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Cetacean Cruises

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Orange Beach, AL, USA
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About Cetacean Cruises
Dolphin / Nature Tours : Our 2 hour tour takes you to see our resident Dolphin Pod in the calm waters of the Bays of Orange Beach, Alabama. After learning about the dolphins and taking lots of upclose pictures, we then take you into our beautiful bayous for an ecotour, where you may see wildlife ranging from Ospreys, Eagles, Deer or maybe even an Alligator! Smooth Sailing Tours: Come Sail Away with Cetacean Cruises Have you ever experienced a sailing adventure aboard a two-hull sailboat? Two hulls provide stability for a smooth ride without leaning to one side. Come enjoy a two-hour sail at sunset aboard the Cetacean, a 52-foot Hawaiian catamaran. Day sailing tours are great for the entire family! With the wind in our sails, the Cetacean skims along the waters of Orange Beach, Alabama. While out sailing, you’ll see coastal wildlife and marine life all around. Take in the sights and sounds as pelicans and cormorants dive into the water; bald eagles, egrets and sea gulls.
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Orange Beach Dolphin Eco Boat Tour

On our one-and-a-half-hour dolphin cruise, you’ll get an up-close view of our resident dolphin pod. Between 50 and 70 dolphins reside together in our bay, and by paying close attention to them over the years, we have named many of them. We know them by their unique dorsal fins and will introduce you to our water-loving friends when you cruise with us aboard the Explorer.

The Explorer allows us to get as close as safely possible to the banks and the local marine and wildlife. Because the boat only needs 16 to 18 inches of water underneath, we can sneak into creeks and swamps where few other boats can go, providing you with a truly unique and memorable experience.

Perfect for families or those just wanting a Dolphin-specific cruise in Orange Beach. Our expert guides can identify many of the resident dolphins and share fun facts about their behaviors, their habitat, and their relationships within the pod.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $25.00

Dolphin and Nature Sunset Cruise from Orange Beach

Enjoy a beautiful sunset while enjoying one of our signature cocktails! There’s no better way to end the day! Join us aboard our two-hour Orange Beach, AL dolphin and nature cruise. This cruise combines all the features of the dolphin cruise with extra floating time through the hidden creeks of the back bays. We spend the first hour locating and observing our local dolphin pod, and we spend the second hour in the estuaries.
Our knowledgeable tour guide and captain point out the local flora and fauna. You may see osprey and their nests, herons, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and maybe even an alligator or two. The Explorer allows us to get as close as safely possible to the banks and the local marine and wildlife. Because the boat only needs 16 to 18 inches of water underneath, we can sneak into creeks and swamps where few other boats can go, providing you with a truly unique and memorable experience.
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2 hours
from $31.00

Orange Beach Sunset Sailing Cruise

Sail Away on Our Alabama Sunset Cruise
End another perfect day in Orange Beach, AL with a sunset cruise! Our two-hulled sailboat offers a smooth, stable ride as we sail off into a gorgeous golden sunset. This two-hour sail is aboard the Cetacean, a 52-foot Hawaiian catamaran, and we skim along the waters of Orange Beach, Alabama and Perdido Key, Florida.
Besides watching the stunning sunset, keep a lookout for marine life and coastal wildlife. We often see bald eagles, seagulls, herons, and osprey flying near the boat, schools of fish swimming underneath the boat, and a sighting of some of the dolphins in our resident pod. You cannot forget to bring a camera for this Gulf Shores sunset sail!
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2 hours
from $50.00

2-Hour Dolphin and Nature Eco Tour from Orange Beach

The Best Dolphin Cruise in Alabama
This is the Premier and by far the most popular cruise we offer. Our two-hour Orange Beach, AL dolphin and nature cruise combines all the features of the dolphin cruise with extra floating time through the hidden creeks of the back bays. We spend the first hour locating and observing our local dolphin pod, and we spend the second hour far up in the swamps.
Our knowledgeable tour guide and captain point out the local flora and fauna. You may see osprey and their nests, herons, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and maybe even an alligator or two. The Explorer allows us to get as close as safely possible to the banks and the local marine and wildlife. Because the boat only needs 16 to 18 inches of water underneath, we can sneak into creeks and swamps where few other boats can go, providing you with a truly unique and memorable experience.
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2 hours
from $27.00

Orange Beach Dolphin and Sailing Cruise aboard Catamaran

Have you ever experienced a sailing adventure aboard a two-hull sailboat? Two hulls provide stability, ensuring we’re not leaning to one side which provides a smooth ride. Come enjoy a two-hour sail in Orange Beach aboard the Cetacean, a 52-foot Hawaiian catamaran. With the wind in our sails, the Cetacean skims along the waters of Orange Beach, Alabama and Perdido Key, Florida.
While out sailing, watch the mesmerizing sight of wildlife in their natural habitat as schools of fish surround the boat, our playful dolphins come to say hello, and marine birds dive into the water for breakfast or lunch. We also often spot bald eagles, egrets, herons, osprey, and seagulls flying by! This relaxing Alabama cruise is perfect for couples, families, and groups of friends.
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2 hours
from $31.32
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callycroft2020 wrote a review Yesterday
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Enjoyed the sail boat, we had great customer service and a knowledgeable guide. The directions were easy to follow and all employees were friendly and helpful.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Thank you so much for joining us on The Cetacean! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience. Please visit us again!
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adcooper2020 wrote a review Jul 7
Alabaster, Alabama1 contribution
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset sail! The Captain and mate were fantastic. Took us straight out to see the dolphins, played great music, and let us enjoy our cocktails and the beautiful sunset on our way back to the Wharf. Great value & a great excursion. We’ll be back!
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Thank you so much for joining us on The Cetacean! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience. Please visit us again!
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Jennifer M wrote a review Jul 7
Indianapolis, Indiana3 contributions
We had a great time! Relaxing sail! We also saw a few dolphins. The staff is friendly plus we felt safe the entire trip.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Thank you so much for joining us on The Cetacean! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience. Please visit us again!
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keciawalker29 wrote a review Jul 6
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Could not ask for a better friendly and professional staff!! The dolphins were out feeding on the morning cruise and the sightings were fantastic.
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Response from lisagay44, General Manager at Cetacean Cruises
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Thank you so much for joining us on our Dolphin and Nature Tour! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience. Please visit us again!
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SaintLouisSandy wrote a review Jul 6
Saint Louis, Missouri1 contribution
My children and I had a wonderful time on this cruise! The Captain was friendly and very experienced. The assistant, Abby, was wonderful. She was very friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this cruise!
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Thank you so much for joining us on our Sailing Cruise! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience. Please visit us again!
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