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.

full moon cruise

Additional Information

Our schedule varies with the season, but expect us to operate daily from May – August.  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


    Dolphin Watching

    Seasonal Schedule at 10am – early mornings are best time to see dolphins after the local commercial fishing boats have returned from night fishing.  Please call 361-881-8503 for reservations and availability.

    Bay Fishing Charters

    3-hour fishing excursion / all bait, tackle and equipment provided.
    Prepaid reservations required at least 24 hours in advance. – Call 361-881-8503 for reservations and availability.

    Board 6:15am  Depart promptly at 6:30am from Peoples Street T-Head.

    ** Minimum of 3-Maximum of 10 **

    Fun for the whole family!
    Don’t forget your sunscreen and camera to take pictures of your big catch!

    Must have valid salt water fishing license, and provide own ice chest for your big catch!  We want you to have all the fun,  so plan on filleting your own fish.  Be aware we do not have a fillet station.

    Full Moon Cruises

    Full Moon Cruises with live entertainment are scheduled monthly.  The Full Moon Cruises are 1-1/2 hours and $25/person.  Limited to ages 11 and up.
    B.Y.O.B.   Scheduled Full Moon Cruises are listed below.  Click the date to purchase your online tickets!

    Sept. 16, 2016 – 7:00pm 
    Sept. 17, 2016 – 7:00pm
    Oct. 15, 2016 – 6:30pm
    Oct. 16, 2016 – 6:30pm 

    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.  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 – $300/1st hour, $275 each hour thereafter or $150/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.

  • Sailing Charters aboard Nell Betty II – 38 foot Catalina

    back to school sailing

    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
      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.$50.00/person regardless of age.
      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
      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 entree(Surf & Turf not included), and key lime pie for dessert).$85.00/Adults; $60.00/Children 10 and under.  This prices do not include gratuity.  Call (361) 881-8503 for reservations and for additional questions.

    Intro to Sailing – Hands-on Mini Course

    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 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.  Refunds will be made if cancellation is made at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled charter.

  • 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.


    Intro to Sailing – Hands-on  Interactive Experience

    Interested in sailing or possibly looking for a new hobby? Try our Hands-on Mini-Course where certified sailing instructors will teach you everything you need to get started.

    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 the shore.  If you’re curious about sailing, now is the time to try!  Perfect for individuals and families alike. Why wait? Set sail on your adventure today!  $65 per person.

    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.