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Sea Ranch Marina 

33256 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX. 78597

956-761-4752 and 956-761-2764  

* Price and Rate are subject to change without notice.

Contact Captain Murphy

© 2023 by SOUTH PADRE NETWORK & ISLAND EVENT PHOTOS 

Dolphin Watch Tour| Eco Tour |  Port of Brownsville Tour

It's all about families affording it. And we are pet-friendly on these cruises.

ECO Tour 10:30 am - 12:30 pm $10.00 

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline. MORE...

ECO Tour 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm $10.00 

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline. MORE...

Dolphin Watch Tour 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm $10.00

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline. MORE...

Port of Brownsville Tour  $25.00

TUE. & THUR. 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

FALL & WINTER EVENT 

A 4 hour narrated cruise from South Padre Island down to the Port of Brownsville. On this unique Port Brownsville tour. Online bookings must be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure.
Port of Brownsville Tour is $25 per person.
Otherwise please call 956.761.4752 to make your reservation
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Port of Brownsville Tour / Lunch

Tue. & Thur. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm $35.00

Fall & Winter Event 

A 4 hour narrated cruise from South Padre Island down to the Port of Brownsville. On this unique Port Brownsville tour. Online bookings must be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure.
Port of Brownsville Tour is $25 per person.
Otherwise please call 956.761.4752 to make your reservation.
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ECO AND DOLPHIN WATCH TOURS SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX. 

Share the waters with the world’s most playful sea mammal on a family-friendly dolphin watching cruise. During the tour, listen to the interesting and informative narration on the diverse marine life that lives within the waters surrounding South Padre Island. Keep an eye out for a 'pod', which may consist of 10 to 30 dolphins. A wildlife-safe net may pull in starfish, sea horses, and more. (please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline. Come see the newly remodeled Murphy’s Law! The perfect boat for a South Padre Island Dolphin Watch tour!

Enjoy a one and a half hour half South Padre Island dolphin watch aboard the Murphy’s Law and see bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. You will also have the opportunity to see local and migratory birds. The U.S. Coast Guard Station, Boca Chica beach, and the South Padre Island Jetties are also part of the tour. During the Eco-Tour Dolphin Watch, we will drag a specialized net along the bay floor. Sealife captured during the Eco Tour will be brought on board and viewed up close.

 You must make your Online booking a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure.

Otherwise please call 956.761.4752 to make your reservation.

Kids 2 and Under Ride Free We Are Pet-Friendly

Highlights

    Observe local marine life in its natural habitat
    Take a tour that the whole family can enjoy
    See landmarks from a unique vantage point
    Choose from two convenient departure times

What to Expect


Make your way to Sea Ranch Marina for a 10:30 am or 1 pm departure time (please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline. 

The crew will cast a wildlife-safe net throughout the trip, bringing up sea life so you can see it up close, and they frequently catch sea horses, starfish, and sea slugs. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins live in groups, so if you spot one in the water, keep your eyes peeled for its “pod”, which usually consists of 10 to 30 members. After 1.5-hours on the water, the dolphin boat will return to shore, where this tour concludes.


Dolphin Watch DESCRIPTION

Sightings of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are frequent year-round in South Padre Island.  Captain Murphy’s Isla Tours can transport you to the natural environment of these wonderful creatures, with a few added features.  The most common dolphin watch cruise is the standard Dolphin Watch. One hour and a half in duration, this excursion offers you a brief tour of the Laguna Madre and provides a glimpse of the bottlenose dolphins in its natural habitat.

Isla Tours offers a combination of Dolphin Watch and Eco Tour on South Padre Island. This tour is an extended Dolphin Watch Tour that includes a shrimp net being dragged behind the tour boat.  The contents of the net are emptied into a live well located on the deck of the tour boat. Trained marine professionals will educate you on the day’s haul of marine life and allow you and your family to get an up-close look at the creatures beneath the water’s surface. The marine professional will return the collected species, unharmed, back to their underwater homes and you will continue on your way to the dolphin sighting areas of the bay.

PORT OF BROWNSVILLE TOUR

FALL AND WINTER ONLY

TUE. AND THURS 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

A 4 hour narrated cruise from South Padre Island down to the Port of Brownsville. On this unique Port Brownsville tour you will see vessels loading and unloading cargo from all over the world, decommissioned naval vessels being dismantled from the top down and oil rigs being built and repaired. You will see native bottle-nose dolphins, local and migratory birds and learn about the shrimping industry along the way.

Online bookings must be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure.
PRICE

Port of Brownsville Tour is $25 per person.
Otherwise please call 956.761.4752 to make your reservation. Add lunch at Tom & Jerry’s Restaurant for just $10 per person more ($35 per person).

Trips Run on Tuesday and Thursday through the end of February.

Additional Info

    Confirmation will be received at the time of booking


  • Wheelchair accessible   


  •     Stroller accessible


  •     Service animals allowed


  •     Near public transportation


  •     Transportation is wheelchair accessible


  •     Surfaces are wheelchair accessible


  •     Most travelers can participate


  •     This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund


  •     This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

  •     This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

Tour includes a cruise through the Brazos Santiago Pass and narrated history.
Important Information

Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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