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About Sarasota Bay Explorers
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 public and private use. We offer several types of eco-tours including our renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. In addition to our regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of our 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice way to spend a couple of hours on the bay. Very informative. They drag a net and pull up all kinds of sea life that you can see and touch. We even got a cute sea horse to see. Guide and captain had...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cenparent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was so much fun! We got to see & touch a lot of sea life & we learned a lot. The marine biologist was great at sparking everyone's interests & answering questions. My 8yo had a blast touching things they dredged up in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Halle M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even with the effects of red tide, this bay boat tour is an informative activity for the entire family. It helps to have an informative tour leader (a marine biologist), and my understanding is that marine biologists are always the leaders. While the "catch" in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank opps67
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank WendyK448
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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!

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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