Explore Alabama Coastal Waterways by Boat!

Brown Pelican

Take one of the Guided Tours listed below on a 26’ Caribbean Panga Boat. This is one awesome boat for getting to places a lot of boats can not go allowing you to see things that other charters just can’t get to. That is why the boat is seen everywhere in the Caribbean. This boat has stereo, nice padded chairs and is equipped with a 115hp Yamaha engine. The boat has a bimini top for shade and On-board Drinks will be included. There is an iced cooler available for you to also bring whatever libations/snacks you’d like. Any tour is going to provide some information about native animals and fish. You will see local flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to see Osprey and nesting Eagles(depending on the season of course), Pelicans & Dolphins. All passengers will be picked up on a dock just one block down from the B&B and carried to one of several destinations. Book directly or more information at http://www.gulfviewballooning.com/

The boat will accommodate up to 4 people total on  the 3hr, 4hr, 5hr and 8hr cruises and can accommodate up to 6 people on the sunset and 2hr cruises. Prices are based on two people, additional $50.00 per person over 2 people will apply.

This boat is for cruising only and no skiing or inter-tubing is permitted. Any additional requested time used over the allotted time requires additional $80.00 per hour billed in quarter hour increments.

Tommy Rachel is a licensed boat captain and is a native Baldwin County resident who has been on these waters his entire life and is very knowledgeable in the waterways and it’s inhabitants.

Your package includes:

  • A cruise of your choice below
  • TWO NIGHT accommodations (or more if you wish) mandatory to include the package
  • Each Day you will be provided a Gourmet Three Course Breakfast, a well stocked Guest Refrigerator with bottled water, juices and sodas is available in the dining room 24 hours a day as well as hot tea and coffee. You will have access to Evening Desserts such as Cookies or Brownies fresh from the oven and a Turn-Down Service with Chocolates when you return from dinner! Your room includes a Private Bath provided with Specialty Soaps, Iron and Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, Lighted Magnifying Mirror and Bath Robes. Your bedroom is equipped with Luxury High Thread Count Linens, Cable TV, Telephone, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet, Fans and White Noise Machines.
  • For cost just add the cost of the cruise of your choice to the TWO NIGHT room rate.

2-HR TOUR – (maximum 6 people)Tour Magnolia River, Fish River, Weeks Bay and part of Mobile Bay. You will see some magnificent homes from the water that you would never get to see otherwise. You will also see the mail boxes on everyone’s piers. We are one of the last places in America to receive year-round mail by boat. Magnolia River is one of the most beautiful in the state and is only the 5th in the state to be designated an “Outstanding Alabama Water”, the states highest environmental designation. The town is so proud to have one of our most important natural resources protected. The river is very important to the whole community.

To be picked up at a dock one block from the B&B the guided 2 hour tour is $200.00 and is generally scheduled between 10 am and 4pm. If you are willing to drive a 10 minute drive to Tommy’s dock it will only be $150.00, a $50.00 savings!

3-HR TOUR - (MAXIMUM 4 PEOPLE) Tommy will pick you up here in his truck and drive you over to Mobile Bay (12 miles drive from here to the the Eastern Shore. There you will depart the Eastern shore by boat from the (Grand Hotel, Fairhope boat launch) for an incredible trip to Gaillard Island and Middle Bay Lighthouse.  Stop at a restaurant on Dog River for burgers or a shrimp loaf and gumbo. (food not included in the price)   This guided 3 hour tour is $350.00 and is available from 10am to 2pm.

4-HR TOUR –(maximum 4 people)Tour Magnolia River, Weeks Bay, Mobile Bay, Oyster Bay and the mouth of Bon Secour Bay to see the fisheries and boats that supply the entire gulf coast region with our delicious fresh seafood! And if time allows a quick stop at Tacky Jacks for some libations on the Intercoastal Waterway.

This guided 4 hr tour is $425.00 and generally departs around 10am

 

***Below is a favorite of all the tours by guest and the host personal favorite.  Everyone agrees that seeing Gaillard Island and the nesting pelicans in an incredible must see. Add to that the Magnolia River/Weeks Bay and Mobile Bay along the Eastern Shore and you have yourself one incredible day!***

4-HR TOUR – (maximum 4 people)A  ride down the Magnolia River and Weeks Bay where you will have the opportunity to see Eagles and Osprey and maybe a dolphin as well! You will then drop into Mobile Bay where you will tour the Eastern Shore including the Grand Hotel and many incredible Bay homes. You will see Middle Bay Lighthouse and then onto Gaillard Island. Gaillard Island is a dredge disposal island located in Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama. The island is an important site for colonial nesting seabirds and shore birds in coastal Alabama and has been the only nesting site for brown pelicans in Alabama – first discovered in 1983. Today Gaillard Island is an important habitat for thousands of birds representing 15 different species of skimmers, stilts, terns, pelicans, egrets, herons, ducks, and rails. Gaillard Island is also the only Alabama nesting site for caspain terns, sandwich terns, royal terns, and laughing gulls. The first recorded nesting of herring gulls occurred on Gaillard Island in 1986. The Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources has closely monitored the colonial nesting shore and seabirds conducting annual surveys since 1998. During the first survey, they estimated that there were10,000 nests present on the island.

Vegetation is diverse on the island and consists of saltmeadow cordgrass, saltmarsh bulrush, salt marsh cattail, and American threesquare that naturally flourished behind the berms. Originally, smooth cordgrass was the only species that was planted.

This 4 hour guided tour is $425 and departs around 9-10am.

 

8-HR TOUR – (maximum 4 people)This tour can be arranged to see anything your hearts desire including a ride down Magnolia River, Weeks Bay and Mobile Bay down to the Intercoastal waterway where many stops at local restaurants and bars can be included. Perhaps you want to go over to Pensacola Bay and hang out in the incredible waters, see the Lighthouse and hang out on one of many private beaches created by the bay. This is an all day excursion and can be whatever you make of it. Your captain will take you wherever you want to go!

 

This all day 8hr tour is $600 and is generally 8am to 4pm, 9am to 5pm or 10am to 6pm.

Sunset Cruise 2 HOURS/3-HOURS   (Maximum 6 people) Includes  a run down Magnolia River, Weeks Bay and Fish River up to Big Daddys(a locals hangout for drinks and/or food) and then watch the sunset  on beautiful Mobile Bay, that in your captians words- “it rivals the sunsets on the west coast because of the large expanse of the Mobile Bay”

Cruise runs 2 & ½ hrs before sunset for a 2 hr cruise the cost is $250.00 and for a 3 hr cruise and the cost is $300.00

Ginger, on February 6th, 2013 at 11:49 am Said:

Is this cruise available in March??

david, on February 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm Said:

Boat Tours are available year round. However dates and times must be confirmed with the vendor who provide these services. March 14-16 is a busy weekend and would be the most difficult to schedule.

Elena, on March 15th, 2013 at 6:31 am Said:

Hello!
We are interested in a boat tour on either March 15, 16 or 17. We prefer the early afternoon tours, 2 or 3 hour duration, and if given a choice, prefer Friday. We are 2 adults, 2 teens. Can you tell me what is available, pricing, adn how to reserve? We can drive and meet group at Tommy’s dock to save $.

Thank you!

david, on March 15th, 2013 at 6:52 am Said:

It would be best to contact Tommy Rachel directly as the requested reservations are last minute. We are conveniently located to his dock as well as Gulf Shores and Fairhope. I have a room available for 1 night this Sat March 16. 800-965-7321

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