- 117 Ratings
Dolphin Watch Eco-Tour from South Padre Island
Cruise around South Padre Island in search of local dolphins on a seaside adventure. Watch these playful mammals swim by the ship as you bask in the warm Texas sun.
What You Will Do
- Take part in a two-hour dolphin cruise around South Padre Island with a certified captain at the helm
- Keep your eyes open for dolphins gliding through the waves as you cruise over dark-blue waters
- Come aboard a ship designed for proper viewing, including the Xcape or Getaway, two sea-worthy vessels
- Get an up-close look at active marine life when the friendly crew brings creatures on board so you can see them
- Guided cruise
- 117 Ratings
I booked two tickets online for the dolphin eco tour, $15 each for the 14th. Two days later I was told that the eco part was not being offered, but I still had to pay $15 when all your competitors were charging $10. Then our tour was rescheduled "due to wind" when your competitors were taking tours out, causing us to reschedule our other plans. Your online information doesn't match your actual offerings. Next time, I'll just book Capt. Murphy's tour for $10.
Lots of dolphins, great captain and crew. My wife and I had a great time.
Had a great time, saw the dolphins many times, great captain and deckhand!
Loved seeing the dolphins and hearing about some history of the local cities! Very pleasant rude and staff!
The evening was beautiful, the sunset amazing, and we saw lots of dolphins BUT only those sitting right beside the captain could hear whatever she had to say. She was very knowledgeable about the area, and was a very competent seafarer, but she most definitely neede to use a loudspeaker to be heard. It was difficult to manoeuvre around the boat when dolphins popped up on the opposite side; perhaps for the size of our group (over 20), a larger boat with functioning loudspaker system would have been a more enjoyable choice for the paying guests. The lavatory was barely finctional and quite smelly.
Too crowded. Thought we could have ended the cruise at least 15 minutes earlier after sunset
I had a wonderful time.
Ride was not crowded & we were able to move about to see different views. The young man assisting the captain was very friendly & informative.
The cruise was amazing! The crew is very friendly and knowledgeable. We seen at least a dozen Dolphins and even had 4 of them following along with the boat for a while. The sunset was incredible! I took some breathtaking pictures of the sunset reflecting off the water. I will definitely be taking this cruise again next time I visit South Padre Island. Thank you Breakaway cruises for an AMAZING cruise!
I only chose this rating because I was hoping for a longer boat tour, even if it was just riding around the bay. It was very hot when the boat was slowed or stopped and a longer breeze from the ocean would have been nice. The dolphins and Eco tour were a delight for the children. They enjoyed it very much.
We were very pleased with the dolphin watch. At first we were disappointed that our 1:30 was cancelled and rescheduled for 6:30 the same evening, but it worked out much better. We were able to see many dolphins and watch the sunset over the water. The crew and Captain Mike were wonderful. Very polite and professional. The girl at the check in desk was amazing, so friendly. We will definitely be back and will recommend Breakaway Cruises to our friends visiting South Padre Island.
They were very accommodating and made sure that we enjoyed ourselves. We will using them for future visits to South Padre.
The tour itself was awesome, we went on the fireworks tour because they had to reschedule the dolphin watch tour because they said they didn’t have enough guests to fill it, which I understand, but they could have called us before we drove up there. And then when we showed up for the night cruise they didn’t have us on the list. It ended up working out, they added us, and again the crew that was on board were polite and outgoing and they made the trip fun. Make sure you let all four of them know they kick ass.
Good experience overall. Booking was simple and when we had to change the day of our trip, the person we talked to on the phone was very kind and helpful. I was very pleased to see a few things in the "touch tank" before we left the dock. That seemed like such a good idea in case nothing much came up in the nets while we were out. The captain said the crew would be available to sell bottled water for $1, but the crew member I asked was unable to get any because it was time to pull in the nets (understandable), but then he never had another crew member do it either. It was mildly disappointing that we only saw 4 dolphins from a distance, but the touch tank was fascinating and fun. Upstairs, the trash can stank horribly! Overall, a good multi-generational family activity. Kids, teens, adults and grandparents will enjoy it.
Although it wasn't quite what I anticipated the atmosphere was great and the food was excellent.
We were able to see a lot of dolphins on this tour. About 10 or so. Very happy.
Did not get to see much of the dolphins
Great staff, very knowledgeable, wonderful facilities, cant wait to visit again!
Enjoyed the atmosphere great service.
Enjoyed the ride and dolphins! Great customer service, but wishes we would've seen more sea creatures. Overall happy with experience!
The young man (looked about 15-16) was great! Very respectful and knowledgeable about everything.
The staff were super fun and friendly.
Not crowded, allowed the kids to be involved in the activities, and great info on history about the area.
They tried to show us a good time and it was so affordable!
- T DeShon
I REALLY enjoyed the experience. Staff was awesome!!
We loved the tour and saw several dolphins! The eco tour was very interesting and informative.
We saw a lot of Dolphins and Eco tour presentation was wonderful. This is must do when you visit South Padre. The kids love this.
It was a very nice cruise and a good price, the only reason for not giving it 5 stars is because we didn’t cruise for the full 2 hours. The gate opened exactly at 10:30 and a good 15 minutes were spent on having all the groups stop for a photo op at the wheel. We headed back to dock at about 12:15. The crew was very nice and knowledgeable about the sea life they brought on board..I would still recommend the excursion:)
Courteous staff! Have a fun time watching dolphins and seeing the sunset
They delivered exactly what was advertised, and the crew although young were very knowledgeable with great personalities. The whole trip was a pleasant experience and would most certainly do it again.