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Address: 951 Bald Eagle Dr, Rose Marina, Marco Island, FL 34145-2303
Phone Number: +1 239-642-6899
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A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close...

A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close and personal. Join the crew of the Dolphin Explorer cruising the waters of Marco Island in search of dolphins as part of the only dolphin research study in Southwest Florida. On our trip, you will visit rookeries, estuaries and a barrier island that you can explore and shell. Two trips daily, seven days a week. A fabulous family adventure.

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Great family fun.

Mike and Kent were so informative and the ride was smooth and beautiful. We were able to see and identify several dolphins on our trip. Be sure to sit in back to get a great view... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mike and Kent were so informative and the ride was smooth and beautiful. We were able to see and identify several dolphins on our trip. Be sure to sit in back to get a great view of the young dolphins that enjoy swimming in the wake of the boat, and wear a bathing suit for swimming in the ocean while... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fabulous Eco tour from Marco Island. The staff (Captain Bob and Naturalist Bob) were brilliant and conducted the whole tour with good grace, entertaining anecdotes and interesting facts. We saw dolphins at several different locations, many sea birds, sting ray and a heard of manatees. The opportunity to swim and shell from a barrier island was amazing. A brilliant 3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These people know their dolphins, and so much more. Kids were in awe of the proximity to the animals. Manatees, Dolphins, birds galore and a small visit to a beach that looked like it should be in a movie

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visit florida most years from the UK and always go oN one boat tour whilst we're here. This is by far the best dolphin boat trip we've ever been on, you don't just see a fin in the water, these dolphins played in the waves of the boat, jumping out of the water, it was awesome! We enjoyed it... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been to Marco 3 times over the past few years and this summer decided to try the Dolphin Explorer. The service was very well run from booking to on-board experience, and as an 'Eco tour' the boat captain and guide were VERY knowledgeable about the local dolphin population as well as other local wildlife and waterways. We had two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great day with a lot of information of the dolphin´s, birds and manatee´s. Bob and Bob made our Day.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great trip - the guides were very knowledgeable and we saw several dolphins - the best view being when they chased the wake of the boat and were almost flying! We could have done without the 30 minute stop at the beach as it was scorching hot and there was no shade plus we had to battle with the mosquitoes... More 

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Sunrise, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our two granddaughters. One was 21 and one was 11. They both loved it. We saw 12 dolphins and the girls had fun shelling on the beach. The two Bobs were excellent guides. We also saw a sea turtle sea turtle nests and a sting ray. We will take this touyr again in a heart beat. Thanks guys

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our young grand daughters on this trip and it was wonderful. The tour was so interesting and the girls learned so much and so did my husband and I. We got to see dolphins and got much enjoyment from this. The stop at the shelling beach was great. The girls picked beautiful shells that will become a perfect... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic dolphin spotting cruise with Captain Bob and Mike. Not one, not two, but over twenty dolphins. Watched groups playing and mothers with their young. Great stories about the dolphins lives and their trials and tribulations. Fantastic with the kids who were all very engaged throughout. Stopped off for some swimming as well. Great trip and highly recommended.

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