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The Dolphin Explorer

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951 Bald Eagle Dr, Rose Marina, Marco Island, FL 34145-2303
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Must do while in Marco island

Just returned from our 3 hour dolphin study with captain Michael and our naturalist Kent. Everyone... read more

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jasim52
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Not like a swim the dolphins type of tour but AWESOME!! We saw so many dolphins acting natural in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Amanda R
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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 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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951 Bald Eagle Dr, Rose Marina, Marco Island, FL 34145-2303
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just returned from our 3 hour dolphin study with captain Michael and our naturalist Kent. Everyone from grandparents to toddler and in between was very impressed with the trip. We just didn't look at the dolphins but were able to help identify the individual ones...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not like a swim the dolphins type of tour but AWESOME!! We saw so many dolphins acting natural in their environment. The tour guides were full of information and had a great sense of humor. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Thank Amanda R
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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking part in our dolphin study! It was our pleasure to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We see a lot of dolphins and they give us many informations. The Beachstop was beautiful too, with many shells....

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us for a dolphin expedition! We enjoyed having you aboard.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was one of the best experiences for all ages. We went as a group ranging in age from 4-67. Everyone had an incredible time. As it was summer it was very hot. The stop at the beach for a swim was very refreshing and...More

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! It was our pleasure to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was the best one we took on Marco Island. The took us out in an open air boat-wear sunscreen!! Water & free pictures of tour provided. We learned a lot about the dolphins of the area & their behaviors. We saw 12 dolphins...More

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! There is so much to see and each time you come you learn something new!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family group of six ranging in age from 20 months to much much older (parents, uncle and grandparents) all of whom loved this trip. Both our captain and guide were excellent, knew all the best places that find the dolphins and imparted a great deal...More

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for joining us. It was our pleasure to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an informative, fun trip! Captain Greg and Bob both seem to love what they do. Totally interactive with the passengers, even my 2 year old grandson! Saw lots of dolphins, watched them play, learned their names and family histories and saw other wildlife native...More

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking part in our dolphin project! It was our pleasure to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the morning tour with Kent and Michael. Very informative! Our 3 young children were a little bored for the first hour which consisted of floating around looking for dolphins and learning about the local ecosystem. In the second hour we took a tour...More

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! It was our pleasure to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a really great dolphin excursion! Kent, our naturalist, and Michael our captain, are so knowledgeable about the dolphins and know all their names! Kent made it fun for children with a little game they played and showing us interesting pictures, shells, etc. He...More

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for joining us! Our guides love introducing kids of all ages to this beautiful part of SW Florida and this area’s bottlenose dolphins that we have been following for 13+ years!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were delighted with the dolphin cruise. Everyone was very well informed about the dolphins and took every measure to ensure our view of the dolphins. We truly appreciated the personal pictures that were given to us by our guide. This excursion would be number...More

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Cindy L, Guest Relations Manager at The Dolphin Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us! The crew is dedicated to making sure each guest has the best experience possible!

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whom
May 10, 2018|
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Response from Cindy L | 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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Kelly P
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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BettyAnn B
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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