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The Dolphin Explorer

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Dolphins and manatees

Booked a couple of days in advance but on the day there were storms expected. When we arrived Bob... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
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Great afternoon dolphin spotting

This was our first trip on the dolphin explorer and it certainly lived up to our expectations... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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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
951 Bald Eagle Dr, Rose Marina, Marco Island, FL 34145-2303
+1 239-642-6899
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Booked a couple of days in advance but on the day there were storms expected. When we arrived Bob explained the situation, offering another time/day, refund or we could wait to see if the situation improved. We rebooked for the following day. In the 3...More

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Reviewed August 4, 2018

This was our first trip on the dolphin explorer and it certainly lived up to our expectations. Captain Bob was very knowledgeable and gave us all lots of interesting facts and stories about the local dolphins that amazingly he can personally identify. He and Captain...More

Thank hornchurch2017
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed our 1-4 pm time with the Dolphin Explorer. Captain Mike and the “naturalist” on board were both very friendly and very knowledgable. It was impressive how they maintained a collection of photos cataloging every dolphin in the area and their...More

Thank Toledo_Tooleman
Reviewed August 2, 2018

My wife and I brrought our 3 sons on this trip. It was very enjoyable. We sat in the back and it turned out that these were excellent seats to see the dolphins playing in the boats wake. The crew were very friendly and excited...More

Thank withuski
Reviewed August 1, 2018

This was my second time and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The guide gave a good deal of dolphin information. My granddaughters came, ages 10 and 11. They counted the number of dolphin we saw; it was 23. Fantastic! THanks.

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Thank judithbrenna
Reviewed July 27, 2018

We had a family of 9 people ranging from a 17-month old to a 70 year old, and we all LOVED this boat trip. The captain and guide were awesome in answering our questions and teaching us about the specific dolphins that they recognized and...More

Thank JulesJ5899
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

What can I say, it was probably up there as one of the best things to do. This doesn’t feel like a tourist thing to do - since it’s 3 hours, but it really doesn’t matter since everyone is made to feel welcome and informed....More

Thank Alan S
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

This was a great trip for all ages. As a grandmother and science teacher, I found the experience to be an excellent opportunity to introduce children to the uniqueness of all creatures. Kent has cataloged the local dolphins for 12 years. The children had fun...More

Thank Debi H
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

We saw 17 dolphins and Bob was awesome at directing us throughout the entire ride. Captain Gary was a hoot too!

Thank 07142014
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We had a great time on the 3 hour boat tour with Bob and Greg. They were so knowledgeable and friendly, it was very refreshing. We saw quite a few dolphins just swimming lazily and only one played in the boats wake for a very...More

Thank Monica G
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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!
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