Fun, Fascinating Activities for your Vacation in Southwest Florida
South Seas Island Resort is a unique village and wildlife sanctuary with boundless opportunity for both relaxation and family adventure. Test your handicap on the golf course. Rally on the tennis court. Treat yourself to a soothing spa treatment. Work out in the fitness center. Or just enjoy the striking beauty of the surrounding nature in a truly incomparable setting.
- Seaside golf course, offering nine-holes along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico
- Tennis courts, with on-staff tennis professionals available for private lessons, organized activities, group clinics and tournaments, floodlit for evening and night use
- Kay Casperson “Beauty Inside Out” Lifestyle Spa and Boutique, offering a full-service menu of treatments
- Fully-equipped fitness center, with state-of-the-art strength training machines and free weights
- Inspired nature and wildlife sanctuary, featuring a wide variety of educational and fun activities for you and your family to take part in
Family. Nature. Comfort. Discover why South Seas Island Resort has become a multi-generational classic and rated a Top 10 Beach Resort for Families by Parents Magazine. Book your memorable Florida experience online for our Best Rates Guaranteed.
Discover Beautiful Alternatives to Fort Myers Golf Courses
Golf is a game best enjoyed when acquired skills are tested and the spirit is confronted. With year-round balmy weather, clear blue skies and gentle ocean breeze, South Seas Island Resort is the ideal choice for your next Sanibel Island golf vacation. Choose from two expertly designed courses. Assess your short game on the challenging Captiva Course, a 9-hole, par-27 course on the grounds of the resort. If you prefer a full 18-hole, undertake the championship course at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club – just a short drive away on Sanibel Island.
Test your skill on the Captiva Course at South Seas Island Resort. This nine-hole executive course was designed by Chip Powell, and is ranked as one of the "Top Five Short Courses" in the world.
Gulf views from every hole make this course a truly incomparable setting, as well as a challenge to the short game. Players of all abilities are welcome.
Visit the Captiva Course Golf Shop at South Seas and browse the latest golf collections from Nike and other designer brands. Items include South Seas logo golf shirts, caps, and a selection of shorts, sweaters and sweater vests. Golf balls and gloves are also available in this full-service pro shop.
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
Guests of South Seas are also welcome to challenge their game at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. This 18-hole championship golf course is the only PGA-rated course on the islands. Nestled within a wildlife preserve, the course challenges golfers of all levels. A short 25-minute drive from South Seas, The Dunes provides the ideal setting for a Sanibel Island golf getaway, as well as a convenient alternative to crowded Fort Myers golf clubs and courses. Seasonal tee times start at 7:30am.
Please call (239) 472-2535 for reservations.
Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy
Agility on the court
Tennis players of all levels - social to competitive, beginners to professionals - will come away with an intense passion for the game of tennis after experiencing the services and instruction of Pavel Blackwood Tennis Academy at South Seas Island Resort. Group accommodations are our forté. From private schools, men's and women's league teams to groups of friends, the resort setting coupled with the tennis amenities are certain to provide the ideal destination to perfect your tennis game. Groups can choose to stay in a Tennis Villa or other various accommodations offered within the resort village. Dine at any of the four restaurants, relax at the beach or the spa and spend time out on the tennis courts, including several clinics. Please call the Tennis Office at (239) 472-5111 ext. 4151 and ask about special offers for groups of 10 or more.
Discover a new passion for the game of tennis through these exceptional services offered by Pavel Blackwood Tennis Academy at South Seas Island Resort:
- Daily Adult Clinics, designed for all levels from first timers to rated players
- 10 & Under Clinic, instruction for beginner children focusing on developing hand-eye coordination and having fun
- Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy (PBTA) Certified Head Professional
- Tennis Concierge Service, for anyone who is looking for a partner at their own level, singles or doubles
- Daily Junior Clinics, competitive and recreational junior instruction
- Private Instruction, for all ages and abilities
- 11 courts, for day and evening play (four courts are lit for evening play)
Founded by top 15 ATP player Andrei Pavel and successful junior development coach Nick Blackwood, the Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy provides direct oversight and certification of the Tennis Pro staff.
The Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy partners with athletes of all abilities to provide a high level of tennis training created to meet their goals on and off the court. We believe the successful tennis player is the one who is prepared mentally and physically. Since each player has unique training needs our programs focus on their individual strengths and areas for development. With a combination of physical training, mental development and an emphasis on education for all players, we create an environment where each player that works hard can be a winner.
