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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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Local guide
Live commentary on board
Gratuities
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.
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.

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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

Reviews

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371 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Company didn’t honor reservation.
Sean_D
, May 2022
After reserving the trip (and paying for it) over two months in advance, the company decided to ‘bump’ us within a couple of days of the scheduled time when a larger group wanted our time slot. Reservations shouldn’t be binding on only one party. Why make a reservation and pay for it ahead of time if it’s not going to be honored? Very unprofessional and I will certainly spread the word as much as I can that the company did not live up to their obligations.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
To be very honest with you, another tour company's boat had mechanical issues and could not take a rather large school group they had scheduled that day. We offered to take the school group and unfortunately, we had to move a few existing customers to another time slot. Rather than have a school field trip have to be canceled and an entire class of students be let down, we decided to provide our services. We did so that the children would not miss out on their field trip. We do apologize for the inconvenience. We were just trying to make sure the kids could still enjoy their much-anticipated excursion.
star-5
Fun, educational, relaxing, beautiful dolphins!
Fengjiao_Z
, May 2022
This is absolutely the best family activity we had at South Padre Island. We didn’t expect to see so many beautiful dolphins on the trip. They were so happy and love to interact with people, surf with the boat. It was just surreal! The captain was very experienced, patient, and kind. The two gentlemen from Captain Murphys company introduced different types of fishes to the kids, very educational. We love the music and wind, very relaxing. It’s a kids and baby friendly trip. I highly recommend it!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
VERY COOL!!! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on our tour.
star-5
Had a wonderful time. Saw...
Andrea_W
, May 2022
Had a wonderful time. Saw lots of dolphin. Enjoyed being on the ocean. The crew for the boat was very knowledgeable and professional. Price of excursion was more than reasonable. Excellent for families
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Very cool!! Thank you for the review.
star-3
It was amazing experience...
Tiffani_G
, May 2022
It was amazing experience the employees made the experience feel safe considering it was my very first time on a boat
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour. Hope to see you again!
star-5
Trip
Betty_C
, May 2022
Seeing the birds and dolphins was wonderful - crew was wonderful and quite funny - would do it again
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for the review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best time ever!
Alesha_E
, May 2022
We loved watching the dolphins and being out in the ocean. Captain Murphy was amazing and our 5 yr old son Kingston loved learning all about the ocean life. Our two yr old Laiken loved the dolphins. We had a great family experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are so happy your family enjoyed their trip with us! Thank you for the review.
star-5
Great Activity
Linda_M
, May 2022
Beautiful day where we saw multiple pods of dolphins & learned a lot of interesting information about their habitat. Crew was awesome!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
VERY COOL!!! Thank you for the review!
star-5
This was a great...
Autumn_L
, Apr 2022
This was a great experience. There are multiple times to see so many dolphins. The captain and crew were fun, entertaining and so so helpful. We had so much fun.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Very cool!!! Thank you for the review!!!
star-5
Best dolphin watch 🤗
Jose_T
, Apr 2022
It was the funniest trip ever!!! Celebrating our anniversary at this trip was the best we could start with. Love it!! The captain was so funny 😆.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us!!! Thank you for the great review!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Superb!!!
Jennifer_K
, Apr 2022
Friendly Captain Mike and his assistant Esian. They were alert and pointed out interesting sights, dolphin pods, and birds. They were also very kind d to our birthday boy!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour!

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