Treat Yourself!

Let us show you a unique way to enjoy Corpus Christi Bay – from the water’s perspective.  Don’t forget your camera and a jacket for cooler weather.

Take a ride aboard “Japonica” our bay tour boat, for a cruise around the bay or enjoy a relaxing 2 hour cruise aboard “Nell Betty II”, our 38′ Catalina sailboat.

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

Additional Information

Our schedule varies with the season, but expect us to operate daily from May – Labor Day Weekend.  All of our cruises and tours are BYOB, so bring your favorite snacks and beverages along.  Soda, bottled water and chips are available for sale aboard the Japonica.

  • Japonica Bay Tours / Party Boats

    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.

    Adults- $15 / Children- $10 (10 and under)

    Japonica Schedule

    Beginning September 6, 2017 will run Fall schedule for the Fall season.
    Monday & Thursday:  10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45

    Japonica Boat does not run on Tuesday or Wednesdays.

    Friday:  10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 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
    * indicates no passengers under age of 10

    Dolphin Watching
    Seasonal Schedule at 10:15am – early mornings are best time to see dolphins after the local commercial fishing boats have returned from night fishing.
    Full Moon Cruises
    Full Moon Cruises are B.Y.O.B.  with live entertainment and typically are scheduled monthly March-November.  The Full Moon Cruises are 1-1/2 hours and $25/person.  Limited to ages 11 and up.
    See the e-store to purchase your online tickets or contact the gift shop at 361-881-8503, ext 2 to purchase by phone or in person.
    Lunch Break Cruise
    We pack your lunch & have it on board when you arrive, making it easy to enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary lunchtime excursion.  Lunch reservations are required by 10 am the day of the cruise.  Cost is $21.99 per person.  Call for reservations.
    Sunset / Harbor Bridge Cruise
    Come enjoy the Harbor Bridge lights at night and enjoy the spectacular light show.

    Private Party Cruises

    Private party rental available for your special event – $375/1st hour, $325 each hour thereafter or $175/additional half hour.  Maximum of 35 persons.  B.Y.O.B., so bring your favorite snacks and beverages along.

    Call us today at 361-881-8503, ext 2.

  • Sailing Charters aboard Nell Betty II –
    38 foot Catalina

    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 bay front 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 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!

    Call (361) 881-8503 ext 2 for reservations and for additional questions.

    Captains and Deck Hands are service providers. As such, gratuities are appreciated. Suggested gratuity is 15-20% 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.

  • Team Building on the Water

    Get your team out of the “bored” room and set sail on our yacht “classroom” for an adventure where team members will learn first-hand what it takes to work together.

    With the sun in your hair and the wind on your face, our Team Building on the Water course provides a dynamic, engaging, and high-energy setting for optimum learning that your team members will not soon forget.

    This exercise requires no previous sailing experience and is designed to engage all team members throughout the excursion.  Our team building and leadership development programs are designed to help new and seasoned teams develop and practice vital skills, accomplish difficult tasks, improve performance, and have fun together.  In minutes, your team will be sold on the thrill of harnessing the wind and the joy of their accomplishments achieved only through working together.

    Our sailing challenge highlights communication issues, leadership, problem solving and strategic planning.  All essential skill for working well together in the office and beyond.


    Contact Information: Yachting Center @ Harrison’s Landing, 108 Peoples Street T-Head, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, (361) 881- 8503, ext 2

    Prices and services subject to change without notice.

    Captains, Instructors, and Deck Hands are service providers.  As such, gratuities are appreciated. Suggested gratuity is 10-20% of the charter fee.