Captain Wayne Conn draws on expertise garnered through tournament fishing and a native’s knowledge of South Florida’s waters when taking groups out for deep-sea charter fishing. Captains Chris Neiderman, Ryan Omsted, and Chris Temmel round out The Reward Fleet crew, which together boasts more than a century of experience.
Up to 50 passengers can climb aboard The Another Reward, a 70-foot angling boat equipped with electronics to locate fish, a galley, and a salon with eight dinettes inside. Three times a day, she sets sail on public charter-fishing trips so guests can scan ocean waves for fish such as tuna, kingfish, bonito, sailfish, snapper, and grouper. During these trips, guests will be provided with all the necessary equipment and bait. The crew also specializes in corporate charters, bachelor parties, and long-range trips.
Alex Ceruti and Dale Baker, the masterminds behind The Kite Farm, live for the water. They both rip through waves as expert kiteboarders and supplement their passions with snowboarding and sailing. Following their shared passion, they introduce beginners to the dual thrills of mastering the sea atop a board while also giving it a nice massage. The Kite Farm rents paddleboards, kiteboards, and surfboards and offers lessons to the aspiring and advanced boarder on how to maneuver through the ocean and perform gravity-defying feats during lessons. Tours and backcountry trips provide beautiful scenery while exploring isolated and exotic locales, such as Soldier Key, the Haulover Sandbar, and Stiltsville, a group of Prohibition-era wood houses built on stilts.
As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are walking through a movie set and a hospital. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed several television episodes and films at the venue. The Seaquarium is also recognized as a manatee critical care facility. Its staff has accomplished several historic treatments, including monitoring the conception and arrival of the first manatee born under human care and conducting the first manatee neurological surgery.
These facets of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscore a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. The animal attractions enable visitors to witness the allure and fragility of oceanic fauna up close, whether they are petting the back of a stingray or washing a dress shirt on the rough back of an 8-foot nile crocodile. Special encounters decrease the distance even further, sending patrons on underwater Sea Treks through the reef display or helping them to lead marine-mammal training routines.
It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality inside the Seaquarium tanks, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatiels perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel or a smooch from a sea lion.
Half Price Tour Tickets’ knowledgeable guides orchestrate more than 30 diverse tours of Miami, the Everglades, Key West, and the ocean beyond. Most expeditions cater to adrenaline-fueled crowds with extreme pursuits, such as scuba diving, skydiving, and parasailing. The fleet of air-, water-, and landcraft grants access to remote locales, including the marshy Everglades and deep-sea-fishing hot spots, where fishing hooks play tug of war with sharks and submarine captains.
Everglades Holiday Park unveils the natural splendor of one of Earth's last undisturbed territories with invigorating airboat tours and interactive alligator presentations. Visitors to the untamed river of grass explore its wetlands and observe its animal residents, and tour guides keep encroaching gators at bay with pointed comments of historic and ecological significance. The powerful airboat fleet features a covered passenger vessel for all-weather observation and an innovative zephyr-harnessing propulsion system that allows boats to swiftly skim across the Everglades' grassy rivers while sneaking up on unsuspecting patches of spanish moss. The park is also home to Animal Planet's Gator Boys; most of the reality show's episodes are filmed here.
The park complements boat tours with 20-minute gator presentations that star a cast of live alligators and shed some light on nature's last remaining dinosaurs. The boat captains are always available for private charters, which can be stocked with food, beverages, and ice at the park's 24-hour general store before heading out for fishing expeditions or leisurely cruises through the glades.
At Outta Control Sport Fishing, Captain Ralph Hawkins applies more than 25 years of fishing experience and an arsenal of advanced electronics to put his customers on fish such as snapper, grouper, and king mackerel. Guided by 72-mile HD radar and sonar, and powered by a pair of more than 500-horsepower John Deere engines, the 75-foot Outta Control IV can jet towards its finned prey at speeds of more than 22 knots. Other devices, including Sirius weather and dual VHF marine radios, help ensure passengers' safety on the trip.
Once the fish are found, the dedicated Outta Control IV crew will go to almost any lengths to catch them: their precision anchor fishing can target future seafood hiding at depths of up to 300 feet. Anglers cast off with quality Finor reels and Shakespeare Ugly stick rods, pulling in a quantity and quality of seafood unmatched by most other boats in Southeast Florida. For customers' comfort, the Outta Control IV also comes fully equipped with two full restrooms and an air-conditioned cabin for hot days. A full galley serves up meals, snacks, and cold beverages.