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 75% of norm to allow for social distancing, sanitize all seats and surfaces regularly, and provide and require all passengers to use hand sanitizer as they board and disembark.

    Japonica Schedule & Pricing – Fall 2021

    Adults- $18.95 / Children- $13.95  (Under 11)

    Click Here to Book All Japonica Cruises

    (Weather Permitting – Schedule & Pricing subject to change as needed without notice).  All cruises BYOB

    OCTOBER SCHEDULE (will change after Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 7th)
    Monday        12:00, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15 (Sunset)  (On Oct 11, Columbus Day we will offer additional cruises at 10:45am & 7:30pm (Moonlight)
    Tuesday        Closed
    Wednesday  12:00, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15 (Sunset), 7:30 (Moonlight)
    Thursday      3:45, 5:00, 6:15 (Sunset), 7:30 (Moonlight)
                12:00, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15 (Sunset), 7:30 (Moonlight)
    Saturday       10:45, 12:00, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15 (Sunset), 7:30 (Moonlight)
    Sunday          10:45, 12:00, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15 (Sunset)

    Dolphin Watching
    Mornings and around sunset are best times 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 – $400/hour.  15% gratuity for crew and sales tax are additional charges.  Maximum of 35 persons.  B.Y.O.B.  Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and beverages (adult bevs ok).  Entrance to boat is narrow and cannot accommodate walkers or wheelchairs.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Book Here

    Sailing Cruises aboard Nell Betty II –
    38 foot Catalina

    Call 361-881-8503 option 2 or
    click to Book Now  (no online booking is currently available, please call)
    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.  Advance reservations required, and dependent upon weather conditions and captain availability.

    • Two-Hour Bay Cruise – $199 (max 6 passengers)
      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.
    • Cruise & Dinner Reservation – same price as above but we make a reservation for your party at our restaurant before or after your cruise.  Dinner and drinks are not included in the price, but you are guaranteed a table.  The captains recommend dining after your cruise, especially if you’ve never cruised before or are prone to motion sickness.

    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.

  • Welcome aboard Texas Tease

    TEMPORARILY CLOSED – anticipate resuming operations in mid-October  2021

    We are working on annual maintenance, repairs, interior updating and a new paint job.  We will be back soon?  Check back for updates!

    Book Now

    (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 –  Weather Permitting
    $30 adults  |  $15 kids (Under 11)
    Senior (65 & Over), Student & Military 10% off (must show ID cards)

    Monday          Closed
    Tuesday          Closed
    Wednesday    Closed

    *Must be at least 13 years old for cruises at 7pm or later

    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 anticipated in June 2021
    $40 adults | $20 kids (Under 11)  
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Menu will vary weekly, $ Mimosa Carafe Special

    Book Now


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