Banana Boat Ride with Miami Watersports (2023)

  • 20 minutes (approx.)

  • Mobile ticket

  • Offered in:

    English

  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Take to the water for your adrenaline fix while in Miami with this fun banana boat ride. Hop aboard the banana boat with space for up to six people and prepare to get wet as you are towed behind a 25ft motorboat. Admire the views as you zip along the shore and hold on tight as you pick up speed! Optional photo packages are also available to capture your experience.

  • Enjoy up to 20 minutes on the water

  • Fun family activity suitable for adults and kids

  • Choice of departure times to fit your travel plans

  • Skip the ticket lines with your pre-paid express pass

What's Included

  • Safety instructions and equipment

  • Experienced captain

  • Parking Available

  • 15-20min tubing session

  • Gratuities (appreciated)

  • $25 fuel fee plus tax (per person)

  • 7% Florida sales tax and Marina Fee

  • Photo package (optional at check-in)

  • Waterproof phone case (optional at check-in)

  • Increase duration (optional at check-in)

  • Observer (optional at check-in)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 3400 Pan American Dr

    3400 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133, USA

    Upon arrival to Dinner Key Marina, we are located at the Pier 9.Go to the indicated Pier 7 (after Pier 5 and 6), we are on the right side of Pier 7 and look for the yellow flags!

Start time

Opening hours

  • 11/26/2019 - 10/30/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

  • Parent/guardian must be present for anyone under 18 years of age

  • Minimum 4 years old to participate

  • Up to 6-riders per tube

  • Riders will not fall off the tube intentionally

  • Must complete paperwork at check-in and must understand English

  • Must bring a valid ID/passport

  • American Express and Apple Pay / Card are not accepted by our company

  • Health conditions may prevent you from participating

  • Start times may be delayed due to weather or other factors; voucher will be provided to reschedule

  • This ticket is an Express Pass; must arrive btw 10am-1:30pm

  • Most travelers can participate

  • Please note there is a weight limit for this experience

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  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      Reviews

      4.0

      57 reviews

      Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

      Reviews by Viator travelers.

      Showing 1-10 of 57 reviews

      Ride tour was extremely...

      Theresa_M,

      Apr 2022

      Ride tour was extremely Too short fast but man was it supper fast and very very short don’t sit in front or back if you don’t want to get wet

      Workers were horrible and very disrespectful

      Etienne_j,

      Jun 2021

      Annabelle the young lady in charge was terrible, the way she spoke to me and the way she went about out reservations. We never got to get on the banana boat because she put our name last on the list. Never again will I ever be anywhere near this young lady

      Response from Host, Jun 2021

      Sorry you didn't have the experience you planned. We do our best to provide the best experiences for all of our customers. Here at miami water sports we have reservation and walk ins. Walk ins are first come first serve. Sometimes we have a long wait and we inform all of our customers when the next available time is for their activity. If someone missed their appointment time or did not answer the phone we ask the next available group to move up and then we move that group to the next available time. Anyone that was not able to do their activity is giving a voucher to come back at another time/ later date. Please feel free to reach out to us to solve any unresolved issues.

      poor customer service

      Alisha_B,

      Sep 2020

      This place is terrible. Customer service is not a priority here. The workers have the better customer service until they managers come around. The lady manager does not know how to talk to ppl and she argues with everybody.

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      Response from Host, Sep 2020

      Please send us more details about this so we can assist you better infor@miamiwatersports.com

      Terrible experience and poor customer service.

      Michael_E,

      Jul 2021

      The ride was cancelled two days in a row due to weather. When I requested a refund I got no response, despite repeated requests.

      Response from Host, Jul 2021

      We are sorry this happened. Please send an email to info@miamiwatersports.com regarding your activity information. We have been experiencing some unfortunate weather this past week and we understand your situation. We will look into the matter and reply accordingly.

      The worst customer...

      Mark_K,

      Nov 2021

      The worst customer service experience ever. My husband took the children and they wouldn’t allow him to get the prepaid tickets because card was not in his name (although we are married with same name). Ok that’s fine it’s policy… but then I don’t want to miss out for kids and offer to have my husband pay cash on the spot and problem solved right? Nope they refused to refund the card and took double payment. I said well if you said he has no authority to use my card for tickets then how can you not refund him? The response was he already filled out waivers! This made no sense and what an awful way to run a business!!! I asked if they could mail an SD card for pictures at least, and again they refused saying they don’t ship? Come one man I paid double for a service and you can spare a postage stamp!!!!!

