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WILD DOLPHINS ECO-TOUR

Per Person $123 USD
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WILD DOLPHINS ECO-TOUR

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We know how popular dolphin-interaction is, so we try to include this opportunity everywhere we can find it. This, however, is not the kind of "encounter" we usually encounter!

When we pulled up to the house we were directed to, we thought we had made a mistake, but we were in the right place. We met the captains at their home because their true office is their boat and the sea itself.

This young, energetic couple has a thriving business based on their love and respect for marine life. They take a limited number of visitors out each day so they are not too intrusive on the dolphins' space. No fanfare, no souvenirs, no hullabaloo. They truly bring you together with the dolphins that they have become familiar with. It is unbelievable and you will love it! You'll also have a chance to fly through the tropical waters on a specially-designed dolphin board!

Fifteen years ago, the captain of this catamaran started to have encounters with dolphins on a beautiful white sand bank. Over the years, he and his crew established a trusting relationship with a pod of wild dolphins by showing patience and respect.

The outcome of this relationship is your opportunity to accompany a team of naturalists who have spent years on the water in the company of wild dolphins. You'll observe them hunting, courting, communicating, and teaching their young. You'll do this in style, on board a dolphin tour boat with rooms for changing, a refrigerator, a freshwater shower, a restroom, and over 400 sq. ft. of deck space, partially shaded. This boat also has an underwater microphone so you can hear the dolphin's unique vocalization.

At the proper time, weather permitting, you'll be directed to slip into the water quietly and snorkel to the areas where the dolphins live. Very often, we've been told, one or more dolphins will approach you and scan you face-to-face.

Wild dolphins lead busy lives and we always treat them with the respect they deserve. For instance, if the dolphins are sleeping, foraging, feeding, or caring for their young, we'll simply watch from a respectable distance. We want to remind you that no one can guarantee an encounter with wild dolphins in the water, but we promise that you'll see and observe our friendly mammals and, most often, you'll be able to interact as well.

The focus of this group is on education and conservation so that an interactive relationship is maintained in the best interest of both species. For that reason, the groups are kept small and controllable, and a strict code of conduct is in place on all trips. You might recognize the captains from their appearances on Animal Planet.

  • This tour includes:
  • Scenic boat ride
  • Services of a friendly and knowledgeable captain
  • Dolphin observation
  • Opportunity to snorkel near dolphins
  • An amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Days of Operation

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Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 9:30 AM (4 hrs)
  • 2:00 PM (4 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• As the operation of this tour is very weather dependent, we strongly suggest that you call the tour operator the night before or the morning of your tour to make sure it will be going out. The phone number will be on your voucher.
• We suggest that you bring a towel, non-oily sunscreen, a hat, camera, sunglasses, a light jacket, a small bag to secure your things, a few bucks, and a Big Smile!
• It's best to have a good balanced meal before boating.
• We suggest you bring along some sandwiches for this trip. There's a great gourmet place called the Waterfront Deli located right behind the boat. Chips and sodas will be provided for you.
• You may walk or take a very short taxi ride to the marina.

Restrictions

• There is a 2-person minimum and a 6-person maximum for this tour.
• There are no age restrictions and non-swimmers are welcome.
• This tour is run under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which states you are not allowed to pursue or harass the dolphins.
• Sorry, this tour is not available on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.