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Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour provided by The Tropics Boat Tours

Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour

Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour
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Tour snapshot
Learn about bottlenose dolphins' biology and behavior from your captain
Duration:
1h 45m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
120
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Get out on the water in search of bottlenose dolphins on this cruise from Clearwater. Aboard a double-decker catamaran, listen to your captain's commentary as he points out luxe mansions along the coast. Cruise out into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico to see the region's dolphins and learn about their biology and behavior. Pack light, as drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Dolphin sightings guaranteed on this tour
  • Gain a better understanding of the Gulf Coast's ecosystem
  • Gaze at luxurious mansions on the coast
  • Cruise Clearwater Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on a double-decker catamaran
What to expect
Make your way to the tour's departure point near the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, where you are welcomed aboard a modern, double-decker catamaran. After you pull out of the marina, your captain points out the luxe mansions on the shore, some belonging to celebrities. Listen to tunes on the sound system, or visit the snack bar for a bite or a drink. Once you get out into the Gulf of Mexico, the commentary turns to the biology and behavior of your day's quarry, bottlenose dolphins. Keep your eyes peeled for jumps and dorsal fins, and learn about their role in the Gulf Coast's ecosystem. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed on this tour. Return to your original departure point at the conclusion of your tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Dolphin sightings guaranteed on this tour
  • Gain a better understanding of the Gulf Coast's ecosystem
  • Gaze at luxurious mansions on the coast
  • Cruise Clearwater Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on a double-decker catamaran
What to expect
Make your way to the tour's departure point near the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, where you are welcomed aboard a modern, double-decker catamaran. After you pull out of the marina, your captain points out the luxe mansions on the shore, some belonging to celebrities. Listen to tunes on the sound system, or visit the snack bar for a bite or a drink. Once you get out into the Gulf of Mexico, the commentary turns to the biology and behavior of your day's quarry, bottlenose dolphins. Keep your eyes peeled for jumps and dorsal fins, and learn about their role in the Gulf Coast's ecosystem. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed on this tour. Return to your original departure point at the conclusion of your tour.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5596DET
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board by your captain
  • Guaranteed dolphin sightings
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (light snacks available for purchase)
  • Parking permit ($4)
  • Drink- We have a premium bar on board for drink purchases.
Duration
1h 45m
Departure details
  • 25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA Departure Point: Central location near the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Address: 25 Causeway Blvd, Slip #5, Clearwater, FL 33767 Directions: The local operator is located right across from the Pier 60 parking lot. You can park at the Marina Parking Lot, located at the fourth exit out of the roundabout. Parking not included but you can purchase USD$6 parking permit to park in the City Marina Parking Lot.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board by your captain
  • Guaranteed dolphin sightings
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (light snacks available for purchase)
  • Parking permit ($4)
  • Drink- We have a premium bar on board for drink purchases.
Departure details
  • 25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA Departure Point: Central location near the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Address: 25 Causeway Blvd, Slip #5, Clearwater, FL 33767 Directions: The local operator is located right across from the Pier 60 parking lot. You can park at the Marina Parking Lot, located at the fourth exit out of the roundabout. Parking not included but you can purchase USD$6 parking permit to park in the City Marina Parking Lot.
Duration
1h 45m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun 26, 2020
A note from Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour
Our ticket booth and downstairs bar will be upgraded with plexi glass walls to protect staff and guests. No smoking or vaping on the dock and vessel.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
278 reviews
Excellent
187
Very good
48
Average
24
Poor
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Terrible
10

