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The Dolphin Explorer

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Address: 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
Phone Number: 239-642-6899
Description: A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip...
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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A great excursion for all ages

We loved this experience. It lasted a full 3 hours and good for any age person. The youngest was about 2 and the oldest in their 80s. They did a really good job of engaging all of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We loved this experience. It lasted a full 3 hours and good for any age person. The youngest was about 2 and the oldest in their 80s. They did a really good job of engaging all of the kids and made it fun while educational. The 2 crew members were very knowledgeable about the wildlife and because this is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My parents were not motivated to go on this excursion - what for when you see dolphins in your own boat? .... well, didn't we prove them wrong! I think grandma ended up being the most excited of all. The dolphins know the Explorer boats, they chase the wake, jump/leap/twist and turn in the air, babies too, they come closer... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was recommended to us and we took our 7 and 10 year old grandkids for the three hour trip and we all loved it. The kids are given a book with pictures of the different dolphins we might see, and a workbook to complete. The event was extremely educational and entertaining. The trip also includes about 40 minutes of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We really enjoyed the trip with our two kids (8 and 11). They loved seeing dozens of Dolphins and exploring back in the mangroves and on Keewaydin Island. Learned a lot and then Feldt confident enough to rent a boat and explore on our own. Highly recommend this trip. What a blast!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a day!! We had an absolute blast with our family on the dolphin tour. The crew was excellent and made our experience just that much better. Definitely worth the trip!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We really recommend this dolphin watching trip, it always good to help the dolphin research. We spotted more than 10 different dolphins and they had names for most of the dolphins we spotted. Great fun for the whole family!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Both my 13 year old and 11 year old were enthralled. Great friendly staff and comfortable boat. The departure marina is busy but easy to find the booth. Great shop right there too. Dangerous for shopaholics. The weather was fantastic but my patents who joined us reported it had been quite cool the month before. Bring sunscreen and a jacket... More 

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Uxbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Spent the Afternoon aboard the Dolphin Explorer with the in-laws and family. Great for all ages. Saw over 12 Dolphins, Osprey, Stone Crabs and learned about the behaviours and Habitat. Would Certainly suggest to anyone interested in seeing nature in the outdoors!

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Concord, New Hampshire
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Spent the morning with Capt. Mike and Bob. The scenery was amazing. The wild life inspiring. Saw many dolphin including some that rode in the wake of the boat, osprey and chicks up close, frigate birds, and crabs. Spent hour on beach on one of the islands shelling. Bob very knowledgeable and entertaining. Pontoon boat sturdy. All ages on the... More 

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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We took the Dolphin Explorer cruise the other day for the 3rd or 4th time -- took our son (for the first time) and our nearly 10-year-old granddaughter (for the 2nd time). Bob 1 (our captain) and Bob 2 (our naturalist) were knowledgeable and engaging and made the trip very enjoyable. We saw numerous dolphins as well as lots of... More 

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