Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island Crab Island Tours & Activities

Known for its aqua blue waters and gorgeous beaches, Crab Island is an esteemed destination on the charming Emerald Coast. You’ll find a variety of Crab Island tours & activities in Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island that offer you an opportunity to explore and experience the area like never before. You can embark on a dolphin adventure and spot these majestic creatures along with other marine life, or hop on a jet ski and cruise around to the best spots. For anyone who is in search of fun and exhilarating activities and tours, Crab Island is a must-visit destination teeming with wildlife and impeccable scenery.
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May 17 - May 23
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Crab Island Excursion & Swim Aboard The Crab Island Runner

211 ratings
3 - 3.5 Hrs.
Get out on the water in gorgeous Destin, Florida on The Crab Island Runner, a multi-passenger U.S. Coast Guard certified 27-passenger tour boat. Head out to locally treasured Crab Island, a stunning sandbar in the middle of the most beautiful emerald green and aqua blue water you have ever seen. Crab Island is one of the most sought after destinations in Northwest Florida, so see for yourself what the hype is all about, join your captain and crew aboard The Crab Island Runner for a chartered trip to the popular sandbar in Destin, Florida.
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Crab Island Excursion and Dolphin Tour

42 ratings
4 Hrs.
Get ready for a Crab Island Excursion and Dolphin Tour departing from Fort Walton Beach, Florida! This adventure begins aboard a state-of-the-art 2023 vessel, a USCG-certified boat with a capacity of 49 passengers. As you cruise atop the mesmerizing emerald-green water, keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and more. Dive into the crystal-clear water of Crab Island, relax on a float, or stay on the catamaran and bask in the warm Florida sun. The options are endless! Sit back and relax while the captain and deckhand make sure all your needs are accommodated. Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey to Crab Island! Book yours today!
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Crab Island Tiki Excursion

30 ratings
3 - 4 Hrs.
See the beauty of Destin, Florida and the famous Crab Island sandbar aboard a non-private tiki pontoon boat for up to 16 passengers. Perfect for bachelorette parties, family gatherings, birthdays, or individuals simply seeking some relaxation. Indulge in the stunning scenery while unwinding on deck. Dive into the crystal-clear waters, explore marine life, or simply soak up the sun. Join this unforgettable journey to Crab Island, where relaxation and enjoyment meet the natural splendor of Destin's emerald water. Book your spot today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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3 Hour Crab Island Adventure Tour

126 ratings
3 Hrs.
Cruise to Crab Island aboard a fully covered 45-foot Trident pontoon and sightsee the beautiful scenery, see the sparkling hues of emerald and aquamarine water, and maybe even see a friendly dolphin or two as you make your way through the Choctawhatchee Bay and Destin Harbor. Anchor down at the local sandbar and enjoy relaxing and playing around in the water with friends and family. Don't miss the boat! Book your 3 Hour Crab Island Adventure Tour today!
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Booked 7 times in last 48 hrs
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Crab Island Catamaran Excursion from Destin Harbor

765 ratings
4 Hrs.
Cruise to the popular hangout Crab Island aboard a comfortable catamaran. Chill out and play in the pristine, sparkling waters while the crew takes care of everything. Bring your favorite beverages and water toys to enhance the experience. Meet and greet with fellow boaters and explore all the exciting things to do. This trip is the perfect alternative to renting a boat, or those not experienced enough to drive a pontoon boat. Book your catamaran excursion today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs
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Famous & Original Crab Island Tiki Boat

352 ratings
3 Hrs.
Climb on a floating tiki bar for a truly unique Crab Island sandbar adventure. Enjoy a seat at the bar as you journey the sparkling Gulf waters on your way to Crab Island. Enjoy swimming and fun activities in this on-the-water hotspot as you soak up the tropical sun. Don't miss the fun, book your Famous & Original Crab Island Tiki Boat today!
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Booked 4 times in last 48 hrs
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Private Crab Island Charter with Xtreme H20

22 ratings
4 - 8 Hrs.
Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Crab Island with a licensed captain leading the way. Relax and unwind on a 15-foot lily pad, surrounded by water toys that add to the excitement. Feel the rhythm of your favorite tunes resonating through the air as the complimentary Bluetooth speaker sets the perfect atmosphere. Prepare to be amazed as you navigate through Destin Harbor, East Pass, Crab Island, and Choctawhatchee Bay, all while enjoying a small dolphin tour that brings you face-to-face with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Take an all-inclusive journey where the star of the show is the enchanting Crab Island, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. Book today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs
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3 Hour Crab Island and Dolphin Tour

