Frequently Asked Questions
A light rain will not prevent us from cruising, but unsafe boating conditions will result in trip cancellation. If a trip is cancelled due to weather or any other concerns, every effort will be made to notify all reservation holders in a timely manner.
Cruises: We require 24 hour notice for cancellation of cruises (3 days’ notice for groups of 15 or more). Participants who fail to show for a cruise reservation or cancel without 24 hour notice (e-mail or confirmed phone call) will not receive any refund. Cancellations made before 24 hours of your scheduled event (3 days for groups of 15 or more) will receive a full refund. Cruises depart on time. No refunds will be issued for late arrivals unless it is a medical emergency.
Fishing: We require 24 hour notice for all cancellations or rescheduling of fishing charters. Participants who fail to show for a reservation or cancel without 24 hour notice (e-mail or confirmed phone call) will not receive any refund. Cancellations made before 24 hours of your scheduled charter will receive a full refund.
Englewood: 45 minutes
Sarasota: 1 hr to 1 hr 15 minutes
Venice: 45 minutes
Ft. Myers: 40 minutes to 1 hour
Closed toe shoes are recommended for your safety, however we will not prevent you from coming on board if you are wearing something else. High heeled shoes are not permitted onboard.
Our cruise boats are smoke-free. Our private fishing charters do allow smoking, at the discretion of the captain.
Cruises: Very unlikely. If you are unsure, we recommend taking anti-seasick precautions ahead of time.
Fishing: Back Bay – Very unlikely. Deep Sea – possible if you are susceptible to motion sickness.
Not necessary. All of our boats are required to have enough life jackets for everyone on board at all times. However, if you have personal life jackets which you want to bring, please feel free to do so.
We offer cocktails, beer, wine, softdrinks, water, and coffee, along with snacks such as chips, crackers, and cookies on our boats. There is no food service available on our fishing boats.
No, guests may not bring alcohol on our tour boats.
30 minutes prior to departure.
1190 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950
All of our tour boats have bathrooms. Our deep sea fishing boats have bathrooms.
Some of our Back Bay Fishing boats do and some don’t. Please be sure to make any requests (like for a bathroom) when you make your reservation.
Pets are not allowed on board. We do welcome service animals which serve to mitigate a disability.
We do not have set senior discounts or military discounts. However, we run many specials through the year which offer discounted tickets to military, first responders, educators, and other groups. Sign up for our e-newsletter for details!!
All parking at Fishermen’s Village is free of charge. You may park in any available space.
We have sunscreen for purchase on board the tour boats and at our ticket office. We do not sell seasickness pills or any other medications.
Peace River Seafood: on highway 17, 1 mile past I-75 overpass, on left
Law’s Seafood on Rio Villa Drive, Punta Gorda
We have several different cruises and they have different departure times, destinations, and durations. Our cruises range from 1 hour to full day. Look at our brochure or visit www.kingfisherfleet.com/sightseeing-cruises for details.
We recommend reservations for all of our cruises.
Possible wildlife sightings include alligators, herons, eagles, ospreys, wood storks, egrets, spoonbills, pelicans, and other bird species.
More than 200 dolphins live in Charlotte Harbor and we encounter them at some point during most of our cruises. We often spot rays and leaping fish and pelicans, cormorants and ospreys are common sightings too.
Very young children sometimes do best on shorter trips such as our 90 minute Harbor Tours or Sunset Cruises.
We cannot guarantee dolphin sightings. We see dolphins on most of our cruises but you are most likely to spot them on our full day island cruises.
Yes, please let us know at the time of reservation if you have any special mobility requirements so we can properly prepare for your arrival and ensure a smooth boarding process.
Distance offshore varies with the season, with the species being targeted and with the weather. Some trips may only go 5 – 10 miles out while others may go 25-30 miles.
Tipping is a personal decision and is at the discretion of our guests. Most people regard 15% as a reasonable gratuity for a job well done.
We do not offer a “catch fish guarantee”. Sometimes the fish win!
Food, drink, hats, sunglasses, cameras, sunscreen and any other personal items. The boats supply everything needed for fishing.
No, you are covered by our boat’s license while aboard.