Posted August 12th, 2004, 07:16 AM
Don't know if this is the same one the cruise line uses, but check out this link:
After entering the site, click on Tours, and look for the Cocoa Beach Thousand Island Tour. It's a nice little 1 1/2 - 2 hour narrated boat ride through the waterways on the eastern boarder of Merritt Island. (We live on Merritt Island) You'll see (and hear about) Mangroves, Pelicans (on their roosting islands), many shore and waterbirds, probably turtles, manatees, and dolphins. The day we went, we had a dolphin accompany the boat along and in front of us for about 3/4 of the way. It's $20.00 pp with a 10% discount for children, seniors, and military.
If you catch the tour boat from the Banana Breeze restaurant (On S. Banana River Drive - about a 15 min taxi ride from the ship), the tour guide will give you a coupon for a free drink at the restaurant at the end of the tour.
Take the morning tour if you are coming anytime soon, as it is our rainy season, and if it is going to rain that day, it will most likely be in the afternoon.
After the tour, you'll still have enough time to visit the famous Ron Jon's Surf Shop, or even go to Cocoa Beach. Not close enough to walk, but maybe a 5-10 min cab ride.
Or, check out the beach at the Cocoa Beach Pier. (10 min cab ride from the Banana Breeze.) While at the pier, go to Marlin's (out on the pier.) Ask for a window seat and watch the surfers below you as you eat a piece of their Chocolate Khaluah Cake.
Hope this helps.
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