Frequently Asked Questions

 

General

What about inclement weather?

What is your cancellation policy?

How far are you from Englewood, Sarasota, Venice, or Ft. Myers?

Do I have to wear closed toe shoes on the boat?

Can I smoke on the boat?

I tend to get seasick on boats, will I have any problem?

Should we bring life jackets?

What kind of drinks and food do you have on the boat?

Can I bring alcohol on the boat?

What time do I have to show up for my trip?

What address do I use for my GPS?

Are there bathrooms on the boats?

Can I bring my dog?

Do you have senior discounts? Military discounts??

Where can I park?

Do you have any sunblock or seasickness pills for sale?

Where can I buy fresh fish?

Cruises

How long is your cruise?

Can I come the morning of the cruise and get on the boat without a reservation?

What kind of wildlife will we see on the Peace River Nature Cruise?

What kind of wildlife will we see in the harbor?

What is the best cruise for my young children?

Do you guarantee that we will see a dolphin on our cruise?

Do I need to advise you that I have a wheelchair or walker?

Fishing

How far out do your Deep Sea Fishing boats go?

What is the typical gratuity on a fishing trip?

Do you gaurantee that we will catch fish on the charter?

What should I bring with me on my fishing charter?

Do I need to buy a fishing license?

 

 

What about inclement weather?

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.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

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.

 

How far are you from?

Englewood: 45 minutes

Sarasota: 1 hr to 1 hr 15 minutes

Venice: 45 minutes

Ft. Myers: 40 minutes to 1 hour

 

Do I have to wear closed toe shoes on the boat?

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.

 

Can I smoke on the boat?

Our cruise boats are smoke-free. Our private fishing charters do allow smoking, at the discretion of the captain.

 

I tend to get seasick when on boats, will I have any problem?

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.

 

Should we bring life jackets?

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.

 

What kind of drinks and food do you have on the boat?

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.

 

Can I bring alcohol on the boat?

No, guests may not bring alcohol on our tour boats.

 

What time do I have to show up for my trip?

30 minutes prior to departure.

 

What address do I use for my GPS?

1190 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

 

Are there bathrooms on the boats?

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.

 

Can I bring my dog?

Pets are not allowed on board. We do welcome service animals which serve to mitigate a disability.

 

Do you have senior citizen discounts? Military Discounts?

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!!

 

Where can I park?

All parking at Fishermen’s Village is free of charge. You may park in any available space.

 

Do you have sunblock / seasickness pills for sale?

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.

 

Where can I buy fresh fish?

Peace River Seafood: on highway 17, 1 mile past I-75 overpass, on left

Law’s Seafood on Rio Villa Drive, Punta Gorda

 

How long is your cruise?

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.

 

Can I come the morning of the cruise and get on the boat without a reservation?

We recommend reservations for all of our cruises.

 

What kind of wildlife will we see on the Peace River Nature Cruise?

Possible wildlife sightings include alligators, herons, eagles, ospreys, wood storks, egrets, spoonbills, pelicans, and other bird species.

 

What kind of wildlife will I see in the harbor?

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.

 

What is the best cruise for my young children?

Very young children sometimes do best on shorter trips such as our 90 minute Harbor Tours or Sunset Cruises.

 

Do you guarantee that we will see a dolphin on our cruise?

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.

 

Do I need to advise you I have a wheelchair or walker?

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.

 

How far out do your Deep Sea Fishing boats go?

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.

 

What is the typical gratuity on a fishing trip?

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.

 

Do you guarantee that we will catch fish on the charters?

We do not offer a “catch fish guarantee”. Sometimes the fish win!

 

What should I bring with me on my Fishing Charter?

Food, drink, hats, sunglasses, cameras, sunscreen and any other personal items. The boats supply everything needed for fishing.

 

Do I need to buy a fishing license? 

No, you are covered by our boat’s license while aboard.