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The Dolphin Explorer

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Marco Island, FL, USA
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About The Dolphin Explorer
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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iafamilytravel wrote a review Yesterday
Mineral Point, Wisconsin167 contributions79 helpful votes
This enjoyable 3 hour excursion exceeded our expectations. Capt Eddie and Kristin did a great job providing information as we saw birds, dophins and manatees. The activities for the kids (we had 4-7 yo) were great. Kristin is a great photographer and the family photo and pictures of dolphins that she gave us as we disembarked was a great ending. Very nice tour.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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LesaAN wrote a review Oct 24
Indianapolis, Indiana56 contributions2 helpful votes
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This was our 7th trip on the Dolphin Explorer and on this trip we got married! We brought our entire family on the cruise and everyone had an amazing time on the boat. Bob, Kristen, and Capt. Eddie were very knowledgeable and welcoming. We saw so many dolphins, a manatee, osprey, water birds, and a bald eagle. Our ceremony was amazing. It was so nice to share our day with the Dolphin Explorer crew. We highly recommend including this dolphin excursion in your trip to SW FL!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Ed Torres wrote a review Oct 20
Naples, Florida1 contribution
The Dolphin Explorer was recommended to us and we are so glad we did the tour with them. Bob was our incredibly informed tour guide and Captain Eddy was the pilot. This was more than just a "look at dolphin" tour. They had cataloged all the dolphins and gave us a notebook with pictures of all of them so we could help identify them. And they gave all the kids under 12 an activity booklet so they could be "scientific helpers" and helped them learn about the dolphins and enjoy the trip. For some, the stop on Tiger Tail beach to go shelling for a while was a big treat. And they give you a free picture of your family on the beach...a nice added benefit. Great trip. Would do it again and would recommend it to anyone.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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brad s wrote a review Oct 19
Marco Island, Florida7 contributions6 helpful votes
We've had a place in Marco for over six years and have seen The Dolphin Explorer on the island but never tried it. SO happy we did. What an amazing experience. Bob was a fount of knowledge about dolphins in general and the specific ones that inhabit our island. It's amazing how he and Captain Ed were able to ID the dolphins by name, tell us their backstory and genealogy and throw in some additional wisdom and family-appropriate comedy along the way. This is an experience whose value far outweighs the cost. We'll be back with family and friends for years to come... Great job fellas!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Sarah S wrote a review Oct 18
12 contributions1 helpful vote
Bob was our guide and one of the friendliest people you could ask for. He was so knowledgeable but also made it a fun learning experience for the kids. When we come back we will go on another adventure!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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