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Tiki Boats on Detroit River Launch May 21st for the 2021 Season

Tracy Stengel
Image via Aloha Tiki Tours Facebook page.

Dig out those Hawaiian shirts and plastic leis! Dust off that grass skirt and get ready for brighter days! It’s time to par-tay!

Grab five of your besties and schedule a two-hour voyage down the Detroit River in an octagon-shaped tiki boat, complete with bar stools, a cooler, a Bluetooth speaker, and a thatched roof. Aloha Tiki Tours are set to kick off the 2021 season May 21st, turning the Detroit River into a tropical paradise.

The tiki boats are a dream come true for all fun-seekers. They accommodate six people, plus the captain. Bring your own food, drinks, playlist, and ice and let the luau begin. There’s no need to worry about pedaling, pushing, or piloting. Passengers can feel free to sip, celebrate, and slide on into to their island mode. Alcohol beverages are welcome, but if you bring glass bottles, bring a plastic cup to pour it into. Don’t forget the little umbrellas and cut limes! Sorry, no kegs allowed — it’s only two hours and six people, sooo …
Image via Aloha Tiki Tour’s Facebook page.

Nobody needs an excuse for a good time, but Aloha Tiki Tours are perfect for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and family celebrations. You can even get married onboard! For parties larger than six, you can rent more boats for your boisterous bash and create a floating caravan!

For those with big thirsts and tiny bladders, rest assured, there will be a bathroom break! If you forget your playlist, Aloha Tiki Tours will bail you out with their own favorites.

The tiki boats go out rain or shine, but don’t worry, the roof overhead will keep your drink from being watered down. There is a 1-foot wave restriction set by the United States Coast Guard. If the waves are over a foot, the cruise will be cancelled, and you can reschedule up to a year from your booking.

You can choose from three different departure locations to begin your shenanigans. There are five boats available at Riverside Marina at 11000 Freud Street in Detroit, one boat leaving from the Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge at 507 Biddle Avenue in Wyondotte, and two boats at St. Clair Shores’ Blossom Heath Park & Pier at 24800 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores. Due to renovations to the marina in St. Clair Shores, cruises are delayed. “We’re confident we’ll be ready to go by July 1st,” Nick Biasyczyk said.
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Nick, and his wife, Jody began Aloha Tiki Tours in 2019. They also own Pedal Bar Detroit and Detroit Cycle Boats. These people know how to show you a good time!

If you want to propel your party to the next level, start summer with a splash and visit Aloha Tiki Tours to book your tour. There are daily day and evening cruises from May 21st — the beginning of October. Remember: keep calm and hula on!

If you’re one of the “nauti” ones who have been on an Aloha Tiki Tour, or joined the festivities with Pedal Bar Detroit or Detroit Cycle Boats, tell me about you experience in the comments.

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