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Alabama Gulf Coast Dolphin Cruise

  • Enjoy the chance to get out on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Watch dolphins swim next to the boat
  • Family-friendly activity in Orange Beach
Alabama Gulf Coast Dolphin Cruise
From USD 20.88
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2-hr cruise along the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying interactions with our local dolphins.
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2- hr cruise along the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying interactions with our local dolphins.
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2 hr cruise along the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying interactions with our local dolphins.
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Go in search of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico on a cruise from Orange Beach. You can take in views of the Alabama coastline while spotting Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat.
What to Expect
Once you arrive at Sportsman Marina, you will be greeted with a smile at our check-in booth just outside of Pleasure Island Tiki Bar. As you board the 50 foot Ann-Sea, the deckhand will welcome you and assist any children with life-vests. Find your favorite spot on our upper or lower decks and make yourself comfortable. You are free to move around the boat during the cruise.
When the cruise is leaving the dock, Captain Scooter will give you some instructions on safety during the cruise, tell you a little bit about the area and also talk to you about how to spot the dolphin. Relax and enjoy the cruise to the back bays or out into the Gulf Of Mexico. When the dolphin are located, they will usually come swim up beside the boat and put on a pretty spectacular show for us. Video is the best way to capture these fascinating mammals but we have had some customers get some amazing still shots as well.
On the return trip from the back bay we will stop to pull a crab trap and see what it may hold. We have found everything from blue crabs, to stone crabs to star fish!! We will remove what is inside and show you how to safely hold it, if you choose. On our daytime cruises, we may also encounter pirates!!! Never fear, we will have a water gun battle to the death! Well, not really, just to the soaking! ;) If the pirates are too scared to be out that day, we have other boats that we do battle with as well. So, bring a towel and be prepared to get refreshed! If you don't care to get wet, we do have a cabin where you can hang out until the battle is won!
Speaking of the cabin, ours air conditioned during the summer and we have a snack bar and restroom for your comfort. We have a variety of snacks and drinks in our snack bar along with a few souvenirs. You are welcome to bring a small cooler and we do allow alcohol but we do ask that you be responsible and remember that we are family friendly. We also ask that you not bring glass containers if at all possible.
Upon return to the marina, Captain Scooter will tell you about all of the locals favorite restaurants and thank you for joining us. Our deckhand does work for tips so please be prepared to tip 10-15% of your trip total.
Being a family owned business we rely on repeat customers, customer referrals and customer feedback to help future visitors make decisions, so we ask that you please rate our company on the sites listed in our followup email. We greatly appreciate our customers and strive to show it!
Thank you so much!!
Reviews (368)
1 - 5 of 364 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Trip highlight!

This was our first visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast and this cruise was a huge highlight for us! Booking was easy and super reasonably priced. Crew was helpful in spotting dolphins and the boat ride was comfortable and fun. Perfect for my teens with...More

Thank LoriB2514
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've never experienced anything like it before. Our kids were amazed beyond belief and still won't stop talking about it. The ability of the staff to find and engage the dolphins in such a non-invasive way is pretty great to see. Picture opportunities are amazing...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Meegsman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Delightful Dolphins

I was a bit skeptical going in to this tour- so many places “guarantee “ dolphin sightings, but they’re so far away you can’t really tell what you’re seeing. I WAS SO WRONG!!! Before we even left the dock, there were dolphins right in front...More

1  Thank zah414
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A Great Dolphin Cruise. Great price, they got us right up to the dolphins.

Staff was super, we seen so many dolphins I lost track. We also got in just as they sun was setting and it was beautiful. I highly recommend!!

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Burl O
Reviewed 28 October 2018
Amazing dolphin cruise

We went on the 4:30 dolphin cruise and we saw dozens of dolphin, pods of dolphin, they flipped in the wakes it was tons of fun. Captain Charlie was great. Loved the boat very comfortable, covered areas and open areas.. I have been on other...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank KimKeller66
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7 February 2019|
Response from Chris M | Reviewed this property |
You may want to call ahead they may have group rates, but no problem holding 16 people. I think dolphins can be seen most of the summer.
Penny T
24 January 2019|
Response from wanderingSerb | Reviewed this property |
They have their upcoming trip schedule posted on their website. I know they book up fast for Spring Break.