Dolphin Tour Miami

Responsible Dolphin Encounters on Daily Tours

Dolphin Watching Tours in Miami

Experience an unforgettable Miami tour with Ocean Force Adventures, where dolphin encounters are a highlight of our Biscayne Bay Ultimate Boat Tour and Biscayne Bay Lite Boat Tour experiences. Our daily boat tours offer a unique opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat while exploring the stunning waters of Biscayne Bay.

Experience Dolphins in the Wild

Researchers estimate there are more than 150 bottlenose dolphins residing in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, providing the perfect backdrop for a thrilling dolphin-watching experience. On our dolphin tour Miami at Ocean Force Adventures, we ensure responsible observation of these gentle creatures in their native habitats. Should we encounter a pod during our tours (remember, they are wild creatures and we cannot always guarantee a sighting), you will witness the awe-inspiring sight of dolphins gracefully swimming, playfully jumping, and engaging in their natural behaviors. It’s a mesmerizing experience that connects us to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

Guests on a Miami boat tour with Ocean Force Adventures encounter wild dolphin leaping in the bay.

Biscayne Bay Ultimate Miami Boat Tour + Stiltsville

Shared Small Group Tour or Private Tour

Hear the story of Miami while discovering Miami’s hidden gems on our intimate, 6-passenger guided sightseeing boat tour experience. This tour is an immersion into Miami’s history, culture and marine life, including the chance for dolphin watching in the wild. You will see it, feel it, and experience Miami as you explore iconic and historical locations, get up close to Miami waterfront mansions, and encounter dolphins and other marine life, (we are considered the best dolphin tour in Miami!)

Plus,  on this Miami boat tour, gain exclusive access to the historic Stiltsville houses in Biscayne National Park and hear about the history of this colorful cluster of shack-like structures. They are only reachable by water, and some were used as speakeasies during prohibition. You will experience authentic Miami on this personalized Biscayne Bay cruise. Join us to experience this magical city on the bay.

On a dolphin watching tour in Miami guests see wild dolphin.

Biscayne Bay Miami Boat Tour Lite 

Shared Small Group Tour or Private Tour

Experience Miami on the lite version of our Ultimate Biscayne Bay boat tour, however, we promise you, this boat tour is anything but Lite! This Miami boat ride explores everything included in our Ultimate Tour except the more remote and natural areas. We focus on the popular areas of Miami and Miami Beach. This boat tour is for those wanting a more moderately priced version of our Ultimate boat tour. We do have the chance for dolphin encounters on this tour, however, we see them more often on our Ultimate tour that includes more natural areas of Biscayne National Park.

You will get close to celebrity mansions, Port Miami, Fisher Island, the Miami River, downtown Miami skyline, waterfront museums, Star Island, and see Vizcaya Museum & Gardens from the water.                           

Note: These Miami boat rides do NOT include the areas of Stiltsville, Miami Scarface House or Cape Florida Lighthouse. Refer to our Biscayne Bay Ultimate + Stiltsville for these areas.

Educational Experience on Biscayne Bay

Miami or Miami Beach travelers wanting to know if there are ‘dolphin tours near me’ will also find our dolphin encounters offer an educational component.  Our tours are more than just sightseeing; they provide an educational opportunity for participants of all ages. Our knowledgeable guides share fascinating facts about dolphins, their behavior, and the marine ecosystem, enriching the experience and deepening your appreciation for these incredible animals.  

 

Choosing the Right Baywatch Dolphin Tours

Whether you choose our Biscayne Bay Ultimate Boat Tour or Biscayne Bay Lite Boat Tour, you’re in for unforgettable Florida dolphin tours exploring the stunning waters of Miami and the chance to encounter dolphins in their natural habitat.

A family responsibly observes dolphin during a dolphin tour in Miami.
Dolphin wathcing tour in Miami with a pod of dolphin swimming in the bay.

FAQ

What is the best time of year for dolphin watching in Miami? Dolphin sightings are most common year-round in Miami, but peak seasons typically coincide with the warmer months from spring to fall.

Are dolphin-watching tours suitable for children? Yes, our tours are family-friendly activities suitable for children of all ages. However, it’s essential to follow safety guidelines and ensure children are supervised at all times.

Can I swim with dolphins during the Miami tour Swimming with dolphins is not permitted on our baywatch dolphin tours or anywhere in Florida in the wild. It is illegal to swim with dolphins in the wild. 

What happens if we don’t see any dolphins during the tour? While dolphin sightings are highly likely, it’s essential to remember that wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed. We do our best to find dolphins, but they are wild creatures, and at times, they may elude us. 

