Combining sightseeing and learning, our Dolphin and Wildlife Adventure appeal to nature enthusiasts, young and old. Enjoy the wetlands, coastal marshes, and wildlife in this 90-minute tour great for any age. This part of Florida is beaming with estuary delights, all of which come together to form quite an ecosystem. Our bar will be open on board with $4 mimosa's available, for those 21 and older!
What To Expect
The Intracoastal (ICW), or Tolomato/Matanzas River here in St. Augustine is home to a plethora of wildlife including birds, dolphins, manatees, turtles and much more. The dolphin that we see here year round call this bay their home. We regularly witness all types of behaviors like playing, hunting, breeding and caring for their young! This tour is considered a wildlife watch where we take you on a guided adventure to the best areas to view the most wildlife. Our professional guides are Marine Naturalists and make this a really fun and enjoyable experience for young kids AND adults while you learn about the natural beauty these Florida waters have to offer.
Although this is a wildlife tour, we do have a lot of history and famous landmarks here in St. Augustine! Sometimes the dolphin and other wildlife will bring us to the bay-front where we can view the historic landmarks from the water, but this is not the main part of this tour. We have other tours throughout the day where we focus on the history, plus being that it is still a water tour you get a chance to spot wildlife! Check out our Wine Tasting Cruise or the Sunset Cruise BYOB if that is more your style.
What to Bring
-Feel free to bring lunch or a small appetizer. Small coolers or picnic baskets are welcome. We have boxed water and soft drinks for sale on board, but we recommend you bring your own refillable (not plastic) water bottle to cut down on waste! We have a water fill station in our office!
-Alcoholic beverages are sold on board for those 21 and older, including local favorites and $4 Mimosa’s!
-During the summer months you might want a hat, sunglasses and comfortable/light clothing. During the winter months you might want a jacket.
-All required Coast Guard inspected life preserves are on board.
-You must purchase tickets to reserve your seat on the boat. Everyone in your party must have a ticket for the tour, including infants (there are separate infant prices ages 0-2). This is because according to the Coast Guard, every soul on board counts as a ‘seat’ against our capacity, no matter the age.
-If you fail to purchase tickets for everyone in your party (including infants), there is a possibility the tour will be sold out when you arrive and we will not be able to accommodate your entire party. You will not be refunded.
-We close off online booking an hour before the tour start time. If you have more than 8 guests in your party, please call to book. If you have more than 14 people in your party you must book a Private Tour in advance by calling 904-827-7728 or emailing [email protected]
–You must arrive 15 minutes before the time of departure. We always leave on time. This is to accommodate the check-in process as well as the mandatory safety briefing.
-Take note that you must pay a re-booking fee if you miss the boat and would like to reschedule.
-Keep in mind that gratuity in not included. Like most hospitality jobs, the majority of the crew’s pay come from tips. We only accept cash at the boat, if you’d like to include a tip on your card please call ahead of time. 18% is customary.
-Please make sure all of your contact information is correct during checkout in case we need to contact you. Double check that your phone number and email address are correct. Please make sure that the date and time you are booking are correct! Check your inbox for the confirmation email – this will act as your boarding pass. Please contact us if you fail to receive it in the next 30 minutes. This will be required to board the vessel, we prefer you show us on your phone rather than printing it out.
-All ticket sales are final. A 48 hour cancellation notice is required by email. A $10 per person (plus tax) fee will apply to all schedule changes without a 48 hour written notice by email to [email protected] This fee also applies if you miss the boat and would like to re-book your trip.