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Encounters With Dolphins

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Clearwater, FL 33767-2064
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Dolphins up close !

Usually take Tropics Boat due to Groupon deal, Glad they didn’t honor it. Caused my family of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Terry501
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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Spring break 2018

My husband and I took the sunset boat tour. Had a great night. Was cloudy just before boarding... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deb W
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Zeeland, Michigan
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Come join us on a fun filled, narrated sightseeing tour of Clearwater's harbor. Enjoy a relaxing ride while you learn about our abundant wildlife, and view the area's dolphins in their natural environment. Every trip stops at Compass Island where you can collect shells, swim, snorkel and the kids can even hunt for treasure! Dolphin sightings are guaranteed*. Excursions depart from the Clearwater Beach Marina multiple times every day. Spend an hour and a half to an hour and forty five minutes with our highly trained crew in the Clearwater Harbor on board our 40 foot Coast Guard inspected excursion boat. For twenty to thirty minutes during your trip, the boat will stop at Compass Island where you will have the opportunity to shell hunt through thousands of shells, swim, snorkel (gear is provided) and enjoy the island. Our boats are available for charter as well. If you're looking for something more intimate with friends and family on the water we can accommodate. We have done weddings, rehearsal dinner socials, proposals, birthday parties, bachelor parties, anniversaries, school and church groups and family reunions.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Clearwater, FL 33767-2064
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Usually take Tropics Boat due to Groupon deal, Glad they didn’t honor it. Caused my family of 6 to take the Encounter with Dolphins instead. So glad !! At least 7-8 dolphins came right up to the side of the boat ...which sits low.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took the sunset boat tour. Had a great night. Was cloudy just before boarding but had an amazing sunset. We didn't see many dolphins until our captain talked to another boat. So we headed over to them and cruised along side...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We will do this tour again next year, for sure! Captain Bill and Cortez make you fill like everyone is family on the tour. There was a little girl celebrating a birthday - and they led us in singing happy birthday to her! We saw...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took the Sunset cruise tonight, we’d never done it before. We weren’t even 5 minutes out from the dock and we saw dolphins, 3 or 4 including a baby! Kevin was a great guide, very informative and lots of fun, and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family of 4, kids 9 and 11, thoroughly enjoyed our trip. No frills, but reasonably priced because. Crew was very friendly, and provided an entertaining tour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome! We saw lots of dolphins....although this boat doesn’t drive fast enough to allow the dolphins to ride the waves....Cortez absolutely made the trip worth it, & he is the reason we will continue coming back to Encounters with Dolpinhs. Cortez you are the man!...More

Thank Dylan L
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

My mom came into town and wanted to do a dolphin tour. She found this one online and booked it. The crew was nice, and they gave us a nice tour of the intercostal way. The island they take you to is very small and...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

What a disappointing dolphin cruise. Last year I went on the little toot toot dolphin cruise and it was amazing. We went out into the ocean and we saw dozens of dolphin swimming in the wake and swimming in front of the boat so my...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Excellent value for money and great trip. We watched several dolphins close up and had a very informative guide.

Thank Guy B
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

The 11am boat tour was nice but we didn’t see any dolphins—disappointed but still enjoyed the tour. It was chilly so bring a jacket. We stopped on the tiniest island for “shells” which was silly. Overall it was a nice 90 minutes on the water.

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Betty B
25 April 2018|
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Response from Pete W | Reviewed this property |
I would at the very least check with them the day before for morning trips or in the morning for afternoon trips. We went on a Saturday and booked that morning for an afternoon trip.
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jfamily09
8 May 2017|
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Response from KWa16 | Reviewed this property |
I've heard the same thing. We took an early afternoon trip with this company and saw a few dolphins from afar. The boat itself is fully covered though so it's a comfortable ride regardless of the time of day (i.e....you... More
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Jackie E
19 June 2016|
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Response from Tara R | Reviewed this property |
We did. We chose to go snorkling. But with that said, we were able to walk off the boat to the island for shelling without getting really wet. They pull up close and put out a ramp for you to walk off the boat. We got... More
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