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FAQs for... Private Excursions

- Deer & Bay Sightseeing Tour

- Water Slide Park & Play

- Custom Private Excursions

Private cruise means you and your crew can sit back and relax with an experienced captain at the wheel.

DEER & BAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

* 2-hour boat ride in Biloxi Bay or Mississippi Sound

* Route determined by weather/sea conditions

* Possible stop on Deer Island

* Prohibited: illegal substances

* Pets permitted: 3 max.

* Private cruise for up to 6 passengers (all ages)

* Traditional Pontoon

WATER SLIDE PARK & PLAY

* 15-minute ride to/from Deer Island beach

* 1.5-hour excursion on Deer Island

* Prohibited: pets, illegal substances

* Pets NOT permitted.

* Private cruise for up to 6 passengers (all ages)

* Water Slide Pontoon

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Check in @ Point Cadet Marina, DOCK D (not office).
We will meet you on the dock at the boat!
Behind 
Golden Nugget garage. ONE dock east of Harbor Building with blue roof.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
 

* Cancellations more than 48 hours of reservation time are eligible for refund. 

* No-shows are not eligible for a refund.

* There is no prorating for unused time, late departures, early returns, or missed departures.

* There are no refunds once you leave the dock.

* Customers will receive a full refund or credit if Nauti-Toons cancels the reservation prior to departure due to weather, mechanical, or personnel factors.

* Nauti-Toons reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or modify reservations/agreements if any aspect is deemed unsafe including but not limited to sea conditions, weather, or inappropriate behavior of persons or dogs.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations require payment in advance--cash or card--and must be paid upon booking. If you don't want to pay until departure time, you will not have a confirmed reservation/boat/seat/captain.

It's best to make a reservation to ensure you have a boat and/or captain on the day you prefer! Nauti-Toons operates by appointment. 

 

We can accommodate walk-ups only if our staff is on-site and there is boat/space/captain available. Call or book online!

We are happy to arrange custom events, corporate projects, and captain trips longer than 2 hours. Just call.

How many people can be on a boat?

FOR PRIVATE EXCURSIONS
The Captain's USCG license allows for 6 passengers max.
All humans count--
no exceptions per USCG rules.
Max 3 dogs on private tours.
Dogs NOT permitted on ferry trips.

Can we go to Ship or Horn Island?
NOPE--these are small pontoon boats not built for traveling in a true, unpredictable gulf environment. Deer Island and Katrina Reef (conditions permitting) make up the southern boundary.
So where CAN we go? 

FOR PRIVATE EXCURSIONS
The
Water Slide Park & Play excursion is a visit to Deer Island only (or other suitable location if necessary due to weather). Dogs prohibited.

The
Deer & Bay Sightseeing Tour may include Deer Island, Biloxi Bay & Back Bay, and Fort Bayou (Ocean Springs). Up to 3 dogs allowed.

What if there's bad weather?

Once you leave the dock, there are no refunds if you return early for any reason. If Nauti-Toons or your party cancels due to unfavorable weather/sea conditions, a full refund or reschedule is available prior to leaving the dock.

Savvy boaters assess the risks and consider their skill level and the comfort of their group. In boating there is more to the weather than sunshine or rain. Wind, waves, and thunderstorms can be the most dangerous phenomena on the water. 

Afternoon storms with gusty wind and lightning occur frequently in June, July, and August and can rapidly present several hazards at the same time. A forecast of 50% scattered rain/storms is standard for summer afternoons in Mississippi. If a Small Craft Advisory (or worse) is issued and wind is gusting over 20mph, reservations will be revised.

What about dogs?
Dogs are only permitted on the Deer Island Ferry, Deer Island Sunset Cruise, and Biloxi Boat Ride if your party books all 6 seats making it a private excursion.
Dogs are welcome on the Deer & Bay Private Sightseeing Tour, Water Slide Park & Play, and rentals.
 
State law requires dogs to be leashed when on the island, and pet waste must be collected and removed from the island.

Drinking salt water will make your pup sick in ways that are very unpleasant. Please remember to bring items to keep her/him comfortable especially if boating or the climate here is unfamiliar.
 
Offer your furry pal plenty of freshwater, food, shade, and time to get used to the situation. We encourage you to bring a leash, properly fitted doggie life jacket, and a favorite toy.
 
Is the water safe?
Mississippi beaches are OPEN! See MDEQ for more information.
 
Beach advisories can be issued or rescinded any time. Bacteria levels along the beaches are frequently checked.

Can I do a sunset trip?
Check out the last Deer Island Ferry (public). This trips lasts 1 hour.

I can't drive a boat, but I want to go on the water!

There are several options for a captain trip. All are limited by USCG license to 6 passengers regardless of age. Prices include captain's fee, fuel, and safety equipment. Feel free to bring anything to make your outing enjoyable!

a) Deer & Bay Sightseeing Tour (2 hours, private)

b) Deer Island Sunset Cruise (20min each way + 20min island time, public)

c) Deer Island Ferry (2 hours, 90min island time, public)

d) Biloxi Boat Ride (40min, cruise along Deer Island/Biloxi Beach, public)

e) Rental + Captain: For excursions over 2 hours or at night, please call us to make arrangements. We can contract a captain for you for custom occasions.


What costs am I responsible for?
Base price + 7% sales tax + booking fee are due upon booking. Tips aren't expected but always appreciated.

