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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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This was a fantastic trip! We truly enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. We not only saw many dolpins (2 which played in the wake of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Janesville
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Janesville
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162 reviews 162 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

This was a fantastic trip! We truly enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. We not only saw many dolpins (2 which played in the wake of the boat), but a manatee, lots of birds & they even stopped to pull up a crab trap which had a huge crab in it. Also stopped at... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

JUST DO IT! You wont be sorry, it is an amazing time and well worth the money! The tour guides were great, helpful, funny, and very knowledgable

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

First Class Tour. This was a fun experience for my family visiting from Nebraska. I have lived in Florida for 18 years and found this tour to be very informative and educational for all ages. Our son Connor was able to participate in the Dolphin Identification Study and had a great time. If your looking for a great outing for... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We had a wonderful time with Captain Bob and Ecologist Bob on our excursion trip today! Passengers get to be involved in their daily work of identifying dolphins and get close up to the dolphins in their natural habitat. The two Bob's have incredible knowledge of not only the dolphins but of the waterways, birds and other water animals (a... More 

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Newaygo, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

This was a fun filled afternoon!! We saw about twenty dolphins and learned about them. The guides were friendly and informative. It was great learning the dolphins names and how to identify them. You could probably see dolphins on any boat but this experience was worth it. We would go again and it was a highlight of our trip.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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