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Crab Island Tours & Cruises

Relax on the Gulf of Mexico's Most Famous Sandbar

When you’re visiting Destin, Florida, checking out Crab Island is an absolute must. This unique location has been featured in magazines, publications, and Good Morning America! If you’re looking to see it for yourself, Wet N' Wild Watersports will help you get there.

Crab Island lies along the East Pass, just beside the Destin Bridge, at the outlet of the Choctawhatchee Bay into the Gulf of Mexico. At one time, Crab Island was two islands made by the sand that the Army Corps of Engineers dredged up to clear the East Pass, and sustained sea grass, shrubs, and nesting sea birds. Over time, though, the area has been eroded to a sandbar, which is a popular anchorage off the coast of Destin. If you’re looking for fun, you’ll find it at Crab Island.

You need a boat to get to Crab Island. The distance from shore to the sandbar is too far to safely swim, and the water around the sandbar is quite deep. There’s a steady steam of boat traffic to and from the Island, which also makes trying to swim to the sandbar dangerous.

Whether you’re looking for one of our guided tours, or want to rent a pontoon boat you can captain yourself, Wet-N-Wild Watersports will make sure you see all the Crab Island fun you can stand. Our experienced staff are locals, so they can tell you what you need to know about navigating Crab Island, whether you’re looking for a party, or a place to splash and play with family. At low tide, the water is about waist high on adults; at high tide, the water is clear and the scene is festive.

You can swim and splash in the water, or you can check out the Crab Island Waterpark, made up of huge inflatable slides, trampolines, balance beams, swings, and an obstacle course. You can watch your kids have a blast while you relax, or join them in the fun. If you’re looking for a lazy day of relaxation, you can make that happen too. Grab a snack from a floating food vendor—they offer sandwiches, ice cream, boiled peanuts, drinks, and more.

Need to add a few supplies before you head out fishing? The Destin Ice & Tackle store has what you need. Tackle, live or frozen bait, and convenience items are available for purchase.

Want to get in some snorkeling? Crab Island is a great place to do It. Reef fish cut through the water in colorful flashes while the warm sun and joyful crowd set the mood for a perfect vacation day out on the water. Bring an underwater camera to capture some gorgeous snapshots that your family will love to see!

You can even catch a show out on the water, as various musicians and performances go on throughout the summer.

Ready to see the sights of Crab Island in Destin, Florida? Get in touch with Wet N' Wild Watersports today. Rent a pontoon boat and make your way over, or hire our captain and relax while we show you the ins and outs. Call us today to find out all the ways we can help you enjoy the atmosphere at Crab Island!

Testimonials

“The last three times we've been to Destin we've done some sort of activity at Wet N' Wild. Travis and his staff are amazing and the kids absolutely love it!"

Jenny M. - Montgomery, AL

“It was AWESOME! That's gotta be the highest I've ever been...I think I saw a whale or a shark or something from up there...something huge."

John L. - 11 Year Old from Houston, TX

“Our two boys love parasailing when we come down to the beach. We've used Just Chute Me, H20, and now Wet N' Wild. Of the three Wet N' Wild was by far the best experience. The boys absolutely fell in love with the crew of our parasailing boat. They're phenomenal with kids!"

Karen G. - Atlanta, GA

Frequently Asked Questions

But where's the island?

Why is Crab Island called an island when all the pictures involve floating stores and people up to their waists in water? Years ago, the island was an island, but erosion has reduced it to a massive underwater sandbar.

Family Friendly or Party Central?

There are several family friendly portions of the anchorage, including the Waterpark. Many families also enjoy snorkeling, fishing, or lounging in the sun. You can also plan your Crab Island trip to avoid the weekends and major holidays, when the party scene tends to be more active.Crab Island has a reputation for being a party location. While there certainly is a party for those who want to find it, it’s also obvious and easy to avoid. If you want to keep to the mellower parts of Crab Island, avoid the floating stage.

What should I bring?

Towels, bathing suits, and snorkeling gear if you want to swim; underwater cameras if you want to capture some exquisite memories. You can bring your own food and beverages in a cooler, or buy from the vendors out on the water.

Best Times to Visit?

The best time to visit Crab Island depends on what you hope to find there. If you want to see live shows and enjoy the party, you’ll want to be here on Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend. For a more relaxing visit with fewer crowds, stick to the weekdays, all year round.