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“If you love dolphins and the ocean, this is the charter for you.”
Review of Dolphin Watch

Dolphin Watch
Ranked #4 of 292 Tours in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Dolphin Watch - The Key West Original... Since 1986! Join us to Watch Dolphins and Snorkel on our catamaran Patty C. The boat conveniently departs from the Historic Seaport in Old Town Key West and has many features that set her apart. • 6 Passengers Maximum • 31' length x 14' width makes her Largest Boat in her Class • 4 Hour Long Trip on a Quick Power Boat helps us consistently find Dolphins • Guaranteed Dolphin Sightings or Your Next Trip is Free. • 30 Years of Helping our Guests Experience Wild Dolphins Our trip focuses on delivering the best dolphin watching and snorkeling experience possible for our guests. We do this through the combination of our listed features and the passion and knowledge of our Captains. • Snorkel Gear and Instruction provided • Fresh Fruit and Water • Guided Snorkeling! Your Captain will join you for the Snorkel. • Bathroom and Freshwater Shower • Wet suits for winter months • Calm snorkel Locations.
Reviewed July 24, 2012

To preface this review, this dolphin encounter tour isn't like a captive encounter at an aquarium where these amazingly intelligent creatures are forced to interact with visitors and perform cartoonish and unnatural tricks in exchange for food. Instead you'll be approaching wild dolphins on the dolphins' terms and treated to a much more rewarding experience- viewing them as they socialize, chase fish, play and raise their (adorable) babies as they have in Florida waters since time immemorial, all a few feet from the boat. When you get into the water to snorkel near them, they'll often come right up to you. An inquisitive pair of dolphins zipped by directly underneath our snorkeling group, leaving everyone astonished and laughing.

The last part of the 3 hour tour was snorkeling on the reef, which is teeming with color and life. We came across too many fish species to name, and even saw a huge hawksbill sea turtle resting right below us.

Capt John has a passion and respect for the dolphins and other sealife that's hard to find elsewhere. He's been doing these tours for over a decade and treats visitor questions with a lot of patience. A gorgeous experience that I can't recommend enough for lovers of the ocean (hopefully everyone)!

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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We decided to book the Dolphin Watch tour and it was amazing!! There were seven of us, and after a boat ride out to the ocean, we saw some dolphins. It was so cool to see all of the dolphins although they were sleeping. After this, we went and snorkeled for a while and although the water was choppy we still saw a lot of fish! We were on our way back to the dock when we saw some bonus dolphins in the harbor and followed them around for a while. Overall, this trip was amazing! Book it if you're in Key West! Capt. John will give you an unforgettable experience!

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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We came to Key West to celebrate our 25th anniversary with our three boys (ages 14-20). We had a wonderful afternoon with Capt. John watching the dolphins, loggerhead turtle and stingrays. We also had a great time snorkeling as John pointed out hogfish, lobsters, angel fish and more. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We had a blast on this tour, saw a few dolphins..beautiful fish and coral! The crew was friendly and helpful. They made sure our safety same first! It was our first time snorkeling together and it was truely an awesome adventure!

1  Thank MariellaNicole
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

The Best thing we did in key west was take the 4 hr Dolphin Watching Cruise with Capt. John... The boat was spacious and best of all it's not a lot of people... max he takes out is only 6. We got lucky and me and my wife were the only ones booked the afternoon we went. Had the boat to ourselves. Nice treat since it was our 30th Anniversary. Capt. John is very knowledgeable, friendly and been doing this for 12 years now. He is a real Pro as a boat captain and Dolphin tour guide. We found a lot of Dolphins we got to see up close. My wife loves Dolphins so for her, she was in heaven for 4 hours.. After a couple hours of Dolphin watching with Capt. John, he took us to a nearby reef where we got to Snorkel... We mainly came for the Dolphin watching but really enjoyed all the fish we got to see snorkeling. If you go to Key West, make sure you take this trip... it is the best entertainment value in Key West... You won't be disappointed. Thanks again Capt. John for giving us such a memorable time on our 30th Anniversary.

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