Snorkeling Adventures In Destin Florida

Snorkeling Adventures In Destin Florida

Smile N Wave Sailing Adventures loves to entertain your family and friends aboard our sailing catamaran. The Gulf waters of the Emerald Coast is the perfect place to view amazing sea life and interesting creatures in their natural habitat. If you have never snorkeled the waters of Destin Florida, you are missing out on a truly awesome experience. Snorkeling aboard our sailboat will be a memorable time at sea.

Join Us For A Snorkeling Tour

Snorkeling does not require a lot of equipment. All you need for this activity is a breathing apparatus, known as a snorkel and some swim fins. Unlike diving, snorkeling does not require you be certified. Smile N Wave Sailing Adventures provides everything you need for snorkeling. Remember to bring your sunscreen, swimsuits, towels, drinks, and snacks. On a guided snorkeling tour, Captain Pam will show you the perfect spots to snorkel and relax in the sun. Snorkeling is also a great activity for families with small children.

Destin is host to some of the best shelling you will find anywhere. A snorkeling tour is a perfect way to get acquainted with the coolest living creatures in Paradise. The beauty of our area is some of the best scenery you will see anywhere in the world. You will love the crystal clear waters and soft sand of the Emerald Coast. Our marine life is always on the move so you are sure to spot the most amazing creatures while on an adventure with Smile N Wave.

Aquatic Life In Destin

The marine life in Destin Florida consists of thousands of species of plankton, crab, fish, dolphins, turtles among many others.  Some have even spotted seahorses and starfish! Our aquatic life is easy to spot in our crystal clear emerald waters. You will not only observe many amazing creatures on our snorkeling tour but also find things like sand dollars and cool shells. It is even possible you will spot one of our friendly dolphins while on our snorkeling cruise. Read more about our dolphin marine life in our previous blog, Dolphin Cruises In Destin Florida.

Choose Your Sailing Adventure

Our sailing tours are available year round. We have a variety of sailing tours to choose from that are perfect for your entire family. If you are a couple looking for a romantic adventure, check out our Sunset Sail and Moonlight Cruise.  Our cruises can be combined so you can enjoy hours of adventure at sea.

Captain Pam loves sailing and all who come aboard Smile N Wave will find a knowledgeable and fun captain who makes every sailing charter an adventure. Learn more about our Sailing Tours and Charters. If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook.


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Sailing Aboard Smile N Wave

We are sailing aboard Smile N Wave in beautiful Destin Florida. Summertime has been an exciting time here on the Emerald Coast. As people from all over the world arrive, they are looking for an adventure. A sailing charter gives you a gorgeous view of our area that you will miss if you stay on the shore. During your sailing adventure, you will have the chance to view our coastal wildlife in its natural habitat.

Birds In Paradise

Here on the Emerald Coast, we have a wide variety of wildlife including bottle-nosed dolphins, sea turtles, fish, and over 300 different species of birds. Today we want to tell you about a few of the magnificent birds that fly over our waters and inhabit our beaches.


Sandpipers are small shorebirds that run along the beaches of Destin in large groups. It is interesting to note that the females take the lead while the male Sandpipers raise the young. These birds have thin bills that aid them in their feeding habits. They can often be found on the shoreline digging their bills in the sand searching for insects and crustaceans.

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is an amazing wading bird that does not seem to be affected by the presence of humans. They can often be found in marinas and on the fishing piers and docks in Destin. These long legged and wide winged creatures are the largest of all North American species of Herons. This bird can adapt to practically any type of wetland.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelicans are the smallest of the Pelican species but is larger than most other shorebirds that are in Destin. These birds are very easy to identify. Their large bills make it possible to carry fish easily. The Brown Pelican is fun to watch as they swoop low above the water and while they are feeding as they dive into the water to catch their meal. Both male and female care for their young.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle in Northwest Florida, courtesy of Walton Outdoors.

Bald Eagle in Northwest Florida, courtesy of Walton Outdoors.

The majestic Bald Eagle is one of the rare birds you could have the pleasure of witnessing while visiting Destin. This bird feeds on fish by swooping down and catching them in its talons. The Bald Eagle can fly with a fish equal to its weight. The Bald Eagle is our national bird and represents freedom. If you have the pleasure of sighting one, it will be an experience not soon forgotten.

Book Your Sailing Charter Today

No matter what type of wildlife you encounter while sailing with us on Smile N Wave Sailing Charters, you are sure to gather a ton of pictures and a lifetime of memories. To learn more, check out our sailing tours on our website and then book your sailing adventure with us!

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Sailing On Pinterest In 2017

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. Now that the rushed activities of the holiday are over, we can all look forward to a new year full of hope and possibilities. There is no better time than now to set resolutions and make some positive changes. I’m sure everyone has an idea of the things they would like to see happen in 2017. We would like to see more of your smiling faces as you enjoy one of our amazing charters. We here at Smile N Wave Sailing Adventures in Destin Florida would like to wish you a very happy and joyful New Year.

We’re On Pinterest!

We are starting the new year off with a Pinterest account and hope that you will follow our boards and share our pins with your family and friends. Our sailing charters and pictures will be highlighted so watch for any pictures of yourself and your loved ones. Pinterest is a great way for us to connect to our guests and locals. It is a great place to showcase the beautiful waters of the Emerald Coast, our dolphin friends and of course the sunset and moonlit pictures.

