Native Sun Boat Tours

Guests can see St. Augustine from a new perspective aboard a Native Sun boat tour.

At the Conch House Marina
57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine, FL, 32080
  • (904) 687-8297
  • Native Sun Tours gives visitors to St. Augustine an alternative way to see the nation’s oldest city … from the water. They offer a variety of specialized boat tours that range from focusing on St. Augustine’s history and the city's major landmarks to ecotours that showcase the environment and natural beauty of the surrounding waters, as well as sunset tours and customized private charters.

    Captain Russ Holliday has had 12 years of experience running charters and tours of all kinds in the area. He is a U.S. Coast Guard certified Master Captain, and a knowledgeable and welcoming tour guide. Smaller boats offer the benefits of being able to explore the smaller natural inlets and saltwater rivers of the surrounding waters, giving guests a closer look at the local wildlife, as well as creating a more personal atmosphere for all the tours.

    The Highlights by Water Tour

    This tour gives guests a waterfront perspective on the city of St. Augustine. Most of the city’s major landmarks are visible from the water – the Lighthouse, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the Bridge of Lions, and more. The tour explores the historical significance of these landmarks, as well as the importance of St. Augustine as the nation’s oldest port.

    Departure Time: Daily at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
    Duration: 1 hour
    Price: $19.95 per adult; $10 for kids under 12
    Reservations are recommended; walk-ups welcome depending on availability.

    Sunset Tour

    This tour offers spectacular sunset views from the Matanzas River and Inlet of the St. Augustine cityscape. The view of the Bridge of Lions and the Castillo de San Marcos from the water with the sun setting behind them is truly unforgettable.

    Departure times for this tour vary depending on the time of sunset.
    The tour is available from March through November 20, 2015.
    Duration: 1 hour
    Price: $24.95 per adult; $12.50 for kids under 12.
    Reservations are required.

    Native Sun Tours also offers a dazzling tour of St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights from late November through the month of January each year. Cruising the waterfront is a relaxing way to view this world-renowned holiday lighting display, and the lights are even more beautiful from the water. Reservations are required. Visit here for details.

    Private Tours

    Private charters are available for family outings, special occasions, educational trips, team building, and more. With two vessels of different sizes (a 20-passenger pontoon and a 6-passenger skiff), Native Sun Tours can accommodate both large and small groups. Call (904) 687-8297 to arrange a custom tour for your group.

    To view an example tour route map, please visit here.


  • Reviews

    The boat capt was extremely respectful of the river and all wildlife. Interacting with the manatees was one of the most fantastic things I've ever experienced. This was my second trip and I can't wait to go for the third. I will definitely go back out with Native Sun Tours. They have great rates and they are extremely patient and kind

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