      Response from Host, Dec 2021

      We are sad to see that our customer service experience did not meet your expectations. We have many customers a day! It is difficult to please everyone of our guest, but our team is doing the best they can to ensure the best activity.We do not accept cards without the cardholder present with their IDs to prevent any frauds. Your husband paid cash the remaining balance due from your reservation. The remaining balance was at $25 + tax per person for the fuel and service fees, and was advertised upon booking on Viator.com ($29 paid online and $25+tax paid at check-in). No refund was due after his cash payment for this balance.If you added the picture package, we hand the SD Card to the participants with all the pictures on it, or we directly transfer to their phone as soon as the activity ends.

      So fun

      Caitlyn_W,

      Jan 2021

      The captain went really fast and knows how to get the adrenaline pumping, she told us to give a thumbs down if she went too fast but my brother and I absolutely loved it

      1 traveler found this review helpful

      Not worth it

      Matt_C,

      Apr 2022

      What a mess. Didn’t reserve our time. Put us on the fun boat instead. Said it was 20-25 min ride and it was only about 15 min. Not with the $$. Dumpy area.

      Response from Host, Apr 2022

      The tickets booked through our affiliates like TripAdvisor or Viator.com allow you to check in anytime between 10:00am and 1:30pm. Then we accommodate our guests with the next available spot (departures are every 25 minutes). The banana boat ride last 15 to 20 minutes (the fun boat 20-25 minutes), as advertised upon booking. We are sorry to see that you were disappointed with your experience, unfortunately the Fun Boat ride is a bit more pricy at this time.

      Horrible experience

      Chyrae_C,

      Jul 2021

      This place is unprofessional. It almost ruined my vacation in Miami. They were rude and sarcastic, they have you stand in a long line just to tell you you have to fill out a waiver in another long line this place had me speechless.

      Response from Host, Jul 2021

      We are sorry to see that you had a bad experience at check-in. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of people we are trying to accommodate, especially during weekends, waiting times or delays might occur. Our team is doing its best to reduce them as much as possible and offer the best service from check-in to check-out.

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      Bday celebration

      Jakita_W,

      Mar 2022

      This was great. If you’re not strong enough to hold don’t do it. It’s almost like riding jet ski. You will enjoy it

      Third party doesn’t include gas and tax fee!

      AhmadMuaz_M,

      Mar 2021

      If you’re like me, just know that they charge gas and tax fee so the tubing costs go up to $55 per person! It was really fun, but was a little bummed by the additional cost. Bring towel! and they take photos of you for an additional $40.

      2 travelers found this review helpful

      Great Experience

      Tenisha_M,

      Dec 2021

      This was a great experience! Pierre was such a great host & instructor. He was so patient & super fun! The view of Miami was breathtaking! I will definitely be back my next visit.

      Response from Host, Dec 2021

      Thank you for the great review Tenisha! We will see you soon.

      Water tubing doesn’t exist anymore. It’s a banana boat instead

      Adaora_O,

      May 2021

      When I first purchased this voucher it was for water tubing but when I got there they informed us that they don’t do water tubing anymore they are doing banana boat. I just wish they would have advertised the banana boat instead so the public would know what they are purchasing. Overall the experience was nice to. Our tour guide was the bomb. I forgot him name.

      Response from Host, Jun 2021

      The banana boat is part of our tubing package. We are always looking to improve our activities and adding the banana boat is apart of our upgrades. Glad you enjoyed the experience and looking forward to having you back.

      Fun as hell

      Damien_y,

      Apr 2021

      All of it! The captain, the other guests! Al of it was amazing! Definitely wished I would combined this and the jetski.

      DONT GO

      Cellia_A,

      May 2022

      We called to reserve we wanted to so the parasailing and the banana we were 15 in are group we paid over $2000 when we got there they told we had to pay$1400 more for tax's and gas i wish i had read the reviews before reserving here..! Next time we will just go to clear water they do walk in!

      Very fun experience!

      Noah_A,

      Mar 2022

      Very fun time and got to meet some friendly people in the process. Staff was very helpful and professional.

      1 traveler found this review helpful

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      Will never use the company again

      Shaniquah_H,

      Aug 2020

      A waste of money. The tubing price was $61 and then they charge you $97 for gas for only about 10 minutes of tubing. I have rented jet skis for cheaper than this.

