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Southern Star Dolphin Cruise

100 Harbor Blvd, Harborwalk Marina, Destin, FL 32541
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Ranked #16 of 126 Activities in Destin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise, as seen on National Geographic Explorer and CNN Earthwatch. Join us as we cruise the pristine waters, along the sugar-white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. Witness the Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin in their natural habitat. Family owned and operated by Captain Steve and Wendy Wilson for 15 years, our 80’ Glass Bottom Boat is all about family fun! With over 7,000 dolphin sightings, you are sure to see something extraordinary.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This summer we had a great summer vacation to Destin Florida. While there we visited Southern Star for dolphin cruise which was a definite highlight. We saw a ton of Dolphins including a bunch of babies. We saw a lot of Dolphins breaching the water and riding the waves with the boats. We also saw a shark and a big... More

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Fairborn, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the dolphin sunset cruise. Children, parents and grandparents were having the best time......smiling, laughing, feeding the birds, spotting dolphins, and taking loads of pictures. The children loved steering the ship! The sunset was beautiful, with the sky painted blue, orange, red and yellow. The crew members were helpful, knowledgable and entertaining. Even the music... More

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Roanoke, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A great attraction for the family that's affordable. You are free to roam the boat. The captain will let the kids steer the boat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Perfect day. I have 3 kids 8, 6, and 2. We leave more wake than the boat when we adventure out. The staff was engaging and helpful with the youngsters. The captain put us on the dolphins immediately this wasn't his first time out. Informative tour of the bay and area, then back to more dolphins. Even let all three... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We have taken the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise twice, both times at the 4:30 cruise. Both times were excellent! We saw plenty of dolphins and enjoyed beautiful sunsets. One thing to keep in mind if you have never been on one of these...don't expect to see dolphins for the full 2 hour cruise. Some of the time is spent just... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time aboard the Southern Star. Captain Steve went above and beyond for us to see the Dolphins! The crew is awesome and very helpful. I recommend this for tour for everyone. It made this short vacation the best ever!

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A wonderful time was had by all aboard Southern Star on the sunset cruise on Saturday, October 11, 2014. We saw dozens of dolphins playing and sharing their dinner right at sunset on this trip. The ride is full of information about the Atlantic dolphin, a bird feeding full of sea gulls all around the "poop" deck, and a surprise... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My husband and I had an amazing time on this cruise. We highly recommend it when you are visiting Destin. Go to the bow of the ship for the best views!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

The Captain was very nice and friendly, reasonably priced for two hours on the water. My ten year old loved steering the ship as well as seeing a plethora of dolphins including a baby ! The 16 year old even looked up from his phone to enjoy the dolphins!! Family owned business that should be supported!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My family took a sunset cruise aboard Southern Star during the week of Easter 2014. The captain and crew were very friendly and knowledgeable about local marine wildlife. We were fortunate to see many dolphins--adults, and even babies! We saw at least three baby dolphins. They get really close up to the boat so that it feels like you could... More

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