Nestled in northwest Florida, the city of Destin is renowned for its beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches and exceptional golf courses, as well as the scenic Destin Harbor Boardwalk. But it is the magnificent creatures that reside off the Destin coastline that draw so many visitors here each year.
This stretch of the US coast is home to hundreds of amazing bottlenose dolphins and is one of the best places in Florida to view them up-close. For those keen to experience one of life’s most magical interactions between man and animal, we’ve picked out some of the best dolphin tours available here.
FROM $65.00 PER PERSON
Get up close and personal with the majestic dolphins that call these waters home on a memorable cruise with Crab Island Dolphin Tours, one of Destin’s most popular and well-established tour operators. Helmed by the friendly and knowledgeable Captain Wayne, cruises typically last around four hours and during that time you’re pretty much guaranteed to be in constant sight of dolphins. Extended trips are also available. As well as dedicated dolphin cruises, the company also offers sunset and fireworks trips on a choice of two vessels: the Pontoon, which can accommodate up to 15 guests, and the Wave Runner, which is ideal for those who like a little more speed on the water.
FROM $28.00 PER PERSON
Dolphins, fireworks, sunsets and amazing ocean views…if anyone’s thinking of a dramatic way to pop the big question to that special someone, then you won’t get much more impressive than this incredible 2-hour cruise. But engagement or not, the experience will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. After meeting you guide in Destin, you’ll be shown to your boat before sailing through Destin Harbor on your way into the Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll be encouraged to look out for dolphins swimming nearby, as well as sharks, sting, rays, and loggerhead turtles. After that, it’s time for the pyrotechnics, and from your ocean vantage point you’ll get to see dazzling fireworks bursting into the sky before your journey home.
FROM $28.00 PER PERSON
A total of 75 minutes of pure exhilaration awaits you on this fantastic cruise, which gives guests the chance to experience close encounters with the region’s famous dolphin population. Accompanied by an informative guide, you’ll be transported across the pristine waters of the world famous Destin Harbor, sail through East Pass before entering the Gulf of Mexico, all the while admiring the picture-perfect views. As well as dolphins, you might also spot other exotic sea life including giant sharks, gliding sting rays, and loggerhead turtles.