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The Dolphin Explorer

The Finest Dolphin Study / Eco-Tour on Marco Island

7 NEW BABY DOLPHINS LOCATED THIS FALL!!! WHAT A YEAR!!! WATCHING OUR POPULATION GROW, AND GROW UP, HAS BEEN FASCINATING! A YOUNG DOLPHIN, SKIPPER, THAT WAS SAVED FROM A FISHING LINE TANGLE AT 1 YEAR OLD IN 2014 JUST HAD HER FIRST CALF!!! CAN 2022 BE ANY MORE EXCITING? STAY TUNED!!!!

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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

Marco Island Must

Jan 2022 What an amazing and unforgettable experience for all ages! The crew was knowledgeable and fun. There is something for everyone from seeing dolphins, to learning about them, the views, and even stopping at the beach for shelling. This is an experience that we will repeat any time we go back to Marco.

– Trip Advisor
Excellent tour!

Jan 2022 Our guide Bob was a wealth of knowledge. His passion for the dolphins is obvious. He did a great job of sprinkle in fun facts throughout the tour. Captain Eddie has a talent for driving the boat and spotting dolphins all at the same time. Eddie is a fantastic captain. Overall, this was a great tour. We saw many dolphins and various birds.

– Trip Advisor
OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE!

Dec 2021 I've been on other dolphin sighting boat tours before. Hands down, this is the BEST, most FUN, a bit of education, and too many dolphin sightings to count! Our tour guide, Bob, and Captain Eddie were just amazing! They knew what to look for, showed us how we could identify each dolphin, and got the dolphins to play with us on several occasions during our 3 hour ride. The boat is comfortable, shade and sun, with plenty of water and a toilet. The cost was extremely reasonable for 3 hours of fun in the sun! When in Marco - a MUST!!!!

– Trip Advisor
Amazing experience! Highly recommended!

Dec 2021 Amazing boat trip today with Bob and Captain Eddie. Both highly knowledgeable and professional, they found us 10 dolphins, 8 of which they were able to identify by name and tell us their age and family group, and we saw lots of different birds. Captain Eddie managed to get the dolphins to play behind the boat for a long way which was magical to watch. Boat was super clean and comfortable and well equipped. My daughter loved looking through the dolphin catalogue to see how the dolphins are identified, and enjoyed being part of the team. Bob gave her and the other children an activity book to compete throughout the trip and a lovely badge at the end. We also enjoyed the short stop on the beach to collect shells, managed to find some Beautiful conch shells. We had the most amazing trip, highly recommended. We will definitely be back someday

– Trip Advisor
Marco's Beauty at it's Best

Dec 2021 Great time on The Dolphin Explorer! Captain Eddy and Naturalist Bob were professional, entertaining and very knowledgable, teaching us a lot about dolphins and birds alike. We saw many dolphins and were treated to quite a show as a few of them played in our boat's wake!! Met up with Parton, who survived two shark attacks as a young dolphin and was so thrilled to see him not only living but thriving and being one of the dolphins frolicking in our wake. The entire morning spent both on the water spotting the wildlife and then at the end of the tour walking Tigertail Beach looking for Marco's beautiful shells was absolutely perfect! Look forward to doing it again in the future!

– Trip Advisor
Wonderful Experience

Nov. 2021 Watching the Dolphins was an experience of a lifetime. So enjoyable. Bob and Captain Eddie were so knowledgeable about the dolphin habits. I would recommend this to all. Walking the beach for the shelling part of the tour was a great respite from the boat. Since you were walking on the beach at the end of the tour wearing flip flops or water shoes is recommended. Tennis shoes not needed on this cruise. What a fun time. Thanks Bob and Eddie

– Trip Advisor
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