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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 73 Activities in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close and personal. Join the...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Tours, Adventure
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Door County, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Our guide Bob, and Cpt. Mike made this tour fun, educational and exciting. We spotted 15 dolphins on our trip, with many jumping alongside the wake of our boat. This tour company anticipates every need - including drinks onboard and providing nets for the island shelling segment. The crew was friendly and welcoming - patiently answering the same questions over... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Great little excersion if you have some time to kill and didn't get to boat while on Marco Island. Great staff. Great area for exploring.

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Richboro, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I drove for two hours to go on the Dolphin Explorer, as we were staying with family closer to Orlando. It was such an amazing experience for my family and I. Captain Chris knows so much about the dolphins, and other wildlife here. He shared info and answered questions. Unlike a trip to a large commercial park, you leave here... More 

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Barrington, IL
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We were referred into this boat tour through our Surf Club hotel / timeshare (thanks Judy!), and it turned out to be the best we have been on for dolphins (comparing it to Maui spinners, Big Island, Sanibel, Miami, Prince William Sound). And it's not just because of the massive amount of dolphins, nor the other wildlife you extensively see... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A must do activity! My husband, myself and our two children ages 5 and 8 absolutely loved this! The crew was wonderful. Very friendly and so knowledgeable about not only the dolphins, but other wildlife we encountered. We saw more dolphins than we could count. Words can not express how amazing this boat ride was. We had two different groups... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

We spent the morning with the staff of the Dolphin explorer this past weekend. It was our second trip with this company. Our first trip was about a year ago with Captain Chris and his dog Reilly and the expert aboard was Bob we had an excellent time saw many dolphins and a manatee but of course the highlight of... More 

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Kensington, Maryland, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It is rare these days to come away from a tour with everyone In the group from the oldest to youngest absolutely raving. It was more than expected! We not only saw 16 different dolphins but learned about them as well. We saw birds pulled up stone crabs, and learned so much about coastal Florida. The trip to Keewaydin Island... More 

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Neosho, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My wife and I have a home on Marco and spend around a month or so per year here. Even so, we did not know about the explorer until she read about it in a national geographic book called "101 things to do with your kids before they leave the nest." We scheduled the trip online in about 5min and... More 

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Naples, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I was leery of a "Dolphin Tour" after wasting money on a real cheesy one in Savannah, GA a few years ago. Boarded the Dolphin Project with family including a 7 year old grand daughter. From the get go our naturalist Bob provided insightful continuous commentary and made a special effort to include our 7 yr. old. We saw, by... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Saw 20 dolphins! Very close up, learned a lot about them!! Saw manatee even though it was uncommon this time of year, saw birds stone crab! The island was wonderful! I would do this again! We have a 4year old,6year old & 8 year old. A good thing we bring was a lot of snacks! If you have kids bring... More 

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