• Sarasota Bay Explorers Sea life eco tour boat cruise, Sarasota, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. | Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com
  • Sarasota Bay Explorers Sea life eco tour boat cruise, Sarasota, Florida, USA. | Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com
  • Kids and adults love the hands-on marine wildlife experience on Sarasota Bay Explorers' Sea life eco tour boat cruise, Sarasota, Florida, USA. | Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com
  • Sunset over water with tour boat

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sea Life Encounter Eco Tours

Both kids and adults will enjoy this fun and educational guided Sea Life Encounter cruise in conjunction with Mote Marine Aquarium.

The 1 hour and 45-minute eco tour offer an opportunity to observe and learn about the area’s resident dolphins, manatees, native birds, and more. Kids especially love the hands-on interaction and observation of marine life. The opportunity to hold or touch a puffer fish or sea horse is sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

The Sea Life Encounter tour also includes a short nature walk on an uninhabited island.

The Sea Life Encounter’s 40-ft Explorer V and Explorer VI pontoon boats, are U.S. Coast Guard certified and provide cover from the hot Florida sun. Amenities include comfortable seating, onboard restrooms, drinks, and snacks.

Sarasota Bay Explorers also offers private custom charters aboard the Miss Explorer a 24-ft. Hurricane deck boat that can accommodate up to 6 passengers and restroom onboard. Create a full day of fun activities that can include dolphin and manatee observation, birding, sightseeing, shelling, picnicking, or a sunset cruise – choose one activity or a combination.

Sarasota Bay Explorers Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing two-hour sunset cruise through Sarasota Bay that is fun for all ages. The highlight of the tour is watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico!

Water, beverages, and snacks are available for purchase. Alternatively, you can bring your own small cooler with goodies to enjoy.

Reservations are recommended for all of Sarasota Bay Explorers tours and cruises.

COVID-19 UPDATES: All aspects of the cruise have been modified such as the trawl presentation and is not stopping for an island walk. Social distancing is in place with a limited amount of passengers on the boat. All crew and passengers must wear a mask.

Sarasota Bay Explorers has moved to just north of the entrance of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. This is where you can check in and assemble for boarding.

Call for 941-388-4200 or book online for reservations.


$1.00 Off Cruise

Present this coupon to receive $1.00 off a Sea Life Encounter Cruise.

Valid per person. Une promo code MD when booking online. Not valid with any other offer.
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Sarasota Bay Explorers
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Exp 07/31/2022