I’ve been sitting on this Groupon for a dolphin cruise in Destin for months now, and finally found occasion to use it. That occasion was it expiring.
So I booked a Saturday dolphin cruise for the kids and me. We went with Olin Marler on the Hannah Marie. There are A TON of fishing charters and tour operators out of Destin. If one were to research and weigh them all, it might be a difficult decision. Not with a Groupon price of $13/adults and $7/kids!
One thing I did like about Olin Marler (besides great Trip Advisor reviews): If you don’t see any dolphins, you can go again the next day FOR FREE.
As soon as we stepped on the boat Nicholas said, “I don’t want to go.” Just like rollerskating, and so many other things, he changed his mind once we got underway.
I was a little worried about wrangling two kids on a boat. Their version of “knowing how to swim” is, to you and me, a lot like drowning. It is drowning. I considered putting lifejackets on them, but this was a dolphin cruise, not a speedboat. Odds were they wouldn’t fall out.
We drove (boated?) around for quite a while. I was beginning to think we’d be using their “go again the next day free” policy. Then…DOLPHINS!
Look at that water. No photoshop, no color correction. It’s really that green!
We had a great time. I’d recommend a dolphin cruise to anyone coming to Destin for vacation. We’d absolutely go again (and might). Nicholas said it was “the best day ever.” And it was…until he went with his class to the zoo and that became the “best day ever.”
Here’s another pelican just because. Up close, they are both kind of gross and kind of beautiful. Scroll thru the photos below—at the end there are some blurry snaps of pelicans diving for scraps off the docks.
And here’s a seagull. They are just annoying. But I think the light in this photo is nice.
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From Dolphin Cruising in Destin, Florida. Shot in Destin, Florida