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Anna Maria Boating & Kayaking

Experience the natural beauty and view the diverse wildlife of Anna Maria Island from the water. With pristine waters and gorgeous parks and preserves just a short distance from the Compass hotel, there are plenty of opportunities for paddleboarding, kayaking, and boating. The hotel is also located next to the Safe Harbor Pier 77 marina, where guests can take part in several different types of excursions on the water with local tour and rental groups. Check out our preferred local partner, located in the marina, Anna Maria Boat Company! Both self-guided options and excursions led by professional tour guides are available.

PREFERRED LOCAL PARTNER:

ANNA MARIA BOAT COMPANY


Experience Anna Maria Sound like a local! A nearby choice for boat excursions is Anna Maria Boat Company, renowned for its sport fishing and sightseeing trips led by local captains. Choose from backcountry fishing trips, sightseeing tours, or sunset cruises on Anna Maria Island.

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Anna Maria Kayak Rentals & Tours

Plan a solo adventure kayaking in Anna Maria Island or learn more about the ecosystems native to the area with nearby paddleboard and kayak rentals and tour operators.

Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures

Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures is renowned for manatee and dolphin encounters on its family-friendly eco-tours which route through scenic mangrove canopies. In addition to guided tours, visitors can rent single or tandem kayaks, or paddleboards with the option for pickup or local delivery to Anna Maria Island.

Island Hoppers Boat Tours

Customize your 2, 3 or 4 hour Anna Maria/LongBoat Key tour with selections of fun activities like snorkeling, sightseeing, historic island tours, waterfront estates, eco/nature tour, photography, Anna Maria and LongBoat Key bar hopping, restaurant pickup/dropoff and more. You choose which tours and activities you want to do for a fully customized experience. Book your tour now!

Paradise Adventures 

Encounter colorful fish and birds found among the mangroves at Lido Key when you sign up for a guided tour with Paradise Adventures. Choose from morning, afternoon or evening kayak tours near Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas. Visitors can also explore on their own with four-hour SUP and kayak rentals.

Sarasota Paddleboard Company

Sarasota Paddleboard Company is a hotspot for rentals, sales and lessons. Paddleboard and kayak tours launch from the kayak ramps at its Longboat Key location and allow you to explore local waters while making stops at hidden beaches. Sarasota Paddleboard Company also offers a unique Illuminated Night Tour where kayaks glow with L.E.D. underwater lights.

SurferBus

Just five minutes from the hotel, SurferBus offers paddleboard and kayak rentals for you to use at your own pace. Operating at Robinson Preserve, visitors can easily explore the water trails, launching directly from the Anna Maria Island kayak ramp onsite.

AMI Paddleboard (tours & rentals)

AMI Paddleboard rentals are perfect for paddleboarding or kayaking in Anna Maria Island and can be delivered directly to you. For a guided experience, AMI Paddleboards also offers eco-tours of the Florida mangroves—where visitors get a chance to learn about native wildlife such as horseshoe crabs and sea sponges.

Anna Maria Boat Rentals & Excursions

If you’re searching for a little more sightseeing and a little less paddling, boat rentals and guided excursions are a great way to experience Anna Maria Island.

AMI Watersport

AMI Watersports is the place to go for Anna Maria Island boat rentals. Located just a 10-minute drive from the hotel, visitors can choose from a variety of pontoon sizes accommodating up to 12 people. Powerboat rentals and jet ski tours are also available for high-speed water adventures.

Coastline Excursions

Locally operated Coastline Excursions offers excellent snorkeling and dolphin tours around Anna Maria Island. The two-hour Anna Maria Island Excursion gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the views, stop and relax at a shallow sandbar and go shelling.

Best Ways to Fish in Anna Maria Sound

Anna Maria Sound is a bonafide fishing paradise. Cast your line in the Gulf, saltwater bays, lagoons, and even freshwater lakes that surround Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and Holmes Beach. Here, the fish bite all year round!

Cast a Line

Things to Do at Compass Hotel Marina

Safe Harbor Pier 77 is located adjacent to Compass Hotel, giving hotel guests easy access to some of Anna Maria Island’s best water activities. From romantic sunset-viewing tours to waterfront dining opportunities, discover all of the activities the marina has to offer.

Our Marina

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