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Best Dolphin Tours Near Lely Resort

The finest dolphin tours get you right on the front lines with these majestic and soaring creatures of the water. We look at the best ways for you to see dolphins for yourself on your next Naples vacation at Lely Resort. With the below three dolphin charter providers, you have the crème-of-the-crop of any potential dolphin experience. Don’t forget to contact us about the dolphin charter providers closest to our Lely Resort condo rentals.

dolphins kissing in water

Naples Water Tours

Boat cruises, dolphin tours, and shelling adventures, Naples Water Tours is the premiere water journey provider in the city. There are three distinct packages offered through the provider. These are the two-hour adventure tour, the one-hour dolphin tour, and the comprehensive dolphin and beachside adventure.

While the one hour tour is appropriate for families and offers a lovely introduction to the Gulf of Mexico, it is the two-hour tour where you really get to see wild dolphins up close in multiple locations. These include the Naples lagoons and up deep into the Mangrove Forest.

The package, on the other hand, incorporates a delightful afternoon stop on a quiet beach. Guests will wade through the water from the boat and hang out on a secluded beachside haven off the gulf.

The dolphins know the boats and they love to show off, prance and play in the wake. You got to book it to see it! This is certainly one of the best things to do for families near Lely Resort.

Naples Water Tours departs at 1000 10th Ave S. Boats typically run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Florida Eco-Charters

Florida Eco-Tours loves wildlife. Guests are bound to see amazing local birdlife, including pelicans, spoonbills, skimmers, and more, alongside both dolphin and manatee. 

Go on an exciting adventure to seek out dolphins on one of their special dolphin and nature cruises. Carry the same exceptional experience into the evening on a dedicated and romantic dolphin sunset cruise. 

While both excursions accommodate children, we recommend the afternoon nature cruises for families and the sunset cruise for adults and couples. The afternoon tours run 9:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3 p.m. The sunset cruises depart at 3:30 p.m. and continue to 6 p.m.

Guests are welcomed to bring snacks, drinks and yes, even wine, along for the journey. 

three dolphins swimming near surface

Pure Florida

Pure Florida offers both inshore and offshore journeys. You can begin at the Gordon River and head up through the Naples Bay on an adventurous day trip. Guests can go upwards of 60 miles into the gulf on a private charter, though most public charters and dolphin tours will stay within 20 miles of shore.

This is where most of the action is anyway, as you cruise along the beaches near Lely Resort following popular dolphin paths. Pure Florida primarily focuses on larger group tours where you and around 25 others can experience the finest of Naples’ dolphin wildlife.

Dolphin experiences include a romp on the isolated and gorgeous Keewaydin Island. Keewaydin Island acts as the grand entrance to the largely-untouched Ten Thousand Islands and is one of the main places where you can actually get out of the boat and walk around on exposed sand. Further, Pure Florida offers jet ski rentals, jet boat rides, and fishing charters.

You can find the provider at the Tin City Shops and Restaurants located at 1200 Fifth Avenue South. Calling ahead is highly recommended as boat availability may be limited. Various tour types run daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weather permitting. 

Come solo or come with a crew. You can even bring your pet along for the adventure when you stay at one of our dedicated Lely Resort pet-friendly condo rentals. There’s so much fun to share!