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Encounters With Dolphins

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Clearwater
Clearwater, FL 33767-2064
+1 727-466-0375
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I've been going to Florida for several years, and this was the first time I went on a dolphin sight-seeing excursion. Here are my thoughts: PROS - Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Captain Sam and his crew run a good ship (pun intended!). From checking in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EhCee
Reviewed 4 days ago

The price was reasonable for the approx 2 hours we were out on the boat. We saw many dolphins, was taken past the million dollar homes and stopped on a small shell island for a bit to explore. The boat offered soft drinks and snacks...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PhilFan14
Reviewed 5 days ago

We saw the dolphins quite a few times, but they were quick and hard to see. That being said, it was a great trip. Couldn't get photos of them, but have the memories. The lady that did the speaking was very knowledgeable and had a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sher B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I looked at several dolphin watch options and am so glad we went with this group! Everyone was so nice and very personable!! Kyle and the Captain were great hosts on the boat. We really enjoyed the info they gave along the way. And stopping...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought going out on a boat to see some dolphins would be a really cheesy experience. I picked Encounter With Dolphins because my wife really wanted to see some dolphins and ticket prices were cheap. I was pleasantly surprised. The Captain and First Mate/Tour...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank John P
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

We saw a pod of dolphins within a few minutes of leaving the marina. They drove the boat close to the dolphins and gave us all plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the moment. We then proceeded on the tour and were given...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

Saw dolphins, but it was very windy and the island was small. It was cool to see the dolphins but the rest of the trip was just so-so. Inexpensive compared to some of the rest so that was a plus.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank trevorb12784
Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! I'm a frequent passenger and I'm never disappointed. Amazing value, great captain & 1st Mate, & super sweet customer ticket/souvenir sales person. 90+ minutes of fun, a little coastal history lesson and those angels of the sea; dolphins in their natural habitat. Thank...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Sandy N
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

We booked on line and arrived about 50 minutes before departure, the lady was clear but not rude that if I lost the tickets she couldn’t be able to reprint them. She was very helpful for information and we had time for a drink before...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank 186400Caroline
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

These guys are fantastic and the only ones we know of that will give you another ride if you don’t see dolphins on your tour. We did and it was amazing to see mom and baby. We did the 5 pm tour and got to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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January 20, 2019|
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Response from 186400Caroline | Reviewed this property |
It’s a tiny dot of an island take you 30 seconds to walk round. It’s got lots of shells at the edge and nothing else
Betty B
April 24, 2018|
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.
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