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Address: 100 Harbor Blvd, Harborwalk Marina, Destin, FL 32541-2312
Phone Number: +1 850-837-7741
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard...

Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise, as seen on National Geographic Explorer and CNN Earthwatch. Join us as we cruise the pristine waters, along the sugar-white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. Witness the Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin in their natural habitat. Family owned and operated by Captain Steve and Wendy Wilson for 15 years, our 80’ Glass Bottom Boat is all about family fun! With over 7,000 dolphin sightings, you are sure to see something extraordinary.

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Awesome Dolphin Cruise!

I have been on many dolphin boat tours before, but I have never seen this many dolphins on one trip as we saw yesterday with Southern Star! They are an amazing crew who go above... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been on many dolphin boat tours before, but I have never seen this many dolphins on one trip as we saw yesterday with Southern Star! They are an amazing crew who go above and beyond to make sure that you have the best experience possible. Our children loved being able to steer the boat, while the bird feeding... More 

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Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my parents and two sons. It was great! The ocean had different shades of green, at one point the water seemed to glow bright green and the dolphins were out and about with their families going in and out of the water. It's definitely a must see in Destin. We will go again for sure! If you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went the day after Thanksgiving 2016. The trip was amazing. The kids got to see the dolphins. The crew was amazing. The captain made the trip fun and entertaining. Will definitely go again the next time we come to Destin.

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Thank Traci G
overland park, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on this dolphin cruise and it was wonderful! Lots of dolphins and knowledgeable crew. It was well worth the price!

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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had so much fun on the 2 hour dolphin watching cruise. The Captain and staff were great! It's informative in the beginning and entertaining all the way through. We saw quite a few dolphins. They like to be up by the bow (front of the boat), so that's the best place to be. The boat has... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the sunset cruise and expected to maybe see a few dolphin here and there. Starting from the time we entered the Gult, we saw many dolphin on all sides of the ship. There were literally hundreds of sightings (not separate dolphins). They swam and played and occasionally jumped completely out of the water. On one occasion we saw... More 

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Thank LonghornNancy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wife and I with 3 young children (5,3 & 2) went today and loved it. Seen dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and rays. Images on camera so unable to post ATM. Caption (Jason) and crew (Abby & Kyle) were great. As advertise this is a family focused experience. All the kids loved seeing the dolphins and were sooo excited when they... More 

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Thank Kenneth D
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Our family of 15 (9 mos-60+) took the 4:30 cruise on the Southern Star and killed two birds with one stone ~ had a sunset cruise AND saw dolphins plus the bonus of feeding seagulls off the back of the boat. The seating benches, the railings and the covered deck suited our crowd of little ones comfortably. Seeing the dolphins... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The boat was beautiful and the crew was courteous, helpful, and great with my 2 year old and me. We had MANY different dolphin, a manatee (which is rare), and a few other beautiful marine life sightings. The best part about the trip was the other passengers who helped share the rails so my daughter could see her favorite animals... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Our family had a great time on the Sunset Dolphin cruise. We saw a ton of dolphins, including some that surfed under the bow! The best place to sit is on the bow up front where you can really have a great view of everything. We loved that they had a special time for the little ones to play captain... More 

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