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“Up Close With Dolphins - Best Day on the Island”

The Original Dolphin Watch
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed January 7, 2014

As long-time visitors to the island, we have done many of the attractions, and this is our favorite. The boat is very comfortable with two level seating and the cruise is fun for all ages. We saw many, many dolphins, including babies with their moms. Being on the water was so much fun for the kids and the area is protected enough that the waters are not choppy. We took the evening cruise and watched a beautiful sunset as we returned. This is a great value for the money, and I would recommend it for all ages..

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I'm not sure what ever happened to "the customer is always right", but it doesn't apply here at The Original Dolphin Watch. I had a coupon for $3 an adult price cruise, excluding the Friday night fireworks cruise. We chose the "morning special" as it is the time that worked best for our son's nap schedule. They refused to honor the coupon, saying that the cruise we chose was already discounted. I overheard the worker who I discussed the issue with telling the 'manager', who never even said boo to me. I realize $3 isn't much, but if so, then why couldn't they have honored their coupon?! The cruise itself was fine, but once we discovered Pier 19, we would've saved the money and frustration and just sat on Pier 19 all day and seen many many more dolphins closer.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

A definite to do when visiting South Padre. It wasn't a very nice day out but we went anyway. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. We sat on the upper deck and loved being out on the water with the wind and the waves. The boat is big enough that it could handle the waves so no worries about that. And then we saw the dolphins and we (four 40 year old women) turned in to 4 year olds squealing with excitement. The boat's crew was great about pointing out the dolphins and positioning the boat to stay with them. We also went up the shipping channel and loved seeing the waves break between the gulf and the bay.

It was a very reasonable price, $16 and then we found a $3 off coupon online. $13 for 2 hours was a great deal.

There was more than enough seating, sturdy benches with backs. You could also walk around the boat so you could see the dolphins on all sides.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Had such a great time when my husband and I took this tour, that we got together with some relatives and took the tour again the next weekend. The second time there was a storm brewing so no one showed up for the tour but us. One young captain volunteered to take us out but on a much smaller boat. We got soaked but had so much fun, we had a great adventure. The guides were great and gave great info on both tours. They were very friendly! Anyone coming to SPI needs to take this tour at least once! We saw many dolphins, pelicans and birds. We plan to go again next year when we take our RV back to Isla Blanca Park.

Thank Leti H
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Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

We picked a horrible day to go! The staff was very nice and courteous. We only saw a couple dolphins in a distance and very briefly. In my opinion, not the best dolphin tour in town.

Thank Imnotoothfairy
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