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Swimming in the Dolphin and Manatee Lagoon

(4 Reviews)
  • Tour Duration:2 Hours
  • Monday – Sunday8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Min Age:All ages welcome
  • Max People:6 maximum

Our tour offers a unique experience that allows guests to swim in the same lagoon that wild dolphins and manatees freely roam in. This is an ethical and eco-friendly option that will give you an opportunity to see wildlife up close. We like to remind our guests that we are here to strictly observe the wildlife and never disturb them. Dolphins and Manatees are a protected species and it is illegal to pet, feed, or entice them per the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

What to Expect

The tour will start by cruising through the lagoon on a comfortable pontoon boat in search of wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, coastal birds, and many others. Our knowledgeable captain will share many facts about the native wildlife and surrounding areas. About half way through the tour we will stop at a sandbar island where you can get off the boat to swim in the lagoon, walk along the sandbar to collect shells, and take in the beauty that surrounds you. After the Sandbar we will take you for a final cruise through the lagoon back to the marina.

For more information call us at (321) 978-5479.

Swimming Notice:

While we do offer swimming year round there are some circumstances that will
prevent us from swimming on certain days such as inclement weather like high wind speeds, dangerous wildlife, or toxic algae blooms.
If we are unable to do the swimming portion of the trip we will try to notify you prior to departure and give you the following options to choose from:

  • Two hour boat ride with no swimming
  • Book another tour
  • Reschedule to another day and/or time

We call this tour Swimming in the Dolphin and Manatee Lagoon tour because you get to swim in the lagoon that is home to the Florida Manatee and our own sub species of Dolphins, but please note that all of the animals we encounter are wild which means none are trained or in an enclosure so we can never guarantee what type of interaction you will have with these animals. Here in Florida Dolphins and Manatees are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act which means that you legally cannot pet, feed, or entice these animals.

We have these laws to protect them so we do respect these laws and never disturb any of the wildlife, we are there to observe them in their natural habitats. Every experience is unique and unscripted which makes our tours a one of a kind!

Tour Highlights
  • Visit the island accessible only by boat! Walk on the sandbar in the middle of the Lagoon.
  • Swim in the natural habitat of dolphins and manatees!
  • Have close encounters with local wildlife : dolphins, manatees, birds and some large cranes!
  • Collect seashells for arts & crafts.
  • Cozy boat with comfortable seats & warm blankets.
  • Highly Knowledgeable Captains.
  • Small Group Size or Private Experience


1360 S Banana River Dr
Merritt Island, FL 32952

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday
8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Important Notes

Alcohol is permitted for guests that are 21 years of age and up.
The maximum number of seats on our pontoon boat is 6 people, including infants (this means passengers from 0 to 100 years old), not counting the captain.

Tip for the Captain. 18-20% is customary

Prohibitions & Limitations

Unfortunately, we can only bring six passengers per vessel. This is a strictly enforced coast guard regulation, so legally we cannot go over that limit regardless of age or participation in activities.

Sometimes we can arrange for multiple boats to go out at the same time. If this interests you, please call us for availability at (321) 978-5479 during office hours from 8am to 5pm EST.

What’s Included?

  • Blankets
  • Binoculars
  • Life Jackets

What to Bring?

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Polarize Sunglasses

Cancellation Policy


TERMS AND CONDITIONS : When you purchase your tickets YOU AGREE BY CHECKING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BOX OF OUR COMPANY POLICY THAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED NON REFUNDABLE TICKETS. All passengers will need a ticket regardless of age or participation of activities Payment details: Reservations are required and all payments must be made in advance so we can secure your spot and send your tickets. Most major credit cards accepted. Weather: This is a weather permitting activity. Being outside on the water we must always consider safety first! If your trip is cancelled due to weather related issues, you can get a full refund or reschedule for another time. We will notify you asap with a Captain cancel by email or phone. There is no fee to reschedule if we issue a Captain cancellation. No call, no show – Forfeit your payments If you don’t show up at departure time, your tickets will be considered a NO Show and forfeit your reservation (this includes vouchers). If you are running late please call before your scheduled time.

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What are the age restrictions for passengers?

There is no age limit for our tour. Anyone who boards the boat will need a ticket regardless of age or participation in activities.
We also provide coast guard approved life jackets from infant size to adult.
Look forward to seeing you in paradise!

Can we bring a dog?

Yes, we are pet friendly and love to have our furry friends join for the fun!
Please remember to bring “doggy bags” to clean any pet waste.

Also please note that we operate in brackish water, which contains salt water, that can quickly dehydrate animals if they drink it so be sure to bring a bowl and fresh water as well.

When should we arrive?

We ask guests to please arrive 10-15 minutes before your departure time.

What kind of boat?

Our tours are done on pontoon boats.

Are tours done all year?

Yes we offer tours year round and feel that each season has something different to offer.

Can we take pictures?

Yes you are welcome to take photos throughout the trip.

What kind of animals might we see?

There are hundreds of species of animals here in the lagoon such as dolphins, Manatees, coastal birds, bottom dwellers like stingrays and horseshoe crabs, alligators, river otters, and more.

Are there restrooms on the boat?

There is no restroom on the boat so recommend using the restroom at the marina prior to boarding.

4 Reviews
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Steven McHugh

Couple Traveller

Splish Splash…….we had a BLAST!!! Lee was an incredible captain with a great personality that made our last day on the water the best day of our vaca!!! We will be back!!

September 8, 2021

Tosha Hollis

Family Traveller

Very knowledgeable tour guide and we loved seeing the dolphins and manatee! Going on the island to gather rocks and seashells was absolutely wonderful. a 2 hour tour is the perfect amount of time. The best tour ever!

September 4, 2021

Lori Hatley

Family Traveller

We did this on our last day at Cocoa Beach & I wish we had went sooner. We did the 4:45 tour & had such a great time. Captain Melody was amazing and made sure we saw the manatees & dolphins. She took us to an island and we find all kinds of unique shells. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone & if we come back to Cocoa Beach we will be sure to take this tour again

August 12, 2021

Jade Quinn

Family Traveller

Very wonderful experience! We went on the dolphin manatee swim experience and it was fabulous! The captain is very experienced and his receptionist was very understanding when we had some payment issues through the emails but it worked out for my family. When looking for the animals there is a 90% to see dolphins and 40% for manatees. We were able to drink and eat snacks on the boat, very reasonably!

December 18, 2019