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The Dolphin Explorer

The Finest Dolphin Study / Eco-Tour on Marco Island

2021 WAS FANTASTIC!!!! 4,846 DOLPHIN SIGHTINGS WERE RECORDED BY OUR TEAM OF 119 INDIVIDUAL, IDENTIFIED BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS! WOW!!! 8 NEW CALVES WERE SIGHTED LAST YEAR. 1 OF THOSE MOMS SURVIVED A SHARK BITE AND FISHING LINE TANGLE...THIS WAS HER FIRST BABY. COME JOIN US TO MEET THEM!

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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

Best Dolphin Tour on the Island!

Jan. 2022 We were able to share an experience with our 5yo where we identified 15 unique dolphins around the island. The staff was very knowledgeable and nice. They even had a small workbook for our child to work on as we were on the tour. This allowed her to get a badge at the end! Highly recommend if you are looking for a top notch experience.

– Trip Advisor
Best Eco Tour in Florida

Jan. 2022 Dolphin Explorer was the most informative of the eco-tours we have experienced in FL. Both crew members, James the Naturalist and Eddie the Captain balanced their knowledge with friendly and engaging conversation including every guest. They made the guests feel that they had a significant role in the dolphin study project. Knowing the dolphins personally as they do added tremendously to the experience. There was special attention, challenges, and rewards for the youngsters. Highly recommended!

– Trip Advisor
The Best Experience!

Jan. 2022 If you are anywhere near Marco Island I suggest you come and see dolphins! And there could be no better experience than the one you would have with the Dolphin Explorer's! They are so knowledgeable and so much fun. The boat is awesome. And the day we sailed we saw around 20 different dolphins. They know the names of all of them and have wonderful stories about them too.

– Trip Advisor
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
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
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