The Southern Star – Destin’s Original Dolphin & Sunset Cruise

Come cruise aboard The Southern Star, Destin’s Original Dolphin and Sunset Cruise as seen on CNN and National Geographic Explorer, and enjoy the pristine emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico along the world’s most beautiful sugar-white sand beaches of Destin, Florida and experience up close viewing of dolphins, seabirds and a variety of other marine life. Our 2-hour cruises offer affordable, relaxing fun, and sightseeing for the whole family!

The Southern Star is an 80-foot is a U.S. Coast Guard approved motor vessel that comfortably accommodates up to 149 passengers. Our boat is equipped with two restrooms, a covered upper deck with a drop-down enclosure, and a climate controlled galley that features a variety of snack items and small gifts.

Our cruise begins with a narrated tour of the Destin Harbor where the captain will give you some history about the area and point out some of the local spots along the harbor. We then head out to the Gulf of Mexico through the East Pass, and if it’s calm enough, we will cruise just off the beach to find the dolphins. If the Gulf is too rough, we cruise in the Choctawhatchee Bay under the Destin Bridge where we can also find the dolphins. Once we spot the dolphins, we spend time watching them and educating our passengers on the local pod. We play island music, feed the birds, and even take time to let the children drive the boat.

We operate by the slogan Expect a Miracle and strive to ensure that every guest aboard our vessel is treated to the highest standard of service possible to create a fun and memorable experience. We encourage our passengers to always Expect a Miracle just as we did over 20 years ago.

A little about our dolphin cruises:

Sunset Cruises 2 hour relaxing cruise
Dolphin Watching Bird Feeding
Music Snacks, gifts, restrooms
Narrated Climate control
Kids Steer 80 Foot Glass Bottom Boat


Our cruises are among the top Destin attractions. Come and enjoy seeing the dolphins but keep in mind this is a family-friendly cruise and the cruise is non-smoking. However, we have a snack bar with refreshments for your convenience.

Current Weather Forecast

Coastal Hazard Statement

3:34 PM CDT on July 26, 2016
7:00 AM CDT on July 27, 2016
Chance of a Thunderstorm
07/26 30%
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Slight chance of a thunderstorm. Lows overnight in the low 80s.
High 90° / Low 81°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
07/27 30%
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Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning partly cloudy late. High around 90F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
High 90° / Low 79°
07/28 10%
Mainly sunny. High 91F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
High 91° / Low 80°
Partly Cloudy
07/29 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
High 89° / Low 79°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
07/30 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms in the morning. High 91F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
High 91° / Low 79°