If you're looking for something fun and different to do for a birthday celebration, date night, or getting together with friends, family or coworkers, book a cruise on the original Belmar Tiki Boat.
The Belmar Tiki Boat is a 45-foot pontoon boat that can accommodate up to 30 guests, including adults and children together. You will enjoy a leisurely cruise around the scenic Shark River, departing from L Dock at the Belmar Marina, directly across from Belmar Parasail.
The boat is equipped with plenty of seating around the perimeter and a large covered console table in the middle of the boat. Guests are welcome to bring snacks and drinks on board, as the tiki boat tour is BYOB, with only soft coolers and backpacks permitted, and no glass bottles.
The Belmar Tiki Boat sailed its maiden voyage in April 2023. The tiki boat is operated by the same folks who own the Golden Eagle fishing party boat, which also docks at the Belmar Marina by 9th Avenue Pier and Marina Grille.
I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a Friday evening cruise to celebrate a friend’s milestone birthday at the end of August. There were about 15 of us in our group. We booked a 1.5-hour public cruise ($50.00 per person with tip) and shared the boat with other guests. There was plenty of room for everybody to have their own space, under the expert care of Captain Matt and a small crew.
If you have a large enough group (up to 30 people), you have the option to book a private, flat-rate cruise for either two hours ($1,250.00 plus tip) or three hours ($1,800.00 plus tip). The per-person cost will vary depending on how many people are joining your group.
Everyone in our party really enjoyed the experience, including the music, and the time went by really fast. The summer evening weather was perfect, and the pontoon boat glided slowly and gently through the calm waters of the Shark River as we took in the beautiful sights of nature and scenery all around us. I would definitely ride again on the Belmar Tiki Boat, perhaps next time for a sunset cruise. Even if you don’t like sailing in a big boat on the ocean, I encourage you to try a ride on the Belmar Tiki Boat in the Shark River. You won’t need your sea legs for this one!
The Original Belmar Tiki Boat
Belmar Marina – L Street Dock 610 River Road
Belmar, New Jersey 07719
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