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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