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Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour provided by The Tropics Boat Tours

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Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
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Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • Learn about bottlenose dolphins' biology and behavior from your captain
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
1h 45m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Live commentary on board by your captain
  • Guaranteed dolphin sightings
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (light snacks available for purchase)
  • Parking permit ($4)
  • Drink- We have a premium bar on board for drink purchases.
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Additional Info
  • 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 32 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Nate A wrote a review Jul 2020
Largo, Florida2 contributions
This boat ride is focused on adults, loud music and alcohol. This isn’t a family or kid friendly atmosphere. The guide had good information and did a great job, but she was difficult to hear over the music being played simultaneously on the boat. The main focus seemed to be
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Date of experience: July 2020
Response from Yvanessa_V, Front Office Manager at Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour
Responded Aug 12, 2020
Thank you for your feedback on your experience aboard the The Tropics Boat Tours. I am sorry to hear that your group felt this way. I know we try to do our best to accomodate everyone's party (large and small) and we are not able to control the dynamics of who decides to join us on a given day on the beach. The boat tours we offer last 1 hour and 45 minutes out on the water and 2 hours with boarding so we offer drink packages in hopes of helping guests save money. We hope that you consider joining us again in the future to show you that we are in fact a fun tour for guests of all ages. Please contact our office directly to discuss.
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Jaylyn B wrote a review Jun 2020
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Great friendly staff, tour and drinks!!! We actually saw dolphins, cool experience! Overall you can’t go wrong booking with these guys!
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Date of experience: June 2020
galanexclusive wrote a review Jun 2020
Kissimmee, Florida97 contributions12 helpful votes
The best boat tour ever. Great drinks, with great tour guide is a perfect combination. They really get you what you expect to see, dolphins swimming up close right next to the boat. Very affordable for the entire family, two floors of fun. We do recomend can't wait to go
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Date of experience: March 2020
Designurlife wrote a review Jun 2020
Baltimore, Maryland21 contributions9 helpful votes
This dolphin tour was the highlight of our beach vacation and the best dolphin tour we have ever experienced! We saw a lot of dolphins throughout the tour. The boat is large and 2 levels which allowed for social distancing. And plenty of hand sanitizer on board. The staff was
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Rosa B wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The tour was great the staff was great the drinks were awesome my lil one enjoyed seeing the dolphins and for the most part everything was clean.
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

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By: The Tropics Boat Tours
Just book it.
Everything was amazing. First time and Tampa and will definitely be booking with Tropical cruise boat again. The ba
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Didn't get to go on tour, it was storming
It was storming, lightning, raining, windy at 630 PM and i tried calling to see if it was canceled but no answer...
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Wynne P
Shoutout to Kayla
We loved the experience and Kayla, our tour guide/bartender, was so great! It was beautiful and so much fun.
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it is our first time on board and it was full of fun and excitement.the excursion came out good. except couple of d
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Although the fireworks were cancelled in the area due to Covid-19, and it was an overcast evening, it was a really
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it was a bit boring
Was not very impressed. It wasn't lively enough for me. We saw the sun go down but other than that it was just a bo
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Sunset Cruise Clearwater
Sunset cruise was great and the music playlist was awesome! I highly recommend to anyone looking for a great weeken
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Great evening!
We are locals who decided to br "tourists" for the evening, and we had a great time. The team on the boat was so m
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Dolphins, Dolphins, and more Dolphins
It takes a little patience but you will see some Dolphins. You might even watch then play with the boat.
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Sunset and dolphins!!
Great tour. Beautiful boat rode away from craziness of beach. We saw a gorgeous sunset and dolphins. Relaxing and
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Second time go round
The tour was AMAZING!!! We saw the most beautiful sunset EVER! We saw several dolphins! But there was a crew member
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Sunset Cruise
We were celebrating Husband's birthday and took the sunset cruise. Boat departed on time fare included a free drin
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Sunset cruise
Great cruise would do again but was never offered our picture that the crew took at boarding no one ever asked if w
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Beautiful way to spend evening in Clearwater Fla
Wonderful cruise ! Crew could not have been more attentive and informative throughout the cruise. Sunset spectacu
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We had such a blast cruising around the bay and looking for dolphins. Our whole group of 83 students had the boat c
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