307 ratings
3 Hrs.
Cruise around the Destin Harbor searching for dolphins and other local marine life then head out to the popular hangout, Crab Island aboard a comfortable 48-foot pontoon boat. Bring your favorite snacks and beverages and chill out and play in the sparkling water while your crew takes care of everything. Meet and greet with fellow boaters and explore all the exciting things to do. So get ready to bask in the sun and let the good vibes at Crab Island flow while the captain and crew take the wheel. Don't miss out, book your adventure today!
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4 Hour Afternoon Crab Island Adventure

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4 Hrs.
Embark on an unforgettable Afternoon Crab Island Adventure departing from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, aboard a spacious 34-foot party barge. Dive into fun with 20-foot aqua lily pads and a variety of watersports toys and floats, ensuring endless excitement on the water. Experience the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation as you navigate the sparkling water of Destin's renowned Crab Island. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life as you explore this vibrant underwater world. Join for a thrilling aquatic escapade that promises fun and excitement for all ages. Book your fun today!
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Crab Island Watersports Charter

2 ratings
2 - 8 Hrs.
Whether you are looking to learn a new water activity or simply want to relax and escape from the stress of everyday life, this charter is for you! Let your captain plan the perfect day on the water. This trip is perfect for a family with young kids who only want a short excursion or for those looking for a little more time out on the water. You can choose to cruise or choose two activities ranging from wakeboarding, kneeboarding, or tubing. This is your chance to get out on the water for a day of fun. Book your charter now!
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4 Hour Morning Crab Island Adventure

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4 Hrs.
Begin your day off right with a Crab Island Adventure departing from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, aboard a spacious 34-foot party barge. Dive into fun with 20-foot aqua lily pads and a variety of watersports toys and floats, ensuring endless excitement on the water. Experience the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation as you navigate the sparkling water of Destin's renowned Crab Island. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life as you explore this vibrant underwater world. Join for a thrilling aquatic escapade that promises fun and excitement for all ages. Book your fun today!
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Private Crab Island Adventure

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4 - 10 Hrs.
Embark on an unforgettable Private Crab Island Adventure departing from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, aboard a spacious 34-foot party barge. Dive into fun with 20-foot aqua lily pads and a variety of watersports toys and floats, ensuring endless excitement on the water. Experience the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation as you navigate the sparkling water of Destin's renowned Crab Island. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life as you explore this vibrant underwater world. Join for a thrilling aquatic escapade that promises fun and excitement for all ages. Book your private experience today!
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Private Crab Island Charter from Fort Walton Beach

1 rating
3 - 8 Hrs.
Escape to the tropical paradise of Crab Island in Destin, Florida on a private excursion designed exclusively for your group of up to 49 passengers. Step aboard a luxurious charter boat and set sail toward a world of adventure and relaxation. As you arrive at this floating oasis, immerse yourself in the crystal-clear emerald waters that surround you. Lounge on the pristine white sand, bask in the warm sunshine and feel the gentle sea breeze kiss your skin. Choose from a variety of water toys to enjoy. With the attentive crew catering to your every need, this private Crab Island Charter promises an unforgettable journey tailored to your group's desires. Unleash your inner explorer, soak up some serenity, book today!
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Crab Island Dolphin Cruise & Jetty Snorkeling

12 ratings
2 - 8 Hrs.
Spend your day enjoying a little bit of everything as you hit the water for some excitement! See the best of the Emerald Coast with this Crab Island Dolphin Cruise & Jetty Snorkeling Experience for up to 6 guests. Chill out and float around at Crab Island or choose to dolphin cruise and hit the jetties for some snorkeling fun! This trip is completely customizable so have your dream day your way! Don't miss the boat, book your experience now!
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Destin Dolphin Sunset Cruise

4 ratings
2 Hrs.
Hop aboard the famous pink pontoon for a memorable experience cruising through the water of Destin, Florida as you witness a stunning Florida sunset. Your captain will take you and your family to Destin Harbor or to the spoil islands of the Santa Rosa Sound, where wild dolphins are frequently spotted. Enjoy the excitement of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat. Don't miss your chance to see the spectacular colors dance in the clouds as another summer day ends. Book your Destin Dolphin Sunset Cruise now!
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Crab Island Cruise

