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The Dolphin Explorer

Address: 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
Phone Number: 239-642-6899
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Ranked #11 of 80 Activities in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close and personal. Join the...
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Owner description: A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close and personal. Join the crew of the Dolphin Explorer cruising the waters of Marco Island in search of dolphins as part of the only dolphin research study in Southwest Florida. On our trip, you will visit rookeries, estuaries and a barrier island that you can explore and shell. Two trips daily, seven days a week. A fabulous family adventure.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Very informative, put together well, knowledgeable staff. Naturalist Brian made it all very interesting and captain Mike was perfect in getting the dolphins to meet the boat and follow it. Nice extras were shelling bags and trip to private island. Here's a tip, sit in the rear because the dolphins will play... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We-an extended family of 7 which included 2 small kids, when vacationing at Marco Island were informed about the Dolphin Explorer by the owner of our rental. We booked for the morning trip starting at 9am lasting for 3 hours. We boarded a small boat which could accommodate about 30 persons. The guide Bob was an expert naturalist, friendly and... More 

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Maryville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

When our hosts at Marco Island heard about the water and soda, the shell bag and the pictures that our guide and captain provided they said that topped their cruise with another company. Both the captain and guide and ticket agent were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We had a great time!

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Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We took our teenage twins on this excursion for their birthday on 1-18-15. I was very impressed. We saw 13 dolphins (including babies) and a peregrine falcon during the 3 hour trip. Bob was extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife and plants. He was humorous and happily answered questions. He even took photos of the all the travelers on the... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

You will definitely see Dolphins. This easy to find dolphin explorer is breathtaking. Bob the dolphin expert and Bob the Captian will both bring you to the Dolphins. We learned a lot, Bob was very enthusiastic and explained everything to us. Don't forget a camera, food, sunglasses, and any other necessary items. We saw 11 beautiful, Dolphins two of them... More 

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DeWitt, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had an amazing trip on the Dolphin Explorer. Within minutes of leaving the dock, we started to see the dolphins. Our guide, Bob, new the dolphins by name and gave us lots of information about them. Then Captain Bob revved the boats engines and had the dolphins playing in our wake and following us for several minutes. After watching... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My husband and I recently joined a group from our community for a morning on The Dolphin Explorer out of Rose Marina on Marco Island with Bob the Naturalist and Captain Mike. What a wonderful experience. They are very professional, friendly and full of information. The boat itself was spotless and comfortable. We had a number of dolphin swimming and... More 

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Houston TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you are interested in Florida wildlife and seeing dolphins in their natural state, you will not be disappointed. We have lived in Naples FL (25 mi. N) in the past, and visit every year. We took the trip yesterday and we're still talking about it. Bob was our Captain, and Bob 2 was our guide. Bob 2 is an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

In a span of 3 hours we saw 17 dolphins. We watched a pair hunt together causing fish to leap out of the water. On the way back to the marina, a young dolphin chased our boat and performed all sorts of acrobatics. The naturalist was able to identify many of the dolphins and tell us their stories. He also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We were a large group 14 and this limited our choices on vessels! The staff was great! Very informative and knowledgable! The vessel was clean and comfortable! The fare was was too pricey for the length of the cruise! The island where we stopped to shell was a bit disappointing! Had they went to a better island it would have... More 

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