Boat Tours FAQ
How much does it cost?
The River Tour Boat rates:
90 minute Private Indian River Lagoon Boat Tour
How long is the tour?
The Sightseeing Boat Tour will be on the water for an hour and a half.
What kind of boat is the tour on?
We use a custom build 28’ pontoon boat named Potamoi, after the Greek God of rivers. She has plenty of space for 6 guests in full shade or full sun.
What should we bring?
We’ll supply all safety equipment, but we’d recommend bringing sunglasses, a hat, water, and sunscreen. Please do not apply spray sunscreen on the boat, it stains the seats and deck.
Do you offer group rates?
Since all Boat tours on the Indian River Lagoon are small private groups, we do not have a special price for groups. The normal rates are:
Is the Boat tour private?
All boat tours with Vero Tackle & Watersports are private tours. We will never mix tour groups with each other.
Is there a bathroom?
There is not a bathroom on the tour boat Potamoi. We do have one at the check-in location at Vero Tackle & Watersports.
Where do we meet the boat?
You will meet the tour boat at Vero Tackle & Watersports
3321 Bridge Plaza Dr Vero Beach FL 32963.
Will I get seasick?
You’re not likely to get seasick. We’ll be on the Indian River Lagoon for the entire boat tour. This is a Brackish Estuary that’s fairly small and well protected from wind and waves. If it’s rough enough to get you sick, we’ll likely reschedule for a better day. It’s generally very calm on the Indian River Lagoon.
How many people can go on the Boat Tour?
We operate under the uninspected vessel classification from the United States Coast Guard. This means we can only take 6 humans at a time, that includes children.
Are we allowed to bring food on the boat tour?
You absolutely are. Feel free to bring food and drinks. If needed, we can have a bag of ice for you. We have a cooler on board, you are also welcomed to bring your own cooler.
Will we see alligators in the Indian River Lagoon?
Not likely. We rarely see alligators in the Indian River Lagoon. They are not fans of the salt in the brackish water and definitely do not like all the human traffic. They tend to like freshwater that is calm and quiet.
Does the tour boat have shade?
The tour boar Potamoi has enough shade for all guests at one time. Also has enough room for everyone in the sun at the same time too. We have lots of options here.
Does the tour boat go out if it's raining?
Sometimes. It really depends on the group. If there is only light rain and the guests do not mind getting a little wet, we can still go. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case in Florida. Most often rain will result in lightning as well. In the case of lightning or high winds, we will cancel, reschedule, or refund your trip.
What is the best time to take the sightseeing boat tour?
Sunset is the all-around the best time for tours. It’s the coolest time in summer, but common to have afternoon thunderstorms, so it has a higher chance of cancelation. We see wildlife regularly on all tour times so pick the time that works best for your schedule.
Are dogs allowed on the boat tour?
Yes! In fact, if you’d like, we are happy to bring First Mate Mildred as well. She is a Golden Retriever that loves boat rides and people.
Do you need to make reservations ahead of time?
Yes, please give us as much notice as you can. Since all Boat Tours are private we do not have a Captain on site unless a tour is booked for them. Same day reservations are possible.
What is the refund policy for the Tour Boat?
You can cancel or reschedule at any time for any reason. All we ask is that you give us a heads up if you can’t make it.
Is smoking allowed on the boat?
Nope. Please do not smoke on the tour boat.
What will I see on the Boat Tour?
You will see the beautiful Indian River Lagoon and all it has to offer. From mansions to bottlenose dolphins, no two tours are ever the same. The most common wildlife are dolphins, we also see manatees and an incredible variety of birds.
Where do I park to take the boat tour?
We have free parking that we share with Riverside Cafe. We also have several boat slips designated for guest use.
Do I have to wear a lifejacket on the Boat Tour?
You are not required to wear a life jacket on the tour. Your tour boat will have enough Type 1 life jackets for everyone on board. You are welcome to wear one if that would make you more comfortable. Let your Captain know when boarding and we will get a more comfortable Type III for you to wear. We use the vest Type III life jackets for paddleboard and kayak rentals, they are much more comfortable to wear when out of the water. Your tour boat will still have the required Type 1 life jackets for everyone on board.
How do I get gift certificates?
If you go to Vero Tackle there is a button at the top of the page for Gift Certificates.
Will I get wet on the Boat Tour?
Not likely, possible though. If it’s windy there could be some spray if we are moving faster in search of wildlife.
How fast will the tour boat go?
Potamoi has a max speed of 24mph. We will spend most of the time at a leisurely 5mph though. Don’t want to miss anything.
Should I tip the boat Captain?
It’s not required and we’ll never ask for it. If we do a great job and you want to tip you’re Captain, please do. They will really appreciate it.
What should I wear on the Boat Tour?
Comfortable outdoor clothing works well. It’s a good idea to bring a jacket too. It can get chilly in the wintertime and more so around sunset.