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Encounters With Dolphins

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Clearwater, FL 33767-2064
+1 727-466-0375
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Encounters with Dolphins, it should be called "Encounters of the Third Kind"

First upon arrival to the booth the ticket lady was very rude and stated to us that we were late... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kelly D
Don't blink...you'll miss THE dolphin!

I really wanted to go on the Kai Lani catamaran but it was being serviced during my visit. Next I... read more

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Come join us on a fun filled, narrated sightseeing tour of Clearwater's harbor. Enjoy a relaxing ride while you learn about our abundant wildlife, and view the area's dolphins in their natural environment. Every trip stops at Compass Island where you can collect shells, swim, snorkel and the kids can even hunt for treasure! Dolphin sightings are guaranteed*. Excursions depart from the Clearwater Beach Marina multiple times every day. Spend an hour and a half to an hour and forty five minutes with our highly trained crew in the Clearwater Harbor on board our 40 foot Coast Guard inspected excursion boat. For twenty to thirty minutes during your trip, the boat will stop at Compass Island where you will have the opportunity to shell hunt through thousands of shells, swim, snorkel (gear is provided) and enjoy the island. Our boats are available for charter as well. If you're looking for something more intimate with friends and family on the water we can accommodate. We have done weddings, rehearsal dinner socials, proposals, birthday parties, bachelor parties, anniversaries, school and church groups and family reunions.
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“collect shells” (14 reviews)
“island stop” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Clearwater, FL 33767-2064
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+1 727-466-0375
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"boat ride"
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"gold coins"
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"sea life"
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"a lot of fun"
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Reviewed yesterday

First upon arrival to the booth the ticket lady was very rude and stated to us that we were late for checkin for a 5:00 departure. In fact we arrived 20 minutes prior to. As we were standing waiting to board the boat she yelled...More

Thank Kelly D
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Reviewed yesterday

I really wanted to go on the Kai Lani catamaran but it was being serviced during my visit. Next I went to the EWD kiosk and spoke with Lisa. During her intro conversation, another potential customer came up and began to flip through some photos...More

Thank WBNVA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw only 2 dolphins which were sighted near a boat pier, not the fault of the owners. Island was also disappointing, very tiny and lots of broken shells, saw one starfish and sea urchins, but water was murky. Interesting information about the bay area...More

Thank Nancy S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trip all in all was great and the we had a great time. We saw Dolphins, which was a huge plus. The island we stopped at was tiny but the kids enjoyed it. Our tour guide was very crabby and needs to find a...More

Thank FranklinMA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful tour with super friendly people. They work with the other tours to help everyone get a chance to see dolphins. Stopping at Compass Island was a plus! Huge shells can be found there. Definitely recommend!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Encounters with Dolphins in Clearwater Florda was not a good outing for our family on Fathers Day. The area is super crowded, and there was no parking available!!! We searched for over an hour and could not find a parking spot. So my husband decided...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very accommodating to families with small children. You can bring a carseat to help with smaller children making it easier for them to see. The captain and first mate were knowledgeable about the area and were wonderful with the whole excursion.

Thank sherylmloving
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our families (4 adults, 5 kids) took the 7pm trip. It was relaxing and adventurous all in one. We saw several dolphins and had a blast exploring the little island. We collected lots of shells and saw (and rescued) a starfish and sea urchin. The...More

Thank Jenn W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The captain was great super funny and had a lot of knowledge. We only saw 2 dolphins the entire time which I understand isn’t their fault. Getting off the boat onto the island to find sea shells was pretty cool. Over all was a good...More

Thank Patrick W
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

The encounter with actual dolphins was perhaps not the fault of the operator but was weak. We saw two small creatures frolicking around the inner harbor and we hovered by them for a long while and that was all we saw for dolphins. The captain...More

Thank Steve S
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Betty B
April 24, 2018|
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Response from Pete W | Reviewed this property |
I would at the very least check with them the day before for morning trips or in the morning for afternoon trips. We went on a Saturday and booked that morning for an afternoon trip.
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jfamily09
May 8, 2017|
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Response from KWa16 | Reviewed this property |
I've heard the same thing. We took an early afternoon trip with this company and saw a few dolphins from afar. The boat itself is fully covered though so it's a comfortable ride regardless of the time of day (i.e....you... More
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Jackie E
June 18, 2016|
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Response from Tara R | Reviewed this property |
We did. We chose to go snorkling. But with that said, we were able to walk off the boat to the island for shelling without getting really wet. They pull up close and put out a ramp for you to walk off the boat. We got... More
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