your fingertips - or in this case, your handlebars.  

Avi's Watersports, our family-owned and operated business has been providing our exhilarating jet ski dolphin tours for over 20 years! We understand that many people who are unfamiliar with our tours will probably have a lot of questions. That’s why we’ve put together some essential tips and tricks to help make your adventure smooth and unforgettable.

What is a Jet Ski Dolphin Tour?

A jet ski dolphin tour is a water activity where you ride a jet ski out into areas where dolphins are known to inhabit. The goal is to observe these remarkable marine animals in their natural environment while enjoying the fun and excitement of jet skiing. It's an amazing way to combine a love for water sports with the thrilling experience of wildlife viewing. Tours are led by experienced guides who provide safety instructions, jet skiing tips, and share insights about the dolphins and their behaviors.

At Avi’s Watersports, guests of our tour will explore 30 miles of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge located just south of Marco Island. This chain of islands and inlets covers over 35,000 acres and hosts an abundant variety of wildlife including birds, sea turtles, otters, and of course, dolphins!   

Everything You Need to Know About Your Tour With Avi’s Watersports

The Tour Basics

The first question that most people have about our jet ski dolphin tours is the price. Tours are $275 per jet ski. This includes the use of jet skis, two hours on the water with a professional tour guide, complimentary photos, lifeguard-approved life jackets, and water. If you choose to ride two or three people per jet ski, the cost is still $275. Keep in mind that there is a 400-pound weight limit per jet ski.

Our tours run seven days a week, three times per day. We encourage people to book well in advance to make sure you get your desired date and time. It is requested that you book online for the most up-to-date availability. 

Tour participants should plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of their tour to allow for a safety briefing and to sign our damage and release waiver. In the case of inclement weather or if we do not meet our minimum amount of two jet skis for the tour, we will be in touch to discuss rescheduling.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Jet Ski Dolphin Tour

What if I need to cancel?

Please contact us as soon as possible if you have to cancel or reschedule. We have a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Is tipping included?

Tipping is not included, but greatly appreciated. A tip can be added to your booking or, you can bring money with you and give it directly to your guide.

Where do tours depart from?

Tours depart from Goodland Boat Park, 750 Palm Point Drive, Goodland, FL 34140

Can I book a tour for a large group?

More jet skis may be available - please call us to inquire if you need to book more than 4!

Know the Rules

We want everyone to have fun on their jet ski dolphin tour, but our top priority is safety. There are a few rules to understand and comply with in order to make your experience (and everyone else’s) safe and enjoyable. 

Rules Regarding Age

A jet ski dolphin tour is an exciting experience for people of just about any age. Children aged 5 years and older are welcome to ride, but you must be at least 16 years old and possess a temporary boating certificate in order to drive. If you’re under 18 years of age, drivers must be accompanied by an adult. 

Temporary Boating Certificate Requirement

Florida State Law requires anyone born after January 1, 1988, must have a valid boaters’ safety ID card in order to operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft of 10 horsepower or more. That means if you’re planning to drive, you’ll need to register and take the test online before the tour in order to get your temporary boating certificate. You must bring a copy of your certificate with you and present it before the tour begins. 

If you’re planning to just ride along with someone else, then you won’t need the boating certificate. 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Boater Safety Course

How do I sign up?

There are several companies that are accredited by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. We recommend signing up with Boat-ed.com.

How long is the temporary boating certificate good for?

Your temporary boating certificate expires 90 days after you complete the course. 

Is there a minimum age to take the course?

No, there is no minimum age requirement, however, even if you pass the test, you must meet the minimum age required to drive a jet ski. 

How do I get my temporary certificate?

After successful completion of the exam, you can print out your certificate. For more information or to sign up for the boater safety course, please visit Boat-ed.com.

Know What to Bring (and What Not to Bring!)

When preparing for a jet ski dolphin tour, it is essential to bring a few necessary items for safety and comfort. Sunscreen and protective clothing such as sunglasses and a sunshirt are vital as you will be exposed to the hot Florida sun for extended periods. You should also plan to bring a pair of sandals to wear on your way to and from the jetski. 

Other important items that shouldn’t be forgotten are your government-issued photo I.D. and temporary boating certificate. Without these items, you will not be allowed to drive a jet ski (but you will be allowed to ride with someone else).

