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Dolphin Watch South Padre Island: Whale Watching, Sunset Cruises, and Snorkeling

Set sail on the Original Dolphin Watch cruise for a fun and informative tour of scenic South Padre Island. Hop aboard the 60-foot, double-decker, glass-bottom cruise boats for thrilling adventures at sea and get up close to see bottle-nose and spinner dolphins in the wild. Learn everything you need to know about their species and ecology from the knowledgeable and friendly crew members that narrate each tour. Cruises depart daily from the Sea Ranch Marina for dolphin and eco-tours, sunset cruises, fireworks cruises, snorkeling and diving trips, and excursions to the local landmark, Devil's Elbow. Enjoy postcard sunsets over the gulf for the best views on SPI.


Dolphin Watch cruises run daily at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm.
Adult tickets are $10 - $13 depending tour. Children tickets are $10.


  • Fireworks Cruises
  • Private Events
  • Field Trips


  • Dolphin Watch Tour
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Devil's Elbow Cruises
  • Eco Tours
  • Snorkeling Trips
  • Dive Trips


  • Will I see dolphins on my tour of South Padre Island?

    Yes, South Padre Island boasts a year-round population of over 300 resident dolphins. Get up close looks at the graceful bottle-nose and spinner dolphins swimming in the Laguna Madre and along the Devil’s Elbow. Along with the dolphins, be prepared to also see many different species of birds, alligators, reptiles and other sea creatures.
  • What types of activities and tours does the Original Dolphin Watch offer?

    The Original Dolphin Watch offers daily dolphin cruises, eco-tours, sunset cruises and special event trips like their fireworks cruise during the summer months. The tour company also offers scuba diving and snorkeling adventures, as well as school field trips and the Port of Brownsville Tour.

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