Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours

Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours

Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours
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Boat ToursEco ToursPrivate ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Anna Maria Island Private Dolphin Tours offers two hour and more private guided Dolphin Eco Tours, two hour Sunset Tour. If you are looking for an up close and personal , Manatee, Sea Turtles, Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills, Osprey and other tropical wildlife then look no further. Come prepared for an wonderful experience. Our tours are customized for your group.We also offer 3 and 4 hour Egmont Key adventures.
Anna Maria, Florida
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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momoqt
Boston, MA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Captain Joey Sweet was a great host on this 90 minute tour. He went out of his way to find dolphins. Captain Joey also had a wealth of knowledge about the island and a great sense of knowing exactly where to be for a view of the magnificent sunset. The price was reasonable compared to the MANY overpriced excursions offered on Anna Maria. BYOB and snacks allowed on the cruise. I highly recommend this tour.
Written January 20, 2020
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We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave us this amazing review! We are thrilled you had a great experience with Capt. Joey and we able to see our beautiful sunset. We hope to have y'all again next time. Capt. Ben
Written January 21, 2020
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Elizabeth F
Roswell, GA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I highly recommend Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours for renting a pontoon boat! We experienced incredible customer service. My family of three rented a boat for the day on 4/7/21 (Wednesday of busy spring break/Easter week). The owner texted us early on the morning of our rental letting us know where to park our car and so we would have his phone number for the day in case any issues arose. An assistant checked us in once we parked and went over the boat features and gave us some suggestions on where to go. The boat was spacious and clean and we were so excited to get out in the water on our way to Passage Key and Egmont Key! We had an inflatable paddle board, a few beach chairs for when we reached Egmont Key, and a picnic lunch and drinks all packed for the boat. Just as we were a few minutes from arriving Passage Key, the sparkling new pontoon boat began to lose power multiple times and finally wouldn't crank back up. We called the owner on his cell phone and he was very apologetic and said he would be out right away to meet us. After a 30 minute or so wait (that is how far we were from their dock), the owner and his assistant arrived. They towed the boat to Passage Key and let us have some fun paddle boarding there while they tried to repair the boat. They realized they couldn't repair it, so the owner said he would be our guide for the day on the new boat they came to get us on. They were fully booked for the week, so this was the best option. He left the assistant behind to get picked up by another employee later. He took us to Egmont Key and let us do our own thing, while he remained out of sight picking up trash on the island. He told us just to call him when we were ready to move on. We had such as enjoyable day with him and his insight about the area really added to our experience. Having a guide and someone to drive/park the boat was actually very nice. He drove us on the boat to Tide Tables for an early dinner (his recommendation, but he was willing to drive us anywhere). We wanted to eat outside, but there was a wait, so we decided to eat at the bar. When we walked in, he was at the bar. So, we were able to have dinner beside him as well. Very interesting and personable guy who really cares about his guests' experiences! We had a full, beautiful sunny day on the water and at the unique islands, just as we anticipated. He also told us he would fully refund our money, but we told him we didn't want a refund. He said he would discuss with his dad (also owner) and text us the following day. He refunded us half our total, which was incredible generous, since we really only had a minor inconvenience of 30 minutes or so in waiting for him to arrive when the boat wouldn't start.
Written April 11, 2021
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We are just thrilled to hear that even with the minor issues y'all still had a great experience and day on the water. We are truly appreciative of the time you took to leave us this beautiful review. We hope to see y'all again soon! Captain Ben
Written April 14, 2021
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Nicholas L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The check-in process was seamless, quick, and easy. The man who met us at the dock was very knowledgeable and friendly. Lane from AMI Dolphin Tours even went as far as reaching out to me with his personal cell phone to make sure debarkation was as smooth as possible. I would highly recommend AMI Dolphin tours for your casual boat renting needs when on AMI.
Written July 7, 2022
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Scott N
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I cannot recommend AMI Dolphin Tours highly enough. My family and I chartered a two hour cruise and we were interested in seeing some of the local wildlife (dolphins, manatees, birds, etc.). Tristan, our captain, tailored our cruise so that we saw all these animals up close, often in unexpected ways. For example, Tristan was able to encourage a dolphin pod to "surf" our boat wake; dolphins were porpoising out of the water 4-5 ft from the boat. In addition to the dolphins, we saw manatees and many species of birds up close thanks to Captain Tristan. The display was spectacular and our kids were blown away. The cruise was exciting, beautiful and educational and, to top it all off, we were treated to the best sunset you could ever imagine. Our cruise was the highlight of our trip to Anna Maria and all of our future visits will include a cruise with AMI Dolphin Tours.
Written August 8, 2022
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Thank you for the review! Captain Tristn was thrilled to hear of the amazing time yall had. We hope to have yall again soon! Thank you for booking with us!
Written August 19, 2022
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1SusanP
Cookeville, TN8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We had an excellent experience!! We saw so many dolphins; including some that played and jumped behind a nearby boat. Our Captain (Captain John) did a great job of informing us of so many things about bottlenose dolphins. He was knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The boat was very comfortable. We will definitely take another cruise when we visit the area again.
This started out as a sunset cruise. But because of lightning and thunder, we were contacted so we could reschedule or get a refund. We rescheduled for the following day and had the best time!!
Written June 13, 2022
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Adrianne B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We rented a pontoon boat for the day with AMI dolphin tours… The weather was looking bad but we didn’t want to cancel. JD was very flexible and accommodating… he kept an eye on the radar to check if it would be possible for us to go out. We ended up only being able to go out for 6 hours instead of the full 8 hour day and they only charged us for half of the day! We had a great time on the water and really loved all the spots they recommended to see. We could not be happier that we chose to rent with AMI dolphin tours!
Written April 2, 2022
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Elisa stewart
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We booked a private 3 hour tour with Captain Chris with 2 adults and 4 children - ranging from age 11 to 18 - and all ages had a great time!!

