Tiki bars are the ultimate source of tropical vibes when you’re looking to do some sippin’ by the sea. But what if you combined those two so you could do some sippin’ IN the sea?
That was the thinking behind Cruisin’ Tikis, which was launched last March in Orange Beach by Haley and Ian Blaise (they have an existing sister business in Destin).
“We’ve spent so much time over in Orange Beach and thought that it would be the perfect location for it,” Haley says.
The idea is simple and fun: pack your own refreshments (the company provides cups, ice, and a cooler), pull up a seat at the tiki bar, and float on with the sound of gentle waves and beachy music.
Cruisin’ Tikis has several “boats”—named Boo-yah, Baybee, and Bama—and operates out of two marinas in Orange Beach, Caribe and Zeke’s. They offer three tours: a Bay Tour, a Sunset Tour, and a Bird Island Tour.
Both the Bay Tour and the Sunset Tour are 1.5 hours. The Bird Island Tour is 3 hours and includes some relaxing beach time on both Bird Island and Robinson Island. Tours start at $50 per person and there is a maximum of six passengers per tiki. You can also book a private tiki boat and tour starting at $300.
Haley says the sunset tour is the most popular, but “with the water temp increasing, the three-hour cruise is definitely gaining momentum.”
Since the tours are small groups, the itinerary is as relaxed as the vibes. If you want to swim, you can swim. If your group wants to make a pit stop at an island in the bay, your captain will do it. That means that no matter how many times you take the cruise, it will always be different.
All tours cruise you though the Cotton Bayou, which allows you to ogle some amazing Orange Beach homes, bird watch, and feel all those relaxed Alabama beach vibes. You might even spot some dolphins!