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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...more
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951 Bald Eagle Dr, Rose Marina, Marco Island, FL 34145-2303
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+1 239-642-6899
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All reviews captain bob all ages great trip marine biologist shelling bag saw dolphins beach stop their natural habitat collect shells recommend this trip boat's wake keewaydin island took pictures kids and adults barrier island secluded beach excellent tour
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We always take our guests on the Dolphin Explorer. This is the best way to get close to dolphins and even watch them play in the wake of the boat. The guide and pilot are very knowledgeable and provide a visual guide to help identify...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kept all of us engaged (kids ages 14, 11 and 8) and learned a lot about local dolphins while spotting quite a few. The Captain was adept at knowing when the dolphins wanted to follow along in the wake and a couple of them provided...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kmlshu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The highlight of our trip to Marco Island! Wanting to travel with scientists and/or naturalists, this eco-tour was exactly what we were looking for. Bob gave us much detail about each & every dolphin. We got lucky on a beautiful, sunny day and spotted many...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RulaNYC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot imagine a more fun eco-water experience than the great trip Bob & Captain Ed hosted. An abundance of dolphin spotting coupled with great educational commentary. Added fun shelling stop, family photos and true respect for all the wildlife we encountered. Go! You will...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bassfinder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great time! Saw plenty of dolphins. The captain and naturalist were very friendly and knowledgeable. Would do again!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been twice on this tour and would go again - it's a great time for all ages. The tour includes about a 3 hour excursion complete with boat ride and a half hour stop on one of the beaches along the route for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 4 (with 2 teenage girls) thoroughly enjoyed this trip! We saw over 15 dolphins, ranging from 15 months old to older adults. They swam right up alongside the boat! Captains Bob and Michael were extremely informative and super friendly. We highly recommend...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maureenh6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family (kids ages 9 and 10) had a great time. The guides were knowledgeable and personable. We saw 13 dolphins, an osprey eating its prey, and another osprey fighting a bald eagle. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank IrishTwinMama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three hour trip with extremely knowledgable guide! We saw 17 Dolphins and learned so much about dolphins and more. Included a stop to go shelling. Bob took fantastic photos of the dolphins and our family and each group is given the snapshots as the tour...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Julie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been on many many trips with them and they are without a doubt the best. Captain Bob is knowledgeable funny and friendly. He is an amazing ability to spot the local dolphins from their bins. He takes amazing pictures with you get free...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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whom
May 10, 2018|
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Response from J5010KIcindyl | Property representative |
Hi, our trips are typically 9:00 and 1:00 but during our slower season we may only go out for 1 trip. You can book online or call us at 239-642-6899. We hope to see you on a future tour!
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March 13, 2018|
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Response from Rocky B | Property representative |
Yes we do have a head onboard. Thank you for your interest in our Dolphin Explorer.
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March 4, 2018|
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Response from Rocky B | Property representative |
Hi, we do not swim with the dolphins. We are dealing with wild free dolphins. Thank you for your interest in our Dolphin Explorer
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MarcoRed
Dayton, OH / Marco Island, FL
Marco has first baby dolphin of the season ... Late Aug 2018 (0 Replies)
Birthing season for Marco dolphins has begun .. the local explorer boat has named it "Swoop". From the Marco Review "Bob McConville of The Dolphin Explorer just e-mailed us to tell us they have just spotted the first local baby dolphin of the year. The mom is Orange and they recognized her by her dorsal fin. Bob told us there were 8 kids on the boat at the time and they all agreed to call it Swoop. Let's hope that Marco continues to be spared the worst of the red tide and all our...More
August 29, 2018|
KathleenLeenez
Whitby, Canada
Dolphin Tour (0 Replies)
I read great things about the Dolphin Explorer tour from Marco Island unfortunatley it is booked for the time we are in Naples. Any other recommended options that would be interesting to a 6 year old?
March 17, 2016|
Gus64
Wayne, PA.
The Dolphin Study EcoTour and Everglades tours? (7 Replies)
Hello to all you great, helpful folks on this forum! Wanted to get some opinions about the 'Dolphin Study EcoTour' or it may be called 'The Dolphin Explorer' and also if anyone had a suggestion for a reliable, decent Everglades tour: My girlfriend and I will be heading to Marco Island late March and her kids (9 and 12) would love to be out on the water to experience nature up-close. Thank you very much for any info! Gus
February 18, 2013|
Response fromamy_marcomamma|
If you are open to taking an Everglades (inland) hiking or kayaking trip, call the Big Cypress preserve rangers to schedule a FREE trip! You can look up the schedule online and call to reserve your spot. You will probably see a bit more wildlife on the kayaking tour, but I like the hiking tour better!:)