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The Dolphin Explorer

The Finest Dolphin Study / Eco-Tour on Marco Island

VIEW 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS FROM THE WATER! THIS 2 1/2 HOUR FUN TRIP ON OUR 49 PASSENGER BOAT WILL LEAVE AT 7:30 PM, WATCH THE SUNSET FROM THE GULF AND CRUISE DOWN TO WATCH MARCO ISLAND'S FABULOUS FIREWORKS FROM OFFSHORE. ONLY $45 FOR ADULTS! CALL 239-642-6899 TO SAVE A SPOT!

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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 we've ever been on

June 2022 Captain Eddie and Bob the naturalist were awesome! This was the most fun we have ever had on a dolphin tour! They were kind, informative, and helpful. We enjoyed our trip immensely; the dolphins “riding the waves” behind the boat was amazing!

– Trip Advisor
Simply the BEST

June 2022 This is A Top Notch experience. Love it. We take this trip Every time we visit Marco Island. Bob’s knowledge is Fantastic ! If you visit Marco……. This is A MUST !!!! Go , Go , Go !

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AMAZING EXPERIENCE

June 2022 We did a lot of dolphins tours in the past 10 years. But this one must get an award. Start at the counter, the lady was perfect. Then the tour. The tour is hosted by two people, the boat’s captain and then the dolphins specialist with a scientific background. In our tour, it was Bob. Believe it or not, they know how to recognize the dolfins since these dolphins are like “permanent” to the Marco’s Islands. They do not migrate in a certain way. So the guys are able to name all of them by their “names”. They can say this one is the mother of that one etc …. We saw a minimum of 15 dolphins. Very rich content. Bring the kids… they will like it.

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Best dolphin boat ride

June 2022 Our family of of 9 had a great time on this boat ride . The staff was friendly and it was a very interactive and educational tour . Bob the naturalist and Eddie the captain were great tour guides! We saw a lot of dolphins and a manatee . Provided water for everyone on the boat as well shelling bags for the island stop . Bathroom on boat is convenient when traveling with little kids . I would definitely recommend!!!

– Trip Advisor
A+ Marco Tour

June 2022 This tour is a Marco must do! We are regulars on Marco and love boating… This has always been on our list, and it did not disappoint! It was wonderful learning about the different dolphins, habitats, species, and history! Bob was our guide, Greg was the captain … a perfect duo! Thank you, 100% will recommend to family that comes to visit!

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Dolphin watching with a good purpose

May 2022 My favorite part was the fact that these folks truly care about the dolphins, their heritage, their numbers, their newborns.... everything. They know all the dolphins by name and track every sighting. The things we learned from Biologist James and Captain Eddie were fascinating as well as eye-opening. If you want to see dolphins, this is the tour to take. On our cruise we identified 11 different dolphins, some of which we saw multi[le times, some of which Captain Eddie got to playfully follow the boat at somewhat high speed. Worth every penny in my opinion! So good we may do the same tour again next year!

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Must-do for Marco Island

May 2022 This trip is an absolute must-do for visitors to Marco Island. I have taken the trip numerous times whenever I have friends and family coming to the island and every time it is a favourite memory. We had four boys in our party from 6-12 who were so inspired by the little workbook of checking off dolphins and identifying wildlife. they loved it and said it was a favourite part of the whole trip. The captain and wildlife guides were amazing and we enjoyed the spacious boat for viewing the dolphins. Making reservations online was a breeze. Thanks so much to the Dolphin Explorer team.

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Amazing dolphin experience

May 2022 Our experience on The Dolphin Explorer lived up to all the 5 star reviews. We saw at least 17 dolphins for extended periods and, on one occasion, had several dolphins at once riding the waves behind the boat. James was our naturalist and Eddie as captain - both had a huge amount of information about the dolphins and their family groups. The fact that we had one family on the boat who had taken the trip 5 times previously says it all. Highly recommended.

– Trip Advisor