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Egmont Key Boat Tour

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Gulfport, FL, USA
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Melinda K wrote a review Jan 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania26 contributions
When you think of a 4 hour excursion you think you’ll have plenty of time to explore an island. Well we only had about an hour on the island. That was disappointing. Due to the weather we didn’t get to go to Egmont Key. We went to shell island and did find some nice shells. There were lots of sand dollars too. It was too cold to snorkel but it didn’t seem like there would have been much to see in the water. The white sand beaches were beautiful with the clear blue/green ocean. The highlight of the trip was the dolphins that chased the boat and played in the wake. Crew was friendly and informative.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Frank N wrote a review Jun 2019
4 contributions4 helpful votes
Not the picture painted when Blair was making the sell. There was a 30min. ride to the island with a smell of what I guess gases from the restroom on the rundown boat. Don't pack a lunch you only get an hour to explore the island and to search for shells, maybe 45mins. to snorkel and then ride back 30mins. We snorkled around a bird sanctuary. Felt that the crew only interacted when giving rules. They expect their tip! Did see some dolphins.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Amanda C wrote a review Aug 2018
Mount Airy, North Carolina1 contribution
Trip was okay. Did see dolphins there and back. Wasn't able to snorkel due to water not being right? Island was okay did see turtles. Water was not as blue as I was hoping for but was clear to see your feet.
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Date of experience: August 2018
Alisa T wrote a review Apr 2018
Spicer, Minnesota15 contributions6 helpful votes
We lined up this trip with Blair who works the ticket booth down by John's Pass. He talks fast so listen close and ask questions. You MUST call a phone number to confirm your spot on the boat. Do you trust that this has been done for you. Captain Randy and Captain Erick were really nice. Cracking jokes the whole way. Captain Eric was great with the kids. Making sure they got a front row seat for the dolphins and that all got to see the sand dollars and snails found while snorkling. The beach at Egmont key is beautiful. Captain Randy even taught me how to search for sharks teeth among the shells. Captain Randy is very punctual so don't be late. I really enjoyed that because I am not much for standing around and waiting for all the slow pokes to make it back to the boat on there schedules. I would recommend this trip to anyone just confirm your seat on the boat by calling the number and don't be late or you will be left behind.
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Date of experience: April 2018
Bill A wrote a review Mar 2018
Sun City Center, Florida5 contributions3 helpful votes
A relatively inexpensive way to get to Egmont Key and enjoy an afternoon boat ride. The 4 hour trip was divided into 4 segments: the trip out to the island, island time, snorkeling and the trip back to port. We were fortunate to see dolphins on the trip out and the trip back. Once a pod of dolphins is spotted, the captain will slow the boat to create a good sized wake, point the stern in the direction of the sighting, and then before long the dolphins will appear, frolicking in the wake. Be sure to bring your cameras.You can seen them from anyway on the boat, but the best spot is at the stern. Once on the island, the captain allows you time to explore the ruins of a turn of the century fort and a just beyond a beautiful white sand beach with lots of blue water and shells. I even found a shark's tooth! Everyone needs to back on board at the time specified by the captain because he will reposition the boat to a different part of the island to snorkel and explore the shore just off the beach...sea urchins, fish and maybe even a ray are possible sightings. After some time snorkeling, it's time to head back to port with more possible dolphin sightings. I've seen a number of reviews on here that the Captain was rude. If rude is asking people to stay quiet while he explains important aspects about the tour so ALL visitors can hear him and get the benefit of what he has to say, or if rude is telling people that they need to be back on the boat precisely at a particular time or they'll be left behind, well so be it. Perhaps it's the occasional visitor who is rude and disrespectful of other visitors on the tour. Either way, it was any enjoyable trip. Tips: No food or facilities on the island, but the boat has a head on board, bring food and a cooler of your preferred beverage, your camera, lots of sunscreen, snorkel gear if you have it (or you can use those provided by the tour), swim gear, binoculars for checking out the birds on the island (lots of Osprey) and baggies to collect shells....and enjoy the beautiful waters and wildlife of the Tampa Bay area!
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Date of experience: March 2018