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The Dolphin Explorer

The Finest Dolphin Study / Eco-Tour on Marco Island

STEFIN, AVERY'S NEW CALF, JUST TURNED 1 MONTH OLD THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 1ST!!!! STEFIN JOINS 2 OTHER CALVES, MANGO (MOM DESTINY) AND MURPHY (MOM NIBBLES), TO BE BORN THIS FALL. WAIT A MINUTE!!! MOM HALFWAY HAD A NEW CALF IN MID DECEMBER!!! WELCOME, CUBBIE!!!COME VISIT THEM AND LEARN ABOUT OUR AREA WILD DOLPHINS ON OUR SOCIALLY DISTANCED ECOTOURS! SAFE, FUN AND FULL OF EDUCATIONAL INFO! 239-642-6899

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Discovery, exploration, and adventure aboard The Dolphin Explorer!

Get to know our 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

Perfect!

Jan 2021 This was worth every penny! Bob was great at giving interesting information and keeping the kids engaged! The way they know how to get the dolphins attention was pretty cool. The stories of the rescues also made us feel like we were contributing to helping them as well. Great experience all around! would gladly do it again!

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Great tour

Jan 2021 What a fun way to spend the afternoon. Captain Eddie and Bob were great. Very informative and fun and we saw so many dolphins we lost count.

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The best Dolphin Tour on Marco!

Jan 2021 So many dolphins to see! We had a wonderful adventure with Captain Eddie and Bob. This was our second tour with them (the first was in the summer) and it was just as exciting as the first! Bob’s knowledge of the local dolphin pod really makes the experience special — he has been researching and identifying the dolphins for years so learning the names and stories of the dolphins enhances an already enjoyable day. Our six year old and teen equally had a great time and the stop at sand dollar spit to shell at the end was the cherry on top of the cake. We look forward to booking our next adventure with them!

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Great family tour!

Jan 2021 It was a great tour. I highly recommend especially for families with kids. Bob and Captain was very informative and friendly. The educational materials for the trip was well prepared. We have encountered many dolphins and learned a lot about them.

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Loved this!

Jan 2021 Our family loved every part of this excursion. Bob and Captain Eddy were very knowledgeable and made the trip fantastic. We saw lots of dolphins and they swim right up to the boat. We also got a chance to collect sea shells in a string bag they provided. We also got souvenir pictures of our family and a dolphin. We learned a lot and it was a great way to enjoy the Florida sun!

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Affordable day activity for adults and families

Jan.2021 Awesome tour! Capitan Bob and Captain Eddie were knowledgeable, passionate and fun! We identified 15 dolphins by name. Great time for both families with kids or adults enjoying a few drinks while watching dolphins play along the boat. We also got a chance to go shelling on Tiger Beach and boat around the island. Tour is 3 hours long and included a shelling bag, bottle of water, and pictures of your group and the wildlife we encountered that day. Affordable, fun and well worth it. We will be back!

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Great,fun,beautiful and educational

Jan. 2021 Bob and Captain Eddy were awesome, welcomed us to the boat and mad it fun for our children (8 and 5 yo) to look for the dolphins and try to understand and recognize them. The excursion is very well done and Bob is there to answer your questions and tell you more about the dolphins, but also birds, the region, houses, etc. We saw 20 dolphins, 16 of which Bob helped us recognize through their fins. Bob and Eddy are both very respectful of the environment and the dolphins in particular. Also, we were lucky enough to spot a new calf and our son got to name it!! A must do if you like dolphins. It was a magical experience, thanks Captain Eddy and Bob!

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Great educational and fun dolphin encounter

Dec.2020 This was an excellent Dolphin Encounter boat trip! We took our 3 grandsons --ages, 10,8 and 4. They all had a great time learning about how to tell each dolphin apart and saw the catalog of photos of the dolphins that we saw on our trip. Captain Eddie and Captain Bob did a great job of answering questions and telling us things about dolphins. I would highly recommend.

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Great educational and fun dolphin encounter

Dec 2020 This was an excellent Dolphin Encounter boat trip! We took our 3 grandsons --ages, 10,8 and 4. They all had a great time learning about how to tell each dolphin apart and saw the catalog of photos of the dolphins that we saw on our trip. Captain Eddie and Captain Bob did a great job of answering questions and telling us things about dolphins. I would highly recommend

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Captain Bob will wow you!

Dec.2020 35 year old male who thought he would be bored had an absolute blast with the whole family. These guys are marine biologists identifying family’s of dolphin and let me tell you. You will see them. We saw a ton and they get them to play with the boat. The videos of your trip will absolutely wow your friends and it’s not expensive at all. He also gives you a bunch of free extras !!! Beautiful full quality photos and a trip to the beach included!!!!

