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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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Great trip dolphin watching and shelling

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We saw plenty of dolphins on this trip, close-ups of a stone crab, osprey and their young, and we got to spend about 40 minutes shelling on a beautiful beach. The Captain and guide were friendly and very informative, and seem to love what they do. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the trip.

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went on a sunny, chilly morning and had a great experience! Too many dolphins to count, including two mothers with young babies and a dolphin playing with a fish right next to boat. Several dolphins also played and jumped in the wake of the boat, it was an amazing sight to watch!!! Highly recommend, was an educational and fun... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife and I took our 4 year old daughter on a morning excursion in February. Saw about a dozen dolphins. We lucked out sitting at the back of the boat as a couple of dolphins played in the wake at one point. The booklet and kids activities kept our daughter engaged over the 3 hours. Definitely recommend it and... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

so much better than any dolphin trip we have been on before. Extremely informative. Great for adults and children alike. The Captain and the Naturalist's knowledge of the dolphins by their study of Dolphins in this area was unlike anything we have seen before. Saw so many Dolphins, Ospreys nesting and feeding followed by a short period on a beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My sisters and I went on the 9 AM trip. It was a a fabulous experience in every way. Naturalist Bob and Captain Mike were outstanding in teaching us about what we saw, and spotting both dolphins and birds. We saw tons! 14 dolphins, including a 4 month old baby. A young dolphin who had been rescued from being entangled... More 

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