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Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island provided by Isla Tours

Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island

Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island
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Last updated: Sep 2, 2020
A note from Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island
Face Masks are available for $1 purchase
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
Share the waters with the world’s most playful sea mammal on a family-friendly dolphin watching cruise. During the tour, listen to interesting and informative narration on the diverse marine life that lives within the waters surrounding South Padre Island. Keep an eye out for a 'pod', which may consist of 10 to 30 dolphins. A wildlife-safe net may pull in starfish, sea horses, and more for your viewing pleasure.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • 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, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Observe local marine life in its natural habitat
Take a tour that the whole family can enjoy
See landmarks from a unique vantage point
Choose from two convenient departure times
What to expect
Make your way to Sea Ranch Marina for a 10:30am or 1pm departure time (please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline. The crew will cast a wildlife-safe net throughout the trip, bringing up sea life so you can see it up close, and they frequently catch sea horses, starfish, and sea slugs. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins live in groups, so if you spot one in the water, keep your eyes peeled for its “pod”, which usually consists of 10 to 30 members. After 1.5-hour on the water, the dolphin boat will return to shore, where this tour concludes.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38329P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
33256 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA Turn right off Queen Isabella Causeway, travel 1/2 mile, turn right into Sea Ranch Marina, keep right of Sea Ranch Restaurant, Isla Tours directly behind restaurant on left at Murphy's Law.
Inclusions
Local guide • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
33256 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA Turn right off Queen Isabella Causeway, travel 1/2 mile, turn right into Sea Ranch Marina, keep right of Sea Ranch Restaurant, Isla Tours directly behind restaurant on left at Murphy's Law.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Availability for shows cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
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 25 travelers
Popular mentions

4.5
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Deb L
West Richland, WA29 contributions
You really need to do this!
More fun than I thought possible! We powered around in the Bay until we saw dolphins. Followed then, then they followed us, it was really fun. Then the captain said he wanted to give us an idea of what it was like in the actual Gulf, so he took us out to deep water for a while. Serious waves, and more fun than a basket of kittens! Expect to get wet. The captain and crew were quite friendly, no downsides to this at all!
Written September 11, 2021
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Terri R
1 contribution
Fun with the dolphins
Sep 2021 • Couples
It was fantastic! Our first mate was very knowledgeable and friendly. This was our 2nd time doing dolphin tours and I will do it again. Love it!
Written September 8, 2021
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bookingsislatours
AWESOME!!! Thank you for the review. We look forward to your next visit.
Written September 9, 2021
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Paularia
Killeen, TX1 contribution
Superb experience!
Our whole experience was fantastic! Definitely worth the price. Children 3,8, and 11 enjoyed and can’t stop talking about it. Grandparents enjoyed as well. I love that history of the island was incorporated along the way.
Written September 7, 2021
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bookingsislatours
THANK YOU!!! We are happy to hear your family had such a fun trip.
Written September 9, 2021
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Christina I
1 contribution
So much fun
Aug 2021 • Couples
The dolphins swimming next to the boat was amazing. The captain was super funny and nice. The whole experience was a lot of fun.
Written August 28, 2021
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bookingsislatours
AWESOME!!! Thank you for the review!
Written August 29, 2021
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Theresa B
1 contribution
Dolphin Tour
Aug 2021 • Friends
The whole thing was AWESOME. Found out interesting things about the marine life that was caught in the net as well as watching the dolphin swim right underneath the front of the boat. The “skipper” of the boat had great information about the island’s history. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
Written August 27, 2021
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bookingsislatours
AWESOME!!!!! Thank you for such a GREAT review!!!
Written August 29, 2021
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Chase F
8 contributions
Fun and informative
Aug 2021 • Family
The sea life part was absolutely amazing! We held so many different things and the staff was very helpful, informative and friendly! They made every effort to show us dolphins and they drove around to ensure we had plenty of time to see them.
Written August 27, 2021
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bookingsislatours
We are SUPER HAPPY you had a fun and informative time on the cruise!
Written August 29, 2021
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Susan O
Medway, MA1 contribution
Eco and Dolphin Watch—well worth it!
Jul 2021 • Family
This was a great value for the money and well worth doing! The captain and crew were really personable and informative. The best part was seeing dolphin babies which I had never seen in 57 years!
Written August 21, 2021
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bookingsislatours
AWESOME!!! Thank you for the review!!!!
Written August 22, 2021
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Kenneth M
1 contribution
So much fun
Aug 2021 • Family
It was better than I thought. Actually it was amazing and so much fun!! My husband and my girl love it. We want to try again for my daughter's birthday. She really want it. Captain explained places and history. Also staffs were so friendly and kind. Boats was clean. It was small groups. So we have more chances to see dolphins close.
Written August 17, 2021
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bookingsislatours
Thank you!!! For the RAVE review!! We are super happy you had such a trip.
Written August 18, 2021
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Alex M
San Antonio, TX6 contributions
Won’t regret it !!!
Awesome trip with family, it was nice to see dolphins in their natural habitat, boat ride nice as well, kids were able to touch some of the fish they catch, over all very good experience
Written August 13, 2021
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Terri G
Cleveland, OH8 contributions
So glad we did this tour
Aug 2021 • Couples
The price is definitely worth it, affordable for an entire family and you get to see a lot. They net the bottom of the bay and pull up sea creatures for you to see up close and even touch. Cesare is very knowledgeable about each creature. So cool for people that have little ones. The captain and crew were great, laid back, helpful, friendly. They work hard to make your trip a good one.
Written August 11, 2021
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bookingsislatours
VERY COOL review!!! Thank you!!!
Written August 13, 2021
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