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South Padre Island, United States
Banana Boat South Padre Island

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icon20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Going to South Padre Island and not going in the water is like visiting New York City without visiting a museum. This South Padre Island Banana Boat Experience lets you take up to six people on an unpowered, inflatable recreational banana boat. Enjoy cruising the waters on the boat, taking in sights and having fun. Life jackets are provided for a safe day on the water.
  • Hit the water near South Padre Island on a banana boat
  • Perfect for families or friends—this boat can hold up to six people
  • Life jackets provided so you don’t have to drag one around with you
  • Multiple times offered so you can find one that works for your group
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USCG life jackets.
SPI Excursions , 204 Palm St, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA

Check in 15 minutes your before departure. Check in location next to Lobo Del Mar Cafe. Look for sign SPI EXCURSIONS. That is where our activity desk will be located

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • AGE: Must be 7 yrs of age to participate
  • WEIGHT LIMIT : 250 LBS
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Participants should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this ride is appropriate. We recommend against joining this activity if you have cardiac conditions, respiratory conditions, previous back or neck injuries or any other medical condition. Pregnant women are not allowed to join this activity. ​
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SPI Excursions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is a banana boat?
A:The inflatable “banana” raft is pulled by a powerful and maneuverable jet ski. The jet ski is operated by an experienced, licensed captain. Keep in mind that you most likely will fall into the water at least once – it's part of the fun!
May 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Banana Boat South Padre Island if I do not know how to swim?
A:Yes - Life jackets are provided to all passengers.
May 2021
Q:
How many people can go on the same Banana Boat?
A:The raft holds 6 passengers at a time.
May 2021
Q:
How long is the Banana Boat ride?
A:The boat ride lasts approximately 20 minutes.
May 2021
Q:
Can my young child participate in the Banana Boat ride?
A:Due to the bumpy nature of the boat ride, it is not recommended for children under 7 years old.
May 2021
Q:
Is there a weight limit to participate in the Banana Boat South Padre Island?
A:All guests must weigh between 75 and 250 lbs to participate.
May 2021
Q:
Are there any physical restrictions to participating in the Banana Boat South Padre Island?
A:It is not recommended to participate if you have cardiac conditions, respiratory conditions, previous back or neck injuries or any other medical condition. Pregnant women are not allowed to join this activity.
May 2021
Q:
What should I bring/wear for the Banana Boat ride?
A:It is best to wear your bathing suit and sunscreen. You can bring along a waterproof camera or phone as long as you have a phone bag or lanyard so you don’t lose it. Storage baskets are available to store any loose items while on the boat ride.
May 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Banana Boat South Padre Island?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Banana Boat South Padre Island.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Banana Boat South Padre Island?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Banana Boat South Padre Island.

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Jackson Family Trip to S. PADRE
Ina_J
, Aug 2022
First time on the banana boat. My girls had a GREAT time. Plan on going back the next time we're in town.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hey Jackson family! Thank you for the review
star-5
It was Awesome!!
Ernestine_B
, Aug 2022
Getting Back to the shore to tell the STORY!! LOL! Our first time doing the banana boat ride.. We really enjoyed it. An amazing experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
It really is a blast! thank you for the review :)
star-5
Bay fun day
Lauren_T
, Jul 2022
The Crew was super friendly and fun. Kids wanted to go back they had a great time. I highly recommend everyone give it a try!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you Lauren, glad the kids enjoyed the rafting adventure 😁
star-5
It was very fun and you...
Angelica_I
, Jul 2022
It was very fun and you better hold on tight! Fun 😂fun small kids not recommend very ruff ride exciting
star-4
Banana boat a hit
MMauveline_H
, Jul 2022
The six teenagers, young adults loved it. Their boat driver was fun and his boat was very nice and clean. Ladies to check in are nice and helpful
star-5
BEST THING EVER !
Artshannon_H
, Jul 2022
Went with my girlfriend and it was really fun ! She ended up falling off but got right back on ! It was fun and definitely recommend this !
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Awesome thank you!
star-5
Family fun
Beatriz_E
, Jul 2022
It was amazing to see kids, teens and parents have a blast together; the pre excitement, the ride, and the stories that will last a lifetime are truly beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the review!
star-5
You WANT to try this...trust me 😏
Ty_S
, Jun 2022
Omg what can I say. It was not what I was expecting when I booked it. I thought a chill little ride out in the gulf. Nope not this!! This was a total body team effort sport that was so much fun. We fell off within the first 3 minutes lol. Then we got the hang of it, but fell off some more. It was so fun we laughed the entire time. My family aging from 14 to 44 loved it. We were worn out after but it was worth it. The only thing I would suggest is goggles for the first two riders. The salt water tore my eyes up. Other than that absolutely no complaints or regrets.
star-5
Must try!
LerinNicole_B
, Jun 2022
This was literally so much fun! We laughed the entire time. The teenagers and little one who’s seven all loved it alike. As a matter of fact we are probably going to do it again before we leave. It was the most fun excursion yet!
star-5
i loved our guide!! so...
Gracie_G
, Apr 2022
i loved our guide!! so fun. we had an amazing experience for the first day of being in padre. would definitely come back
star-5
Adrenaline Rush Adventure!!!
Jacqueline_E
, Apr 2022
It was awesome. I just couldn’t take entire ride, had to ride inside boat. It was an exhilarating adventure. Adrenaline rush!!!!
star-5
Salty Water
Demetria_C
, Mar 2022
Great time and the kids had a blast . It was affordable and loved the view of the bridge and the city.
star-5
Great time!
Justin_K
, Mar 2022
Awesome time!! Staff was very friendly. Our boys had a great time trying to hold on and the driver was great at trying to throw us off! Lots of fun.
star-5
Great experience
Carolyn_T
, Nov 2021
Dolphin sighting and watching my girls on the banana boat! Friendly staff. Great directions to site. Let us ride in the boat. Music playing
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Wow you had dolphins out there! How excitiing. Thank you for joining us
star-5
I have a 6-pack now from laughing so hard
Ashley_M
, Aug 2021
This was so much more fun than we ever could have expected. The guys were nice, and our boat driver showed us the the best time. This was the highlight of our trip. Thanks SPI excursions!
star-5
Birthday trip
Jackie_B
, Aug 2021
Amazing experience. It was so much fun. I don't recall our captains name. Super fun. And he was Absolutely awesome and helpful. He made the experience just perfect.
star-5
Fun
Edna_G
, Aug 2021
So much fun! It is a rough ride, so you do need to hang on tight. But other than that, it was a fun experience.
star-5
Best experience
Melissa_J
, Jul 2021
Awesome experience. Had a blast and the driver was so nice and paid attention to use and our safety.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you Melissa!
star-5
Terrific!
Jennifer_D
, Jul 2021
My favorite part of our trip!!! I ended up falling in and we all had a big laugh. Highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
The banana boat really is a laughable experience. The best part is falling off in the water!
star-5
Super great
Juan_A
, Jul 2021
It was fun something to do with the family for a fair price (must do) and great people to book with and people friendly
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank Juan glad you joined us!

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