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Dolphin Tour

Dec. 2020 This tour was amazing! My family saw over 16 dolphins! Throughout the tour they keep you engaged and they are very knowledgeable about the area. The tour is suitable for all ages even your children. 10/10 experience

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Fabulous excursion

Dec 2020 We had a great time on the Dolphin Explorer. Chilly, sunny day- the dolphins put on a spectacular show. We saw 18 different dolphins- they were very active and playful. Captain Eddy and naturalist Bob made the tour especially amazing. Would definitely recommend.

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Our group had a blast !

Dec 2020 One word describes our Dolphin Study Eco-Tour experience, WOW! Captain Eddie and Bob were very cordial and extremely knowledgeable about all of southwest Florida's wildlife and ecosystems. Bob was especially patient and great with the children on the tour. We were hoping to see a few dolphins and within the first hour, we saw 14 different dolphins. It was amazing how some would recognize the sound of the boat and follow us. They were jumping and playing in our wake allowing us ample opportunity to take videos and up close photos. Our experience was worth every penny and I would highly recommend the Dolphin Explorer to others.

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One of a kind experience

Dec 2020 Once again, what an amazing experience! Every time we are in Naples with our grandchildren, I make a point to make a reservation with the Dolphin Explorer to see and learn about these beautiful mammals. Naturalist Bob is very knowledgeable, friendly, and makes a point to explain in simple terms dolphin behavior to everyone on board. Captain Eddy was very patient and very professional. I would highly recommend going with the Dolphin Explorer. It's a must if you are in Naples or in Marco Island.

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Fantastic experience for adults and kids!

Dec 2020 We just took this adventure today and it was a top experience of our trip to Marco Island. Captain Ed and Bob were fantastic. Very hospitable aboard, knowledgeable, friendly and fun! We took our two young kids (age 5&6) and they had a great time. Saw a totally of 14 dolphins and found all kinds of neat seashells on the island stop. Boat was pristinely clean and head (bathroom) was cleanest I’ve ever seen on this type of vessel. Would definitely recommend and do the trip again!

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This trip is a must do!

Dec.2020 We had such an amazing time on this excursion! We saw 18 different dolphins! They were so playful and fun. Captain Bob and Captain Eddie were so fun and informative! We learned so much and they did such a great job educating my 8 and 5 year olds. This trip is an absolute must if you’re in the area!

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Dolphin evaluation

Nov 27 2020 The Dolphin Explorer is an excellent experience for kids and families of all ages! We did the morning tour with our Naturalist Bob and Captain Ed, and boy, were they terrific! Bob is very knowledgeable and lets everyone know cool facts about dolphins and other wildlife, such as osprey, herons, and pelicans. We saw numerous dolphins, and were also able to use the dolphin notebooks to learn how the dolphins were identified. I highly recommend this trip, and will definitely go again on my next trip to Marco Island. 😎

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Incredibly Memorable

Nov 2020 This was a great trip! My 5 year old loved the attention and dolphin scavenger type activity. The pictures and shelling was a pleasant surprise

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Definitely a Marco Must do

Nov. 2020 We had the most amazing experience! Bob and Captain Eddie were amazing!!!! The amount of passion they put into what they do is absolutely amazing and we are so excited we got to be apart of one day of it!! Will definitely do it again!

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Amazing time on the Dolphin Explorer

October 2020 We went on the Dolphin Explorer on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 9 AM. There were 10 of us on board, including the Captain and Bob. Despite the rain, we saw almost 20 different dolphins. Bob was an amazing tour guide - very attentive to all on board. Our time of shelling was great - we helped a little girl on our tour find sand dollars and conch shells. Great time had by all.

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Must do experience

October 2020 Captain Eddie & Bob check all the boxes !!! Informational and engaging for all ages. After reading all the 5 star reviews they set the bar high. I rate my experiences by would I do this again? My wife and I will certainly book again our only regret was doing it so close to the end of our stay. Thank you both for the adventure and education.

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Excellent fun and educational

October 2020 The Dolphin Explorer is a "must do" adventure. Very educational as well as loads of fun. We have taken the trip multiple times and will continue to do so. Every trip is full of new dolphin sightings and adventure. The crew is highly educated and so much fun to be with!! Thank you Captain Bob and crew! You are amazing!!

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Angels of the SEA

Sept 2020 Captain Bob and Captain Eddie do not disappoint! Not only did we see 17 dolphins in one morning, but we learned about the ecology and the habits of the dolphins in their habitat. Bob shared his research with us, and took the time to show us the different markings / identifications of the dolphins. This is a MUST for anyone who wants to spend time in beautiful nature, learn something new, and have a friendly and professional Captain leading the way. This was my birthday present from my mom - and I was happy! Definitely recommend!

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A Quality Experience- Every time!

Sept. 2020 Every time I come to Marco Island I try to book a trip with Dolphin Explorer and they never fail to provide a quality experience. They provide all the fun of any dolphin watching experience, with the added benefit of learning more about the individual animals you are observing and their history in the area and family relationships. The new boat offers plenty of space for social distancing while still having great viewing vantage points

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