The Dolphins & Wildlife Boat Charter

The Dophins & Wildlife Boat Charter

A Dolphin jumps in front of Shrimp boats

This is a Private Tour/Charter: $65 per person with minimum of 9.
(We will take groups less than 9, but 9 tickets must be purchased).
OPERATES: Daily year round at Sunset and day times (vary season to season)
TOUR LENGTH: 2 hours. Advanced Reservations Required.


Great Family Time

We had a wonderful time. Our guide was so informative and funny – it made the 3 hour tour fly by so quickly. The dolphins and birds we spotted made the paddling worth it. A definite must when visiting Gulf… Read more “Great Family Time”

Gary Royer

Great tour!

We had a great tour with Mack on Memorial Day. He was full of great information and very friendly and kind. It was even his birthday!! Toward the end of the tour we viewed a dolphin and her baby- a… Read more “Great tour!”

Leigh Kottwitz

Another great experience

I’ve now gone on multiple WildNative trips, and I have yet to be disappointed. Most recently, I went on the dolphin tour. Our guide, Cassie, was excellent. She said she has a degree in zoology, and it showed. She was… Read more “Another great experience”

Roger Burdette

Very informative and enjoyable

My girlfriend and I were very excited to go on our kayak tour and our expectations were definitely met. Our guide was fun and super knowledgeable so we learnt a lot about all the different animals in the area. All… Read more “Very informative and enjoyable”

Matthew Hatcher

A Alabama Beaches Signature ExperienceJust minutes from bustling Gulf Shores, WildNative delivers the Dolphins & Wildlife Kayak Experience - An Alabama Beaches Signature Experience.

But we realize that not everyone can paddle. For those who need some added comfort, we offer the Dolphins and Wildlife Boat Charter. It's not as hands on as the Kayak Experience, but you can bring food and drinks onboard and the toilet travels with you 🙂

This tour immerses you in a coastal wilderness and one of the prettiest classrooms on earth. Throughout the charter, we will watch for and learn about Gulf Shores’ Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural environment while exploring optimal dolphin habitat.
Like all wild animals these dolphins can be elusive, and we don’t always see them, but when we do there is nothing like the thrill of being near these magnificent creatures when they choose to show off. Either way, you will come away with an appreciation, understanding, and new found knowledge of dolphins as you learn about their life, history, feeding behaviors, intelligence and communal nature.

While we are out, we’ll also try to spot other local wildlife, including Manatee and turtles, as well as the many birds regularly observed in the area, including Belted KingFisher, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Great Egret, Cormorant, and Brown Pelicans. Discover a different side of Coastal Alabama from the traditional Gulf Shores Beach experience, as we traverse busy waterways that form part of the marine highway for the United States, introducing our guests to many cool commercial vessels including shrimp boats, crab boats, tug boats and barges. Along with interesting information about Eco-tourism in the region, the long term effects of the BP oil spill, and how we can protect and preserve our waterways and Marine mammals.

All of this while cruising among the beautiful sights and sounds of our local waters with potential visits to the inlets of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (BSNWR) named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama, Bon Secour Bay, the Bon Secour River, the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW), and Oyster Bay depending on weather and currents.

Take a break from the beach and enjoy 2 hours of dolphin immersion, led by experienced Coastal Nature Guides.

Operates: Year Round. Advanced Reservations Required. For more information call: (251) 272-4088 or email

Includes: A dolphin encounter like none other! Covered USCG 42 passenger pontoon boat with onboard toilet, cushioned seats, PA system, fully handicap accessible, and guide service. Food and drink may be brought onboard.

What to Bring: Sense of Adventure, Family & Friends, comfortable clothing, cameras, binoculars, snacks, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: This tour departs from
Oyster Bay Marina
4159 County Rd 6
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 272-4088

Policies & Disclaimers
Cancellation Policy:
For reservations cancelled 3 or more calendar days in advance, there will be no cancellation fee.
Cancellations 2 calendar days in advance will be charged a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations within 1 calendar day of event will be charged a 100% cancellation fee.

If tour is cancelled by tour operator due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or refund. Guests will be notified in the event of a weather related cancellation. Due to rapidly changing weather along the Gulf Coast, most weather related cancellations will not be made until day of event.

All tours depart at scheduled departure time. Boats and tours will not be held due to late arrivals. No reschedules or refunds will be issued for late arrivals.

Should I Tip?: Tips are not required but are graciously received. Our guides strive hard to educate and entertain. Please let your guides know how they did.

*We believe in a Leave No Trace policy, in educating, and in preserving these amazing natural wonders for future generations.*

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