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Sarasota Bay Explorers

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“puffer fish”(13 reviews)
Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the water? We've got it! We are located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both...more
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We really wanted to do the Nature Safari, but it wasn't scheduled for the days we were in Sarasota, so we took the Sea Life Encounter cruise instead. Although the trip was advertised for 1 3/4 hours, we were out for over two hours with...More

6  Thank StefanieH443
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

While I did not have children on this tour, several people did, and the tour conductors were very accomodating to the youngsters (an emergency diaper change caused a delay that infuriated the crew). the kids 8 and older had an enjoyable time; the younger kids...More

4  Thank Heather S
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

This tour operates out of the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota. We took the sea life encounters tour. The guides are very well informed on the sea life that lives in the bay. There was a stop on an island with a short tour of the...More

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Reviewed August 5, 2018

Went on the eco-boat tour with family. It was informational -- Learned about sea life, invasive plants, and a little bit of lifetime of rich and famous as large homes on Bird Key were pointed out. Caught a glimpse of some dolphins. Nice jaunt around...More

Thank Holly B
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our trip around Sarasota Bay. The biologists on board were very knowledgeable and informative. Not only did we learn all about the birds and fish native to the area, but we also enjoyed seeing the beautiful homes all around the bay....More

Thank Wendy K
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

We took the Sea Life Encounter tour and it was wonderful! You got a tour of Sarasota Bay, learned about the water grasses, fish and the residents that live around the bay. It was a very hot day and the breezes on the bay were...More

Thank KathyP1951
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic trip really informative. Managed to see all sorts of wildlife including dolphins and learned about puffer fish even caught a cow fish to look at. Staff were friendly and helpful as well as knowledgeable. All in all a really great trip well worth it!

Thank Victoria S
Reviewed July 22, 2018

After the recent news of drownings - I believe all children should be required to wear a life jacket. We need to be pro active and know even if the water is only 5 feet deep - our little ones cannot swim and I had...More

Thank MaxandDiane
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

The crew was knowledgeable of all sorts of flaura and fauna of the Sarasota bay.They kept kids and adults engaged and entertained while teaching us about the Bay. Highly recommend.

Thank Jim A
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

We've done this tour with our kids every time we go to Sarasota. At 5yrs old they enjoyed and at 11yrs old they enjoyed.

Thank Kory B
Reviewed July 14, 2018

I am from Sarasota and never knew about this tour. I highly recommend this tour for adults as well as children. It was well organized and the staff was friendly and helpful. We saw multiple manatees, dolphins and birds. When the staff brought in the...More

Thank Martha L
Reviewed July 12, 2018

We had a great time on the Sea Life Encounter. Very informational cruise and the marine biologist was great with the kids and adults. Very cool to see them use the net and the various sea life pulled in to see and then released. Great...More

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June 18, 2017|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Our Sea Life Encounter tour departs daily at 11am , 1:30pm , and 4pm. Call the boat for reservations 941-388-4200
July 14, 2016|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Sorry that is not Sarasota Bay Explorers