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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the...

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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Great for all ages.

The Sea Life Encounter Cruise is great for all ages. You take a relaxing boat ride through Sarasota Bay and Roberts Bay. The boat is covered so you are protected from the hot sun... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 June 2015
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Ackley, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

The Sea Life Encounter Cruise is great for all ages. You take a relaxing boat ride through Sarasota Bay and Roberts Bay. The boat is covered so you are protected from the hot sun and you get a nice breeze from the boat ride. We saw both manatees and dolphins swimming wild as we rode through the bay. You make... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015 via mobile

We did the sea life encounter tour in conjunction with a visit to the Mote Aquarium. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We saw a nice variety of sea life including Dolphins (even 2 baby dolphin!), nesting sea bird with young, and a lot of cool stuff from the net. Most of those things we were able to touch... More 

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Warren, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015

The "Sea Life Encounter" Boat Tour leaves out of the Mote Marine Aquarium. It's a lovely open-air ride on a pontoon boat with bench seating and a canopy to protect from the sun. There's a marine biologist on board to tell you about the local sea life. They take you around Sarasota Bay, stop briefly on a small uninhabited island... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

My family and I took the Nature Tour at 11. We saw the tour as we were going into the MOTE. So glad we took this tour. It's a great way to see the bay and the animals who live there. The tour lasts about two hours. We saw lots of animals (birds and dolphins!) as well as the part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful time on the cruise, saw a young dolphin close to the boat, took a nature walk, and learned about lots of types of marine life and birds. Our kids ages ten, eight and five, were all very interested and engaged. We definitely recommend.

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Cedar Falls, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

We did the cruise with two little girls. Our draw was the net in the bay for wildlife collection. There was a marine biologist on the boat that told a lot of history of the area as well as pointing out birds and dolphins. We saw several dolphins on the ride. We went to an uninhabited island and learned about... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

On a gorgeous day we experienced a smooth and extensive tour of Sarasota Bay including a good look at the homes on Bird Key. How lucky we were to see many dolphins frolicking and even submarining. Jimmy was our biologist guide, delivering timely information, pointing out various nature sightings. Venturing close to small islands allowed us clear views of the... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

We had a lovely day on the water. Smooth ride. We saw lots of dolphins, kayakers, the rookery with Blue Heron hatchings. The Marine Biologist and the Volunteer were very informative. It was my second time on this tour. I certainly recommend this to all ages seniors, families, singles and couples.

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Whiting, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015 via mobile

Jennifer is the best guide that I have ever experienced. Some tour guides are boring, hard to understand, or treat you as stupid sheep. Jennifer was a fountain of knowledge, spoke clearly, and was passionate about her work. We saw dolphins, several nesting islands for birds, and a huge net full of critters from the water. It was hands on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2015

Went on the boat ride just expecting a nice way to see the area from the water. We had just pulled away from the dock when a group of dolphins started putting on a lively show for us. The rookery we passed was loaded with all kinds of birds & we also caught a glimpse of some hatchlings! When our... More 

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