      Response from Host, Sep 2020

      Our company Price matches any other places in Miami so we actually guarantee that we have the lowest prices.All additional fees are mentioned prior to booking.

      Girl overboard lol

      Angela_B,

      Dec 2020

      Our driver was very friendly and accommodating! When my 17 year old daughter fell off the tube he was very Alert and attentive. We all laughed so hard that she was the one to fall off. And she wanted to go again. I will definitely recommend water sports

      1 traveler found this review helpful

      Loved it

      Keionna_T,

      Feb 2021

      Loved it. The driver was amazing and friendly. He allowed us to choose our speeds by using hand signals. He even went slow for the people that were scared of water activities. We went as fast as possible and no one flipped off

      Scary but fun

      Lateisha_H,

      Aug 2020

      Staff was great. I had so much fun I thought I was going to fall off. This you only have to pay gas and I think it was only 20. I went on a windy day so the waves made it better is what the driver stated

      1 traveler found this review helpful

      Buyer beware!!

      Alexandria_R,

      Mar 2021

      Do not book through this company!! The ticket price is $25 but they don’t make it 100% known that there’s hidden fees when you arrive. $15/person fuel fee + tax. The issue isn’t the money, it’s the fact that they hide these fees from you which comes off like a scam. And all sales are final so even though we canceled due to feeling lied to, you cannot get your money back. I’m filing a complaint with the BBB about how unprofessional this company is.

      6 travelers found this review helpful

      FAQs

      Do you get wet on a banana boat? ›

      Will you get wet? Yes.

      Do banana boats have a weight limit? ›

      *Weight limits: 200 lbs per person. maximum. *Must be PHYSICALLY fit to get on the banana boat on your own. Those who cannot lift themselves up with their own power will have trouble in the water and therefore cannot ride.

      How many can ride on a banana boat? ›

      While Jet Ski ride can only accommodate 2 people, the banana boat can accommodate up to 10 people. If you're a fun seeker, the banana boat ride is the kind of activity for you. Adults and teens will enjoy the excitement it brings. Even if you don't know how to swim, you can still participate in the banana boat ride.

      What is banana boat riding? ›

      What Is a Banana Boat? A banana boat is an unpowered inflatable boat that is intended to be towed by a jet ski. Our banana boats can seat up to 12 people, and you can hop on right from shore and hang on for a fun and scenic ride. Enjoy the views of the shoreline, as well as under the water.

      How fast do you go on a banana boat? ›

      Banana boat manufacturers recommend a safe maximum towing speed of 15 miles per hour which should be printed on the side of the inflatable boat.

      Is banana boating scary? ›

      According to experts, banana boat rides may be fun but it can be a life-threatening experience for some. “Those who want to try it must be good swimmers. Even good swimmers need to be more careful, when tossed off the boat in the mid deep sea. Anything can happen there.

      How safe is a banana boat? ›

      Banana boats are normally safe if all the proper precautions are taken. Riders need to be sure to wear a life jacket, and should hold on tight at all times. The person towing the banana boat should also beware of going too fast, and should make sure it is properly secured to their vessel.

      Do banana boats take passengers? ›

      Banana boat is a descriptive nickname that was given to fast ships, also called banana carriers, engaged in the banana trade. They were designed to transport easily spoiled bananas rapidly from tropical growing areas to North America and Europe. They often carried passengers as well as fruit.

      How strict are boat weight limits? ›

      For the purposes of a capacity plate, a human's weight is averaged to 150lbs. So if you have passengers who weigh much less or much more, it can skew that particular figure. That's why there is a strict person capacity weight limit regardless of the number of passengers.

      How much does it cost to go on a banana boat? ›

      Most Banana Boat rides cost between $10 and $20.

      How old do you have to be to go on a banana boat? ›

      Banana boat is 100% safe for all ages.

      Is banana boat good for kids? ›

      SkinSAFE has reviewed the ingredients of Banana Boat Kids Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+ and found it to be 91% Top Allergen Free and free of Gluten, Nickel, Top Common Allergy Causing Preservatives, Lanolin, Paraben, Topical Antibiotic, MCI/MI, Oil, Dye, and SLS. Product is Teen Safe.

