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The Dolphin Explorer

The Finest Dolphin Study / Eco-Tour on Marco Island


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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

Worth the money, Great details throughout

July 2021 You can tell that a lot of thought has gone into this dolphin explorer program. I first learned about this adventure from the book 100 places to take your children before they grow up. The tour itself did not disappoint even though it’s a little pricey. I appreciated all the details and the involvement of the children as science explores. The kids enjoyed identifying the dolphins and collecting seashells. It really is a magical experience when the guy truly loves their job and you can tell.

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MI Dolphin Adventure

July 2021 What a wonderful adventure! My favorite part of the experience was the knowledge of Captain Eddie and Master Naturalist Bob McConville. They were able to identify and show us the youngest and the oldest dolphins among many others. they do not directly interact with the dolphin in any way and leave them to do what is natural behavior for the dolphins. The dolphins trust them and come around the boat playfully.. this is an excellent experience for children who have a love of the outdoors and nature. Adults too!

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Marco Island Adventures

July 2021 Absolutely phenomenal! Naturalist Bob was fantastic! He really got the kids engaged in looking for the dolphins and we saw so many of them!! Captain Eddie was great at telling us where to look for dolphins and manatees! Both men were super knowledgeable and kind! Highly recommend this tour!!! 😊

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Love the Dolphin Explorer

July 2021 I love the Dolphin Explorer tour! I have done it three times, and each time is different. On our recent tour Bob the naturalist and Captain Eddie identified 23 different dolphins. Seeing the dolphins in their natural habitat is better than seeing them perform at the zoo. A fun thing is seeing them enjoying "surfing" in the wake of the boat. Water is provided, and there is a short stop at a remote beach for shelling. Bob and Captain Eddie make the whole trip a lot of fun for the whole family!

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Awesome experience

June 2021 Great experience! We really enjoyed ourselves! One of the highlights of our trip! The whole experience from beginning to end was amazing! Bob and Captain Eddie were awesome and we learned so much from them! We saw dolphins in their natural habitat up close and personal and the shelling experience was amazing as well!

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June 2021 Excellent Tour. Exceeded expectations. Boat was very clean and was equipped with a canopy overhead. Always a great experience to go on a boat with an excellent Captain as Captain Eddy and Bob They know the waterways of the back water and of the Gulf. We had our two grandchildren with us (8 & 5) and they loved the experience. Could not stop talking about it. The kids enjoyed getting involved with the Dolphin Book trying to identify the Different Dolphins. Each of them have a name. Bob surely interacted with them and kept their interest. We spotted 20 Dolphins, 3 Manatees, various Birds and plants. We then went on a shelling excursion at Tiger Tail beach. We were lucky enough to spend time with a few folks from the Audubon society to allow us to look through their high power lens to watch baby Skimmers. Had to be thousands of birds. We will does this tour again in the fall when the Dolphins give birth to their calves, Thank you Captain Ed and Bob, and of course the Dolphins

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Exceeded expectations!

June 2021 Seeing all the dolphins come close to the boat was so fun. Captain Bob and Eddie were awesome and very informative. Captain Bob was very interactive with the kids. Loved shelling on the beach with bags provided and free picture with the family. Exceeded expectations!

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Marco Dolphin Tour

June 2021 Highly recommend this excursion. Captain Eddie and our guide Bob were both excellent. Very professional, knowledgeable and personable. We saw some great sights and enjoyed seeing the dolphins jump by the side of the boat. A great trip and a very good time.

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Awesome Dolphin Excursion!

June 2021 I highly recommend this excursion. Captain Eddie and Bob were amazing. They were both extremely knowledgeable, passionate about what they do and fun to listen to. Even though it was sold out it was not overcrowded and you could move from all sides of the boat to get the best views of the dolphins. The short stop on a small island for shelling was a perfect intermission from the boat ride and dolphin seeing. I have been on several dolphin excursions and this one has been the best!

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Your family should do this!

June 2021 What a wonderful afternoon! We had 3 adults and 2 kids - highly recommend for all ages! Bob and Captain Eddie were so knowledgeable, funny and passionate. We saw 30+ dolphins and found out all their names. A few played in the wake of the boat jumping and putting a show. Then we went shelling and found the most amazing shells! Scientific yet fun for anyone. Would definitely do it again!

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Don't hesitate to book

June 2021 The Dolphin Explorer exceeded our expectations!! Not only did Bob know about dolphins and wildlife, but he also taught my kids about the different types of seashells and living creatures inside the seashells. All of the staff were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and truly passionate about what the do. By far this is one if the best excursions we have taken our children on!!

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Best ever Dolphin boat tour!

May 2021 Exceeded my expectations from start to finish! I highly recommend this experience! Head Marine Biologist Bob and Kristin were informative, friendly and made the trip unforgettable! Captain Eddie was incredible, helpful and knowledgeable. The experience was above and beyond what I imagined this dolphin exploration could be. Saw 18 different dolphins identified by name! Incredible!!!

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