Amelia Island

Amelia Island Florida is one of the most beautiful islands in the United States. Our Backwater Boat tours is the top attraction on Amelia Island. See below for pricing, tour info, and more.

Backwater Cat Adventure - Amelia Island


Backwater Cat Adventure has 2 Tour options. See both options below

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, we have specific age requirements for driving our boats and participating in our tours. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, while children must be a minimum of 5 years old to participate.

In accordance with Florida state regulations, younger drivers born after January 1, 1988, are required to obtain a Temporary Boater's License online before operating a boat. When you book our tours, we will provide you with the exact link to fulfill this requirement. The process involves completing a simple 25-question test, which is open book, and can be done online at a cost of $9.99.

Please note that older drivers are exempt from this requirement, so it applies only to those who meet the specified age criteria.

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2.5 Hour Amelia and Cumberland Boat Tour

$ 139$ - per person
Embark on an unforgettable 2.5-hour adventure with our new Go-Cat Boat around scenic Amelia Island and Cumberland Island. Our two-man catamarans offer a safer, faster, and more exciting ride than any other boats of their size.

Drive your own boat while following an experienced guide through Fort Clinch, Cumberland Island, GA, and the captivating backwaters of Amelia Island. Explore beautiful marshlands, spot wildlife and sea creatures, and experience the thrill of our unique and speedy boats.

During the tour, we'll make about a 30 minute stop on a stunning island for some swimming, shelling or to get up closer to the wild horses before heading to the historic Fort Clinch. Capture memorable pictures and learn about the area's intriguing history. We'll then return to the starting point at the Historic Fernandina Harbor, cruising along the picturesque Amelia River.

This adventure is perfect for couples, families with children aged 5 and up, and groups of friends. Join us for an exciting and immersive experience that will leave you with lasting memories. Book your Amelia Island Tour today!
  • Childrens Price is $115 ages 5-12
  • 2.5 Hour Tour
  • Drive your own boat!
  • Complimentary pictures of your adventure!
  • Perfect Safety Rating!
  • Never lose your money due to weather
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1.15 Hour Amelia Island Boat Tour

$ 90$ - per person
Experience the thrill of our Amelia Island 1.15 Hour Tour aboard our new Go-Cat Boat. These unique two-man boats offer a safer, faster, and more enjoyable ride than any others of their size.

Join us on a captivating adventure as you drive your own Go-Cat Boat while following our experienced guide. Discover the picturesque backwaters of Amelia Island, searching for wildlife, sea life, and an exceptional boating experience.

During this 1 hour and 15-minute tour, soak in the beautiful scenery, spot dolphins, sea birds, and other marine creatures along the way. We'll stop on the water at historic Fort Clinch, where you can take pictures and learn about its intriguing history. Then, we'll return down the Amelia River to the Historic Fernandina Harbor, where our journey began.

Perfect for couples, families with children aged 5 and up, and groups, this adventure promises to capture the hearts and minds of all. Book your Amelia Island 1.15 Hour Tour today and let the excitement unfold!

Please note that our 1-hour and 15-minute tour does not allow enough time to explore Cumberland Island, make a beach stop, or see the wild horses. For a more comprehensive experience that includes these highlights, we recommend our longer tour option. Join us for an extended tour to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Cumberland Island and witness the captivating sight of the wild horses in their natural habitat. Make the most of your adventure with our enhanced tour offering.
  • Children must be at least 5 years old to go
  • 1 Hour and 15 minute Tour
  • Drive your own boat!
  • Perfect Safety Rating!
  • Never lose your money due to weather


Amelia Island Florida is one of the most beautiful islands in the United States. The island has a lot of wildlife that we see on every trip. For more information on our Amelia Island boat tour location, please click the link below.

Amelia Island FAQ

Can I pay by credit card or cash the day of the tour?

Credit card is the only way to reserve your spot (please call if you plan to pay cash so we may get your credit card on file). 100% refunds given when you cancel outside of 72 hours of your boat tour or for bad weather conditions. We’re sorry, but no refunds if you cancel within 72 hours of the tour, if your late arriving and miss the departure or if you simply “No Show.”

Is there a weight limit for the boats?

Yes, the weight limit is 300 lbs per person for safety reasons.

How many days a week are the tours available?

Please click on the book now button on any page to see our full schedule and availability. Generally we have at least one tour in the morning and one tour in the afternoon with a sunset tour starting at 5:30 pm in the summer. Available 7 days a week.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

We will not go out in rain, dangerous conditions/high winds or when the temperature is below 65 degrees. In the event of bad weather we will try to reschedule you to a different day. If we are not able to reschedule, all monies paid will be refunded. Backwater Cat Adventure does provide rain pants and jacket in the event of rain while on the tour.

Are the boats safe?

The boats are designed not only for fun, but with safety in mind. We designed these boats from the ground up with multiple hours of testing to ensure stability and comfort. We have a perfect safety rating and intend on keeping it that way.

How old do you have to be to drive?

You must be 18 years old with a valid drivers license to drive the boat.

How old do you have to be to ride?

Children 5 years old and up may ride on the boat with an adult. Child life preservers are provided.

Can we bring snacks and other drinks?

We provide bottled water for each boat. You may bring snacks and other drinks.

What if we have an odd number of people like 3 or 5 or 7?

In the event you have an odd number party, one person will ride with the tour guide on the lead boat. We do have an option to rent the entire boat as a single for an additional charge.

How many people can go on the tour at any one time?

We currently have 11 Custom Backwater Cat boats which can accommodate 18 people. We do have extra boats for larger groups so please call us for large groups.

Is there a restroom break during the 2.5-hour tour?

We stop on an island during our 2.5 hour tour, however there are not formal restrooms on the island.