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Address: 951 Bald Eagle Dr, Rose Marina, Marco Island, FL 34145-2303
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+1 239-642-6899
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A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close...

A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close and personal. Join the crew of the Dolphin Explorer cruising the waters of Marco Island in search of dolphins as part of the only dolphin research study in Southwest Florida. On our trip, you will visit rookeries, estuaries and a barrier island that you can explore and shell. Two trips daily, seven days a week. A fabulous family adventure.

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A Perfect Adventure!

A three hour tour that was full of fun and science. The entire team were welcoming and professional and knowledgeable and organized. Head Naturalist Bob and Captain Bob made us... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
jisaham
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Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A three hour tour that was full of fun and science. The entire team were welcoming and professional and knowledgeable and organized. Head Naturalist Bob and Captain Bob made us feel like citizen scientists participating in the dolphin study. Our 7 year old recorded dolphin sitings on the well laid out dolphin project brochure. And we saw a lot of... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent tour guide who had photos and names of dolphins. We were given photos of my son and I and dolphins air borne that we saw. We were taken to an island where we got to go shelling for 35 minutes on gulf side. They had water and pop on board as well as a restroom. Loved it!

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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very enjoyable boat ride with a knowledgeable staff. We were able to see many dolphinstudents and walking on the uninhabited beach collecting shells was a joy.

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Maryville, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have gone twice and love it. The guides have been great along with the captain. We had excellent photos both times.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are so glad we chose to take this tour during our vacation. It was extremely enjoyable and truly unforgettable.

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Auburn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love watching the dolphins, every time I am in Marco Island, I sit on the deck watching for them. This is the first time I took this trip, it was wonderful and I will be back next year !

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unbelievable experience. This isn't simply two guys and a boat of tourists. They are true professionals dedicated to both researching the dolphins of south west Florida and your family's enjoyment and education of the eco systems they inhabit.

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Leavenworth, KS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were very pleased with this excursion where we saw many dolphins and learned so much about them. The guide and boat captain were very pleasant and knowledgeable. We also had time for shelling which was a nice extra. This is one of the few excursions I have been on where we were allowed to bring snacks and water and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We booked early for the 1-4pm cruise and the weather the day we went was absolutely beautiful. The guys on board the boat know the dolphins by their fin markings and said we saw 18 different ones today on our trip. They pass out handy books to all the people on the boat, so you can see all the different... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This experience was absolutely incredible! Most definitely exceeded any expectations we had. The staff were incredibly friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend to anyone in the area and will 100% go on this excursion again next time we are visiting Florida! Was an incredible treat to witness numerous dolphins in their natural environment!

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