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The Dolphin Explorer

MULTI-AWARD WINNING DOLPHIN STUDY / ECOTOUR!

2024 FIRST QUARTER STATS....THE SURVEY TEAM DOCUMENTED 1,883 SIGHTINGS OF THE 128 DOLPHINS IN OUR LOCAL POPULATION. SEVERAL FEMALES LOOK VERY PREGNANT....THIS FALL SHOULD BE A GREAT BIRTHING SEASON! 2023 ANNUAL OVERVIEW...OUR TEAM DOCUMENTED 4,763 INDIVIDUAL DOLPHIN SIGHTINGS OF 128 DIFFERENT LOCAL, IDENTIFIED DOLPHINS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. 9 NEW BABIES WERE RECORDED FROM 9/12 THRU 12/11.

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"Passion, Integrity, Education" is our motto. Our beliefs are reflected in our passion to educate!

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

Mothers Day Treat!

May 2024 We live on Marco and have never been on the Dolphin Explorer and i wanted to go for Mother's Day. It was simply AMAZING. Bob was so informative, and we were so happy that we got to see so many dolphins. Its like they know Bob because they are so happy to see the boat :). We also got to see several groups of stingrays as well as some manatees from the distance. I will encourage my friends and family to do when visiting. Thanks again for such a great time Bob and Captain Ed.

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Best Dolphin tour in Marco

May 2024 This is the only dolphin tour you should take. These guys are so passionate about the dolphin community and take the time to show you all of the named dolphins that they have identified by the markings on their fins. They have a binder with pictures of each and when they were born and their offspring. It’s educational and entertaining at the same time. Ask as many questions as you can, they love it. We saw almost 30 dolphins and have great pictures from our tour. Plus you get 1/2 hr of exploring for shells, we went to Tigertail. They also take a picture of your group and give you a print at the end. Thank you for a wonderful trip!

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Will go again!

May 2024 This was great!!! Smooth boat ride, plenty of time to view the dolphins, extremely knowledgable staff, and very patient. The dolphins were jumping and playing right next to the boat. Worth every penny!! Bathroom on boat, shade, and complimentary waters. They also have the best gift shop to get clothes, ice cream, hats, etc….

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THE BEST DAY EVER (SAID MY FAMILY)

MAY 2024 Absolutely the best experience for my family and I! We saw above average dolphins yesterday! At 18 dolphins! We saw moms with calf’s, we saw 4 to five teen dolphins playing, we saw a dolphin ride our boats wave, we saw plenty of different animals! And when you stop at the beach you get a complimentary picture printed for you and your family! Absolutely will be coming back when we can! For now we can watch from a far on their social media accounts where they have incredible pictures! The instructors/guides were absolutely amazing and knowledgeable on everything dolphin! Our daughter had a blast and got a dolphin patch at the end! 10/10 must do if you go to Marco island!

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Great tour!

April 2024 We had a group of 9 and went in the afternoon. Our hosts were not only funny and entertaining, but we also had a great educational experience. We saw several dozen of local dolphins. Bob, James, and Jen were fantastic! Highly recommended.

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Exceptional Experience!

April 2024 This tour more than exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Very knowledgeable dolphin scientists on board sharing a wealth of information. Dolphins were treated respectfully, we were there to watch them in their natural habitat and did so without interfering in any way. I appreciated that bc we have been on tours where the anals have been chased and lured with food and I don't like that. Lots of little touches from the company in addition to the multiple dolphin encounters and knowledge shared. Well worth the trip!

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Best thing ever for locals and visitors too!

April 2024 I've been on the Dolphin Explorer 7 times now and hope to go 27 more times. I love to take visitors on it because they get to see Marco from the water, get out on the beach, and spend 3 hours with a big grin on their faces from seeing so many dolphins! Bob McConville is just GREAT at what he does---and it's clear he loves his dolphins.

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Great experience for dolphin loving people

Apr 2024 My wife and I went on the Dolphin Explorer Tour and had a wonderful time! It was so educational to listen to Bob and Captain Eddy talk about the dolphins that they have identified and tracked from one generation of dolphins to another! We learned things about dolphins that we have never heard before and left the tour so enlightened! We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about dolphins from people who really have a passion and knowledge of dolphins!

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Absolutely amazing experience!

Apr 2024 My wife and I went on the Dolphin Explorer Tour and had a wonderful time! It was so educational to listen to Bob and Captain Eddy talk about the dolphins that they have identified and tracked from one generation of dolphins to another! We learned things about dolphins that we have never heard before and left the tour so enlightened! We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about dolphins from people who really have a passion and knowledge of dolphins!

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Thrilling!

Apr 2024 One of the top 10 experiences in my life saw 21 dolphins the crew everyone just excellent will go again and again if anyone is hesitant about going it is the best 3 hours you will spend take your grandchildren and children they will have a ball

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