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The Dolphin Explorer

951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
239-642-6899
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Ranked #11 of 62 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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Liverpool
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 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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3 attraction reviews
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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Hopatcong, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

If you are in Southern Florida, this is a must on your list of things to do. My wife signed us up and immediately I was skeptical as these kinds of tours in our native state of New Jersey are usually a waste of time seeing a few dolphins that we would have otherwise seen sitting on the beach. I... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We enjoyed this tour! The crew was very knowledgeable! We saw about 18 dolphins and the crew was familiar with several of them. We learned about several birds and the mangroves. We spotted three manatees. We stopped for shelling at a beach only accessible by boat. They have a cooler of water on board and I highly recommend a seat... More

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Galena, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We had such a fun time on this tour. We took the morning one. In all, we probably saw about 22 dolphins! Two of them were even "playing" and jumped out of the water behind the boat! Such an amazing experience! Also, during the tour, they took us to a beach that relatively no one was at. We found many... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Great time, I went with my girlfriend not knowing what to expect. It was a ton of fun, good for kids and adults. I don't have/like children and I still had a good time. got our picture taken on the beach and saw some baby dolphins playing with a stick. Nice way to spend a lazy afternoon.

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