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Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island

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South Padre Island, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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.
  • 1.5-hour dolphin cruise and wildlife tour
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Spot Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks
  • Family friendly
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Live commentary on board
Gratuities

Departure Point

33256 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Availability for shows cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Isla Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island.

Traveler Tips


  • "The operators know where the dolphins are and make every effort to ensure you get to see at least one." See review
  • "Please bring cash to tip the guys showing you all the sea animals." See review

Reviews

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Amazing Tour!
GoonieJ
, Feb 2021
A great experience with my wife! We saw dolphins jump out the sea and were able to touch other aquatic animals! The staff were super friendly and informative, highly recommended!
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That one time on the sea
Aleshia_W
, Feb 2021
We had the best time. The water was great the staff was super friendly and told us stories of the sea and fun facts about the dolphins. The captain Michael even got us shot at by a pirate ship..lol it was fun.
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Avellaneda family
Ashley_G
, Jan 2021
We had a great time we saw lots of Dolfins and other cool animals/fish. Highly recommend staff was also super friendly
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90 minutes of watching Dolphins I’ll treasure forever
Angela_W
, Jan 2021
My husband and I made a last minute trip to South Padre Island over New Years, We had never visited before and only had a few days. We were able to book a tour and were so overjoyed with our experience. We saw so many Dolphins from right when we left up until we returned. We even had the special treat of one of our tour guides sharing a puffer fish , Rockfish , and a small stingray that the kids on board were able to interact with(including some grown ones) Thank you so much! I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone and the price was so reasonable!
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Great experience
Brian_H
, Jan 2021
Amazing trip! Amazing staff and crew! We booked three trips with them and all 3 were great. We saw tons of dolphins on every tour, and the views are to die for! Lots of history as well. Thank you for a wonderful trip
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Amazing!
Brian_H
, Dec 2020
Amazing company and staff! Very knowledgeable and friendly! I loved learning the history of the area. We also saw lots of dolphins! Definitely recommend this family owned company!
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Great day
Brian_H
, Dec 2020
Great experience! Amazing crew! Very knowledgeable staff! They knew exactly where to take us to see all of the dolphins! What a great day! Thank you!
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Awesome!
Judy_H
, Dec 2020
Ordering tickets was so easy. The tour was a hit. Saw lots of awesome dolphins. Our guides new exactly where to find them and they even had them chasing our boat. It was worth the money.
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Absolutely wonderful!
JudyH
, Nov 2020
Our group of three loved the tour. The guys were great. Great narration and driving the boat. Really knew their stuff. We got to see 10 dolphins which was wonderful. Definitely recommend this company for dolphin watching.
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Beautiful!
Joseph_H
, Nov 2020
Our boat captain went to great lengths to make sure we were able to see dolphins and even kept us out longer than expected.
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