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The Dolphin Explorer

The Finest Dolphin Study / Eco-Tour on Marco Island

OUR DOLPHIN STUDY / SURVEY FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2022 RESULTED IN 1,688 INDIVIDUAL SIGHTINGS OF 110 DIFFERENT DOLPHINS. ALL OF OUR BABY DOLPHINS HAVE SURVIVED THEIR FIRST 6 MONTHS OF LIFE! FINAL STATS FOR 2021....4,846 TOTAL DOLPHIN SIGHTINGS OF 119 INDIVIDUAL DOLPHINS! AMAZING YEAR! BE A CITIZEN SCIENTIST WITH OUR PROGRAM AND COME JOIN US!

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Discovery, exploration, and adventure aboard The Dolphin Explorer!

Join our dolphin research team and get to know the local dolphins on our Marco Island dolphin cruise – both fun and educational! Launched February 1, 2006, the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project is a long-term study of the abundance, distribution, movement, association patterns, and behavior of bottlenose dolphins of Southwest Florida. Located on Marco Island with close proximity to Naples and the Everglades, we offer a one of a kind tour!

The Project is the only on-going study of wild dolphins in SW Florida and the only one in the United States that engages and is supported by the general public.

Using ‘photo-identification,’ our dolphins are recognized by their dorsal fins which act as their ‘fingerprints.’

You have the opportunity to participate in locating, counting, and confirming of individual dolphin sightings on our exciting Marco Island eco-tour. For more about the study, visit our dolphin survey results.

Rated 5 Stars on TripAdvisor

Amazing family experience with Bob and Captain Eddie, lots of dolphins and great information

May 2022 Our Trip on May 14th was amazing! Bob and Captain Eddie were terrific hosts and Bob especially made my 5 year old Violet feel like an important part of the experience. The look on her face when she earned her badge at the end was priceless. Perfect outing on Marco Is. for my wife and I and our 3 and 5 year old girls, lots of dolphins and a great experience all around!

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Amazing experience

May 2022 This was one of the most amazing things we’ve ever experienced! It was not touristy or gimmicky at all. The naturalists really know where the dolphins are and they can identify them in seconds. Great for kids, adults, seniors, anyone!

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Great tour guides, Amazing Dolphins

May 2022 Our tour, with naturalist Bob and Captain Eddie, was excellent. Bob has encyclopedic knowledge of the area dolphins, Eddie put us into position to easily see dolphins and other wildlife, and both were kind, funny, and helpful. We appreciated how both cared for the well-being of the dolphins, and both were eager to share their knowledge with all of us. These three hours with Bob and Eddie were a highlight of our Florida trip

Best tour on Marco Island

May 2022 This was our fourth trip on the Dolphin Explorer. It’s our favorite activity to do with guests to Marco Island. We saw 18 dolphins and Captain Bob knew their names and pointed out the babies that were swimming with them. This is such an excellent tour!

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Great dolphin encounter!

April 2022 This was probably the best boat excursion we have ever been on. Our family included six adults, four young children and one infant. We all absolutely loved it. Saw lots of dolphins, some even jumping behind our boat. Guide Bob was so knowledgeable and very patient with all our kids’ questions. We loved the learning aspect of the tour as well. The shelling stop was fun and we absolutely loved the FREE family photo and photo of Rocky, the Dolphin who jumped near our boat. Captain Eddie worked hard to fine the dolphins and get them to follow our boat. The kids loved the patches they were given at the end. Highly recommend this adventure!

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This should be the #1 rated experience on Marco!

April 2022 Trip Advisor rates this too low. It should be the #1 experience on Marco. Our family has vacationed on Marco for 10 years, but this tour is the best in my opinion. If you like natural, eco-inspired experiences, or learning more about animals or the environment, this is the tour for you. We saw 18 dolphins on our tour, and some came right up to the boat. The crew is highly experienced in knowing each of the dolphins you will see: Bob tells you all the fun details about each— whose sibling is whose, where a certain dolphin gave birth, the age of each. Want to find out more for yourself? Each party receives a binder that shows each dolphin and gives stats on each. The tour is not just geared toward adults; children, young and adolescent, are enraptured with the dolphin sightings and given plenty of dolphin-themed activities. The crew also breaks up the 3-hour tour time with a shelling experience. It was the perfect experience!

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