Sailing the slow life

Catamaran with Captain Jambo’s

Savannah Vasquez
The family behind Captain Jambo’s include (from left) Bodhi King, Melissa Richmond and Jason King. [SAVANNAH VASQUEZ/DESTIN.COM]

If you like the slower things in life, a leisurely day on a catamaran might be just the thing. Captain Jambo’s, located on the ChoctawhatcheeBay just off of Crab Island in Destin offers hourly tours on their 27-foot stiletto catamaran that take the slow route to enjoying Destin’s subtle beauty.

 “A sailboat is the best way to experience the water,” said Captain Jambo’s owner Jason King.

 “It’s big enough to enjoy with a group and you are close to the water,” added co-owner Melissa Richmond. “You don’t have to have a loud engine the whole time either, so that makes it more relaxing.”

 King and Richmond launched Captain Jambo’s last year and offer by-the-hour tours for up to six people on their catamaran, including dolphin and snorkeling tours. The tours can be private or shared, meaning you can book it up with your own friends and family or jump on a boat with another group to share the cost.

Richmond said pricing depends on the tour package the customer chooses and how many hours they wish to go out for.

 “We have two- to seven-hour private tours and we have a list of activities that you can put together to make a specialized tour,” she said. “It starts out at $112 per hour and goes down from there. It comes out to less than $20 per person per hour though, so it’s really more affordable – I think it’s more affordable than most people realize.”

 As for the business name, Richmond said it was a creative process.

 “Jambo means hello in Swahili,” explained Richmond. “And it’s also our names, the J-A for Jason, the M for Melissa and the B and O for our son Bodhi.” 

Captain Jambo’s is located at 109 Calhoun Ave. in Destin. In addition to sailing trips on the catamaran, Captain Jambo’s also offers parasailing tours on their speed boat. For more information, visit or call 850-888-8359. 

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