Destin is known as the ‘World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, and rightly so. Home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the world, Destin charter boats can take anglers up to 100 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. For many of us, however, we prefer our fish grilled with a side of French Fries. That doesn’t mean that we have to miss out on the beautiful adventure of exploring the harbor, the Gulf, and the Choctawhatchee Bay boat. The Southern Star Dolphin Cruise is great way to see marine life up close without having to bait, cast, or reel them in.
The Southern Star is Destin’s original Dolphin Cruise. The boat is an 80’ double decked, glass bottom boat, run by an experienced and knowledgeable crew who will provide both insight and entertainment on your two-hour tour. The Southern Star is climate controlled, has clean restrooms, and plenty of room to walk around. During your adventure, you’ll cruise through the historic Destin Harbor. If the weather and water cooperate, Captain Steve will take you into the Gulf of Mexico in search of everyone’s favorite mammal, the dolphin. If the seas are rough and choppy, you’ll spend most of your time in beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay, cruising through the Bay and around Crab Island.
With more than 19 years of experience, Captain Steve and the mates will help you see the most wildlife during your Dolphin Cruise. They know where and when the dolphin come out and play, so have your cameras ready! To have really great experience, veteran dolphin cruisers recommend:
- Dress in lightweight layers. The temperature may vary throughout the two hour cruise.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Even if the day is fairly overcast, the sun is reflected off the water.
- If you have a pair of binoculars, bring them along. You’ll relish the opportunity to see not only dolphin, but a number of different species of birds and fish.
- Don’t forget your camera. You’ll want to capture the moment when your child sees a dolphin up close for the first time.
- The crew of the Southern Star will do their best to keep the boat on calm waters. If you’re prone to seasickness, consider purchasing a sea band to stabilize your equilibrium, taking some medication before you board, or packing some crackers to settle your stomach.
A trip to Destin and the Emerald Coast isn’t complete without seeing dolphin up close and in their natural habitat. Captain Steve, Miss Wendy and the crew of the Southern Star can make your trip a memorable one.