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Dolphin Watch Eco Tour of South Padre Island

  • 1.5-hour dolphin cruise and wildlife tour
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Spot Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
Dolphin Watch Eco Tour of South Padre Island
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Watch for the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that thrive along the coast of South Padre Island on a 1.5-hour wildlife boat tour from Sea Ranch Marina. Cruise past the U.S. Coast Guard Station and Boca Chica Beach, with a comfortable seat on a wildlife-watching boat that’s equipped with a wildlife-safe viewing net so you can see South Padre sea life up close.
What to Expect
Make your way to Sea Ranch Marina for a 10:30am or 1pm departure time (please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline.

The crew will cast a wildlife-safe net throughout the trip, bringing up sea life so you can see it up close, and they frequently catch sea horses, starfish, and sea slugs. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins live in groups, so if you spot one in the water, keep your eyes peeled for its “pod”, which usually consists of 10 to 30 members. After 1.5-hour on the water, the dolphin boat will return to shore, where this tour concludes.
Reviews (37)
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Reviewed 22 September 2018
Knowledgeable and fun

Today was rainy and windy...and we had a great time. The crew was involved, funny, and best of all: found the dolphins. They talked about the local landmarks during the quiet times and how to get the best picture. We bought our tickets from a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ani J
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile
So many dolphins!

We took the 5:00pm boat and it was so worth it! We saw so many dolphins. The captain was funny and the boat was clean. I was very impressed. And it was only $10

Thank joycebZ8113OX
Reviewed 19 August 2018
Dolphins are awesome!

We visited SPI during Christmas and although the weather that year was not the best, we still had a great time during the Dolphin Watch tour. We go to see dolphins, other marine life and the tour itself was very educational and fun! We'll definitely...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Sandy G
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Fun Dolphin Watch

Good activity for families with children at any age. Something fun to do when you get bored of the beach and the pool.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank pjmcnulty
Reviewed 4 August 2018
Amazing ride and funny!

This ride was amazing we saw several dolphins and also got to see sea life brought on board for the kids and adults to touch and enjoy. My 6 year old loved it!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Julia C
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