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Marco Island: Guided Dolphin Tour with Beach Stop

4.9 / 5

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Marco Island: Guided Dolphin Tour with Beach Stop

Activity provider: Dolphin Research Tours

From US$ 95 per person

Explore the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge on a tour around Marco Island. See dolphins, take part in a study, and stop at a remote beach.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Observe the resident community of bottlenose dolphins
  • Contribute to a dolphin study alongside an expert
  • Look for sea turtles, manatees, and other animals
  • Explore a remote barrier island beach
  • Swim, find exotic shells, bird watch, or relax in the sun
Full description
Go on an adventure in the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge on a tour around Marco Island, Florida. Take part in a photo-identification study of the local dolphins and interact with these unique animals. Later, enjoy free time on a remote island beach. Travel in comfort aboard a small boat with cushioned seating. A limited number of passengers ensures that you enjoy an intimate experience with easy access to your guide. For children, there is a citizen science activity that lets them be scientists for the day. Start your adventure at the gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Within minutes of leaving the dock, you will be immersed in a scenic and varied coastal wilderness. Traveling through the largest intact mangrove forest in the western hemisphere, observe a rich variety of wildlife. In addition to dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, and a variety of birds can be seen here. Get a chance to explore the subtropical mangrove forested backwaters or head out to Coon Key Pass and make your way to Cape Romano Island and the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Next, observe the resident communities of bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. View these animals in a respectful manner that does not interfere with their normal behaviors. Contribute sighting data to a 15-year photo-identification study of the dolphins. Once home from your adventure, you will have access to this study online. You can visit the site to track the individual dolphins you saw and learn more about them. Later, get a chance to explore a remote barrier island. Take a walk, swim, marvel at the amazing variety of seashells, observe shorebirds and wading birds, or just relax in the sun. At the end of your tour, return back to the dock with new knowledge and a deeper appreciation of this unique habitat. Amazing memories of wild dolphins, photos, and the shells you collected on the beach will stay with you forever.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Beach stop
  • Florida Master Naturalist guide
  • Souvenir photos
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour. Meet at the covered picnic area to the left of the main building as you walk up. On-site parking is free but limited during the weekends and peak season. We strongly encourage rideshare options such as Lyft or Uber.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle

Know before you go

  • As of January 1, 2021 a parking fee of $10 will be required for all vehicles that do not have a Collier County beach parking sticker proving Collier County residency.
  • · If you can't find parking at the Goodland Boat Park or you wish to avoid the $10 parking fee, please use the parking lot at Margood Harbor Park (321 Pear Tree Avenue, Goodland, FL 34140). From there it is a 7 min walk to the Goodland Boat Park
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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Kent & Robyn gave our family a fantastic tour. This tour is great for all ages. We ranged from 7 years to 70. Saw lots of dolphins that Kent has named. The kids really enjoyed learning about dolphins and wildlife. The island shelling was a big hit with all of us.

March 24, 2022

Both my wife and I enjoyed the time on the boat and tour. Very private and personal experience made this one of our highlights of our trip! The true passion of their dolphin research and knowledge came through and uplifted our experience. I will definitely be bringing my kids back for this tour in the future. The stop on a small private island was great for some shelling.

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March 9, 2022

I have taken 4 different boat trips to the Ten Thousand Islands and this one with Kent and Robyn was by far the best one we have taken. Kent is so knowledgeable and was able to engage my granddaughter in his dolphin research and had lots of props to explain what we were seeing. We actually saw 20 dolphins and were able to follow them for awhile. The tour was amazing and Kent is a true knowledgeable naturalist. We recommend this tour!

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February 12, 2022

Product ID: 399309