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Sarasota Bay Explorers

#21 of 70 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Sarasota Features Animals
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200
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Buy the combo ticket at Mote! We had Capt. Bill and Marine Biologist Jill. The tour is 1 hour and... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
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Complete rip off

So disappointed in this trip for the money. It's very expensive it was £200 for the 6 of us and I... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
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Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the water? We've got it! We are located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both public and private use. We offer several types of eco-tours including our renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. In addition to our regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of our 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200

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Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Buy the combo ticket at Mote! We had Capt. Bill and Marine Biologist Jill. The tour is 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth every penny. Jill was very informative about all the birds, fish, and dolphins. On the way back she cast a...More

Thank FloridaArnie
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

So disappointed in this trip for the money. It's very expensive it was £200 for the 6 of us and I thought it would be fun and educational for the kids however the kids were so disappointed and not impressed. Firstly we did see some...More

2  Thank Denise143
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We took the afternoon Sea Life Encounter Cruise on a beautiful sunny, but not hot, day. Our guide, Michelle, was excellent - full of information about the bay and the wildlife we encountered. We are staying on Lido Key and have been out on the...More

Thank Kingston_Lou
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We had such a fun time today with marine scientist Chloe and the captain. It was windy but they handled it all so well. We found sea creatures and learned many new facts we'd not known before. And it feels good knowing we're supporting science...More

2  Thank tsoberdas
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Bought the combination aquarium / bay tour tickets. The aquarium was good to visit and could be seen easily in about 1.5 hours. The tour on the bay was really good. A fun afternoon excursion we can recommend.

1  Thank jkfraser2017
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We booked a trip with Captain Sondra, who was both a captain and a marine biologist. There were only four of us sharing the $300 cost (we could have had two more, legally), but it was worth every cent. First, Captain Sondra was remarkably well...More

1  Thank krashtest d
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I was late getting to my reserved tour, but called to postpone to the next shift. This group is flexible, knowledgeable, and efficient. I learned a great deal about the Florida aquatic habitat and how to maintain it. Beyond informative, the tour was comfortable and...More

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We took the 11am tour. The tour guide was Tanya and the Captain was Bill. The boat always has a captain who is certified to drive the boat, and a biologist to lead the tour. We saw so much of the local plants, birds, fish,...More

Thank LC34201
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I've used Sarasota Bay Explorers many times. If you have never kayaked before this is the perfect way to do it. You go out on a pontoon boat across the Bay pulling he kayaks behind you in the company of a marine biologist. Kayaking through...More

Thank cmb544
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Took this tour today and it was well worth the time and reasonable cost. At one point during the trip, the crew goes forward on the boat and trawls for some sea life to show the guests (returned to the sea eventually). I was impressed...More

1  Thank rt100rider
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18 June 2017|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Our Sea Life Encounter tour departs daily at 11am , 1:30pm , and 4pm. Call the boat for reservations 941-388-4200
15 July 2016|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Sorry that is not Sarasota Bay Explorers