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6 Ocean Activities You Must Try on Anna Maria Island

If you’re going to be vacationing on Anna Maria Island or booking an Anna Maria beach rental, chances are you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the water.

While there’s plenty to do on land, of course, from eating to hiking to shopping, the ocean is full of exciting activities that await. Of course, you’re going to hit the world-famous beaches and enjoy swimming; who could resist that clear blue water?

But there’s so much more to do! From sailing to fishing charters and parasailing, you’ll find an abundance of things to do on and in the water. Below are 6 ocean activities you must try when you’re staying on Anna Maria Island:

Wildlife Boat Tours

Wildlife boat tours are available from multiple local providers. These journeys allow you to enjoy the ocean views and get a glimpse of incredible native animals. You’re bound to see plenty of local birds, a dolphin or two and if you’re lucky enough, a manatee! Tours are typically just a few hours long and are an ideal family friendly activity.

Kayak Rentals

Several providers on the island offer kayak rentals; this a fun and active way to get out into the waters. Take them out on your own or join a kayak tour! Single and tandem kayaks are available, and you can even get basic instruction to ensure you’re comfortable while out on the water.


Paddleboarding in the calm waters around Anna Maria Island is rapidly growing in popularity. Several rental shops on Anna Maria Island offer stand-up paddleboard rentals and lessons to get you involved in the sport. Many providers will even deliver the paddleboards right to your Anna Maria beachfront rental home.

Dive Charters

Dive charters from local companies like Blue Water Explorers take you up to 25 miles from the shore, where you can scuba dive or spearfish. Most of the dives will be in 40 to 65 feet of water. Specialty dives are available with depths up to 100 feet. Explore a ship wreck or simply watch the ocean life swim around you, including beautiful bottlenose dolphins!

anna maria parasailing


Up, up and away! Nothing beats the view you’ll get while dangling from a parachute as you’re pulled along on the back of a boat. Parasailing offers breathtaking views of the beaches, marine life and ocean. Ride along on tandem and triple rides. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, this is the ocean activity for you!

Pier and Charter Fishing

The piers right on the island offer excellent fishing. Rod and Reel Pier to the north and City Pier to the south are two great spots you’ll to cast your line and talk about the catch of the day with local fisherman.

You can also take a fishing charter and head out to the Gulf to fish under the expert guidance of a local captain. Plenty of different charter options are available depending on whether you want a nearshore or deep-sea fishing experience.

So, there you have it — your entire vacation on the water mapped out for you! Book an Anna Maria Island beachfront rental today and enjoy unrivaled access to the water and these exciting ocean activities and Anna Maria watersports. We also have several other Anna Maria Island accommodations located near the water if you want to be closer to some of the land attractions.


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