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Marco Island: Guided Dolphin Tour with Beach Stop

Marco Island: Guided Dolphin Tour with Beach Stop

From US$ 90 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • 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.
  • 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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What to bring

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

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Double 5 stars! Kent and Robyn were absolute gems. My friend and I resonated with their enthusiasm and passion for what they do. The love for dolphin research emanates from both of them and it was a pleasure to witness. Kent has such an eye for spotting the dolphins, too. The trip was complete with stops at dolphin habitat, immersive dolphin research, stop at the Cape Romano domes, and a beach stop at the scenic Morgan Bay. 3 hours just pass you by and it's definitely worth every penny. 10/10 will come back and avail of their services again.

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August 24, 2021

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