4 ratings
3 Hrs.
Get ready for a day of fun out on the water around Destin, Florida's famed Crab Island with this island experience! Take in the sights and sounds as you cruise along the Intercoastal waterway and the Choctawhatchee Bay towards the famous submerged Crab Island. Frolic and play around in the waist-deep gorgeous emerald water. Feel the sun on your face and enjoy a perfect day surrounded by family and friends. Book your experience now!
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Large Group Catamaran Experience

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6 Hrs.
Make your Bachelor or Bachelorette Party one for the record book with this party cruise to Crab Island. Get ready for a fun-filled day out on the water in and around Destin, Florida with this Large Group Catamaran Experience! Take in the sights and sounds as you cruise along the Intercoastal waterway and the Choctawhatchee Bay towards the famous submerged Crab Island. Once there, play around and have fun with water toys or relax in the beautiful waist-deep emerald green water. Feel the sun on your skin and enjoy the day surrounded by family and friends. Do not miss out on this captained catamaran experience, book your spot today!
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Destin Morning Dolphin Adventure

4 ratings
2 Hrs.
Hop aboard a 21-foot SeaHunt center console boat during the best time of the day to see the beautiful dolphins that call the Emerald Coast home. This 2-hour cruise will take you through the Destin Harbor, East Pass, and around the Crab Island area to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures! Enjoy a hot coffee or mimosa on this morning cruise and make lasting memories for you, your family, and friends! Start your day the right way, book now!
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Destin Crab Island Adventure

3 ratings
3 Hrs.
Climb aboard for a short yet thrilling boat ride to the renowned Crab Island, an iconic sandbar and vibrant hub of excitement! Nestled among emerald green waters, this hotspot attracts a flotilla of boats and floating eateries, offering everything from tantalizing BBQ to refreshing coconuts and even ice cream. Imagine pure relaxation and fun without the hassle of renting your own boat. Your expert captain and crew ensure a seamless experience as you bask in the shallow, crystal-clear waters of Crab Island. Don't miss your chance, book your fun-filled day today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is it called Crab Island?

Crab Island Destin Florida got its name because it was once a small plot of land that looked like a crab. Moreover, thousands of tiny crabs were discovered on the floor of the sandbar. Locals would regularly visit the sandbar to catch crabs, fish, and swim, making it a popular boating destination in Destin.

2. When is Crab Island the most crowded?

The most crowded days to visit Crab Island are Wednesday through Sunday, with Memorial Day and Labor Day being the busiest times. Boats start to arrive around 10am, and the crowd consistently will grow until around 1pm. Boats will start to leave the island in the late afternoon, and you can expect the sandbar to be almost empty by sunset. If you're looking for the best spot to anchor down near attractions and shallow, calmer waters, arrive early! 8-9am is a good sweet spot for arriving early with few boats, but still warm enough to soak up the sun and swim. This is also an optimal time to arrive for families with children, as you're able to avoid the rowdier crowds that gather later in the afternoon, and have easy access to the shallow area of the sandbar. If you're worried about navigating and parking your boat during crowded times, try a Crab Island shuttle. A shuttle is the cheapest way to get to Crab Island that can carry group large and small with zero hassle.

3. How deep is Crab Island?

Crab Island has shallow waters with an average depth of approximately 3 feet. Depending on the tide, and where you're located on the sandbar, the depth can be more shallow or deeper. Also, the more towards the center, the shallower the water. If you anchor near the outskirts, the depth will likely be over your head! Even though the water is deeper during high tide, many boaters prefer to visit Crab Island during high tide because the current is weaker, and water is more clear and beautiful. Refer to the NOAA Tide Chart for up-to-date info on Crab Island tides.

4. Can I go fishing on Crab Island?

Yes! However, due to the heavy influx of boaters, it may not be the most ideal location for fishing. If you arrive early in the morning (before 8am), you can avoid some of the crowds, and expect to catch some of the most desirable inshore/bay fish in Destin. These fish include speckled trout, redfish, snapper (inshore species), tarpon, and pompano.

5. Are crabs actually on Crab Island?

Yes! There are crabs on Crab Island, as well as other marine life, such as dolphins, fish, hermits, and more. If you're interested in visiting Crab Island to see the wildlife, we highly recommend a Crab Island tour that offers snorkeling and swimming at the sandbar. More of a "chart your own adventure" type? You can rent a boat, paddleboard, or kayak and head to Crab Island yourself! Learn [how to get to Crab Island](https://www.tripshock.com/blog/what-is-crab-island-destin-fl/ "how to get to crab island) online!

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