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“Great Time!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Dolphin Explorer

The Dolphin Explorer
951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
239-642-6899
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Ranked #11 of 62 activities in Marco Island
Type: Tours
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“Great Time!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Party of 12 visiting Marco Island for the last 7 years. We have gone on multiple shelling and dolphin tours this was our first time on the Dolphin Explorer and was by far the best. We all had a great time and experience. the dolphin sights were great and was cool when they were following and jumping in the wake of the boat. Riley the dog was a great addition to the experience. Will definetly go back!!

Visited June 2012
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Miller Place, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful Experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Went on the Dolphin Explorer in May. Had a great time. Very educational and relaxing. We saw about 10-15 dolphins. Some moms with their babies. A few even followed the boat and jumped in the wake. We made a stop on a secluded beach for shelling. the crew was polite, fun and educational. Clean boat with free water or soft drinks.

Visited May 2012
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Best Eco-Tour we have ever taken”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We have done many Eco-Tours over the years, but this was the first with a naturalist. Kent Morse was incredible. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic - He has been studying the local dolphins for years and has cataloged each resident by their fins. They have the actual photos of each dolphin in binders that they share with each tour participant so you can actually identify the specific individual you spot.

Overall we saw at least 20 dolphin, including mothers with calves. The highlight was when a pair of dolphin were "surfing our wake". We also saw several manatee, a stingray and countless birds.

The shelling was nice, although the surf was rough and you could not see much in the water - where we like to hunt for shells. However, there were plenty of shells on the beach. Plus you are given a free shelling bag, which we have used often since the tour.

One of the nice little touches to the tour is everyone gets a photo on the beach - which is printed out on the boat - at no extra charge. We were also given another 5 or 6 photos of some of the wildlife we spotted. Again, at no extra charge.

I would highly recommend The Dolphin Explorer wether you have never done a Eco-Tour or if you are a veteran.

By the way, everyone associated with this company were very friendly, helpful and very enthusiatic. By the way, don't miss seeing the extremely rare burrowing owl nests adjacent to the marina where the tours leave from. Captain Bob was kind enough to point it out and suggested we take a look while we were waiting for the rest of the tour participants.

Visited May 2012
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South Beloit, Illinois
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

I took a group of friends on this trip recently. This was my third tour over the last couple years. What an awesome experience for adults as well as children. We saw many dolphins, manatees and a variety of birds. Photo opportunities abound and shelling/swimming is available during the Keewaydin stop. Kent is a personable guide with considerable knowledge. What a great way to spend a morning!! Don't miss it!

Visited May 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Best dolphin sightseeing experience ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

My family recently came down to Florida for a family vacation. Upon visiting Marco island, we came across this tour in a brochure. We decided to book it as it seemed so highly recommended. To sum up our experience, I would HIGHLY recommend this. The captain and guide were excellent. The guide was very knowledgable and clearly enthusiastic about his job. During our sightseeing adventure on the boat, we saw many dolphins up close, next to the boat, as well as other wildlife. The trip to the private island for shelling was the cherry on top of this tour. This was definelty an experience I wont forget!

Visited May 2012
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