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Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island

South Padre Island, United States
Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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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.
  • 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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33256 State Park Rd 100 , 33256 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA

Turn right off Queen Isabella Causeway, travel 1/2 mile, turn right into Sea Ranch Marina, keep right of Sea Ranch Restaurant, Isla Tours directly behind restaurant on left at Murphy's Law.

This activity will end right where it started.
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 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Isla Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
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
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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.
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.
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.

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Traveler Tips

  • "I recommend using sunscreen before you go and taking you own waters to drink" See review
  • "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


308 Reviews

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Dolphins were amazing
, Oct 2021
The tour was amazing and the eco friendly arch was so fun. The dolphins actually jumped out the water. Will defiantly be back. Best birthday gift I could give my self in south padre island.
Very Informative! Saw SpacEx, dolphins and more and learned the history of Padre South!
, Oct 2021
We were able to see the dolphins swimming near the side of the boat, saw the rockets being assembled and the Launch Pad and were treated to a sampling of the sea life and history of South Padre Island.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
VERY COOL! Glad you had such a good time. Thank you for taking the time to write this review.
Do this! You won’t regret it!
, Sep 2021
The gentleman working the boat Caesar, was AWESOME! This was the most inexpensive thing we did on the island and the best experience! Had a great time and we will be doing it again when we come back.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Great to hear!!! Cesar is a very valuable member of our team!! Look forward to seeing you again!
It was amazing! I was...
, Sep 2021
It was amazing! I was able to Hold a Starfish, a Puffer fish, a Butterfly Ray. It was educational & soo much fun.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
WAY COOL!! Thank you for the review!
Sunset Dream
, Sep 2021
We just loved the sunset cruise in the Bay, while the dolphins rode the boats wake. Loved it so, we booked 2 cruises.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
AWESOME!!! Thank you for the review. We are so happy to hear you had such a great time!
A great experience. Would do it again.
, Sep 2021
I had come here four years ago with my late husband. We had a great time. Now I came with my sister. We had fun.
, Sep 2021
Getting to hold a butterfly ray and touch a file fish was awesome. Also going out into the Gulf of Mexico was really cool.
Beyond Expectations
, Sep 2021
The guides were both so knowledgeable and presented the information in a fun, interesting way. Saw a lot more dolphins than we expected. Well worth the time and money.
Super nice crew.
, Sep 2021
Very nice people and kids had lots of fun. My only complaint was the Texas heat., but there was nothing to be done about that.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for the great review!!! Our texas heat is tough!!!
Great time!
, Aug 2021
Fantastic! The crew were experienced and all had great sense of humor & made it educating and fun at the same time. Saw a lot of dolphins!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are super happy you saw lots of dolphins and enjoyed your cruise.

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