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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
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A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close...

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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Dolphins galore

I would highly recommend this for the whole family if you truly want to see dolphins this is where to go not only do they teach you about dolphins show you many many dolphins in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Shari P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I would highly recommend this for the whole family if you truly want to see dolphins this is where to go not only do they teach you about dolphins show you many many dolphins in their natural habitat but you get to go shelling along the beach they point out all of the natural habitats of birds in the area... More 

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Thank Shari P
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great time on this tour. We saw several dolphins and different species of birds. The private island that we stopped at had a beautiful beach with tons of seashells. Bob and Captain Bob were wonderful hosts and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour!

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Thank MP1484
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a trip booked for the Wednesday p.m., but in the end the weather was terrible and Chris suggested we try again for Friday p.m., the last day of our vacation. So there was a lot riding on this in terms of expectations, and the tour didn't disappoint! In addition to a well prepared route, including a mix of inland... More 

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Thank John H
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was spectacular for kids and adults. The conservationist and captain were very good with our kids and the trip was very educational. Good dolphin action and the sea shell stop was a nice added piece to this trip. Will do it again when we return.

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Thank gustie59
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my second time taking this tour. After the first time I knew I wanted to bring my daughters (10 and 15) back to experience it. My mother who is 72 also enjoyed the ride with us. At the beginning of the trip we were shown how to identify the dolphins on the excursion. Later after spotting one we... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Tritp with Bob & Bob to see dolphins in the sea. We have seen more than 9 Dolphins and they have followed us all the way. Short break on a beautiful Island. Great explanations, free drinks and pictures. Good programm for children. At the end they will get a science badge.

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Thank Michael S
London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We did a fair bit of research before booking this, and i think it paid off. A great experience lots of Dolphins some chasing us along and diving in the wake of the boat. Also stopped off to show us a crab caught in a trap, we saw a Bald Eagle being chased off by a couple of Osprey's and... More 

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Thank Bill-fae-London
Marco Island, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very knowlegable tour guide and captain.Great route and saw Dolphins up close both times and was told by fellow passenger that it was his 5th trip and it was home run every time.Ride itself gives a great overview of the area.

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Fairport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

What a great day on the water. Saw at least 12 dolphins, one of which came to "play" in the wake of the boat. Saw new babies swimming with Moms. Great science for kids on board as well. They were made to feel an important part of spotting and identifying the dolphins.

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Thank Julie O
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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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