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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.

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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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GREAT
Theresa_H
, May 2021
It was so much fun, The best adventure in Texas. Staff were all super friendly, price was excellent. I WOULD DEFINITELY GO AGAIN. Theresa Heffenger
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We hope to see you again! Thank you for the great review, and choosing Isla Tours.
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Amazing experience
Andriene_D
, May 2021
The tour was amazing, we actually saw a pack of dolphins, it was amazing. The tour guide was great , very knowledgeable and fun very interactive with the guest. All I can say is you have to go to know. Thanks for having us
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Well, thank you for choosing Isla Tours. Hope to see you again real soon!
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Good fun and a great price.
Rasheedah_M
, May 2021
Jen was great interacting with everyone on board during the eco part of the tour. The captain was able to get us right in the middle of all the Dolphins. Definitely recommend going out with them.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you!!! We appreciate your time in writing this great review! Glad you enjoyed your trip.
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Awesome sea experience!
Margaret_V
, Apr 2021
The captain’s stories and history of the area were interesting. 1st mate Jennifer was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the sea life that was brought up in the net. It was also wonderful to see the dolphins in their natural habitat.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are so glad you enjoyed your cruise with us. Thank you for choosing Isla Tours!
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Great family fun!
Briana_R
, Apr 2021
Captain Murphy and Jennifer were great!! We learned so much! Learned about different sea creatures and got to touch them!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
AWESOME!!!! Thank you for the review. We appreciate it!
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Absolutely Worth it!! Thank you!
Lilly_G
, Apr 2021
What a fantastic trip! The crew was amazing, we saw a lot of creatures out of the bay, we got to hold starfish, crabs, fish, and even a small octopus. The knowledge of our crew about the animals was huge! After we learned a lot, the animals were taken back into the water. And of course we got to see a lot of dolphins. Our captain knew where to look for them and made waves with our boat, so that the dolphins played in the waves. Beside all that, we got some insider information about SPI and where to go. And we laughed a lot about the jokes our captain made through out our tour. THANK you for this great trip!!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed your trip with our captain and crew! Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review.
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Great family outing
Andre_T
, Apr 2021
Plenty of dolphins to watch and the whole experience was great, me my wife and three adult boys came from Atlanta and was not disappointed with this trip
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
THANK YOU!!! We are SO GLAD you enjoyed your trip!
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A must do
Cindy_M
, Apr 2021
The crew was very interacting with the group, and the Captain found many dolphins to view up close. A very enjoyable experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your trip.
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Thoughtful crew
Sarah_L
, Apr 2021
We had a four year old with us and wanted to go to the front of the boat and eventually grew fearful. They came and made people move quickly so she could get down. Which was very thoughtful. They go out of their way to make sure the kids get the full experience. Being able to touch a few of the sea creatures and seeing the dolphins it was a fantastic experience for all of us.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
That is so AWESOME to hear. Thank you for the great review!!
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Well Worth the $13
Leah_D
, Apr 2021
Great little adventure for kiddos and adults! The first mate Jennifer is very knowledgeable and we learned a ton from all the marine life we caught in the net! You’re not going to find a better way to spend $13.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
So glad you enjoyed your cruise! Thank you for the positive review!
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