As far as what you shouldn’t bring, valuables and personal items such as purses of cell phones should be left behind. Consumables like food and drinks are also not allowed as they could attract wildlife or add litter to the water environment. One exception is bottled water, which we will be providing to you, free of charge.

Book Your Jet Ski Dolphin Tour With Avi’s Watersports

At Avi's Watersports, we strive to deliver not just a jet ski ride, but an extraordinary encounter with nature. Our jet ski dolphin tours provide guests with the unique opportunity to witness the magnificent spectacle of dolphins in their natural habitat, offering a captivating blend of adventure and learning. Guided by experienced and knowledgeable tour leaders, we ensure the utmost safety and comfort of our guests while maintaining respect for the wildlife and environment. Book your jet ski dolphin tour with Avi's Watersports now and embark on the experience of a lifetime! 

Marco Island, the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, is renowned for its pristine beaches, translucent waters, and exotic wildlife.. Among the numerous aquatic adventures this place has to offer, one of the most popular and unique is the jet ski dolphin tour. If you’re planning a visit to Marco Island in the near future and are looking for something to do besides just sitting on the beach, check out one of these thrilling and memorable experiences. Here are a few reasons why a jet ski dolphin tour is something you won’t want to miss.

Get Up Close and Personal with the Dolphins

Dolphins are marvelous creatures, known for their intelligence, agility, and playful nature. A jet ski dolphin tour gives you the chance to observe them in their natural habitat. Dolphins are abundant in the waters surrounding Marco Island and seeing them up close is not rare during the tour. The dolphins often put on an exhilarating show, leaping and spinning out of the water. Moreover, dolphins in the wild are not subject to the unfortunate and unethical conditions experienced by some in captivity. Observing them from a respectful distance allows for a non-invasive interaction that promotes their well-being while providing a remarkable experience.

Bird’s Eye View on Nature

Jet skiing gives you a different perspective than say, a boat tour. You’re seated close to the water, which allows for immediate, close-up connections with curious dolphins that might come to investigate your jet ski. Furthermore, the fact that you're skimming across the water surface puts you in a prime position to also see other wildlife up close, such as manatees, sea turtles, and various species of birds.

Experienced Guides

Jet ski dolphin tours are guided by experienced dolphin and nature enthusiasts who will share their knowledge about the local flora, fauna, and history of Marco Island. Among the many providers of adventurous water activities in the area, Avi's Watersports offers comprehensive jet ski dolphin tours that offer participants an unforgettable experience. Avi's is an established name on Marco Island and they are known for their exceptional guides who are not only experienced jet ski instructors but also possess a vast knowledge of the local ecosystem. With a commitment to safety and respect for marine life, they ensure that your jet ski adventure is not just adrenaline-filled entertainment but also an opportunity to learn more about the local waters and its fascinating inhabitants. 

Great For All Ages

Jet ski dolphin tours are suitable for people of all ages which makes them the perfect activity for families, young adults, couples, and just about everyone. The tours also prioritize safety so even the thrill of riding a jet ski on the open water comes with a sense of security. Participants do not need any jet ski experience before embarking on the dolphin tour. Guides provide a comprehensive safety briefing and instructions for operating the jet ski, making sure everyone feels comfortable and confident before setting off on their adventure. 

Promotes Eco-Tourism

Taking a jet ski dolphin tour promotes responsible eco-tourism. Many tour operators implement sustainable practices, such as maintaining a safe distance from the dolphins, limiting the noise, and teaching participants about the importance of protecting marine life. By choosing such tours, you contribute to a form of tourism that respects and seeks to preserve natural environments.

Book Your Jet Ski Dolphin Tour With Avi’s Watersports!

If you’re looking for an exciting, interactive nature tour that combines wildlife viewing, aquatic adventure, and the opportunity to learn fascinating ecological facts, consider booking a jet ski dolphin tour during your next visit to Marco Island. Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for an adrenaline rush or a family seeking to make lifelong memories, you won’t be disappointed!

While there are several places that offer these types of tours, consider booking your adventure through Avi’s Watersports. A family-owned business with over 18 years of experience, we’ve spent thousands of hours navigating the 10,000 islands and take pride in our knowledge and expertise of the region. Plus, we also provide complimentary photos so you can always remember your unique tour. Spots fill up fast – book your jet ski dolphin tour today!

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