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Address: 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
Phone Number: 239-642-6899
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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 fantastic adventure

We were booked for a dolphin tour on a Sunday but the weather turned and they called and advised us that it wouldn't happen and booked us on the one for the following day. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Gary F
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were booked for a dolphin tour on a Sunday but the weather turned and they called and advised us that it wouldn't happen and booked us on the one for the following day. We went on the morning trip, departing at 9am although they do a second trip departing at 1pm. It was fantastic, we got to see around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

"So are we likely to see any Dolphins today?"I asked Bob, as I purchased our two tickets on the Dolphin Explorer. "Well they're out there" came his none committal response " and although there are very few trips that come back disappointed, who knows, this ain't a zoo" came his response with a knowing smile. On boarding the boat we... More 

Thank NorfolkHudson
Powderly, Texas
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have heard about this tour for several years but finally decided to try it. We saw about 20 dolphins during the trip and they were extremely playful, jumping in the boat wake and along side us. The nice thing is that they also track this information to study the dolphins. Great for children under 12 - they can earn... More 

Thank SandyRoads
Bloomingdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Capt. Mike and Bob were very knowledgable about the wildlife and Dolphins. It was a great tour to take. We saw 16 dolphins and the best part was most of them jumped up in the wake of the boat. It was cool to get off the boat and go shelling too. Even though the brochure focuses around children, it's definitely... More 

Thank Jerpilz
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great trip to see the Dolphins around Marco Island. The crew were so knowledgable about the area and the local Dolphins and looked after us very well. The children took part in a questionnaire and loved the whole experience. We even saw a mother and calf dolphin as they swam in the boats wake! Great time had... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

About 3 years ago we had our first trip on the dolphin explorer out of Marco Island and loved every minute of it. We knew we would have to do it again ! This October we had the opportunity to be on Marco Island again, this time with our son and granddaughters age 14 and 11. We couldn't wait to... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This was an interesting and educational tour with great guides, Kent and Michael. The former is a marine biologist and had many specifics about the dolphins, birds and other animals we came across. The trip was also punctuated by a beach visit for shelling and/or swimming. The dolphin monitoring program Kent was doing simultaneously added to the eco-character of the... More 

Thank Hans d
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We always love doing the dolphin explorer excursion! This is our third year. My 10 year old loves looking at the wildlife and trying to spot Dolphins. It's always fun to go shelling on the beautiful beach too. The crew is great! This trip is a must when you are visiting Marco Island.

Thank LesaAN
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

My parents went on this tour last year and when they came back they booked it again to include my family since we live here now. First, they werer very accomodating to my 84 year old father - they arrainged a golf cart to drive him to the dock from the marina so he didnt have to walk. Once on... More 

Thank Rick C
Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Fantastic sightseeing trip off Marco Island. Primarily a dolphin search, we also saw a manatee, osprey, bald eagle,cranes and pelicans. Our guides Captains Mike and Bob were experts in their field and were informative and entertaining. Their passion for the local dolphin population was totally engaging. We also stopped off for a swim in the warm waters of the Gulf... More 

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