Dolphin Tours – 10 Things to Know Before you Go

Thinking about booking a dolphin tour? Here’s some advice on how to choose the best one and have a great dolphin watching experience.

1. Choose a smaller dolphin boat with fewer people.

Dolphin watching in the Bay.

Image via Wikipedia

2. Opt for boats that seat you close to the water.

A pontoon boat approaches on Lake Gaston, VA-N...

Pontoon boat (Wikipedia)

3. Think outside the boat box – consider kayaks, paddle boards, and small sailboats as alternatives to larger powerboats

Dolphin Kayak Tours

Image by norbd via Flickr

4. Have a naturalist on board

5. No feeding of dolphins – yes, dolphins do bite! Read more about the dangers here.


Image by Scott the Hobo via Flickr

6. Choose experienced boat tour operators

7. Ask how tour operators ensure the dolphin’s safety

8. Opt for an early morning or sunset cruise when the ocean is calm

9. Look at reviews and testimonials before booking

10. Designate a photographer!


About wherethedolphinsswim

I've been vacationing with wild dolphins for more than 20 years. You can do it too!
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2 Responses to Dolphin Tours – 10 Things to Know Before you Go

  1. This is very helpful for me because I am trying to plan a trip for this May.

    Thanks so much

  2. You are very welcome! I tried to include a lot of details about choosing tours and watching wild dolphins safely in my new book as well. I think it is important to keep the impact and stress low on the dolphins we are lucky enough to come across. It is such a fun hobby!

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