Destin Florida Dolphins

Destin Harbor is home to one of the most fascinating and delightful of all marine animals, the bottlenose dolphin. When you visit Destin, you will have the chance to view these playful, friendly, and intelligent sea mammals in a natural setting. This one-of-a-kind experience is not to be missed!

Bayside Watersports
1310 Hwy 98
Okaloosa Island, Florida
(850) 302-0021

Bayside Watersports offers you and your family the opportunity to view dolphins up-close on their tour-guided, waverunner dolphin excursions. Ride around Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico as dolphins frolic in the surrounding waters. Also, be on the lookout for birds, stingrays, and other wildlife. All drivers must be at least 16 years of age with a driver's license, no previous waverunner experience is required, some restrictions apply. Reservations are required.

Boogies Water Sports
2 Highway 98 E
Destin, Florida 32541
(850) 654-4497

On these glass-bottom boat excursions, featuring Sea School, you will experience a narrated Bay and Harbor cruise with underwater viewing and dolphin encounters. The boat is air-conditioned and features a complete snack bar on board. Reservations are required.

Olin Marler's Charters & Dolphin Cruises
Destin Harbor
Destin, Florida
(850) 837-7095

This family owned and operated charter fleet offers four dolphin cruises a day. These 2 hour, narrated cruises will take you around Destin Harbor, through East Pass and into the Gulf of Mexico to view dolphins at play. Choose from morning, noon, mid-afternoon, or sunset cruises aboard the Hannah Marie or the Miss Florida; both boats feature a snack bar, restrooms, and an air-conditioned cabin for your comfort.

Sea Blaster
116 Hwy. 98
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-1166

AJ's Seablaster is conveniently located on the harbor behind AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar. This 73-foot passenger boat carries up to 119 passengers and offer a selection of dolphin cruises to fit your family's needs. The Snorkeling Adventure / Dolphin Cruise (from 9am until 12 pm) includes snorkel equipment and instruction, 1 1/2 hours of fun in the water and a 1 1/2 hour cruise of the beaches, searching for dolphins. Admission is $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children (12 & under). Two mid-day cruises (1:00pm and 3:30pm) are 1 1/2 hours of pure fun in the sun, cruising the beaches and watching for dolphins. Admission is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for children, 5-12 yrs old (free for children 4 years and under). At 6:00pm, cruise into the beautiful Florida sunset while searching for dolphins; $19.00 for adults and $8.00 for children, 5-12 yrs old (free for children 4 years and under). All cruises include free wine, beer, and soft drinks. Private charters and group rates are available. Reservations are suggested.

Southern Star
100a Highway 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
1 - 888 - 424 -7217 (toll free)
(850) 837-7741 (local)

Join Captain Steve and Wendy aboard the Southern Star and experience Destin's "Original Dolphin Cruise". Relax on a narrated two-hour cruise aboard this 76-foot glass-bottom boat and enjoy dolphin watching, bird feeding, music, and sightseeing. There are snacks, gifts, and restrooms available on board the Southern Star. Group discounts are available.

Nathaniel Bowditch Sailing Adventures
Destin, FL
(850) 650-8787

Take a truly unique dolphin cruise aboard an old-fashioned sailing ship. Captain Rex and his first-mate Kristy work hard to make your sailing adventure an unforgettable experience. You may bring your own cooler with your favorite drinks and snacks. This ship is equipped with sonar and, in good conditions, you can hear the dolphins talking! Admission is $35 for adults, $32 for senior citizens, and $20 for children, 12 and under. Reservations are recommended.

Gilligan's Watersports
530 Highway 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 650-9000

If boating isn't your thing, Gilligan's Watersports has the perfect dolphin-watching alternative for you! Gilligan's offers a two-hour dolphin tour aboard wave runners. There is an instructional video available, plus one-on-one instruction for first-timers. A photo ID is required for drivers.

Little Nemo
210 Hwy. 98 East,
Destin, Florida

Join Captain JJ Brumble aboard the Little Nemo on a three hour, child-friendly sightseeing trip. The Little Nemo is clean and air-conditioned, and open boat or private charters are available. Please call for schedule and reservations.

Ms. B. Haven Sail Charters
Harborwalk Marina
Destin, FL
(850) 217-3529

If you are looking for a private experience, Ms. B. Haven Sail Charter service offers the dolphin cruise for you. Choose from a two hour Dolphin Cruise around Destin bay and jetties in search of families of dolphins or an early-morning Coffee with the Dolphins cruise (freshly-made muffins and coffee are provided). If you'd like a truly romantic experience, reserve a Dinner with Dolphins cruise, offering quality casual dining on the water and sensational views. This two-hour dinner cruise tours Destin Harbor, Bay and jetties, ending with a fabulous sunset. Meals are catered by a local restaurant, Lucky Snapper, specializing in fresh seafood dishes, with meal options that include fish, chicken, beef, shrimp and pasta. Reservations are required.

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