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Southern Star Dolphin Cruise

#8 of 147 Tours in Destin
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Address: 100 Harbor Blvd, Harborwalk Marina, Destin, FL 32541-2312
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+1 850-837-7741
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard...

Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise, as seen on National Geographic Explorer and CNN Earthwatch. Join us as we cruise the pristine waters, along the sugar-white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. Witness the Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin in their natural habitat. Family owned and operated by Captain Steve and Wendy Wilson for 15 years, our 80’ Glass Bottom Boat is all about family fun! With over 7,000 dolphin sightings, you are sure to see something extraordinary.

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The best dolphin cruise!!!

Just got off the boat and couldn't wait to write a review about this stellar dolphin cruise. It lasted 2 hours, and the boat captain and crew were wonderful in how welcoming... read more

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Elizabass
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Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just got off the boat and couldn't wait to write a review about this stellar dolphin cruise. It lasted 2 hours, and the boat captain and crew were wonderful in how welcoming, informative, and helpful they were. Also, safety was their primary concern. Nobody can guarantee what dolphins will do or where they will be, but we were treated to... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful sunset. Capt entertaining. Good with kids. Put boat in positions so everyone had views of dolphins.

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Thank Barbara N
Greendale, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Besides the perfect weather our family had for our vacation this was our families favorite activity. This is a Christian business!!! Kids were able to steer the boat, we saw more than enough dolphins and a beautiful sunset. Great way to end our last day of vacation.

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Thank Nicole L
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a ton of family fun. We chose this boat because, while you could purchase drinks, it wasn't open bar and was family oriented. The boat had three levels and plenty of space to walk from one side of the boat to the other to see the dolphins. We saw more than twenty dolphins (may have been a particularly... More 

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Thank Joe S
Tallahassee, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife, mother-in-law, and kids participated on our first Southern Star Dolphin cruise on April 22nd at 5:30 p.m. This cruise did not disappoint as we really enjoyed it. The crew was awesome and we saw so many dolphins. The captain named Jason had a sense of humor and they played some oldies, but goodies. Definitely worth it!!!!

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Thank jandlweddings
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were originally going to take the Hannah Marie, but upon finding it was broken down for the 12 o clock ride, we walked to the left and check with the next company and ended up booking the southern star. We boarded promptly and are very happy the other boat was broken. Staff was friendly. The boat was nicer. We... More 

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Thank Nathan Y
Galloway, Ohio
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192 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For $29 per person, we decided to go on a dolphin cruise. We were glad that we did. We saw many dolphins on our tour. We saw baby dolphins and a turtle. It was a good cruise day. For some reason, dolphins were all showing up on the right side of the ship. And we were mostly on the left... More 

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Thank Tsucchy
Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! Typically, the Captain encourages guests to move about during the cruise for the best dolphin viewing, and he also maneuvers the boat in order that every side of the boat can see the dolphins, but they are wild animals and very unpredictable. We appreciate the feedback and we... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

We, my husband and I, participated in Southern Star's Dolphin Cruise on April 14th at 5:30pm. We had done our homework on the options of dolphin cruises in Destin, but saw that they had great reviews and gave it a shot. We had a blast! The captain and crew were spectacular. Even though we are empty nesters, we enjoyed watching... More 

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Thank jjsnyder320
Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to cruise with us! We are so glad that we could be a part of your vacation memories and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us! More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time we had taken this type of cruise and for some of us it was the first time on the water. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend Southern Star to anyone. The crew was super friendly and the captain gave us a great tour! We saw lots of dolphins and loved every... More 

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Thank Galacakes
Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad you enjoyed your cruise! Hope to see you again soon! More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the second time we went on the Southern Star and it did not disappoint. Both times it delivered on numerous dolphin sitings. The crew are very friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. If you want to see dolphins, Souther Star is the one to go on.

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Thank MikeDebbieLutz
Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing to cruise with us aboard the Southern Star! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and we are so glad you enjoyed it! More 

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