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!Click here to Book Your Tour
Available Tour Times: 9 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Duration: 3 hours
Get to know some of our area dolphins on every trip! Learn their names and who their relatives are as we cruise the waters of Marco Island in search of wildlife on this family-friendly eco-tour. Reservations are highly recommended!
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.