Dolphins By Sunset

We were off to see some dolphins and tour areas surrounding Sanibel Island by water with the Sanibel Thriller the morning of Day 7! Before heading to Sanibel Marina, we stopped by the Lighthouse Cafe, most well-known for their AMAZING breakfast menu :) Had to have the classic bacon, eggs, and wheat pancakes!

I love going to the cafe. It's such an interesting place to mingle with family and friends while either waiting to be called for a table by going to the shops next door, or eating while you gaze at hundreds of framed lighthouse photographs that cover the walls.

After we finished breakfast, we drove a few minutes down to the Sanibel Marina to get in line for the Sanibel Thriller! The Sanibel Thriller is a 55' motor yacht that can hold up to 43 passengers to cruise the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound, going around both Sanibel and Captiva Islands. You're also able to see Cayo Costa, fishing houses, dolphins, pelicans, and great view of the Sanibel lighthouse, and much more!

Our tour was going to be 1.5 hours long on the water in full sun, so we lathered on sunscreen and bug spray before boarding. We also brought towels, our cameras, and bottled water on the boat.

While we were waiting to board, Mr. ArtSea Chic and I decided to browse the marina and look for our future boat...decisions, decisions :)

While looking, we spotted a bunch of bait fish and SNOOK! Big ones at that were just swimming around underneath the wooden docks and boat bottoms. Unfortunately, the marina has a no fishing policy - and the snook know it apparently. Watch Mr. ArtSea Chic's video below of some of the snook he found just chillin' under a boat bottom! It was kinda murky, but you can still see them.

We finally boarded! Take note of how Mr. ArtSea Chic and I looked before we left the marina, we'll look very different later on as you scroll down.

Half way into the ride, we had passed all of Sanibel Island's gulf side and circled back around to head back to the marina when our captain spotted a few pods of dolphin wanting to play in the wake of the Sanibel Thriller! Watch the video below to see how many dolphins were jumping around.

Now, can you tell just how much our towels and hats DID NOT work on keeping us dry??haha Gosh, it was so windy when we were heading back to the marina, we just got completely soaked with salt water on every wave. Felt good, but it was cold after a while!

When we got back to Sanibel Marina mid-afternoon, we all were just completely drenched!haha So we decided to head back to the condo for lunch and to take showers so we were ready by 5:30PM for a dinner on Captiva Island at The Mucky Duck.

It's a tradition every time we visit the islands, that we have dinner at sunset. Captiva Island is well-known for having some of the best sunsets in the area, and The Mucky Duck sits perfect on the water for capturing the views.

However, because of its popularity, the waiting time is very long. I think we waited over an hour to be seated inside for dinner. But when you know it's going to be that long of a wait, a beachcombing walk is in order! While my parents had drinks outside we ventured off to the beach to see what shells we could find. Not too many, but we did spot a dolphin feeding close to shore and then going back out under the setting sun.

We also stumbled upon two sand seahorses that had been built! Really nice sand work ;) Right before we were called, we found a couple and asked them if they wouldn't mind snapping a photo of us as the sun set over the horizon; the colors were so beautiful!

We got seated inside and finally got to drool over the dinner and drink menu. They didn't serve strawberry margaritas :( so Mr. ArtSea Chic talked the bartender into making me a winerita instead.haha I decided to order the Mahi Mahi with a side of vegetables and mashed potatoes - MMMmm MMmmm it was SO good!

Let's get another close-up... hungry yet? ;)

We capped off the night by browsing The Mucky Duck's array of T-shirts, hats,bags and more that are cleverly displayed on the ceiling of the entrance. Mr. ArtSea Chic got a shirt + hat package, and gave the hat to me :) So sweet right? You'll see me wearing The Mucky Duck hat during Day 8 as we hit the beach a final time! It's almost the end of our Sanibel trip!


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