Dolphin Exploration Tour in Clearwater, FL

The Tropics Boat Tours25 Causeway Blvd Clearwater, FL 33767
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Overview

Dolphin sightings guaranteed on this Clearwater dolphin cruise! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you embark on a journey to find bottlenose dolphins. The Tropics Boat Tours' highly-trained crew provides information about the Gulf Coast an points out celebrity mansions along the way. Their double-decker catamaran's upper and lower deck provides incredible views.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Clearwater Travel Experts
  • Guaranteed dolphin sightings.
  • Tour duration is 2 hours including 15 minutes of boarding.
  • Incredible photo ops.
  • Marina parking is limited and parking permits must be purchased at the tour partner's booth. See FAQs for recommended options.
  • Full bar and snacks available for purchase on board.
  • Drink packages available to purchase at check-in.
  • Wheelchair accessible with prime seating on the bow.

Description

from Dolphin Exploration Tour
Sit back and enjoy the ride aboard a double-decker catamaran as you sail the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of the Sun Coast’s favorite…the Bottlenose Dolphin.

The Dolphin Exploration Tour departs multiple times a day (departure times vary with seasons) and last 2 hours including boarding time. Your Captain will take you from the Clearwater Marina, through Clearwater Pass into the Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting) to find Bottlenose Dolphins!

In addition to Guaranteed Dolphin Sightings*, your Crew will highlight fascinating facts about the Gulf Coast and will point out celebrity mansions along the way. Guests are free to roam about the boat freely, sit downstairs in the enclosed cabin in the shade, or venture upstairs in the sun.

*In the unlikely event that Dolphins are not spotted during the program, guests are invited to return on a different date free of charge.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Exploration Tour

Is parking provided? 

The Tropics Boat Tours recommends using the Clearwater Ferry and parking for FREE in Downtown Clearwater if you are joining the tour during their operating hours on Thursdays - Sundays. This service offers fast and efficient travel across the water, avoiding the traffic on the bridge and the parking on Clearwater Beach. Due to the popularity and development of Clearwater Beach as a tourism destination, parking on-site is limited. There are great options for parking on Clearwater Beach but none of them are guaranteed as they all fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Other Parking Options:

  • North Beach Parking Garage: this parking option is located on the Northside of Clearwater Beach, at about 15-minutes' walking distance from the tour location. You will receive a ticket as you enter the garage and pay the fee when you leave. The tour partner is not able to validate parking there.
  • Pier 60 Parking Lot: this parking option is located directly West of The Tropics Boat Tours, at about 2 minutes walking distance from their location. You will need to pay for parking after you arrive and place your receipt on the dashboard of your car. The tour partner is not able to validate parking there.
  • Surf Style Megastore & Hyatt Regency Garages: these parking options are privately owned and located just South of The Tropics Boat Tours, at about 5 minutes walking distance from our location. You will receive a ticket as you enter the garage and pay the fee when you leave. The tour partner is not able to validate parking there.


Are there restrooms onboard? 

Yes, there are restrooms on board for the use of our guests. Please keep in mind that these are marine heads. Please note any signage in the restrooms regarding what may be flushed down the toilets.


Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, this is a family fun tour. 


Is the tour wheelchair/stroller accessible?

Yes, the ramp is wide enough to cater to most wheelchairs. However, if the wheelchair is wider than 22", the wheelchair will not fit through the lower deck threshold. If so,  wheelchair guests may be confined to the boat's bow (front) area. This is considered the best seat in the house.  


Can I bring my camera?

Yes, lots of great photo opportunities.


How long is the tour?

The tour is approximately 2 hours long. 


Can I bring my own food/beverages? 

Unfortunately, you may not bring food onboard. Light snacks and beverages are available onboard for purchase.


Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed on board unless it is a service animal. 


Is there a guarantee that we will see Dolphins? 

Yes, The Tropics Boats Tours offers 100% guaranteed dolphin sightings on all our regular Dolphin Exploration Tours. The guarantee means in the unlikely event the many wild dolphins in the area are not out to play, guests are invited to return at a later date. This guarantee does not include a refund of any kind as your complimentary Dolphin Exploration Tour in the future never expires.