What are your Covid-19 policies?
- Face masks requested for those who are not vaccinated.
- We are only accepting credit/debit cards on board and at the ticket window. No cash at this time. Cash is ok for tips at the conclusion of the trip.
- Increased cleaning and sanitation procedures take place before, during, and after each sightseeing cruise and fishing charter.
- CDC guidelines are being followed by all staff for increased hygiene and health monitoring. Staff who have been or may have been exposed to COVID-19 positive individuals are to stay home as per CDC guidance.
- If you are sick or not feeling well, or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, please do not cruise or fish with us.
- Our max capacity on all cruises has been reduced.
- All passengers will need to be able to walk aboard without physical assistance from our crew. Crew will not handle guest’s supplies and baggage.
- Disposable paper bar menus will be used. No reusable menus.
- Back Bay Fishing Charters are available for parties with a max of 4 people.
- Private Deep Sea Fishing Charters are available. Shared Deep Sea Fishing Charters which include multiple parties are not currently available.
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
Where are the boats located?
All of our fishing and sightseeing boats are located at Fishermen’s Village Marina along the driveway on the east (right hand) side of the mall buildings. When you arrive for your trip you should first check in at our ticket office, then you’ll be able to board the boats which are located directly across the driveway from the ticket office.
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 beer, wine, soda, water, and coffee, along with snacks such as chips, crackers, and cookies on our tour 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/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.
Older children tend to enjoy our Peace River Nature Cruise. Be sure to check out our special cruises too!
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.