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The Dolphin Explorer

951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
239-642-6899
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Ranked #10 of 60 activities in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Just got back from this 3 hour excursion. It was absolutely outstanding. We saw manatee, lots of birds and plenty of dolphin, including some following our boat for a time playing in the wake - just brilliant! The naturalist was really informative and enthusiastic, and was great with the kids. Part way through we had a stop at a secluded... More

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Earth
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We enjoyed the boat ride and seeing the dolphins and other wildlife. The biologist, James, is a wealth of information. He obviously has a passion for his profession. I was amazed that he could identify a dolphin by seeing only a fin for a split second. I think he would enjoy actually being a dolphin himself. They provided bottled water... More

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Toronto
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Enjoyed the ride, saw more dolphins than expected and learned a lot. The captain and the biologist were engaging and helpful, especially with the many children on the ride. I was impressed by the knowledge about specific dolphins. Our stop at the beach for shelling and walking near the water was a lovely experience. The boat was comfortable for people... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This activity is especially good for families with children and teens or for grandparents with families as well as a nice couples event. James was our marine biologist and he was informative and enthusiastic. This tour is for people how are interested in nature as we saw many birds as well as the dolphins and James had interesting information about... More

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9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

There are many good things to say about this activity. 1- The size of the catamaran allows about 20 participants, which is great in my point of view because it makes the experience more friendlier. 2- James (I think that's his name) was very pedagogical, he explained a lot of things in a way that everybody could understand. He didn't... More

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Rigaud, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Just back from doing the DE tour. Loved it! Captain Bob was very good at finding the dolphins for us and James, the marine biologist who has been studying these dolphins for the past 8 years, is obviously very passionate about them. We saw many birds too. James takes photos of the dolphins and prints them out directly on the... More

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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I had a great time on the Dolphin Explore in Marco Island. The tour guides are very friendly and informative about the dolphins, wildlife and history of the area. The boat ride is very smooth sailing and is perfect for those who want to go on a boat but do not want to be tossed around. I have gotten sea... More

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sussex
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Had a great time on the Dolphin Explorer, saw plenty of Dolphins and can only endorse the other positive views on TA.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This boat trip was wonderful. The entire staff has vast knowledge of the area and marine life. We saw over a dozen dolphins, some with calves, and were "chased" on two occasions with the dolphins jumping out of the water literally feet away from the back of the boat. The crew took pictures and provided to everyone (for free) pics... More

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Annandale, VA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My wife decided that we would take this Dolphin Explorer boat ride while visiting Naples last week. We were a little skeptical because of mixed reviews, but it was awesome. Our party had 2 seniors, 2 40-somethings and a 10 year old and we all equally enjoyed the three hour boat ride. James, the dolphin expert, was amazing. He seemed... More

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