The Original Dolphin Watch
Boat Tours • Eco Tours • Sightseeing Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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One of the most unique activities on South Padre Island is the dolphin watching tour. South Texas is a year-round home to several large pods of dolphin and The Original Dolphin Watch is your ticket to viewing them in all their natural splendor. One of the most memorable activities you will take part in while visiting South Padre is a cruise with us. Share the thrill of meeting bottle nose and spinner dolphins in the wild and experience the unique bond and kinship they inspire in mankind.Dolphin Watch TourDolphin Watch Eco-TourDolphin Watch Sunset TourDolphin Watch Fireworks Tour
South Padre Island, Texas
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rlreller10
South Padre Island, TX1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
My husband, daughter, granddaughter and myself originally wanted to go on the sunset cruise but it was privately chartered that evening and my daughter and granddaughter were flying out the next day. We would have booked earlier but there weren't many nice days that week (raining and windy) so we personally didn't have a choice as sometimes mother nature doesn't cooperate her in January. The trip turned out to be beautiful and awesome. The Eco experience was great. We saw lots of dolphins and that was the best part. $3.00 off per person coupons are provided at the visitor center in a coupon book by the Chamber of Commerce. Check it out. We will all had a great experience and plan on doing this again.
Written February 2, 2022
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Dee
7 contributions
Aug 2021
We were celebrating our honeymoon on the Island and came across a OG Dolphin Watch by a flyer in our hotel. We took two tours with them and enjoyed both. Their very affordable we took the early bird tour and a day later we did their sunset cruise. Out of the both we enjoyed the sunset cruise the most. We got to see more dolphins active and the beautiful views of the sunset were breathtaking. The boat is nothing fancy or special but it’s decent for what you pay. Customer service was exceptional we booked out tours online but you can also book at Sea Ranch Marina. We would definitely recommend as a must on the island won’t break the bank and pictures and videos you take home are definitely worth it. Would do their cruises again in the future for sure.
Written September 6, 2021
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Raymundo G
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
This is our second time going to dolphin watch with the original dolphin watch tour... This guys know how to entertain with the eco tour included, you will definitely get to see dolphins. It sure was a very relaxing tour cruising through the waters of south padre island.. book it you won't be disappointed
Written August 6, 2022
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westrain
Las Cruces, NM209 contributions
Sep 2022
Compared to my tour four years ago, the trip on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6pm, this was a disaster!
Trip is not t handicap accessible in anyway. Ship was so old and terrible seating; lack of useable and seeable windows represented a prison ship in the inside! Sound system was inaudible! When leaving the lower level, there was no lighting to assist in striving to disembark! Would not recommend this tour to anyone using this ship nor when mixed with a tour group of 35 seniors . Has to be a better option?
Written September 30, 2022
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ohern1016
Pleasanton, TX1 contribution
Oct 2022
I’ve been on a dolphin watch in Port A and saw sooooo many dolphins, and was able to sit during the trip it was super enjoyable and knowledgeable and they gave safety/life jacket protocols before hand. In which this dolphin watch did not but I felt was necessary giving we’re standing and they also advise you can sit or stand on the actual boat which your chances of falling are higher especially with alcohol consumption. We had to stand an hour and a half to see maybe 2 dolphins, and it just seems as if they over book these trips my husband was shoulder to shoulder with another couple, got sneezed almost in the face and it just was not a comfortable trip at all. Also if you experience a bit motion sickness and sitting helps I don’t advise taking this particular tour as you’ll be having to stand the whole time if you can’t get access to the seating they do have. If you do decide to sit inside you won’t be able to see anything either as everyone’s feet and legs are in the way and it’s rather low. A little upset giving the beautiful waters of SPI, it was my anniversary, and to be honest I probably wouldn’t have been upset if I didn’t even see dolphins if the ride itself were enjoyable.
Written October 18, 2022
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Tori R
2 contributions
Nov 2021
Windows broken for so long the cracks are overgrown with mold. Wood paneling cracked and peeling badly. The boat was also over crowded. With 35 people paying $18 each with 4 trips a day, they are raking in about $2500 a day. One would think they could afford maintenance for the boat. Also they blasted horrible country music the whole time. Very unpleasant.
Written November 30, 2021
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Baughgirl2015
Yukon, OK1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
My friend and I took our kids on the sunset dolphin cruise (14 months, 6, 8, and 11), they were the only kids on board. The employees did amazing at helping them find the dolphins and make it a memorable experience. It was my 6yr old daughter's favorite part of our entire vacation. I bought her a pink stuffed dolphin on the boat and she takes it everywhere with her now. I will recommend to out friends, and hope to one day come back for another.
Written June 2, 2022
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Edgar T
Atlanta, GA139 contributions
Jun 2022
Dolphin watch/sunset cruise on June 2 aboard Diver operated by Original Dolphin Watch was a delightful 90 minutes with dozens of dolphin sightings, views of the SpaceX Starship launch and assembly facilities at Boca Chica, and sunset. Narration was primarily focused on dolphin sightings and not intrusive on family conversation. Boat was full for our cruise, but still comfortable and not a problem seeing all there was to see.
Written June 4, 2022
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KarenATX78745
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Took my family (kids ages 9 and 6) on an 11 a.m. session. We saw many dolphins. The guides were adept at spotting the dolphins and as the dolphins moved, finding new groups to view. What I loved most was that one of the guides collected about 4 sea-creatures and had them onboard. He talked about each one and then passed each one around so passengers could see up close and touch (following his instructions). We had a great time, and would go again!
Written January 7, 2022
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skbh51
Houston, TX1 contribution
May 2022
The tour was well planned and well executed. The tour guide was very informative, funny and we saw lots of dolphins playing! The price is well worth it and not at all expensive.
We plan to do it again on our next trip to South Padre Island!
Written May 12, 2022
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