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Our mission is to provide safe, timely ferry transport & water taxi service from the hectic life on the mainland to the relaxed “Island Time” lifestyle, while ensuring friendly, heipful service to our customers; to promote ecological balance between the surrounding environment and our business practices and cultivating the spirit of community for the island residents and visitors.
Don Pedro and Palm Island are one of the last non-commercialized barrier islands in southwest Florida. Today the island is primarily a residentiai and vacation community. You won’t find Palm Island on any nautical map, as its “official” name is Knight Island. It has fondly been called Palm island for over 40 years, due to the development of Palm Island Estates in the late 60’s and early 70’s and the addition of Palm Island Resort in the late 70’s and early 80’s, which is located on the north end of Knight Island.
Once you are directed by our friendly mates to board the ferry, sit back and relax for a short trip across the Intracoastal Waterway from the mainland to the island. Keep an eye out on the Intracoastal, as the dolphins like to show off on occasion.
With the premier of our new website, you can now access our website on your smart phone or tablet. We will keep you updated, in real time, on the latest information and news concerning our service. This will be particularly helpful to you during inclement weather, or should if we have an unexpected mechanical failure of any of our equipment.
Enjoy your time in paradise!
When arriving at the ferry landing, please observe the signs regarding boarding instructions. A Ranger will collect your fare while you line up on Panama Blvd to board the ferry until 6 PM and after that the mates will board you on the ferry and then collect your fees.
Do not attempt to board until the ferry has docked, unloaded vehicles returning to mainland, and the Mate then motions you forward.
All Resort Guests will have their name on the Daily Barge List for your reservation as your transport is pre-paid by the Resort, so please give the Ranger your name.
Headlights can blind the Ferry Captain when he is bringing the Ferry into the Landing so, If Arriving After Sunset, PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS When You Pull into the Line for Boarding. Once on board the Ferry, please roll down your windows and Turn Off your ignition and engage your parking break. All passengers are to remain inside your vehicle during the trip to the island. There is an area for WALK-ON passengers to wait for the Ferry and they must remain seated when boarded until the Ferry comes to a complete stop at the Landing.
DO NOT Restart your vehicle until the Ferry has stopped at the Landing. DO NOT TURN on your Headlights until you have Disembarked the Ferry. When disembarking from the ferry, please DO NOT back-up until the Ferry Mate has told you to do so. Carefully back off the Ferry being mindful of what is behind you. We appreciate your consideration in obeying the Ferry Procedures.
Boarding Passes are given at the time of a trip purchase (auto/walk), are good only at that time and cannot be used at a later time.
Please report any suspicious activity on the waterway or around the island to the Sheriff's Office on their non-emergency number. For emergencies, call 911.
Call us at (941) 697-8809 or click here, view our maps, for directions from Tampa, Tampa International Airport (TPA), St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda (RSW) and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).
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