St Augustine boat tours

Explore St Augustine Naturally

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Matanzas Brown Pelicans

St Augustine Eco Tours – Explore by Boat

Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of historic downtown Saint Augustine, you can find the natural side of the Old City and the First Coast. Our St Augustine eco tours take you on an exploration of the Matanzas River, where we can step into a bit of real Florida without going far from the city.

You’ll climb onboard our comfortable boat, a 24-foot Carolina Skiff, to watch for dolphins and other wildlife, as we bring you into the heart of the beautiful Matanzas on Florida’s First Coast. This waterway stretches for 20 miles from St Augustine to the south as a natural portion of the larger Intracoastal Waterway of Florida’s east coast.

Learn more about our Day Tripper and Custom tours.

Private St Augustine Boat Tours

At this time, we are converting all of our tours to private trips – only a single group of 2-6 passengers for any given trip. (No extra cost is incurred by you.)

We also offer real estate viewing for folks wanting a water view of the area.

Our St Augustine Boat Tours are Perfect for:

  • Dolphin and wildlife viewing
  • Bird-watching
  • Family groups
  • Photography trips
  • Team-building
  • On-the-water picnics
  • Home school outings
  • Custom Tours

Led by Coast Guard certified Master Captain Russ Holliday, our eco-tours are focused on small groups of 2 – 6 passengers, so you can leave the crowds of downtown St. Augustine behind.

We’ve Got Your Trip to St Augustine, Florida Covered

Whether you’re a local Saint Augustine resident or a visitor, Native Sun Tours offers you the chance to spend a few hours experiencing the Matanzas River and its connecting creeks and surrounding tidal marshes.

Bottlenose Dolphin in St. Augustine


Beyond the historic streets of St. Augustine, our region offers an abundance of natural areas that reflect the beauty of Real Florida. The Matanzas River is one of those natural treasures that beckons you to experience the natural wonder of Northeast Florida.

Opening an Oyster


With his years of experience on various waterways on both the east and west coast of Florida, Captain Russ has an old salt’s knowledge of near-shore waters and their native occupants. He’ll keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life (we might even spot a sea turtle or manatee), while giving you an interesting and informative overview of the area.

Snowy Egret in St. Augustine

Relax and Enjoy

The Matanzas waterway is one that encourages you to sit back for a spell and soak in the unique beauty of the area. With an experienced captain at the helm, you can relax and enjoy the trip, while he takes care of the navigation.

Dolphin Swimming

Boat Tour Rates

1 – 4 people $200
5 people $250
6 people $300

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Contact Capt. Russ at 352-212-6142.
Cancellation Policy: We require at least 48-hours notice by phone. No-shows will be charged. Tours an hour or more late will be cancelled and charged.