South Padre Island

90-Minute Dolphin Watch Tour of South Padre Island

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Dolphin Watch and Eco Tours

From $17.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Offered in: English


Venture out into the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy a relaxing dolphin-watching tour from South Padre Island. Take a seat on the spacious vessel and keep your eyes peeled for pods of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. See the playful aquatic creatures swim alongside your boat and take in the scenery of the Texas coast while you sail.
  • Learn about marine life from the onboard narration
  • Watch a beautiful sunset at the conclusion of the tour
  • See other local species like frigate birds and fish
  • Spot the Space X location and the US Coast Guard Station

What's Included

  • Local Guide
  • Live Commentary On Board
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 33256 State Park Rd 100
    33256 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA

    We are located in the Sea Ranch Marina to the right of and behind the Sea Ranch Restaurant Look for the Texas flags.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Brazos Santiago Pass (Pass By)

U.S. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
We enjoyed our moment to view. The captains were cool and announced to explain more details about history. Loved to see dolphins, and more. My rate is 5 stars since my children and families loved it to video everything. We love to come back again when we get own vacation.


835 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Kayla_T, Sep 2023
Steve and Angie were great. Seen around 10 dolphins and learned some historical facts. Plus the price is right!
Awesome experience. Great sunset cruise.
Diana_L, Sep 2023
The cruise was great.vseen some dolphins, followed the tanker for a while. Captain and Pork Chop were very informative about the bay. Will do it again next year.
Excellent dolphin watch!
Juanita_K, Sep 2023
Wonderful guide, very interactive with passengers. Very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend this dolphin watch. Seen some dolphins, they just didn’t give us much air time but still enjoyed the experience.
Loads of fun!!
Karron_W, Sep 2023
Actually setting dolphins. The guide and captain were awesome! Very informative and fun! Would certainly go back again.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Woo-hoo! Glad to see you had an awesome trip. See you back soon.
Will be back....recommend 100%
Lupita_C, Sep 2023
Great experience and personal so nice and respectful and really happy we recommend in a 100% we will be back for sure, boat clean and happy we saw delphines
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you, Lupita, for the great feedback. (:
Recommend 100%
Fernando_G, Sep 2023
Just the smiles on the family, priceless, captain was great host, no hidden fees, just what u need to let some stress out.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for visiting us at Isla Tours.
Great Experience
Cheryl_C, Sep 2023
The captain and the first mate were both very knowledgeable about the history of S Padre. First mate was very attentive to helping each person have a great experience seeing as many dolphins as possible and also with getting photos of their party.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for the great feedback. (:
Great experience!!
Alex_G, Sep 2023
Fun experience! Captain was full of great island info, dolphins were awesome to see and the sunset view was spectacular!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you, Alex for the GREAT review!
South Padre dolphin cruise
brian_r, Sep 2023
Nice smooth ride. The crew was exceptional. The captain did a great job locating dolphins and narrating the trip.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
AWESOMENESS!!!! Thank you for the review!
Seeing the dolphins and...
Jolene_E, Sep 2023
Seeing the dolphins and the Space X fun infomative hosts on board too. Great boat tour on a lovely autumn day
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you!!!!
Essom was knowledgeable
Beth_S, Sep 2023
Boat ride was amazing even tho we didn’t see many dolphins. Would prefer to go out further in the sea!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
WOOHOO! Thank you!
Good Vibe
Shar_M, Aug 2023
Captain Mike and Essom were great. So helpful with the history and landmarks of the island. Although the dolphins didn’t want to play with us, we were able to watch them swim around chillin’. Captain Mike had fun facts about the dolphins that were super interesting. The vibe made for a relaxed evening on the water.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you! We hope to see you again soon.
Definitely will recommend this to family/ friends
Austin_A, Aug 2023
It was a amazing experience, being our first time riding a boat. It was such a beautiful area and being able to see dolphins flip and jump out of the water was great. We wil definitely be booking this again.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
AWESOME!! We'll continue to working hard to provide with an excellent experience.
Family fun
Jessica_R, Aug 2023
It was pretty nice and fun with kids we did see dolphins and held some sea creatures… would go again
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you Jessica for your feedback. Looking forward to seeing you back soon!
Great Tour!
Gina_N, Aug 2023
Had an absolutely wonderful time and our captain was great!! Love this tour and will definitely go again!!!!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for the feedback Gina!
Fun time and highly recommend
Freida_H, Aug 2023
The captain and the deck hand were both very friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and the sea life in the gulf. We had the best time and would recommend anyone to take this tour.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us.
Michael and Angie were...
Michael_D, Aug 2023
Michael and Angie were great. They were very informative and treated us very well. We had a blast with them
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star rating - it's much appreciated!
Best experience ever
Ruth_N, Aug 2023
Seeing the dolphins. The boat workers actually slowed down so we got to enjoy the dolphins play around our boat.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Happy to hear you enjoyed your trip, thank you for your review!
Lisa_C, Aug 2023
After working all week and not having a vacation since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, my husband and I decided to head to the beach to realx, and saw this Dolphin watching cruise by accident. What a great idea. So relaxing and exhilarating.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Woohooo!!! Thank you for the feedback.
We loved it! Essan was...
Chris_Y, Aug 2023
We loved it! Essan was great and showed the grandkids lots of fun things. My 4 year old grandson said his favorite part was getting to hold everything! He held crabs, fish, a butterfly stingray and more. The dolphins were great too if course! It was a great tour and I highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you for the awesome review. Happy to hear your grandson had a great time. (:

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