Dolphin Watching

The warm waters off the coast of Clearwater provide a fantastic place for dolphin watching. It's no surprise that Clearwater has a special affinity for dolphins including hometown hero Winter the Dolphin, star of the blockbuster Dolphin Tale.

  • Calypso Queen Cruises

    ​Experience the beauty of the smooth waters of Clearwater Harbor and the intra-coastal waterway on a Luncheon Sightseeing & Dolphin Watch Cruise or a Sunset Dinner/Tropical Party Cruise. Complimentary beer, wine & rum punch on selected cruises with full menu.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 18, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach
    (727) 461-3113

  • Classic Cruises

    ​The TRADEWINDS is one of an elite few three-masted schooners. The ENTERPRIZE with her classic lines is great for cruising and dolphin sightseeing on Clearwater Bay and the Gulf waters. For your extra comfort they never carry more than six passengers on a cruise. Feel free to B.Y.O.B.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 46 and 47, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach
    (727) 581-4662

  • Clearwater Beach Marina

    ​The Clearwater Municipal Marina offers 23 slips for transient boaters, retail, restaurants, and a bait shop. Marina boats offer sightseeing, fishing, sailing, marine life adventures, dancing, and parasailing.

    25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach
    (727) 462-6954

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

    ​A unique attraction where one can view, touch and experience the biology and behavior of bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, fish, coral reefs, mangroves and more. Visit Winter, the bottlenose dolphin who was rescued in December 2005 after having her tail caught in a crab trap, causing her to lose her tail. The aquarium fitted her with a prosthetic tail which brought worldwide attention to the facility. Winter later starred in the 2011 Dolphin Tale, a film based on her life events, which was filmed partially on location at the aquarium.

    249 Windward Passage, Clearwater
    (727) 441-1790

  • Dream Catcher Explorations

    ​Captain Mike offers dolphin watching, tube rides, snorkling, glass bottom kayaks, and sea scooters for your enjoyment.  Sunset wine and cheese cruises are also offered.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 32, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater
    (727) 804-2291

  • Encounters with Dolphins

    ​A 40-foot excursion boat that cruises with dolphins while showing you celebrity homes. This boat stops at an island for 30 minutes during your trip to snorkle or collect shells.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 24, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach
    (727) 466-0375

  • Kai Lani Catamaran

    ​Kai Lani Catamaran is 50 feet of pure sailing fun. Specially designed and built to prowl Clearwater Beach with comfort and speed, she is U.S. Coast Guard certified for up to 49 passengers. Private charters, corporate gatherings, birthdays, weddings, or just a great party with friends and family. Enjoy Sun Sails to Dolphin watching, or a private sunset cruise.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 49, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater
    (727) 446-6778

  • Little Toot

    ​The Little Toot is the only dolphin boat that can go into the shallows as well as the Gulf to ensure more dolphin sightings and closer dolphin contact. GUARANTEED to see dolphins or your next trip is FREE! Because of its “tug boat” shape and power, it can create a huge wake, a wake that dolphins love to jump and play in.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 16, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater
    (727) 446-5503

  • Mega Bite

    ​Mega Bite was specifically designed to create a "MEGA" wake that dolphins love to jump and play in. While on board check out local celebrity homes and points of interest. Mega Bite is an exciting adventure boat that is "MEGA" fun for all ages. Take a ride on the only shark dolphins love.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 7, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater
    (727) 442-7600

  • Sea Life Safari

    ​Sea Life Safari is a two-hour boat trip hosted by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium into the beautiful intra-coastal waters. Look for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life as staff narrates the scenic ride to a shell island.

    249 Windward Passage, Clearwater Beach
    (727) 441-1790

  • Tropics Boat Tours

    The Tropics Boat Tours is a boat tour and excursion company providing tours of the Intracoastal waterway of Pinellas county and the Gulf of Mexico. We offer several different tours, including Dolphin Exploration Tours, extended Dolphin Tours known as our Honeymoon and Caladesi Island Tour, Sunset Celebration Cruises and Saturday Night Party Booze Cruises for our guests 21 and over. We also offer Caladesi Island Excursions and a number of Private Charter options.

    We offer something for everyone, from unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks for the adults to Tommy the Turtle Story Time for the kids! Just sit back, relax and enjoy the music from our state of the art sound system. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with a memorable experience and look forward to serving you.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 5, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater
    (727) 442-7433

  • Wave Runner Rentals

    ​Rent a Waverunner and cruise Clearwater Beach. Watch dolphins play or take a guided tour through the six-square-mile riding area.

    Clearwater Beach Marina, Slip 21, 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater
    (727) 445-7433

  • Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure

    ​Following the success of the film Dolphin Tale, the 3-D major motion picture about Clearwater Marine Aquarium's famous tailless dolphin resident, visitors can experience an authentic behind the scenes tour of the #1 box office hit.

    300 Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater
    (727) 724-4115 ext.227