Since 2015, Florida Adventures and Rentals has been offering Eco Tours, Fishing Charters and Rentals. The project started in 2012 when Chris Reilly and his wife Sole Reilly initiated the research to establish a water sports company on Marco Island that could accommodate the needs of all tourists and local residents on the water. Meanwhile they were both working for local companies in the hospitality industry, which gave them years of experience in customer service.
Chris’s passion for the water and his constant thrive to succeed made Florida Adventures and Rentals a reality. He soon obtained his Master Diver Certificate, Master Captains License, CPR and First Aid and he has been continuously improving his resume since. Sole’s major in Industrial Design brought the creative ideas to life along with Chris’s dream job.
The same year that Florida Adventures and Rentals was born they found out they were expecting their first daughter, Mia, since then the family and the company has been growing to has the reputation it has today, and being the only company on Marco Island that offers the best array of options and activities on the water.
Florida Adventures and Rentals captains and guides are customer service oriented, safety trained and professional. All captains go through a rigorous application process, random drug and alcohol testing.
Our captains are employed by Florida Adventures and Rentals, not subcontracted, they are experienced and reliable. This means that we are able to spend valuable time training them on how to provide a great experience for every guest. What does this mean for you? We will tailor your tour or rental to your needs, and make sure you have a memorable experience and and on top of everything have fun.
Captain Chris Reilly is very passionate about this area and truly loves the water and all the activities that can be developed in South West Florida. With 20 years of experience, Chris has explored the water from boating, fishing, water skiing, scuba diving and jet skiing. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut and then raised in North Salem, New York, on Peach Lake. Growing up in upstate NY on the lake was the perfect environment for Chris. He learned to swim at 3 years old and spent most of his time on or in that lake when he wasn’t in school.
From the age of 3 he went camping often with his family in Maine. He hiked and biked and spent hours on the rugged beaches. He learned to love nature and be outdoors. He also was a avid skier/snowboarder. From the early 90’s, during holidays and summers he vacationed on Marco Island with his grandparents. He spent his days with his grandfather fishing and navigating the back waters around Marco. He listened and learned secrets from the old men that fished off Marco daily. His love for the water quickly developed into a love of everything saltwater. Chris relocated to the island he knew and loved as a kid. He quickly settled in and met the love of his life, Sole. They worked hard together and become a family. Chris was waiting tables and loved the people but, he needed more. Eventually his love of saltwater and nature propelled him towards creating his “perfect job”- Florida Adventures and Rentals.
Andrew is a native and local Master Captain, born and raised in Naples, Florida. He attended Lely High School and growing up in this area developed a deep love for the Gulf and its surrounding habitat. He soon realized his dream of becoming a Master Captain and working and fishing the waters that he enjoyed would be his ideal job. He furthered his education by becoming a Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida at the Rookery Bay Reserve. His skill for successful fishing charters is what sets him apart from the rest. Andrew’s smile and charismatic personality along with his vast knowledge make him and ideal member of the Florida Adventures team.
Marco has lived on Marco Island since 1992. His family vacationed here since before his birth and made the move full time when Marco was just a small child. He attended school locally, graduating from Lely High School before moving to Orlando for college. He has enjoyed the Gulf waters around Marco Island his entire life. As a child he surfed, wake boarded and fished nearly daily. He especially enjoys back water fishing for snook and redfish, paddle boarding and shelling. Marco has a keen eye for rare shells and large conch shells. Marco holds his captains license in the state of Florida, is CPR and First Aid certified and is also a Florida Naturalist through the University of Florida. He has two small children who he is raising to love nature and the water just like him! Marco also speaks German fluently and is a fan of Bavaria Futball.
Captain Mike is a 7-year Marco Island local, married to his wife Molly, with 2 wonderful kids. Mike has always loved the water and everything that goes along with it. In his 20’s, Mike became a certified scuba diver and eventually went on to earn his rescue diver certification. Growing up in Central Florida on a chain of lakes, boating and the water has always been a way of life for Mike. Before moving to Marco, Mike and his wife lived in Delaware where he owned his own landscaping company that specialized in the installation and maintenance of living green roofs.
Once Mike and his family moved to Marco Island, Florida, in 2011, he only saw fit to work in the place he loves most. He received his Captain’s license and has since been showing the beauty of our island’s waterways to visitors and locals alike! Mike is a self-declared “shell geek” with his ability to name almost any shell out there and extremely versed in the Gulf of Mexico and sea life. There is rarely a question that Mike cannot answer or a dolphin that won’t jump!! With Mike’s vast knowledge of Marco Island and the Ten Thousand Islands as well as his friendly humor, you are sure to have an enjoyable boat tour!