Prepare For Your Visit

 

           

     IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIP: Island excusions boats, on summer Saturdays between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day,

     frequently run at full capacity. Choose summer weekdays or a Sunday for less crowded beaches and more room

     on the boats. PLEASE ARRIVE A MINIMUM OF 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED TRIP.

     Boarding normally begins 1 hour before departure. 

  Services

  • Affordable food service and beach items are available on our boats and island.
  • Umbrellas and chairs are availible for rent on the island's south beach for $25 (2 chairs and 1 umbrella)
  • Visa and Master Card accepted in Gulfport ticket office and at Island Snack Bar.
  • Cash only on Boats.
  • Lower deck of each vessel is wheel chair accessible
  • M/V Capt. Pete and M/V Gulf Islander offer some climate controlled seating.
  • Restrooms, showers, drinking water, and a shaded picnic areas available on the island.
  • Restrooms are provided on boats and island.

Tickets

  • Tickets go on sale one hour before departure. Arrive early.
  • Boat tickets may be purchased and rental items reserved at the Gulfport ticket office.
  • Reservations accepted for large groups only (15 or more). See Group Reservation Form.
  • Visa and Master Card accepted in Gulfport and on Island Snack bar.
  • Cash only on Boats

What to Expect

  • Shade is Limited on the island.
  • Prepare for extreme heat and humidity mid-June through August.
  • Wear sun block, protective clothing and eyewear.
  • Open-toe shoes are not recommended while on the boats.
  • Insects are usually not a problem. However, carry insect repellent in case you need it.
  • Wear your hat.
  • Restrooms are provided on boats and island.
  • Larger boats offer partial climate controlled seating.
  • Overnight camping is not permitted on West Ship Island.
  • Island visitors must pack out anything carried to the island, including litter.
  • Public litter receptacles are provided on the barrier islands.
  • Boats sometimes operate at near capacity on summer weekends.

* Tip:  Most summer weekday cruises offer lighter crowds.

What To Bring

  • Sunblock hat and sunglasses are essential.
  • Travel light, Luggage is limited to what can be stowed under your seat.
  • Small backpacks and coolers are best.
  • Small coolers permitted (42 quart limit).
  • Lightweight compact Folding chairs and umbrellas are permitted.
  • Limit two fishing poles per passenger. Hooks must be removed before boarding.
  • Mississippi salt water fishing license required.
  • Carry-on items subject to search before boarding.

 

What NOT to Bring: Carry on Flyer

  • Due to restricted space, large items such as wagons, non-folding luggage carriers, unbagged folding chairs, huge strollers, etc. will be turned away at the boarding gate.
  • Glass bottles and containers are prohibited.
  • Highly flammable liquids, including propane, are not allowed on the boats.
  • Spear guns prohibited.
  • Sorry, no pets allowed on the boats.  
  • Carry-on items subject to search before boarding.

Check The Weather

  • Occasional light summer rain showers are common in South Mississippi, and normally will not cause cruise cancellation.
  • Prepare for extreme heat and humidity mid-June through August.
  • Wear sun block, protective clothing and eyewear.
  • High winds, rough sea conditions, fog or prolonged heavy rain may affect boat schedule.
  • Please call 228-864-1014 and select option 2 for schedule and weather updates

* Tip: Check coastal inland waters marine weather forecast. Click Here for Local Marine Forecast(WLOX).

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