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Southern Star Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise

Come cruise aboard The Southern Star, Destin’s Original Dolphin 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! We even do a sunset cruise.

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.

Southern Star Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise

Witness the extraordinary aboard Southern Star—The Original Destin Dolphin Cruise! Observe Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural habitat on our family-friendly adventure.  Experience up-close viewing of dolphins, seabirds, and a variety of marine life as we cruise the pristine waters of the Emerald Coast.  Our fully-narrated eco-tour provides fun for all ages! Let your Junior Captain steer and feed the birds, while you relax to the sounds of Island music aboard our glass-bottom boat.  Evening cruises take in spectacular sunsets, and nighttime fireworks cruises offer incomparable viewing. Come have fun with us!


Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence

Our cruises are among the top Destin boat tours and 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.