Bpuffin
Miami, FL72 contributions
This dolphin tour was worth it. We saw so many dolphins it was unreal. The staff was great….drinks an snacks an more drink an complimentary water. It was so hot that they get lots of praise for free water. The boat ride was smooth, an comfortable, the price is good, an if you don’t spot dolphins , the boat ride is worth it.
Written June 20, 2022
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Kim
Rochester, NY1 contribution
This tour was so much fun and the staff was incredibly accommodating. We had 4 adults and 6 kids in our party. We drove in from Orlando and got stuck in traffic and were going to miss our reservation. We called and left them a message and they moved us to a later time, no questions asked. We purchased the all you can drink packages which were worthwhile for the adults but the kids wanted slushies onboard and the package only included pop so we paid extra for those. We saw a lot of dolphins and everyone was taking a lot of pictures and enjoying the narration. We saw a few houses that were once owned by celebrities, which was cool. Unfortunately we ended up getting caught in a storm but they let us stay under the shelter as long as they could. The area is beautiful and there is a ton to do. There are a lot of options for tours and they all looked cool but I was very happy we chose this one and would definitely go again.
Written July 13, 2021
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christina h
Minneapolis, MN17 contributions
The Tropics Boat Tour was approximately 2 hours long. We were able to see several groups of dolphins. One group followed a boat doing acrobats for at least 15 minutes. It was awesome!! We also were able to see several celebrities homes. The crew was fun and the music was great! It was alovely experience and I would recommend this to any family.
Written November 19, 2021
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Beth A
35 contributions
Solo
Dolphins we’re out for first 30 minutes of a 2-hour tour. Not enough seating especially with other guests using their personal items to hold onto their seats when they went to the rail. Cold water was nice, a fan going indoors would have helped a lot.
Written July 27, 2022
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Mair
3 contributions
We went on the sunset cruise last night and it was wonderful! The staff and crew were very friendly starting from purchasing the tickets (I don’t remember his name but he was very nice) through the end of the cruise. Kayla shared interesting facts about some of the houses that we passed by on our way to the gulf, which was fun. While they don’t guarantee dolphin sightings for the sunset cruise, we saw a pod that seemed to be performing for all the boats 😊 And at the end of the cruise, Brian was sharing info on nightlife and restaurants to check out after the cruise. If we come back to Clearwater, I’ll definitely take another cruise with them!
Written February 24, 2020
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Passport190004
2 contributions
Not happy at all with this company.
You can only reach them through an answering machine and they never respond to messages left.
On the day of our tour, it was just prior to Hurricane Elsa going through Tampa Bay.
We tried to call them, but again, only the answering machine.
We made the trip from Tampa through torrential downpours--even though we were certain the tour was cancelled due to the weather.
BUT their website and all their e-mails say that they WILL notify you if there is a cancellation. We received NO such notification.
We called that afternoon requesting to rebook, and still a week later, no response.
So, we were out our tour and out our money.
Written July 12, 2021
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Ms_H64
Villa Park, IL68 contributions
We were hanging out in Clearwater for the day and, although it was windy, we decided to take this tour. We had intended to go on another company's boat, but they decided not to go out because of the wind; this was our second choice and we were pleasantly surprised. Everything was fine and safe. This is basically a bar on the water, but we did see a LOT of dolphins and it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. The crew was a lot of fun and knowledgeable about the dolphins as well as the area covered by the tour. The guide pointed out a number of celebrity homes and vessels. We had one drink and it was very good. Pricey but worth treating yourself. There were people of all ages on the boat and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, even the little ones. I've read reviews of other tours like this where there were rowdy drinkers on board, but everyone here was relaxed and well-behaved. The best thing about it was the tour was discounted to $16.99 for the month of October. I think the normal $26.99 would have been a little too much for this trip, but maybe they will run the special again. Glad we went!
Written November 9, 2020
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Courtney L
3 contributions
Family
I absolutely loved the crew! Captain Don, commentary Andrew and drink making chad! They were great! Very interactive with people on board. Funny and attentive. Were sure to let everyone know of safety procedures and when to hold on, when things were getting chopping, when the boat was turning around.
We went as a group of 5. Only 2 of us saw a dolphin because it was there and gone so quickly and no other sightings. That was beyond their control. All and all a good time for everyone! Went with my husband, my mom, and my two young kids and we all
Enjoyed ourselves!
Written May 12, 2022
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Dawn C
Bardstown, KY57 contributions
Family
Enjoyed the show and commentary, saw lots of dolphins and wildlife. Was a little slow, and “sleepy” at times making 2 hours seem longer than usual but it was nice. Definitely do the Tampa city pass, makes it well worth the money and helps eliminate the MANY choices along the strip for tours.

