4 best dolphin cruises in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

A dolphin spotting is always exciting no matter if you are a Florida native with a daily dolphin view or it’s your first-time seeing dolphins play in the water. Dolphins are playful creatures by nature and they love to “put on a show.” They also love the deep hum of a boat’s engine and love to follow alongside the boats. That is why you are always guaranteed to see at least on Dolphin whenever you are on a dolphin cruise in Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

Here are our recommendations for the four best dolphin cruises in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL – we hope you enjoy your next cruise!

1. Southern Star

Climb aboard Destin’s original dolphin cruise and enjoy a magical experience. Their slogan is “Expect a Miracle” and a miracle is exactly what you will have aboard the 80 ft Southern Star! They offer a daytime and sunset dolphin cruise that both last around 2 hours as well as a pirate cruise – all filled with fun for the whole family.

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2. Cattywampus

Setting sail from The Gulf on Okaloosa Island, Cattywampus for a unique cruise of the Destin and Fort Walton Beach. The Cattywampus is a catamaran offering the best sights in the area. To break the heat during the three-hour cruise, Cattywampus will anchor for a while over a sandbar so the riders can enjoy a refreshing swim and can even grab a mask and snorkel!

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3. Island Water Sports

Change things up with a Jet Ski dolphin tour of the Choctawhatchee Bar at Island Watersports! This exciting excursion is offered twice daily at 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and lasts an hour and a half. Control how fast or slow you go as their knowledgeable tour guides lead you to an up close dolphin encounter.

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4. Smile & Wave

For a customized dolphin cruise, sail under the Florida sun and explore the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay with Smile N’ Wave sailing charter. With your choice of morning each trip is private and tailored to your family or group! Join Pam and her crew, catch dolphins playing in the water, and relax with a cool drink on Smile N’ Wave!

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Events in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

It’s always the best time of the year to visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Mild temperatures and warm gulf waters make the area enjoyable no matter the season. And with a running lineup of exciting local events and festivals, there’s always something to do in Destin-Fort Walton Beach!

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