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Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island

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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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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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
Bottled water
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 80 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.
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 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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  • "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

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Fun for the entire family
Matt_F
, Aug 2022
Great trip and definitely worth the money. The Captain and crew were awesome. Saw lots of dolphins. We are doing it again today it was so much fun.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
VERY AWESOME!!! Thank you for the review.
star-5
The captain is funny AF...
LaTrease_B
, Aug 2022
The captain is funny AF 😂 and the crew was beyond accommodating! My family had a great time! The added touch of having fish on board for the kids to get up close was awesome
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Ha! We pride ourselves in our customer friendly Captains and Crew members. It's always good to hear good things about them from the people we serve. Thank you!
star-5
Dolphins, boat ride and Captain
Elizabeth_N
, Aug 2022
Dolphins, boat ride; workers and definitely: Captain Michael's enthusiasm . Well, worth it! Will do it again!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Captain Mike and his crew make the trip well worth the money. See you again real soon!
star-5
Great Family Fun
Tammi_S
, Aug 2022
Tour was very informative and kids loved seeing the dolphins! Traveling along the coast and the bay area was exciting and we enjoyed the whole trip. Staff was great!
star-5
A must do while on SPI
JoVanna_G
, Aug 2022
The workers made this trip very fun. I would recommend it. We saw different kinds of fish and lots of dolphins.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you JoVanna!!
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Love it !
Marjorie_R
, Aug 2022
Had the best time my boys were so excited see the dolphins not only other sea animals they had the best time the crew was the best they were very well detailed on what we were doing and what we were seeing ! Will be back again
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
AWESOME!!! We cannot wait to see your family again. Thank you for the great review!
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Great captain with crew...
John_M
, Jul 2022
Great captain with crew jr. And david. Will come back again . Found the dolphins and made it a fun day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the review! We hope to see again on your next visit to SPI.
star-5
Great tour for families with kids
Lisa_R
, Jul 2022
We loved our dolphin tour! They did a wonderful job. It is so worth the money and very reasonably priced! We saw several dolphins and got a up close educational experience with the sea life they brought on the boat.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
THANK YOU!!!! We are so happy that your family had such a good time.
star-5
This tour was excellent!...
Morgan_S
, Jul 2022
This tour was excellent! The captain and crew were knowledgeable, helpful and funny. We saw several dolphins and even had a small group traveling with us at the bow of the ship, which was AWESOME! My kiddos loved the eco portion where they got to see and touch starfish and butterfly rays. I loved the playlist! This tour is one I would do again and again!
star-5
Good experience in SPI!
Terry_K
, Jul 2022
The ride was great. Captain was informative about history. Wish I had read that they didn’t sell drinks or snacks on boat but allow you to bring some on. Saw dolphins. Everything they advertise was available. My Granddaughter who is 5, wasn’t as excited as I thought she’d be. One thing I really appreciated is they let me rebook when I missed the boat because I went to the wrong place. Overall was worth the money!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your great recommendation! We try to be flexible for our guests that are not familiar with the area. Hope to see you again.
star-5
Awesome trip
Bobbi_S
, Jul 2022
I had so much fun looking for dolphins. We drove around the bay until we found the dolphins. The captain and the crew were awesome I would recommend this trip to anyone.
star-4
Nice Crew
Brandy_B
, Jul 2022
Captain Mike was knowledgeable and tried to locate dolphins for the group. The dolphins were not cooperating, but it was still a nice cruise.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Glad you enjoyed your cruise even though the dolphins were a bit scarce. Thank you for the review.
star-5
It's a must!
Tracy_C
, Jul 2022
We truly had an amazing experience. Everyone was great and so informative. Perfect for everyone. It was simply beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
YEAH!!!! Thank you!!!
star-5
Great service, enjoyable experience! Will recommend!!
Miranda_I
, Jul 2022
It was amazing we loved it best part of our trip! We seen lots of dolphins and other cool things from the ocean!
star-4
Fun trip
Lindy_B
, Jul 2022
The boat ride looking for dolphins was fun. Capt shared a lot of information about the area and the habits of the dolphins. Two issues: If you are handicap and use a cane the stairs into and off the boat are not easy. There is no handrail and the first step up in too high. It was very hard to get onto the boat. Coming off, the Capt assisted me, letting me put my arm around him. That gave me stability to get off the boat. Second the eco part of the trip was at the back of the boat. The boat was full to the max so trying to see over the crowd was impossible. I still would recommend the trip just be aware if you have mobility issues.
star-4
Kids first dolphin watch with mommy.
Emily_A
, Jul 2022
Seeing my kids enjoying the event and giving my sister an experience she would have never tried. The kids really liked getting wet with the waves as the boat made turns.
star-5
Great for children. Learn...
Mark_B
, Jul 2022
Great for children. Learn about different fish and get to touch. Saw lots of dolphins. Guides were great
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Cruised the bay. Waited...
Jay_M
, Jul 2022
Cruised the bay. Waited for the shipping vessel to pass. We saw some dolphins. They pulled in some nets and let the kids see star fish and flounder. Played some 80’s rock and made fun of titanic song. It was very nice and worth the $20.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
AWESOME!!! Thank you for the review, Jay.
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We had a great time and...
Heidi_H
, Jul 2022
We had a great time and saw lots of dolphins. The captain was funny and knowledgeable about the area. We really enjoyed seeing the creatures brought up in the net and the mini lessons on each one. Fabulous time!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip and were fully entertained. Thank you for the review.
star-5
We had the best...
Jessica_P
, Jul 2022
We had the best experience there! We absolutely loved it and would definitely come back! 10/10 experience.

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