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The Dolphin Explorer

951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
239-642-6899
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Ranked #12 of 65 Activities in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This was a truly memorable experience for a number of reasons, not least the fact we got to see Dolphins and manatees. We saw 6 dolphins, with one chasing the boat plus a couple of manatees. But thanks to the crew, it was made even better. When we saw a few dolphins on the way back, they thought nothing of... More

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Although we were only out on the water for part of the time before being cut short by a thunderstorm, we managed to see three pairs of dolphins - one pair even chased the boat. What a privilege! The boat crew were fun and provided lots of information about the dolphins. When we came into the Marina, we we were... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Dolphin Explorer /Shell excursion fun by Bob and Captain Mike was excellent. They engaged the audience and answered questions from everyone. The "mini" hike that opened up into a beautiful site of shelling. The family photos taken and give to us was a "nice" touch. We would recommend this to everyone. It was a very informative excursion that was... More

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Buchanan, Virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was an exceptional attraction. The crew was very fun and knowledgeable. We saw many dolphins and birds. This was definitely well worth the money.

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Liverpool
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a terrific attraction. The crew was very knowledgeable and likeable. Our first trip was only 11/2 hours long as a wild thunderstorm loomed in the distance and the captain thought it was a wise idea to come in. We were offered a full refund or the promise of another complete dolphin tour any day we could do it.... More

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It was raining as we pulled up, but not very much. Bob meet us and explained that the weather radar they could see meant that it wouldn't get any worse than the light rain we were experiencing. At that point we were given the choice of proceeding on the tour or getting a complete refund. Interestingly, none of the 20... More

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Newark
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We've taken many tours on Marco island. This one is pricey but you get a lot for your money. It was the most comprehensive tour we've taken. And one of the most interesting. We learned a lot from the knowledgable captains and saw sights we haven't seen on other tours (dolphin and her calf, dolphin riding the waves from our... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Dolphin Explorer was one of the highlights of our vacation in Naples. The crew was great and very knowledgeable. We particularly liked that they had a naturalist on board who had the children keep track of the dolphins they saw and helped them identify them by their different dorsal fins. Because they have been monitoring this group of dolphins for... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This tour was probably the best tour like this that I have ever taken- anywhere! I really liked that you got to see the dolphins and learn about them but you did not feel like you were intruding on them. The crew was very knowledgeable about dolphins overall but also about the specific dolphins that we saw on the tour.... More

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Merseyside
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

There are loads of boat trips available from Marco so we did our research to make sure we picked the best one and we did! We took the 9am trip which started with an introduction from the captain about what they did and what we were going to do on the trip then set off to spot some dolphins and... More

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