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Sarasota Bay Explorers

#21 of 71 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Sarasota Features Animals
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200
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More varied tour than I originally expected

On this tour, you get a nice boat ride around the bay and even make a stop on one of the small... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2015
Traveler M
Capers Bend
Great trip

First time there weren't enough people wanting to go on a tour (they need 7 for the seal life... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2015
Tetbury, United Kingdom
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Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the water? We've got it! We are located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both public and private use. We offer several types of eco-tours including our renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. In addition to our regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of our 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200

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Reviewed 21 December 2015

On this tour, you get a nice boat ride around the bay and even make a stop on one of the small islands to examine the trees and plant life. Our marine biologist guide was a young lady who was very knowledgeable about the sea...More

1  Thank Traveler M
Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

First time there weren't enough people wanting to go on a tour (they need 7 for the seal life encounter cruise) so went back the next day. Sure glad we did. It was a great trip. The marine biologist was informative and fun and we...More

Thank JohnSFleet_Hants_UK
Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

The bay came alive with dolphins, birds, and fish sightings. This was a fun, educational tour on calm waters. I would go again!

Thank GiuliettainUK
Reviewed 29 September 2015

We were visiting family in Sarasota and went to Mote Aquarium. We combined our ticket with a boat sightseeing trip. It was great. Nice, large pontoon boat that is covered takes you out and around Sarasota bay. The biologist talks about fish and other wildlife...More

1  Thank NCTraveler1999
Reviewed 6 September 2015

I'll be honest - this was not my first choice for a dolphin/manatee sightseeing trip - but appeared to be the only one available during my stay in the Sarasota area - Althought nice and comfortable boat, and knowledgeable staff - although our tour guide...More

Thank lavoie2010
Sarah W, General Manager at Sarasota Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2015

Hello, thank you for your review of our Sea Life Encounter Cruise. Our sister company, Lebarge Tropical Cruises, does offer a specific dolphin and manatee watch cruise, but they are currently out of the water for their annual maintenance and Coast Guard inspections. On the...More

Reviewed 31 July 2015

This tour was great! We sat in front and got soaked from the waves, but we dried off while stopping at the island. A storm was coming in as we were ending the trip, and our biologist continued to sift through the contents of the...More

Thank NJ_Geology
Reviewed 25 June 2015

The Sea Life Encounter Cruise is great for all ages. You take a relaxing boat ride through Sarasota Bay and Roberts Bay. The boat is covered so you are protected from the hot sun and you get a nice breeze from the boat ride. We...More

Thank IggysTravellers
Reviewed 16 June 2015 via mobile

We did the sea life encounter tour in conjunction with a visit to the Mote Aquarium. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We saw a nice variety of sea life including Dolphins (even 2 baby dolphin!), nesting sea bird with young, and a lot...More

Thank myfamilystourguide
Reviewed 26 May 2015

The "Sea Life Encounter" Boat Tour leaves out of the Mote Marine Aquarium. It's a lovely open-air ride on a pontoon boat with bench seating and a canopy to protect from the sun. There's a marine biologist on board to tell you about the local...More

1  Thank Adrianne P
Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

My family and I took the Nature Tour at 11. We saw the tour as we were going into the MOTE. So glad we took this tour. It's a great way to see the bay and the animals who live there. The tour lasts about...More

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18 June 2017|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Our Sea Life Encounter tour departs daily at 11am , 1:30pm , and 4pm. Call the boat for reservations 941-388-4200
14 July 2016|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Sorry that is not Sarasota Bay Explorers