      Is banana boat reef safe? ›

      Banana Boat, one of the most well-known sun care brands is not best known for cleaner ingredients or safety. However, this particular one, Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear Sunscreen Spray , SPF 30, ranks a 4 and is reef-friendly.

      What is the meaning of banana boat Song? ›

      It is a call and response work song, from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. The lyrics describe how daylight has come, their shift is over, and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home.

      Do Geest Line carry passengers? ›

      The ships were allowed to carry 12 passengers, the limit before the ship is required to have a doctor on the crew. Yes they moved to Southampton Helen. Sad times, the Geest ships were beautiful .

      Is 35 mph fast for a boat? ›

      Even under full load conditions, you can go to 30 mph. From my experience, the optimum speed for water sports is 15 to 35 mph. So your pontoon might be a little slow but will be just fine for any water sports you like to do.

      Is it easy to fall off banana boat? ›

      The boat is hitched to a speed boat, which pulls it along quickly in its wake. It's a fun recreational activity, but it does have some hazards. For example, you are being pulled at a high speed, so if you fall off, you could end up getting hurt.

      What happens in banana boat ride? ›

      Everyone riding the banana boat must hold on as tight as possible as the speedboat attempts to flip the inflatable boat thereby dropping its passengers into the water (you'd be really lucky to hold on). The banana boat ride is a fun and exciting activity that both children and grownups can enjoy.

      What does it mean to get off the banana boat? ›

      The expression 'just got off the banana boat' means that the person to whom it is applied could barely speak English. The term 'banana boat' itself is a slang term for a boat or ship that is used to transport immigrants from the Caribbean to first world countries such as England, the United States or Canada.

      What is the difference between a banana split and a banana boat? ›

      What is a Banana Boat? Like a cross between a s'more and a banana split, a banana boat is a quick and easy dessert to make while camping. Just split a banana in half, stuff it with toppings, wrap it in tin foil, and place it over the fire.

      Why is it called a banana boat? ›

      Banana boat is a descriptive nickname that was given to fast ships, also called banana carriers, engaged in the banana trade. They were designed to transport easily spoiled bananas rapidly from tropical growing areas to North America and Europe. They often carried passengers as well as fruit.

      Can a jet ski pull a banana boat? ›

      Can a jet ski pull a banana boat? Although a jet ski can a pull banana boat – which you can see in some holiday resorts worldwide – it's not necessarily good for the jet ski's engine due to the high weight.

      Does banana boat test on animals? ›

      Banana Boat is owned by Edgewell, a company that tests on animals. Not only is Banana Boat not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.

      What is the 1/3 rule in boating? ›

      A good rule to follow, when operating a PWC, is to use 1/3 of the fuel to operate, 1/3 to get back to shore and to save 1/3 as a fuel reserve to be used in case of an emergency.

      Do heavier boats sit lower in the water? ›

      A boat partly floats and partly sinks according to its own weight and how much weight it carries; the greater the total of these two weights, the lower it sits in the water. There's only so much weight a boat can carry without sinking into the water so much that it... does actually sink completely!

      What happens when you exceed boat weight limit? ›

      If a boat exceeds its weight limit, the boat loses its stability, and eventually, if the weight is increased further, the boat's draft increases, and the boat will sink in the worst-case scenario; otherwise, it can capsize. Mostly, in calm waters, boats won't capsize much than in rough waters.

      Who is banana boat owned by? ›

      Edgewell Personal Care Company, owner of the popular Banana Boat sunscreen, has issued a voluntary nationwide recall for three batches of its Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen.

      Can I use banana boat in Hawaii? ›

      Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen

      Reef-safe sunscreens from Banana Boat come with a variety of sun protection factors. They are water-resistant making them great for people who enjoy Hawaii's many aquatic activities.

      Can you boat in the Banana River? ›

      Boat ramps at Kiwanis Island Park, Kelly Park, Cocoa Beach Recreational Complex, Banana River Park and Port End Park give access to the lagoon to boaters and kayakers.

      Can a 13 year old drive a boat in Florida? ›

      A person must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft in Florida. A person must be at least 18 years of age to rent a personal watercraft in Florida. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (a second-degree misdemeanor).

      Is banana boat baby Safe? ›

      Banana Boat® knows how important sun protection is for the whole family, especially for little ones. That's why our Banana Boat® Baby Mineral Lotion is mild enough for even the most delicate skin, made without oxybenzone or octinoxate, and no oils or fragrances, either.

