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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
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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star-5
The dolphins was soo cute...
Olga_K
, Jun 2022
The dolphins was soo cute OMG It was a nice trip, very nice skipper 💜❤️🐬💜🎈🐬💜❤️🐬💜❤️🏖🏝⚓️💜💙🐬💜💙🐬
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Olga for a great review!!!
star-1
The Worst rocking boat experience
Reem_J
, Jun 2022
Not human beings operating this experience. I had to cancel due to a medical emergency and they were not compassionate enough to refund my money. My sister who traveled with me was able to attend and said the experience was mediocre to crap. Heavily rocking boat. So apparently they’re not making enough money from this joke they offer that they have to take from peoples misfortune. Will never return and my big mouth will spread that awful experience to my people of Houston. 🥂
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are sorry to hear you were not able to make the trip. If you would like to reach out to me so I may help remedy the request for the refund I would be glad to help. As for the the poor rating for the trip, your sister seems to be the only who was displeased as you can clearly see by the overwhelming amount of positive reviews we have received. - Lisa
star-5
By far the best
Abraham_C
, Jun 2022
This was the best dolphin watch I’ve been on. The captain was very knowledgeable and humorous about the city. Jen and the other little guy were very friendly and knowledgeable when we had the eco lesson. Definitely not a waste of money
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Abraham!!!!
star-5
Awesome and fun.
Ruby_C
, Jun 2022
Seeing the dolphins and enjoying the view was an awesome experience with the family. The boat was perfectly great for a smaller group experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
VERY COOL!!! Thank you for taking the time to write a review!
star-5
Awesome tour!
Julia_W
, Jun 2022
We had such a good time. The tour was fun, interesting and beautiful! We saw tons of dolphins and some sea animals they brought up. Family owned operation and the captains grandsons are awesome and knowledgeable, they did a great job.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for such a RAVE review. We always like to hear when our guests enjoy their tours.
star-5
Great dolphin watch tour 🥰
Tibo_N
, Jun 2022
We love it ❤️. Thank you so much for this memorable time, and special thanks to captain Michael who's kind and knowledgeable which made the tour more interesting and fun.we saw so many dolphins 🐬 . We highly recommend this trip. We definitely will book more tours with Eco and Dolphin Watch Tour when we come back. 😍😍😍
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are SO HAPPY to hear that you had such a great time. Thank you for the great review!
star-5
Dolphin tour
David_A
, Jun 2022
Going on this trip was very family friendly and had a good Atmosphere! I highly recommend booking with them. They let you touch the wildlife and make you feel included.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
THANK YOU!!!!! We are happy your group had such a great time.
star-5
Awesome
Jose_B
, Jun 2022
The crew on the boat were amazing!!! Super nice people, very funny told lots of interesting information.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Way cool!!!! Thank you!!
star-5
Perfect day
Jesus_B
, Jun 2022
Great time! Seen so many 🐬! Would definitely do it again! It was hot but ocean breeze made it perfect weather.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Way cool!!! Thank you!!!
star-5
Wonderful time
Matt_B
, Jun 2022
Have a great time, Saw lot of dolphins! Staff are really friendly, kids learning a lot and holding different fishes. Good experience!
star-5
Very fortunate to have...
Jeffrey_H
, Jun 2022
Very fortunate to have seen the Kitty Hawk coming into South Padre. Jeff and Dianna and Jordan Thank you
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are very happy to hear that you were able to experience such a piece of history. Thank you for the review.
star-5
Great value for what you get!
Anirban_R
, May 2022
The crew was fun and nice. We saw a lot of dolphins! The view of SpaceX was cool too. I recommend this tour a lot!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
THANK YOU! We always appreciate positive reviews!
star-5
Best time!
Dawn_K
, May 2022
The boat trip was amazing. We saw a lot of dolphins, even babies playing with their mothers. We loved the dialog during the trip where we learned so much about the area and the dolphins. The crew was fabulous and fun. This is honestly the best time we have had on S Padre we have had. We will do it again.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much Dawn for such a great review! We are so excited to hear your family enjoyed their trip with us.
star-5
Fun trip
Christine_S
, May 2022
Lots of dolphin sightings. Captain Mike and Dave were wonderful. Granddaughter loved the educational part and getting to touch some sea life.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Way cool! Thank you for the review Christine.
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.

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