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Dolphin Watch

201 William Street, Key West, FL 33040
305-294-6306
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Ranked #9 of 321 Activities in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Dolphin Watch is Key West's original wild dolphin charter, connecting people and wild dolphins since 1986.Relax on the spacious deck or find a shady spot. With only six passengers maximum, there is plenty of space to move around on the 31 foot catamaran.The captain is your wildlife guide with over ten years of experience.Observe the resident pod of wild Bottlenose Dolphins, then snorkel the coral reef or shallow sponge garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

First of all we saw many dolphin and appreciated Captain Billy's explanations of their habits and behavior. We had plenty of time to enjoy them and took some great pictures. We then motored out to sponge beds to snorkel as the water was too murky at the reefs. Billy was terrific teaching us novices how to snorkel and joined us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Just hired these guys for a private charter last week. William and Rob were awesome guides and really made our trip enjoyable. It took us a while to find dolphins but they did. They also took us out to the barrier reef to snorkel which was breathtaking, even with all the jellyfish in the way. They knew I wasn't confident... More

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Billy_Litmer, Captain at Dolphin Watch, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review and thanks for spending part of your honeymoon with us! I also really enjoyed spending some quality time listening to your (nontraditional) dolphin watching music selections. Hope your new husband is well and his fish tank is staying ice free way up there! Enjoy the newlywed life and see you next time! -Billy... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I went by myself on the afternoon run. Saw many dolphins playing and even young dolphins. They were friendly, informative. Had chance to also snorkel in a sponge garden and see the sunset. Fresh fruit was served. I even bought a nice local made Tshirt! Great job folks. Was one for the books to remember. I 'must do' in Key... More

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Billy_Litmer, Captain at Dolphin Watch, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the really nice review, we appreciate it greatly! It was a lot of fun having you on board and we hope we get to see you next year when you are back down. I(Billy) still want to buy that t-shirt off of you, so please do your best to remember and bring an extra one next time... More

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Our trip on the "Patty C" was one of the highlights of our trip to the Keys. Captain Billy and Evan met us at the dock ready to go out to sea. The beautiful catamaran is very comfortable and just glides over the water. Billy is very informative about the dolphins, the location and the ocean in general. He is... More

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Billy_Litmer, Captain at Dolphin Watch, responded to this review

I greatly appreciate your observations and the energy you put into your review. We work hard on getting the details of our trips right and to make sure that we always place our respect for the dolphins at the forefront of what we do. It is very touching when it is noticed and our efforts are complemented. Thanks to you... More

West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

As a Florida Native, I have been to Key West on more occasions than I can count. Recently, though I am not prone to engage in many of the typical "touristy" offerings on the rock, my girlfriend and I booked an excursion on the "Patty C" with the hopes of experiencing something a bit different while celebrating an early retirement.... More

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Billy_Litmer, Captain at Dolphin Watch, responded to this review

Wow. Thank you so much for that excellent review. I truly appreciate it and I might even be printing and mailing that one home for my parent's refrigerator! Once again, congratulations on the retirement, I am very happy and excited for you and your girlfriend. You guys have a lightness in your attitude that is thoroughly contagious and very relaxing.... More

Enschede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had a great time! Saw many dolphins, great snorkel spot, nice company and a fabulous sunset. Absolutely perfect. Thank you Billy!

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Pickering, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Captain Billy and the crew were very friendly, informative, and determined to find us dolphins. We started our journey with no luck for the first couple do hours, so we changed it up and went snorkelling. The spot was great with lots of large sponges and a good variety of fish. After snorkelling it was time to get back to... More

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Billy_Litmer, Captain at Dolphin Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a nice review and for listening to me talk about baby mangrove trees :) we appreciate it. I still think about making a Dolphin Search tee after that trip. Also, you never let me know how the concert was, I know you were looking forward to it! Hope you and the family are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

What a fantastic trip! While visiting Key West, I hopped on board the Patty C three times in one week. Every day was a new experience, with lots of dolphins and wildlife. Captain Billy is fantastic, knowledgeable and kind, and his first mate Jayce was great as well. This trip is a must do!

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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A great trip to observe dolphins in their natural environment. With a 6 passenger maximum you are sure to get all the attention you need. Billy, Captain of the Patty C, and Rob, First Mate, made sure everyone was comfortable and felt safe on the boat. About 20 mins out we were able to observe a school of dolphins. Billy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I have never met a guide with such respect of dolphins, captain Billy is the real deal, who wants to show the dolphins of key west, he knows where they are, and when he is arriving near the dolphins he let them come to us. What a respect for the nature. Go with Billy you will not regret it

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