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Address: 951 Bald Eagle Dr, Rose Marina, Marco Island, FL 34145-2303
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A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close...

A National Geographic approved tour, we see dolphins on every trip up-close and personal. Join the crew of the Dolphin Explorer cruising the waters of Marco Island in search of dolphins as part of the only dolphin research study in Southwest Florida. On our trip, you will visit rookeries, estuaries and a barrier island that you can explore and shell. Two trips daily, seven days a week. A fabulous family adventure.

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Dolphin Explorer was great!

The naturalist (Bob) and the captain were both very good at explanations and finding dolphins as well as other wildlife. It was interesting to hear the history and the current... read more

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Ottawa, Ontario

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Ottawa, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

The naturalist (Bob) and the captain were both very good at explanations and finding dolphins as well as other wildlife. It was interesting to hear the history and the current management of this wildlife preserve. The stop at the beach was very nice--there were few people on it as it is not easily accessible. It was a unique way to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

These guys really know what they are doing and cater to kids. It is both educational and fun. A must do.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Captain Bob and Naturalist Bob hosted us as we observed dolphins and the beauty of the intercoastal waters around Marco Island. We loved the learning about the dolphins and were amazed as we watched them. We'd recommend this tour to anyone!

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My 6 year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Lots of helpful information and targeted activities for him.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This tour is excellent for all ages. Out of Rose Marina, This guide is an expert on the entire dolphin community and where the Dolphins hang out and even who their friends are and a photo album so you can recognize each dolphin! You also get a great boat tour and a walk on keewaydyn Island beach.. Extremely knowledgeable and... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Saw 14 dolphins! The best tour for families...shelling on a wonderful beach, extras like seeing a stone crab pulled from the trap, baby ospreys, great experience for all!

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have lived in Naples for 2 years and have taken several of these types of excursions. This one has far exceeded any of them. Bring sun tan lotion and your cameras. Not only does the crew know the different dolphins based on their markings but they keep a log of which ones they see. The crew was extremely knowledgeable... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although the weather was cool and windy, our trip was great. The guide took extra time with the children to talk about the area in general and dolphins in particular. We really appreciated that!

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great excursion for grandparents and grandkids. Boating around Marco, looking for dolphins, stopping for a while on a deserted island to look for shells, it was all great, relaxing fun. Both kids and adults will remember this trip.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our 9 year old grandson loved it. our 2 year old enjoyed it also but slept. Sat a back of boat and had trouble hearing Kent.

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