Do you offer whale watching in Miami? We don’t have the chance of Miami whale watching because it’s very rare and almost impossible to see whales in Miami, therefore, our tours focus primarily on dolphin encounters. However, Miami’s waters are teeming with diverse marine life, providing ample opportunities for unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Biscayne Bay Ultimate Tour

Personalized Guided Tour: Our ultra-small group and private Miami boat tours ensure an intimate and personalized experience as you explore Miami’s iconic sights.

Dolphin Encounters: With a success rate of approximately 90%, our tours offer frequent dolphin sightings against the backdrop of Miami’s skyline.

Exclusive Stiltsville Visit: Explore the historic Stiltsville structures with our knowledgeable captains, providing historical insights and spectacular views.

Biscayne Bay Lite Tour

Shared Small Group or Private Tour: Experience Miami’s highlights with like-minded travelers or opt for a private tour for a more personalized adventure.

Miami Skyline Views: Enjoy stunning views of South Beach, the Miami River, and the downtown skyline as you cruise along the shorelines.

Celebrity Homes: Get a glimpse of celebrity homes, including those of Gloria Estefan and Shaquille O’Neal, as you explore Miami’s coastline.

Dolphin Encounters: While our chances of spotting dolphins may be lower on this tour, as it does not access the more remote areas of the bay, dolphin sightings are still possible during this experience.

Children enjoy seeing dolphin swimming in Biscayne Bay during a Miami boat tour.
Tarpon and a sand shark as seen on a Miami boat tour with Ocean Force Adventures.

Why Dolphin Sightings Aren’t Guaranteed

While our knowledgeable guides are adept at knowing the areas of Biscayne Bay where dolphins are most frequently spotted, it’s important to remember that these majestic creatures are in the wild, and their behavior can be unpredictable. Unlike the controlled environment of places like SeaWorld, our tours offer a genuine encounter with dolphins in their natural habitat. 

 

While we boast an impressive success rate, with dolphin sightings occurring on approximately 90% of our tours, there remains a chance that they may elude us. After all, dolphins are intelligent beings with their own agendas, and sometimes they simply prefer to remain hidden. However, even if dolphins are elusive during your bayside boat ride, there are still ample opportunities to marvel at the diverse marine life of Biscayne Bay, including manatees, tarpon, and a variety of sea birds

Why Choose a Miami Tour with Dolphin Encounters?

Miami’s Biscayne Bay is a sub-tropical shallow estuary that is home to two state aquatic preserves, a critical wildlife area, a national park, and a national marine sanctuary. This makes it the perfect home to a rich variety of marine life, including an abundance of playful and intelligent bottlenose dolphins. Seeing these majestic creatures up close is an experience unlike any other and offers valuable insight into their behavior and habitat. 

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Tour Practices

As stewards of the ocean, we are committed to sustainable tourism practices that minimize our environmental impact and support marine conservation efforts. From eco-friendly vessel designs to wildlife protection initiatives, we strive to ensure that our tours leave behind only footprints and memories. We are also part of “Dolphin SMART”, a program that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. 

Dolphin playing in the bay during a dolphin tour in Miami
Twin bottlenose dolphin swim alongside a Zodiac RIB boat tour in Miami.
Responsible dolphin encounters following the dolphin smart program.

Our Commitment to Dolphins

Over time, the dolphin pod we encounter has become like an extended family to us at Ocean Force Adventures. Observing these magnificent creatures in their natural environment is a highlight for both us and our guests. We prioritize the respectful treatment of wild dolphins in our coastal waters, aiming to minimize any disturbance to their natural behaviors.

In pursuit of this goal, we have embraced the Dolphin SMART program. Originating in Key West, this educational initiative promotes responsible dolphin viewing practices among commercial operators. Its aim is to mitigate any potential negative impacts that dolphin watching tours may have on these sensitive animals.

What to Expect During a Dolphin Tour

During your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe dolphins engaging in various behaviors, from playful leaps and flips to synchronized swimming and hunting for prey.

Experienced guides will help you interpret these behaviors and provide insights into the social dynamics and communication patterns of these intelligent creatures.

Tips for a Memorable Dolphin Watching Experience

Choosing the Right Time

Dolphin activity tends to be more prevalent during certain times of the day, such as early morning or on weekdays rather than weekends due to less boating traffic on the bay. Plan your tour accordingly to maximize your chances of seeing these magnificent creatures in action.

What to Bring

Be sure to pack essentials such as sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a camera to capture unforgettable moments. Dress comfortably and consider bringing a light jacket or sweater, as the weather conditions on the water can vary.

Dolphin tours in Miami offer a unique opportunity to connect with nature, learn about marine life, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned local, embarking on a tour to see dolphins is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.

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Children enjoy seeing dolphin swimming in Biscayne Bay during a Miami boat tour.

Ocean Force Adventures

Miami Beach Marina, Pier E 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

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