We went on the Ecotour Dolphin Watch (supposed to be 2 hours long) yesterday afternoon. I chose Breakaway because they are the ones that I had heard the most about (obviously they market the most - which is ultimately what we are paying for). There are places that are cheaper than them - some of which I have never found on the internet.
Anyway, it was supposed to be from 1:30 - 3:30. They started boarding the boat at 1:30 or maybe a few minutes after. Of course, then they had to stop every group and take a picture (to get more money out of you). So once we got out of the harbor it was about 1:45.
We then immediately saw dolphins and lots of them which was really neat. We got some great pictures! That part was awesome! But there were other dolphin watch boats out there so it is not as if this is a special place Breakaway goes to only.
Then we ended up turning around and they said they were going to drop the net and drag it for 15 or 20 minutes for the presentation and for us just to talk among ourselves for that amount of time. So then we just sat there while they did this.
When they brought the net up, they got what they wanted for their presentation but then they let a couple of fish (and I don't know what else) just lay on the ground there to die - without throwing them back in or anything.
Then we had to sit there a while longer because they did the presentation for the people that were already on the first level of the boat and then they had to all go to the top while they did the presentation for those of us who were on the top level.
We went back to the harbor and got off the boat and looked at the pictures that they had taken (which they were trying to sell for an additional $6) and were back in our car by 3:24, So technically it was not a two hour trip.
We had coupons for $3 off each adult so we ended up paying $80. They would not let you bring your own drinks so you had to buy theirs, it was incredibly boring and not very well organized (i.e. why weren't they dragging the net while we were looking at dolpins instead of making us just sit there and wait?) and we all four got bored and couldn't wait for it to be over with. Plus I definitely did not like that they just let those fish and whatever else I didn't see to die for no reason.
We went on a Dolphin Watch in Port Aransas last summer which we thoroughly enjoyed, so it's not as though I thought the dolphin watch itself was boring, I just felt like this one with Breakaway Cruises was nowhere near worth the amount of money.
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