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Sarasota Bay Explorers

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200
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Time Well Spent!

So glad we decided to take this tour last week! Our marine biologist guide, Ashley (also a Kansas... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Kansas City, Kansas
very educational

The marine biologist student was very knowledgeable. I liked how we got to see the sea life they... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Kathleen C
Key West, Florida
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Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the water? We've got it! We are located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both public and private use. We offer several types of eco-tours including our renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. In addition to our regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of our 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties
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“combo ticket” (5 reviews)
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

So glad we decided to take this tour last week! Our marine biologist guide, Ashley (also a Kansas girl!) was very knowledgeable and personable. The tour lasted about 2 hours, and we were able to see some dolphins and manatees. We passed an island with...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

The marine biologist student was very knowledgeable. I liked how we got to see the sea life they collected (with a permit and released that same day) like fish, crabs, urchins, especially the pufferfish. We saw some dolphins but no manatees. There were some obnoxious...More

Thank Kathleen C
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Buy the combo ticket at Mote! We had Capt. Bill and Marine Biologist Jill. The tour is 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth every penny. Jill was very informative about all the birds, fish, and dolphins. On the way back she cast a...More

Thank FloridaArnie
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

So disappointed in this trip for the money. It's very expensive it was £200 for the 6 of us and I thought it would be fun and educational for the kids however the kids were so disappointed and not impressed. Firstly we did see some...More

2  Thank Denise143
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We took the afternoon Sea Life Encounter Cruise on a beautiful sunny, but not hot, day. Our guide, Michelle, was excellent - full of information about the bay and the wildlife we encountered. We are staying on Lido Key and have been out on the...More

Thank Kingston_Lou
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We had such a fun time today with marine scientist Chloe and the captain. It was windy but they handled it all so well. We found sea creatures and learned many new facts we'd not known before. And it feels good knowing we're supporting science...More

2  Thank tsoberdas
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Bought the combination aquarium / bay tour tickets. The aquarium was good to visit and could be seen easily in about 1.5 hours. The tour on the bay was really good. A fun afternoon excursion we can recommend.

1  Thank jkfraser2017
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We booked a trip with Captain Sondra, who was both a captain and a marine biologist. There were only four of us sharing the $300 cost (we could have had two more, legally), but it was worth every cent. First, Captain Sondra was remarkably well...More

1  Thank krashtest d
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I was late getting to my reserved tour, but called to postpone to the next shift. This group is flexible, knowledgeable, and efficient. I learned a great deal about the Florida aquatic habitat and how to maintain it. Beyond informative, the tour was comfortable and...More

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We took the 11am tour. The tour guide was Tanya and the Captain was Bill. The boat always has a captain who is certified to drive the boat, and a biologist to lead the tour. We saw so much of the local plants, birds, fish,...More

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18 June 2017|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Our Sea Life Encounter tour departs daily at 11am , 1:30pm , and 4pm. Call the boat for reservations 941-388-4200
15 July 2016|
Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Sorry that is not Sarasota Bay Explorers