      Can a 2 year old go on a boat? ›

      According to the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety, an infant should not travel on a boat until they weigh at least 18 pounds and can wear a personal flotation device (PFD).

      Is Banana Boat for sensitive skin? ›

      Banana Boat® Mineral sunscreen provides effective sun protection made with natural mineral zinc. The new hypoallergenic mineral formula is made specifically for sensitive skin, so you get just what you need to protect the fun. Reapply: After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.

      Can adults use Banana Boat Kids? ›

      In fact, I often tell my patients to buy baby versions for their personal use.” So what does that mean? Because mineral-based sunscreens can be less irritating to the skin it is generally safe for both adults and children.

      Is Banana Boat Sport 50 safe? ›

      Baby Sunscreen SPF 50+

      This lightweight sunscreen is mild, gentle, and fragrance free so it can protect baby skin without feeling uncomfortable on delicate baby skin. It's also claimed to be resistant to running into the eyes. Banana Boat Baby Sunscreen comes in either a roll on or pump spray, for easy application.

      Does a banana float or sink in water? ›

      Bananas float in water because they are less dense than water. Also, fruits like apples and oranges float in water because they have many air pockets in them.

      Why is there no banana on a boat? ›

      And then the fishermen on board couldn't catch enough fish to feed the doomed crew. The most plausible explanation of the “bananas are bad luck” superstition, however, is the fact that bananas secrete ethylene gas as they ripen, which causes any other perishable food items in the vicinity to spoil much more quickly.

      Is banana boat safe for kids? ›

      SkinSAFE has reviewed the ingredients of Banana Boat Kids Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50, 1 fl oz and found it to be 91% Top Allergen Free and free of Gluten, Coconut, Nickel, Top Common Allergy Causing Preservatives, Lanolin, Paraben, Topical Antibiotic, MCI/MI, Soy, Oil, Dye, and SLS. Product is Teen Safe.

      Is banana boat Baby Safe? ›

      Banana Boat® knows how important sun protection is for the whole family, especially for little ones. That's why our Banana Boat® Baby Mineral Lotion is mild enough for even the most delicate skin, made without oxybenzone or octinoxate, and no oils or fragrances, either.

      How much did a banana split cost in 1904? ›

      The 69-year-old Greubel says he personally talked with "Doc" Strickler about his creation, which "originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of regular sundaes." Ice Cream Joe also says that even the National Ice Cream Retailers Association has declared Latrobe the home of the banana split.

      Why is it called a banana split? ›

      According to legend, Hazard sponsored a competition to invent the new treat. Hazard's design featured a banana that was split in half, three scoops of ice cream, with chocolate sauce, pineapple, strawberry topping, nuts, and whipped cream placed on top.

      What is a Sunday split? ›

      It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream, maraschino cherries or other fruits (e.g., bananas and pineapple in a banana split).

      Why do people soak bananas in water? ›

      Soaking the banana peels allows the nutrients to leech into the water, and once it hits the soil, the roots grab all those sweet, sweet minerals. You can soak the peel whole, but according to one commenter, chopping it up exposes more surface area, allowing more nutrients to release into the water.

      How long can banana water sit? ›

      Banana water is similar to compost tea but it comes only from one source, cut up banana peels. The peels are immersed in water and steeped for anywhere from one hour up to a few days.

      What is the gap between banana and water? ›

      Apparently, the inherent characteristics of bananas and cold water are similar which lead to a clash and cause indigestion in the body. It is recommended to wait for at least 15-20 minutes to drink water after eating a banana.

      Why can't you say rabbit on a boat? ›

      For many years, sailors refused to utter the word “rabbit” on their boats lest they come to harm at sea. Meanwhile, on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, rabbits are considered to be highly unlucky. Some older residents call them “underground mutton” to avoid saying the word!

      Why are people allergic to banana boat? ›

      The company says some people may have a “photoallergy” to a particular ingredient in the sunscreen, which is an allergic reaction that is worsened by exposure to sunlight. "This type of photoallergic reaction can result in an exaggerated skin rash or sunburn.

      Why are pineapples good luck on a boat? ›

      Pineapples are good luck

      The pineapple became a symbol of hospitality because trade ships in New England would sail to the Caribbean and South America to do business. Captains would commonly return home with a pineapple that they would stick on the gate or fence in front of their home.

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