The reservation process was easy, the boat was clean and comfortable, and the cold water appreciated. The captain gave a lot of knowledge about the area and animal life. The private Egmont island excursion allowed us to visit the island where some of us toured the fort, some searched for sea shells and others had a swim. We also visited the sand bar where we snorkeled and observed a variety of sea life, such as conch shells, sand dollars, crabs and even a manatee!!
Written July 2, 2022
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Doris P
Columbus, OH148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Captain John told us interesting facts about dolphins, birds, and the waterways. The boat trip was pleasant and had shade. We were allowed to move around and stand to see dolphins and take pictures.
We saw dolphins and their babies in a couple of locations. He geared the time of watching the dolphins to guests on the boat and their attention span.
The location and cleanliness of the boat is outstanding. Staff that greeted us were very helpful and friendly as I had selected the wrong date for our tour. They fixed it easily.
We visited in September and would do it again.
Written May 9, 2022
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Casey G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This is the fourth excursion we have requested and booked with Captain Ben. We love him! He used to explain all the options we could do while out there. We now are ready to let him know before we even get on the boat. He never disappoints, if it is dolphin watching, the perfect spot to see the gorgeous Anna Maria sunset or swimming in the beautiful shallows for amazing shells he knows where to take you. Thank is Captain Ben. See you next year.
Written July 22, 2022
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Chrcruiser
Centerville, GA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This week we rented a pontoon boat for a half a day and had a wonderful time. Special thanks to JD from AMI tours for making our day so special. He enthusiastically welcomed us when we arrived, carefully explained what we needed to know, and patiently worked with us. Our family of 10 (wife, kids and grandkids) enjoyed the boat ride, exploring and relaxing on the beach at Egmont Key and the great service provided us. We wholeheartedly recommend AMI Dolphin Tours. Next time we will rent for the entire day!!!
Written June 2, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us this kind review. We are thrilled to hear that your family enjoyed the time on the pontoon! We can't wait to have y'all back next time. Capt. Ben
Written June 3, 2021
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