Best Boat Tour (2020)

Travelers can choose from myriad iconic water-based experiences in this country, from whale watching excursions and sunset sails to scenic cruises past waterfalls and cliff-backed shores. 
The top 10 winners in the category Best Boat Tour are as follows:
  1. Waco Tours - Waco, Texas
  2. Bluewater Adventure - Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  3. Niagara Jet Adventures - Niagara, N.Y.
  4. Blue Ocean Adventure Tours - Hawaii
  5. Canderé Cruising - Seattle
  6. Redline Rafting - Hawaii
  7. Major Marine Tours - Alaska
  8. Red Boat Water Tours - St. Augustine, Fla.
  9. Holo Holo Charters - Kauai
  10. Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports - Duck, N.C.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

  • Waco Tours

    Waco Tours
    Waco, Texas

    A river cruise with Waco Tours comprises 2.5 hours along the serene Brazos River in the heart of Texas. Learn about the history and people of Waco as you see the city from the water and spot local wildlife on the riverbanks.
    Photo courtesy of Waco Tours

  • Bluewater Adventure

    Bluewater Adventure
    Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    Bluewater Adventure in Hilton Head offers both catamaran tours and cycleboat tours of the waters surrounding Hilton Head. Guests climb aboard their own two-seat catamaran boats for a guided trip that includes a chance to spot dolphins, manatees and other wildlife. The 20-person cycleboat offers more of a party vibe.
    Photo courtesy of Bluewater Adventure

  • Niagara Jet Adventures

    Niagara Jet Adventures
    Niagara, N.Y.

    Travelers can experience the Niagara River year long aboard the climate controlled boats of Niagara Jet Adventures. Thrilling rides take passengers along the Class V rapids of Devil’s Hole in Niagara River Gorge and Hells Canyon, with 360-degree spins along the way.
    Photo courtesy of Niagara Jet Adventures

  • Blue Ocean Adventure Tours

    Blue Ocean Adventure Tours

    Blue Ocean Adventure Tours unlock the spectacular scenery of Kauai’s Na Pali coast with tours ranging from whale watching excursions to beach landings. Guests get to see the 3,500-foot sea cliffs from the water, visit the Hawaiian fishing village of Nualolo Kai and spot Hawaiian green sea turtles while snorkeling.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / sorincolac

  • Canderé Cruising

    Canderé Cruising

    Boat tours with Canderé Cruising let visitors see seaplane take offs and landings up close, with views from the water of Seattle landmarks like the Space Needle and Fremont Bridge. Options range from an hour long cocktail cruise to a three-hour sunset sail or four-hour tour to see Seattle’s lakefront mansions. This family business offers one of the best ways to experience Seattle's waterways in a unique and affordable way.
    Photo courtesy of Canderé Cruising

  • Redline Rafting

    Redline Rafting

    Redline Rafting’s motto is “half the crowds, twice the adventure.” That’s what you can expect, whether you’re cruising Maui’s Forbidden Coast, snorkeling in Molokini Crater or looking for North Pacific humpback whales who make Maui their winter home.
    Photo courtesy of Redline Rafting

  • Major Marine Tours

    Major Marine Tours

    Major Marine Tours takes visitors into the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska’s most popular attractions, for the chance to spot whales in Resurrection Bay and see glaciers up close. Full-day cruises include an Alaskan salmon and prime rib buffet.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / mtnmichelle

  • Red Boat Water Tours

    Red Boat Water Tours
    St. Augustine, Fla.

    Instead of fighting the crowds of downtown St. Augustine, step aboard the White Pelican for a boat tour of the intracoastal waterway. Red Boat Water Tours offer a variety of sightseeing cruises, including dolphin watching excursions, BYOB sunset sails and full moon cruises.
    Photo courtesy of Red Boat Water Tours

  • Holo Holo Charters

    Holo Holo Charters

    With Holo Holo Charters, visitors to Kauai can sail to the forbidden island of Niihau or cruise along the spectacular Na Pali Coast to see its waterfalls, lush valleys and hidden sea caves from a new perspective.
    Photo courtesy of Holo Holo Charters

  • Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports

    Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports
    Duck, N.C.

    While Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports in North Carolina is best known for their watersports rentals – kayaks, pontoon boats, sailboats and stand-up paddleboards – the company also offers daily cruises aboard the Surfer Girl, a Maine Cat 38 catamaran. Choose between a day cruise or sunset cruise to explore the scenic Currituck Sound.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / DisobeyArt

Congratulations to all these winning boat tours!

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