See Corpus Christi from a different perspective. Treat Yourself
To A Boat Ride!

Let us show you a unique way to enjoy Corpus Christi Bay – from the water’s perspective.  It’s always cooler on the water, the sounds of the sea and birds are always so relaxing, the soft rock and roll of boat from the water action melt away the tensions of life.  And, you may luck out and see pelicans, sea birds, turtles and dolphin along the way.  Don’t forget to bring your camera and a jacket for cooler weather.

Take a ride aboard “Japonica” our BYOB one hour bay tour boat for a cruise around the bay.

When you return, do a little shopping at Cathy’s Boutique and Gifts  (, and have a meal at Tavern on the Bay.

The boat is available for private charter as well.

Additional Information

Our boating schedule varies with the seasons.  Japonica cruises and tours are BYOB, so bring your favorite snacks and beverages along.  Soda, bottled water and chips are available for sale on the boardwalk in front of the restaurant and also aboard the Japonica.

  • Japonica Bay Tours / Party Boat



    If you’re looking for fun, you’ve come to the right place!  Let the bay breeze, salt air and sounds of the sea melt away your cares.  Revel in the sights and sounds of our beautiful downtown marina and cityscape in the heart of Corpus Christi Bay.

    A relaxing ride on the “Japonica”, our 50 foot, open air touring boat will allow you to see the highlights of downtown Corpus Christi and experience a breathtaking view that cannot be seen from the coastline. You won’t want to miss the spectacular sight of signature Corpus Christi locations such as the Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington, Art Museum of South Texas, American Bank Center, Federal Court House, downtown business and hotel district, city marina, Corpus Christi and Magee Beaches, and from a distance Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.

    We have taken all necessary precautions for COVID-19, and have reduced our capacity to 50% of norm to allow for social distancing, expanded the time between cruises to allow for sanitizing all seats and surfaces, require all passengers to wear masks, provide and require all passengers to use hand sanitizer as they board and disembark.

    Japonica Schedule – Fall/Winter

    Adults- $17.50 / Children- $12.50  (Under 11)

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    (Weather Permitting)
    Friday        4:30, 5:45, 7:00
    Saturday   10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00
    Sunday      10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45

    Dolphin Watching
    Mornings and around sunset are best time to see dolphins after the local commercial fishing boats have returned from night fishing.

    Private Event Cruises

    Private event rental available for your special event – $375/1st hour, $325 each hour thereafter or $175/additional half hour.  Gratuity for crew and sales tax are additional charges.  Maximum of 35 persons (20 during COVID schedule).  B.Y.O.B., so bring your favorite snacks and beverages along.

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    Sailing Cruises aboard Nell Betty II –
    38 foot Catalina

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    Our docked sailboat ready for you.Sail away with us.  Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned sailor, let us show you the beauty of Corpus Christi’s skyline and bayfront from the dolphin’s perspective!  Kick back and relax and let your stress melt away with the gentle rocking of the waves, and the sights and sounds of the water.  We have multiple options available, but all require advance reservations.  Short notice may work as long as we have a captain available.

    • Two-Hour Bay Cruise – $50/person
      Our most popular option.  Perfect for date night, vacation excursion, family outing, guys/girls night out, or for whatever other reason the sea is calling you.   Maximum passenger count is 6.  Call 361-881-8503, ext. 2 for schedule availability.
      We call this a shared or public cruise, as you may have other passengers aboard as well.
    • Cruise & Dinner Package – $85 adults; $60 children (10 & under)
      Relax or take the wheel for a two hour sail on the beautiful Corpus Christi Bay, and then enjoy a meal at our great waterfront restaurant, Tavern on the Bay! Each Cruise and Dinner Package includes a two hour sail and three-course dinner (dinner salad, any entrée (Surf & Turf not included), and key lime pie for dessert).   This price does not include gratuity.  Call (361) 881-8503 ext 2 for reservations and for additional questions.

    Intro to Sailing – Hands-on Interactive Experience –  $65/person

    Interested in sailing or possibly looking for a new hobby?

    A sailboat can take you across the bay or around the world. On a vessel utilizing the natural force of the wind you become free of the bonds of shore. You’ve seen the sailboats in the bay. If you’re curious about sailing, now is the time to join us for 2 hours on the Corpus Christi Bay for our Introduction to Sailing mini-course. Perfect for a family. Come enjoy the adventure!

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    Captains and Deck Hands are service providers. As such, gratuities are appreciated. Suggested gratuity is 15% of the charter fee.

    All cruises and charters require advance reservations and prepayment.  If cancelled by phone at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled charter, a full refund will be issued.  If less then 24 hours, only a 50% refund will be issued.

  • Captains and Deck Hands are service providers.  As such, gratuities are appreciated. Suggested gratuity is 15% of the charter fee.

    Welcome aboard Texas Tease

    TEMPORARILY CLOSED – anticipate resuming operations in late November 2020

    We are working on annual maintenance, repairs, interior updating and a new paint job.  We will be back in operation late Fall 2020!  Check back for updates!

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    (Video credit to Dorian Green, DGreen Filmz, Corpus Christi)

    Texas Tease is a 74′ party boat to operate bay cruises, sunset cruises, party cruises, and private rentals.  The boat has A/C on the first deck and is open air on the upper deck.  A full bar is available during all cruises.

    Available for private charter as well at $450/hour with maximum of 50 passengers.  Let’s get the party started Coastal Bend!

    Schedule – Off Season  – Weather Permitting
    $25 adults  |  $15 kids (Under 11) |
    Senior (65 & Over), Student & Military 10% off (be prepared to show ID cards)

    Monday          Closed
    Tuesday          Closed
    Wednesday    Closed
    Thursday        5:00, 7:00*
    Friday             5:00, 7:00*
    Saturday         4:30, 6:30, 8:30*
    Sunday           10:30 am – BRUNCH BUFFET  (see pricing below for brunch) – Sunday           1:00pm & 3:00 pm – GAME DAY ON THE BAY (Bingo with prizes, and other board game favorites for the non-Bingo players).  No additional cost involved.  Bring your game skills !

    *Must be at least 13 years old

    Sunset / Harbor Bridge Cruise
    Come and enjoy the Harbor Bridge lights at night, and see the spectacular light show.

    Sunday Brunch Bay Cruise – Not operating until boat resumes operations late Fall
    $35 adults | $20 kids (Under 11)  
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Menu will vary weekly, $8 Mimosa Carafe Special

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