Go Dolphin Watching on Anna Maria Island

If you’re a nature lover, Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation destination for you. Not only will you have seven miles of stunning white sand beaches to explore, but those beaches are home to some of the most interesting wildlife in the state. One of the best ways to get up-close-and-personal with the marine life of Florida is by taking a dolphin tour! Anna Maria Island is home to several dolphin tour companies, and they’re all just minutes from our AMI waterfront vacation rentals. Here are three of our favorite companies on the island. Start your day off with breakfast in Anna Maria and head off to your tour!

a school of dolphins in the water

Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours

Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours gives you a personal experience watching the wildlife of the area. Your experienced Captain will take you through the waters and point out incredible wildlife including eagles, osprey, sea turtles, manatees, and most importantly, dolphins! You can choose from several different excursions, including two-hour private sunset tours, 1.5-hour public guided dolphin eco-tours, and three- and four-hour Egmont Key trips, just to name a few.

Your tour is always customized to your group, allowing you to personalize your experience and make incredible memories with your loved ones. You can also opt for a shelling or snorkeling trip to Egmont Key to get a whole new view of the area’s marine life!

Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours operates from Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club at 5500 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Bradenton Beach Marina

Bradenton Beach Marina offers incredible dolphin tours that let you explore the waters of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. You’ll climb aboard the flagship vessel, The Anna Maria Explorer, to enjoy the comfort of the boat while you search for the majestic dolphin. The 90-minute dolphin tour is short enough that your young kids won’t get bored, yet long enough that you have enough time to enjoy yourself.

The dolphin tours at Bradenton Beach Marina not only expose you to wildlife but also come with a history lesson! Your guide will teach you all about the historic fishing village of Cortez and the development of the area as a whole. Choose a morning or afternoon trip to fit your schedule and fit in an exciting tour whenever you please!

Bradenton Beach Marina is located at 402 Church Avenue.

Three dolphins underwater

M/V Minnow

M/V Minnow is the perfect dolphin tour company for groups of all ages. Dolphin tours run from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., making for the perfect way to spend your afternoon! Kids and adults alike will love watching the breathtaking bottlenose dolphin jump in and out of the water. You’re also likely to spot manatees, stingrays, and native birds, so keep your eyes open and bring your binoculars!

The company also offers other excursions like sunset cruises and trips to Egmont Key, giving you ample opportunity to explore the area. You’re welcome to bring your own food and snacks onboard, even alcohol! This trip is one of the many romantic things to do on Anna Maria Island. There’s a bathroom on the ship for your convenience, and there’s plenty of parking at the site to accommodate your whole group.

M/V Minnow operates from Mainsail Marina at 5325 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

When you choose to vacation on Anna Maria Island, you’re in for some of the most stunning wildlife you’ve ever experienced. After you’ve embarked on your dolphin cruise, take the time to explore the rest of the island, from mouthwatering restaurants to unique historical sites to intriguing shopping. At the end of the day, head back to your Anna Maria Island vacation rental to spend the evening with your loved ones. Contact us today to learn more about dolphin tours on AMI and our vacation properties!