How do I get to the boat?
Times cannot be extended for late departures. Please call us if you will be late so we can coordinate other reservations.
We will meet you on the dock at your boat.
 
Check in @ Point Cadet Marina, DOCK D (one dock east of Harbor Building)--behind Golden Nugget garage. Look for Go Topless Fishing. 

FOR PRIVATE EXCURSIONS
Please arrive 15 minutes early for loading & safety briefing.
Boat departs marina promptly!

Can we pick up people elsewhere?
Per our insurance agreement, your entire party must sign the manifest and liability waiver and depart from Point Cadet Marina--no exceptions. If someone has not completed those documents, then he/she is not allowed to step foot on the boat.
 
If you will be returning to add passengers later, you will need to arrange that with us as soon as possible. However, we cannot accommodate passenger swaps. That constitutes a separate rental regarding paperwork compliance. 

Who can book a tour/cruise/ferry?

At least 1 person in your party must be at least 18. Others may be of any age.

What about booze, etc?

Neither unsafe/rude behavior nor underage drinking will be tolerated and will result in the termination of your trip without refund.

FOR PRIVATE EXCURSIONS

Alcohol is permitted. Only passengers 21 or older may drink legally. The Designated Operator must refrain from anything that could cause physical or mental impairment. Illegal substances and underage drinking are prohibited.


What kind of boats do you have?
Traditional pontoon with comfortable seating, USB port, radio/Bluetooth stereo, Bimini, anchor, and swim ladder.


Water slide pontoon with upper deck, water slide, USB port, abundant seating, anchor, and swim ladder. You're encouraged to bring your waterproof speaker!

Our boats do not have GPS, depth finders, wells, or dry storage.

 

Traditional pontoon will be used for Sightseeing tours and Sunset trips. Water Slide pontoon will be used for the Water Slide Park & Play.

What CAN we do? Can we fish?
The Mississippi Sound, Biloxi Bay, and Biloxi River offer plenty of water-based activities.

 

No. Fishing is only permitted on rentals. We are not a licensed fishing charter.

FOR PRIVATE EXCURSIONS: Fishing prohibited.
The Deer & Bay Sightseeing Tour is a private, 2-hour excursion exploring the Sound and Bay including Deer Island if conditions permit. Fishing not permitted.

The Water Slide Park & Play excursion is a 2-hour, private adventure on Deer Island (or other suitable location if necessary due to weather) to play on the water slide pontoon. Fishing not permitted.


What can we NOT do?

FOR ALL
NOT PERMITTED:

Illegal substances

Underage drinking

Bow-riding

Tubing

Water-skiing

Grilling onboard

Jumping off/riding on upper deck of water slide boat

Releasing human or pet remains (per EPA Federal Law)


FOR PRIVATE EXCURSIONS
Fishing is not permitted.
Towing, tubing, and water skiing are forbidden.
Bow-riding is extremely dangerous and illegal.
Jumping from or riding on the upper deck of the slide boat is prohibited.
Barrier islands other than Deer are off-limits.

Releasing human or pet remains (per EPA Federal Law)

What do we need to bring with us?
Plenty of water, cooler (glass containers are prohibited on Deer Island and beaches), snacks, towels, weather appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, flip flops/water shoes, and phone.

 

A waterproof container is suggested for personal electronics, wallets, and purses. Passengers are welcome to bring their own life jackets if they are marked as USCG Approved.

What do you provide?
We provide a life jacket for each passenger, required emergency gear such as life ring or throwable float, air horn, flares, and fire extinguisher. Each boat also has an anchor, local nautical chart, boat hook/pole, and dock lines that travel with you.

Anyone under 13 years old is required to wear a properly fitted life jacket any time the boat is moving--no exceptions. We have sizes ranging from infant to XXXL that you may borrow for your outing. Passengers are welcome to bring their own life jackets if they are marked as USCG Approved.


Fishing, sharks, and other critters?
Check out Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

No big, scary sharks nearby.
 
Spot soaring cranes, swooping pelicans, chatty gulls, osprey carrying fish, even migrating geese and monarch butterflies depending upon the time of year. You may spot an alligator lounging in the bayou. Catch minnows dancing and mullet jumping. Along the beaches you'll find so many cool shells and bones, maybe even a horseshoe crab shell. Please don't take away the hermit crabs from their native environments! They will not survive.

During the summer jellyfish are present in the water, and they also wash onto the beach. Scan the water and sand for them. The bigger jellyfish with flowy tentacles have a very painful sting.

Look out for everyone's
favorite. Please do not crowd or chase the dolphins! 

Everywhere you look there will be something interesting whether it's in the water, on the land, or in the sky!
Any suggestions where to stay?
If you want to be on the same block as Nauti-Toons, we share concrete with the Golden Nugget Casino & Margaritaville Resort Biloxi (that's our pontoon boat in the photo! 😁).
Golden Nugget, Margaritaville, and Point Cadet Marina are on the same block. You can walk from your room to the docks in 5 minutes or less.
 
Ocean Springs' popular vacation rentals are within 3 miles just across Biloxi Bay from us.
For semi-local unique rentals, check out Twisted Run Retreat in Vancleave and Fulmer's Farmstead in New Augusta.
 
Looking for breathtaking RV sites? Check out Biloxi Bay RV Resort in Ocean Springs (approx. 10 minutes away) and Indian Point RV Resort in Gautier (approx. 35 minutes away).
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