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“A Surprising Terrific Experience with Many Dolphins and Good Snorkeling”
Review of Dolphin Watch

Dolphin Watch
Ranked #6 of 283 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.
Mount Kisco
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A Surprising Terrific Experience with Many Dolphins and Good Snorkeling”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

As many have said, the Dolphin Watch trip is very well run, with careful attention to detail. The star of the adventure is the knowledgeable and engaging Capt. John. The catamaran is small, but very comfortable for the small groups.

The dolphins were amazing, and John recognized specific animals by name! We saw everything from old (and big!) Rocky to mothers with young calves. I learned so much.

The snorkeling included instruction for beginners and an incredible enthusiasm for pointing out interesting fish and plants. It couldn't have been more welcoming.

What makes the five-star review unexpected was the problems that came up on the trip. One of our party was terrified by the snorkeling and had to immediately jump back on the boat. After the snorkeling, another of the party managed to drop the bowl of fruit, which was the promised treat at the end of the day. I am sure that we were among the worst visitors inflicted on such a nice adventure. However, they could not have been more gracious. I feel bad for the other guests that day, but John made sure that they were cared for (including the seasick young woman). He deserved better than us!

So, for John, it was probably a trip worth forgetting, but for us it was one of the high points of the week in Key West. I couldn't recommend this more. Dolphin Watch, just about the best.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank ProfComb
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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“Our Dolphin Watch Experience”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

The bottom line is that Capt. John makes this deal. His experience and approach to the excursion allows clients both a relaxed enjoyable ride but an awesome learning event. The small compliment of passengers lends an intimate feel to Dolphin Watch. Capt. John's knowledge of the area and related subject matter is outstanding and his openness and willingness to share made our voyage aboard Dolphin Watch one of the highlights of our trip to Key West; besides he had us up to our ears in dolphins! His snorkeling event is without compare, once again demonstrating his through knowledge and professionalism. We were able to view an abundance of sea life up close. When we return to Key West the first thing we'll do is book a ride on Dolphin Watch with Capt. John. Don't miss this -- it's the best bang for the buck in Key West. Best Regards , Kent & Debi Miller

Visited June 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“A Peaceful and Awesome Start to Our Vacation”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We really enjoyed Dolphin Watch! Captain John is super nice and knowledgeable. He only takes 6 passengers which we really liked. It was very cool being surrounded by dolphins for such a long time. None of the other boats that came out spent nearly as much time with them.

The currents didn't allow us to go to the reef - Tropical Storm Andrea had just come through a few days before - but we did do a little snorkeling. My partner had never snorkeled before and Captain John was so sweet and patient in helping her.

We would definitely do this one again. We highly recommend it!

Visited June 2013
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College Station, Texas, United States
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“Awesome experience”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We have been on larger boat dolphin excursions at various sites along the Gulf Coast. This "smaller boat" experience was far better than anything else we had ever been on. Captain John was an excellent host and tour guide. Saw lots of dolphins and got to snorkel at a nice reef. Well worth the money.

Visited June 2013
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Long Island
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“It was the highlight of our trip”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Spent a great afternoon with Capt John over this past Memorial day weekend. He found several pods of dolphins that played right around the boat for well over an hour for us. We then went snorkling at a coral reef, where Capt John dove in with us to point out all the various fish. We got to swim, with reef sharks, sting rays, parrot fish and dozens of other tupes of fish. My family had the boat to ourselves and our own private tour of the waters and wildlife around Key West.

Visited May 2013
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