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Southern Star Dolphin Cruise

100 Harbor Blvd, Harborwalk Marina, Destin, FL 32541
850-837-7741
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Ranked #14 of 95 activities in Destin
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Boat Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had a group of 11. 6 Adults, one teen and 4 kids (10,9,7,7). We all loved it. The staff was friendly. Capn Steve was gracious and kind. We saw many dolphins, even a baby! It was a fun time had by all. When we go back we will try the buchineer ship. Thank you Southern Star Dolphin Cruise. :)

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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231 reviews 231 reviews
21 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

You can tell the owner/captain is on this vessel daily. It is spotlessly clean and very well maintained. He takes a personal interest in everyone enjoying themselves and making sure all get great views of the dolphins. The temperature seems to change often while on the water so be prepared for hot, cold and moderate. This is a very nice... More

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Fishers, Indiana, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I can't say enough good things about this company. The staff is wonderful. We missed our cruise time because of a mix up and they GAVE US tickets for the following night. No hassle. No fuss. The captain and crew are knowledgeable and care for your safety and fun. We saw over 20 dolphins and feed birds, saw the Destin... More

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I absolutely recommend this cruise. We saw over 50 dolphins, and we're able to get some fantastic pictures and video. The dolphins swam right alongside the boat. Kids didn't want to leave, and the adults had a great time too. The owner and captain was entertaining and very welcoming. He let the kids take turns steering the ship. Don't pass... More

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Omaha
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It was very chilly on our sunset cruise so I was thankful for a protected place inside from the wind. The crew is delightful and informative and eager to show us the dolphins. We saw lots of dolphins!

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Pittsburg, Kansas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It was pretty good. The website talked it up and made it sound a lot more impressive than it was. Good place to go with little children, but as just a group of college friends, it was a little boring. We didn't get to see too many dolphins either. We went at 5 and so the sun was setting towards... More

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Toronto, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The Southern Star skipper knows the harbour and tells you the inside info on local attractions. He even pointed out the locales where some shots in Jaws were filmed. The hunt for dolphins is sometimes hit or miss, but eventually we found a pod which swam quite close to the boat. Lots of opportunity for photos or movies, especially when... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Well maintained boat, knowledgable Captain. Lots of dolphins feeding & playing in waves. As a biologist, I'm particular about the narration of trips like this. The Captain knew his dolphin biology and behavior well. I was impressed. No children with us but they take good care of the kids, letting them steer and pick a gift from the "treasure chest".

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atlanta, georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Very friendly staff. We saw plenty of dolphins and enjoyed the beauty of Destin. Captain let the kids steer and gave them a prize from a treasure box. Snacks on board were very reasonably priced. The captain gave a lot of interesting info about dolphins and made a point of showing the dolphins on each side of the boat.

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Canton, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We saw tons of dolphins right up next to the boat. They love that the kids want to be up and involved in the information about the dolphins. Definitely a must see!

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