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 paddle-boarding, kayaking and boating. Several local tour and rental groups allow Bradenton and Anna Maria Island visitors a chance to navigate waterways and wetlands. Both self-guided options and excursions led by professional tour guides are available.
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.
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.
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 little less paddling, boat rentals and guided excursions are a great way to experience Anna Maria Island.
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. Power boat rentals and jet ski tours are also available for high-speed water adventures.
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.
Anna Maria Boat Company
Another 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 in Anna Maria Island.
Fun Boat Tours
Enjoy more sightseeing and sunset cruise options with Fun Boat Tours. Excursions depart from the Anna Maria Island boat ramp at Safe Harbor Pier 77 adjacent to the hotel. Contact the hotel directly to book your excursion, and get ready to explore the water like a local!