We sat up top but the front of the boat is the best spot by far, it got a little warm. I would recommend staying on the lower level at least you can still see everything. There is also an unlimited drink option that has to be purchased BEFORE the boat leaves (alcohol and soft drinks), otherwise it’s a hefty $10 a drink. There are bathrooms on board as well.

The Clearwater public beach is literally across the street and Pier 60, so there is plenty to do while you wait. Not many food choices like you would think but we weren’t there to eat. And good luck parking! Pro tip-pay for 7 hours ($1/hr), it’s more bang for your buck and you will be glad you did.
Written June 22, 2021
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theresamor
Mount Pleasant43 contributions
Absolutely worth doing if in Clearwater or any of the St. Pete's Beach areas! it is such a beautiful boat ride, we saw plenty of dolphin-even a baby! Candace was excellent, as were Brian and Josh. Drinks are available, plenty of seating, and easy to book, to park and plenty of other activities and food in the area! Recommend getting there 1 hour ahead of time just to park then send a family member to get the ticket code from the Boat Tour check in-this will allow you to enter it to pay for up to 6 hours. Please tip them well! This is so inexpensive, and they deserve great tips! Wear sunscreen for sure! Go to Clearwater Aquarium after! The bathroooms are available in the hotel beside the water to the right of the Tropics check in (on 10th floor) or in the Marina by parking!
Written November 28, 2020
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KaraN4444
KaraN4444
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Breathtaking views
Breathtaking views! Crew was fun, friendly and informative. Very hot, but that's what you get during the summer.
Kendra R
Kendra R
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date night experience… WONDERFUL I 100% would do this tour again if I was in the area and would recommend it to anyone
really great experience… enjoyed every second. bars were great and they offer an all you can drink beer package.
248brandib
248brandib
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Meh, no seating terrible music
The boat was overloaded with people and we had to stand the whole time at the back of the boat which made it hard t
SharonU35
SharonU35
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Nice Views
The views were nice but just a little too touristy for us. There is a need to limit the amount of people so it’s mo
jennifermD3228QF
jennifermD3228QF
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Great tour
Amazing little trip! My daughter and I loved it and saw lots of dolphins. The crew was great and very entertaining.
Veverly S
Veverly S
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Sunset
We came from Texas to visit and we had to do a sunset tour. They did a great job. The only thing that was sad is th
Ken N
Ken N
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Nice staff; need seats
It was fine with nice views and friendly staff. I think, though, that you should only sell enough tix for the numbe
Silvanna C
Silvanna C
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I recommend
My family enjoyed this sunset cruise. The tour guide told dad jokes. It made the wait to see the sunset entertainin
L C
L C
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FUN TIMES!
Awesome time!Great staff,friendly, and good vibes all around! Definitely recommend for any occasion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CrystalDille
CrystalDille
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A fun experience we would do again. We even saw dolphins and tarpon. The celebrity houses were interesting
E5302GOfrankm
E5302GOfrankm
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Sunset Cruise
I really enjoyed the cruise the captain and his two mates did a nice job of giving us information as we traveled ar
blesseddba
blesseddba
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Fun
Very nice and friendly. Entertaining. First time and will go again. Family and friends. Birthday and they had fun
Larry W
Larry W
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Parking instructions did NOT explain where to park or how to get there! Text said enter code 5700. Great where??
Poor communication poor staff support over crowded!! Never again! Parking was not explained and very crowed stree
lexmex11
lexmex11
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Fun Evening!
The Sunset Celebration Cruise was a wonderful experience! Although it was a bit cloudy that evening, between the na
29theresav
29theresav
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A Clearwater must do experience!
Beautiful views of the Clearwater area. Saw a mama dolphin with her baby! Crew made for a fun experience. Would rec
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