Destin, FL Activities-Watersports

If you want to enjoy the best watersports in Northwest Florida, the sheltered waters of Choctawhatchee Bay have just what you're looking for. Waverunners, parasailing, diving, water skiing, and windsurfing await you in the beautiful waters of the Emerald Coast. Destin also offers the Panhandle's most exceptional snorkeling and diving areas; the underwater shelling is world-renowned and the deep-water close inshore attracts the widest arrays of marine species in Florida. For freshwater adventures, Blackwater River State Forest and Eglin Reservation offer tubing and canoeing down crystal-clear rivers or rent a kayak and paddle the beautiful Gap Creek and Cinco Bayou areas.

Dockside Water Sports
(850) 428-3313 or (850) 837-2622

Boogies Water Sports
2 Highway 98 E
Destin, Florida 32541
(850) 654-4497

Boogies Water Sports offer parasailing and waverunner rentals. Waverunners are available for 30 minute, 1 hour, half-day, and full-day rentals (weekly rates are also available). If you want to experience breathtaking views, consider a thrilling parasail ride over Destin Harbor. Single, double, and triple flights are available.

Bayside Watersports
1310 Hwy 98
Okaloosa Island, Florida
(850) 302-0021

Bayside Watersports large fleet of waverunners includes brand names such as Polaris Freedom and Seadoo GTI, which offer ample dry to semi-dry storage compartments giving you enough room for your beach bag and soft-sided cooler. Each waverunner provides a stable and comfortable ride with seating capacity for 3. All drivers must be at least 16 years of age with a driver's license, no previous waverunner experience is required, and some restrictions apply. No reservations are required for waverunners, they are available on a "first come-first serve basis."

Gilligan's Watersports
530 Hwy 98 E.
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 650-9000

Open daily at 8:00 am, Gilligan's offers parasailing as well as pontoon and waverunner rentals. Licensed and experienced master captains will take you soaring through the sky using the highest quality boats and parasailing equipment available. Waverunners are available at hourly rates, any driver under the age of 22 must pass the Florida Boater's test, which is offered at Gilligan's for an additional $3.00. Pontoon boats are offered in 4 or 8-hour increments and fuel is included. A photo id and credit card are required for all drivers of pontoon boats or waverunners. Reservations are recommended for parasailing trips and are required for pontoon and waverunner rentals.

Harbor Cove Charters
116 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL
(850) 837-2222

Licensed Captains and experienced Mates welcome you aboard to experience the thrill of parasailing. Fly single, double, or triple, and absolutely no skill or experience is required. If you'd prefer to stay on the water, waverunner rentals are also available. Call for pricing. Reservations are recommended for waverunner rentals.

Emerald Coast Scuba
110 Melvin Street
Destin, FL 32541
(800) 222-0955 (toll free)
(850) 837-0955 (local)

Emerald Coast Scuba takes pride in making your Dive Experience an enjoyable one. Charters range from shallow water "Jetties" trips, for the new diver, through deep-water technical diving trips. The "Discover Scuba" charter is a great trip for families as no experience is necessary, all gear and instruction are provided as well as fresh fruit and drinks onboard. Emerald Coast Scuba also offers snorkeling trips to the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. A very large selection of rental gear is available as well. All rentals are on a daily basis and must be returned on the day of rental unless other arrangements have been made. Special package deals are available for divers chartering on the Aquanaut or Down Under. All trips are by charter only, call for reservations and pricing.

Scuba Tech
301 Hwy. 98 E.
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-2822

A full-service scuba and snorkeling facility offering retail, rental, air, nitrox and all levels of instruction. Enjoy scuba charters to the Gulf of Mexico aboard the 20-passenger Sea Cobra or snorkel charters around the Destin Jetties aboard the Mongoose pontoon boat. ScubaTech's dive boat, the Sea Cobra, is a 45-foot crew boat custom designed for maximum diver safety and comfort. There are tank racks and bench seats designed for the scuba diver's comfort, two drop-down ladders on a spacious platform, two giant-stride entry points and a passenger cabin that can be heated in the winter months. Reservations are required.

Kokomo Snorkeling Adventure
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-9029

Opened in 1987 and located on the Destin Harbor behind Marina Café, the Kokomo crew will guide you on two hours of snorkeling around Destin. If needed, snorkeling gear and instruction may be included.

Pelican Adventures
210-F Highway 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 650-3825

If you're looking for snorkeling or kayaking, Pelican Adventures has got you covered. Snorkel trips allow you to hunt for seashells at one of the peninsulas or islands and interact with marine life. Trips are $25 per person, all gear is included. Private charters are also available for up to six passengers. Kayak rentals are available if you'd like to explore Gap Creek or Cinco Bayou.

Ride On Surf School
Old Hwy. 98 East
Destin, FL 32550
(850) 582-2828

Destin's first and only surf school, Ride On Surf School offers surfing fun for anyone who knows how to swim. There are a variety of lesson plans for any skill level. Group and private lessons are available as well as surf camps and surfing parties. Surf instruction covers stretching, proper stance (Goofy or Regular), how to paddle, stand, wax your surfboard and read waves, education of riptides, undertow, wind swell vs. ground swell, and flag warning system, tidal information, and surfing etiquette and lingo (i.e. Dude, I'm totally stoked it's 4 to 6 and offshore!). They will also assist you with finding the right board for you and share all the popular surf spots. Surfboard, rash guard, and refreshments are provided.

Surfside Beach Service
Okaloosa Island, FL

Open April - September 9-5 daily, Surfside Beach Service has six locations on Okaloosa Island. They offer chair and umbrella rentals, surf-worthy kayak rentals, beach volleyball equipment, and watersport referrals.

Toll Free: 1-866-334-GULF (4853) || Local Phone: 850.650.0809 || Email:
36150 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Ste. 102 Destin, FL 32541-3487  |  |  Newsletter Sign-up