Staying fit is easy with our state-of-the-art fitness center
Continue your established conditioning routine, or begin a new one, while you stay at South Seas Island Resort. With our newly constructed Fitness Center, making time for a workout is effortless. With over 30 machines to choose from, our center provides an ideal exercising environment. Elevate your heart rate on a LifeFitness treadmill. Sculpt your muscles with strength training machines and free weights. Design your program with the most up to date equipment and innovative features, including:
- State-of-the-art fitness center, open to guests 16 years and older
- Exercise machines, choose from over 30 different kinds
- Strength training machines, and free weights
- LifeFitness cardiovascular machines, to elevate your heart rate
*Guests 16 – 18 years of ages must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Athletic shoes and shirts required. No bare feet or sandals. Open Monday – Sunday 6am to 9pm.
Explore nature’s bounty at South Seas
At South Seas Island Resort, wildlife exists everywhere you look. The resort village is a protected wildlife sanctuary – a place where natural beauty surrounds you at every turn. The "true" residents of this resort include all wildlife residing on the island and in the waters. From the Bottle-nosed Dolphins and West Indian Manatees, to the Great Egrets, White Ibis and Cuban Anole Lizards, every inch of sea, land and air teems with beautiful indigenous creatures. Whether you have a passion for nature, or simply enjoy the outdoors, there are a wide variety of educational and fun activities for you and your family to take part in.
Sanibel Sea School / Ocean Discovery Center
Sanibel Sea School’s Ocean Discovery Center (ODC) is designed to provide resort guests a tantalizing taste of ocean exploration. There is something for the whole family in the ODC; those young at heart can challenge their senses in the tunnel of darkness or in the tactile tubes. Five aquaria let you see an array of marine habitats represented in southwest Florida and informative panels let you learn things about the ocean that you probably didn’t already know. Please come and join us in better understanding the ocean that supports us.
Captiva's beaches are world-famous for shelling. Both novice and serious collectors can find a treasure trove of shells on a visit. Warm Gulf waters and white sandy beaches bear an incredible 250 species of shells. To connect with other shell enthusiasts, visit ILoveShelling.com to learn everything you need to know about shelling on Sanibel and Captiva.
Kayaking is an extraordinary way to explore native wildlife. A variety of kayak tours are offered for all skill levels. Expeditions to Bryant Bayou, Chadwick's Bayou and North Captiva are available daily. Check the Activities Calendar for times and fees.
Teen Kayak Tours
For ages 13-19, special 'tween and teen kayak tours are offered to Bryant's Bayou. Enjoy the sights and sounds above, beside and below the kayak as you paddle through calm waters while learning about the natural wildlife of Captiva.
Captiva Cruises Family Excursions
Make unforgettable family memories by taking a cruise. Available cruises include Dolphin & Wildlife Adventure, Island Beach & Shelling and Sunset. Private cruise expeditions or custom sailing tours are available.
Guided Family Fishing Excursions
The peaceful waters of the Gulf of Mexico are alive with an abundance of aquatic life. Aboard a guided charter vessel, guests may experience the waters of Captiva in pursuit of Tarpon, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Redfish and Snook. Charters leave both the Yacht Harbour and Marina, North Pointe, and Bayside Marina, South Village.
GO! FISH (North Pointe)
The Go! FISH program encourages the teaching of "catch and release." Participants are nearly guaranteed to catch one of the many types of fish found around the resort village in the Gulf waters including Redfish, Spanish Mackarel, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, and more. Participants will receive fishing rods & bait for the program.
A leisurely way for you and your family to exercise and explore South Seas while enjoying the natural scenery. Trek bicycle rentals are available from Best Boat Rentals beside Bayside Marina.
Use the buoy-inspired mile markers (tenth of a mile markers) to track your distance while walking or jogging along historic Plantation Road. The foliage-laden nature-scape is a feast for the eyes and senses. Look down to spot turtles, crabs, rabbits or ducks or gaze upwards to glimpse Osprey nests, or the occasional American Bald Eagle, in the trees.
Getting around South Seas
Getting Around South Seas…
South Seas Island Resort spans 2.5 miles from Chadwick’s Square in the South Village to the Lands End Villas, North Pointe, at the northern tip of Captiva. As part of the charm of the resort village, guests are encouraged to park their cars and traverse the resort village by bike, golf cart or trolley.
South Seas Trolleys
The complimentary trolleys offer a fun way to travel around the resort village. The trolleys run continuously between 7:00 am and 11:00 pm, providing service between the South Village and North Pointe.
Bikes offer a leisurely way for you and your family to explore South Seas. Travel the resort village on Trek bikes for adults and children. Rentals are available per night at check-in or daily rentals from Best Boats, located beside the Bayside Marina, South Village, and at Sunny Island Watersports (located at North Pointe) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Golf Cart Rentals
One of our guests’ favorites, a golf cart, offers a unique way to get around the island. Both four and six-seat golf carts are available for rent by the day or the week from Best Boats located beside the Bayside Marina, South Village, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Golf cart rentals are available to guests 22 and older with a valid driver’s license. Reservations are recommended. For reservations, call (239) 472-5111, ext. 3455.