Sailing In To 2017

We would love for you to join us on one of our sailing charters. If you are planning a Spring Break trip, now is the perfect time to book with us. Our schedules fill up quickly during the tourist season. We would also love to accommodate your sailing wishes so book early with us! For everyone who sailed with us in 2016, we want to sincerely thank you for choosing us to be your guide on the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If you haven’t already sent us your pictures from your adventures with us, please do so we can share them on Pinterest with our followers. Don’t forget, Smile N Wave is still sailing during off season so it’s never to early to schedule a tour with us.

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Happy Thanksgiving Destin & Friends

It is the start of the holiday season and we are still sailing! We are thankful every day for the beautiful scenery that surrounds us. This Thanksgiving we want to take the time to say a special thank you to all of our customers, near and far away who book sailing charters with us. We love sailing on our catamaran and we are thrilled to put a smile on your face when you join us on the open waters of Destin Florida. It is our honor and pleasure to serve you year round! We also want to thank our family and friends who support us every day, we couldn’t do this without you!

Giving Thanks In Destin

When you gather with your families this holiday season, take the time to appreciate all the blessings in life. While the delicious meals, football, Christmas decorating and shopping are things we look forward to, time with our loved ones is what really matters to us all. Why not book one of our sailing tours and have some outdoor fun with those you love the most? If only every day could be like the holiday season. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Sail Away With Captain Pam

As a reminder, we sail all year long. There isn’t a time (weather permitting of course) that we aren’t in business. Fall and Winter is actually a great time to enjoy the beautiful Destin water without all the extra traffic. Seclusion on an open sea, it really doesn’t get much more relaxing than that! Just remember your jackets because the wind can be a bit brisk this time of year even in sunny Destin. Of course because it is Florida, we have some warmer days even in the winter time 🙂 Call to book a sailing charter with us today!

Happy Thanksgiving from our home in Destin to yours! 

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The History Of Sailing In Destin Part Two

While researching for our blog, we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with several interesting people. We journeyed into our area and met Mr. David A Krebs the owner of Ariel Seafood who generously shared information about his family’s history. We also spoke with Kathy Blue, the director of Destin History and Fishing Museum.


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Destin History and Fishing Museum 01


Whether you are a local interested in our area’s history or a tourist who is looking for something interesting to do, Destin History and Fishing Museum has a lot to offer! It has the oldest seine fishing boat still in existence, The Primrose, built in 1925. There is also a collection of photographs of the early settlers, boat captains, beaches and boats.


Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries, Volume 18, published 1899 – United States Fish Commission, pages 341-343

Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries, Volume 18, published 1899 – United States Fish Commission, pages 341-343


When we spoke with author and historian H.C. “Hank” Klein we learned that Leonard Destin actually settled in Destin in 1852 and he shared about well smacks which were sloop rigged fishing vessels that were used before the invention of artificial ice. Mr. Klein’s wife, the Marlers were the second family to settle here. Olin Marler had the largest fishing fleet in the area during early history.


More History of Destin

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The first Charter Sailboat in Destin, the Aquarius was launched in 1971 by David Krebs Sr. Mr Krebs moved here with his family after his stay in Southeast Asia, courtesy of the United States Air Force. Among the family to move here was David Krebs Jr of the Ariel Seafood company in Destin on Mountain Drive. The fees to enjoy sailing on the Aquarius were $60 for a half day and $120 for a full day. Deckhands for the Aquarius made $7 for a half day and $14 for a full day.


Capt. David Krebs is among the most recent of the Destin Charter- boat Association members. He is also the first sailing captain to join the organization.

PLAYGROUND DAILY NEWS, Wednesday Morning, May 26, 1971


What we learned in our research for this blog post is that Sailing In Destin has a rich history from the fishing industry, commerce and tourism since the earliest settlers arrived in our area to our present day aboard the Smile N Wave with Captain Pam. Get in on this history by booking a sailing tour and come sail away with Smile N Wave Sailing Adventures!

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The History of Sailing in Destin Part One

The history of Destin goes back as early as the seventh century A.D.  It was during this time that American Indians first populated the area. Afterwards in 1538, Spanish explorers examined the expanse. Finally in 1693, the first map was developed of the East Pass and it’s shores by Don Francisco Tapia. Destin’s immediate history dates back to 1845 when a fisherman named Leonard Destin first moved from Connecticut and established his home here.

The History Of Sailing

The first known depiction of the sailboat is dated somewhere between 5000 and 5500 BCE and was discovered in Kuwait on a painted disc. As technology improved, explorers from many countries were able to sail in more severe climates and for longer distances. Throughout world and Florida history, sailing proved beneficial. Some of these benefits were for trade, war, transportation and fishing. The use of sailboats for intercontinental purposes subsequently started transitioning after the invention of the steamboat around 1830.


Many of the advances in yachting technology came from the fishing industry and local commercial packets. Even pirates contributed to the advances, because small, fast, and highly maneuverable vessels proved successful.

Quoted from Wikipedia

Modern Day Sailing In Destin

In current days, sailing a charter boat has become one of the most popular water excursions for locals and vacationers alike. Sailing the beautiful waters of Destin is the best way to catch a sunrise or sunset, dolphin sightings, offers fun for the entire family and even sets the stage for a romantic time spent with your significant other. There is no other form of travel that is more enjoyable and relaxing than this.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. Make sure to like and share with your family and friends on Facebook and other social media. Stay tuned for The History of Sailing in Destin Part Two. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

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We Started A Blog!

Hello World!

We started a blog. We are also making some other changes around our website.

Over the trips, tours, and charters, we have accumulated a lot of things we would like to share with you. There will be new pages to showcase life on our sailboat and a blog for sailing enthusiasts.

Have a look at our Gallery and check us out on YouTube. Don’t forget to like and share with your friends.

Happy sailing!