Dolphin Watch and Destin History Cruise

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Set out to sea in search of Destin dolphins aboard the Hannah Marie. Complete with a glass bottom viewing area, snack bar, and a climate-controlled cabin, this trip is the perfect recipe for maritime bliss. Take in scenic views of the Harbor, learn about Destin's history, and enjoy the fresh ocean air. Both convenient and comfortable, these tours depart daily and provide plenty of seating for your whole crew.

Activity Highlights

  • See dolphins and other marine wildlife among the waves
  • Glass bottom viewing area and open top deck make for incredible views
  • Narrated cruise teaches you all about the history of Destin
  • Climate-controlled cabin, snack bar & bathrooms on board

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash for snack bar
  • 6-pack cooler with food and beverages


  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Glass items prohibited on board.

Additional information

  • Parking is available on-site for a fee.
  • Boat can accommodate wheelchairs but cannot accommodate motorized scooters.
  • Bathrooms available.
  • Snack bar available.
  • Alcoholic beverages are allowed on the boat, but glass is prohibited.
  • 98% success rate for finding dolphins on the cruise.
  • The tour boat has a maximum capacity of 97 passengers.
  • The boat requires a minimum of 20 paying passengers to depart. If this is not met, a customer service representative will call to reschedule or cancel
  • Large parties over 15 are asked to make reservations at least 24 hours prior to departure.
  • The boat will cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, Destin Harbor and the Choctawhatchee Bay depending on how rough the waves are. The boat does not experience much movement, but those who are prone to motion sickness are asked to take dramamine or bonine for precaution.

Cancellation policy

Customers may cancel at least 24 hours prior to their arrival date and time to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 24 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather is unfavorable and the captain calls off the tour, the tour may be rescheduled for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. No-shows will not be refunded. Customer may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 24 hour cancellation period.

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  • Renee USA about 4 days ago

    Not much dolphin viewing.

    Only saw the fin of a couple of dolphins. Supposedly one on the opposite side from where we were sitting but my seasick tendencies kept me from getting up and walking around on the boat in the wavy water so I didn’t see it. Never found another one. Sunset was pretty though.

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  • Chris Shumphard USA about 25 days ago

    It was ok

    Not bad it was very peaceful

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  • Rodrick Davis Alabama, USA about 1 month ago


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  • Rodrick Davis USA about 2 months ago

    Didn’t leave the harbor.

    Well I was told over the phone that on top of dolphin spotting, it was also a glass bottom boat. I called the company specifically to confirm they had a glass bottom, as that was the main goal. Wanted to show our kids the ocean floor, etc. Bought tickets which cost our family almost $100. Walked down to the glass bottom and the windows were lime green. You can’t see anything at all. Decided to just go back to the top to let the kids watch dolphins. We only saw 2 dolphins and they never took the boat close, we watched from over 100 yards away. 2 out of our 3 kids didn’t even see the dolphins. We just sat far away at the mouth of the harbor looking towards the gulf. Waiting. Wondering if we were gonna get closer. Never went out into the gulf at all, they just turned around the other way... read more

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  • Management Response, about 2 months ago

    Austin, ...

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    Austin, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. All of the boats along the Destin Harbor that offer glass viewing panels at the bottom of their boats are called "glass bottom boats." However, the entire bottom of the boat isn't glass for safety purposes. We are sorry if you were unable to see anything through the viewing panels, on days when the water clarity is murky it's hard to see anything especially on a rainy day like the day your trip was scheduled. The water clarity and rough waters is also the reason the boat didn't venture out into the Gulf. The captain didn't want any of the passengers to endure any sea sickness. As for the dolphin sightings, the dolphin cruises are meant to serve as a different way to see the Gulf Coast as well as observe wild dolphin in their natural habitat exhibiting normal behaviors. It's against the law in the state of Florida to touch, feed or harass wild dolphins therefore the boats are only allowed to get so close. We also cannot guarantee dolphin sightings or the amount of dolphin you will see because they are wild animals even though our captains do their very best to give you the most memorable experience they can. We were sorry to hear the PA system malfunctioned during your tour. We hope that you'll give us another try in the future to meet your expectations. Thank you again for your feedback. TripShock! Director od Sales

  • Andy Taylor USA about 2 months ago



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  • andrew ryan sauder USA about 2 months ago


    Very few dolphins seen, more dolphins saw from the balcony of our hotel then on the whole 1.5 hr boat ride

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  • Carl Cottingham USA about 5 months ago

    Dolphin Cruise

    Nice boat ride but no dolphins were seen. Nice sunset over the water.

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  • Stefan Adam Greenville, South Carolina, USA about 5 months ago


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  • Gabriela Maldonado Houston, Texas, USA about 6 months ago


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  • Natasha USA about 6 months ago

    Dolphin cruise

    To cold... hardly see any dolphins... best time to go around summer I stayed inside the whole time.

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