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Encounters With Dolphins

#13 of 69 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Clearwater Features Animals
Clearwater, FL 33767-2064
+1 727-466-0375
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Come join us on a fun filled, narrated sightseeing tour of Clearwater's harbor. Enjoy a relaxing ride while you learn about our abundant wildlife, and view the area's dolphins in their natural environment. Every trip stops at Compass Island where you can collect shells, swim, snorkel and the kids can even hunt for treasure! Dolphin sightings are guaranteed*. Excursions depart from the Clearwater Beach Marina multiple times every day. Spend an hour and a half to an hour and forty five minutes with our highly trained crew in the Clearwater Harbor on board our 40 foot Coast Guard inspected excursion boat. For twenty to thirty minutes during your trip, the boat will stop at Compass Island where you will have the opportunity to shell hunt through thousands of shells, swim, snorkel (gear is provided) and enjoy the island. Our boats are available for charter as well. If you're looking for something more intimate with friends and family on the water we can accommodate. We have done weddings, rehearsal dinner socials, proposals, birthday parties, bachelor parties, anniversaries, school and church groups and family reunions.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Clearwater, FL 33767-2064
+1 727-466-0375

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Reviewed 8 June 2017

The owner is somewhat pushy. BUT, other than that it was a fun ride. It was raining off and on (sometimes decently so) and the boat was nearly full. The First Mate was fun and knowledgeable. The little island we stopped at for shells was...More

1  Thank Valerie B
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Went out with three small kids this weekend. Great trip, felt safe the entire time. The kids loved the ride and we spotted a few dolphins along our way! The boat makes a stop on One Tree Island for some shelling, perfect for the kids!...More

Thank jarrod l
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We took this dolphin tour on our vacation and really enjoyed it. We went out to compass island and hunted for shells. Captain Jay and Bobby was so nice and was helpful in all of our questions and letting us know all about the dolphins...More

Thank bransoncreations
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The tour was laid back and enjoyable. The crew was good about getting us close to the dolphins without bothering them. They also provided some educational information about the dolphins. The website boasts a stop on an island to snorkel or collect shells. It was...More

Thank TracieD29
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We went at 11 am and seen quite a few dolphins. We stopped at an island to look for shells and they gave me gold coins to hide for my 4 year old to find and he was so excited, so that was a nice...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I called ahead of time and they said no need to make reservations - when their website said reservations are needed. When we got there they had closed up. I called and they said they closed due to winds. So we went on another dolphin...More

1  Thank itcbtcscuba
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Everytime we come to Clearwater Beach, we take the Encounters With Dolphins boat trip and have never been disappointed. The nice 2 hour trip is well narrated and many interesting sights are pointed out. We followed a pod of dolphins for about 1/2 hour on...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We enjoyed our trip. We saw several pods of dolphins. The boat was good enough. Plenty of cover to stay out of the sun. A little dated for restrooms. The island was tiny. Lots of other small, personal boats were there. Seamed to be a...More

Thank flydug
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This was the second dolphin tour we have done from the pier. I rated both tours 5 stars but for different reasons. The first tour we did a couple years ago was with Little Toot. Little Toot did a better job than Encounters with Dolphins...More

1  Thank KWa16
Reviewed 6 March 2017

If you want to experience a cruise on the inland waterway and spot the many dolphins that make the Clearwater area home, this is a very good option. They run about 3 excursions a day, and if you choose the last one, it usually couples...More

1  Thank Clark H
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8 May 2017|
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Response from KWa16 | Reviewed this property |
I've heard the same thing. We took an early afternoon trip with this company and saw a few dolphins from afar. The boat itself is fully covered though so it's a comfortable ride regardless of the time of day (i.e....you... More
Jackie E
18 June 2016|
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Response from Tara R | Reviewed this property |
We did. We chose to go snorkling. But with that said, we were able to walk off the boat to the island for shelling without getting really wet. They pull up close and put out a ramp for you to walk off the boat. We got... More
Shirley J
23 February 2015|
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