"To protect and restore the Florida Coastal and Indian River Lagoon Ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

Dolphin Discovery Boat Tours

Many of our ecotour guests are surprised to learn that the Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most diverse estuary system and has been designated as an Estuary of National Significance. Here, where salt and fresh water mingle, are more than 4,000 species of plants and animals, including 35 listed as threatened or endangered. Mangrove plants line shorelines and provide habitat for many species of animals and invertebrates. Birds such as osprey, pelicans, ibis, herons, roseate spoonbills or even bald eagles are commonly seen. In the estuary, bottlenose dolphins chase pods of baitfish, and manatees charm us with their slow-moving gentle ways as they swim with their newborns. Numerous species of fish live in the Indian River Lagoon, including mullet that leap from the water and the predators that savor them, such as saltwater trout and redfish. Sea turtles traverse the River. Each outing is a new adventure as the estuary reveals its seasonal treasures.

Marine Discovery ecotours

Travel the Indian River Lagoon in the comfort of our 40-passenger Discovery pontoon boat. Your tour guide on the 2-hour journey will be one of our knowledgeable narrators – certified Florida Coastal Naturalists – who enjoy sharing their extensive knowledge of the abundant marine life, which lives in and on the Indian River Lagoon.

As your Captain skillfully navigates the backwaters of the lagoon you will experience first hand the solitude and natural beauty of this Florida treasure, while learning of our efforts to ensure that we preserve its uniqueness for generations to come.

Nearly every day of the year you can enjoy one of the following tours on board “Discovery” which enthrall visitors and residents alike. Our vessels are United States Coast Guard licensed.

Discovery Eco ToursouthDolphin Discovery Tour Rates

2 hoursClick here for schedule of this month’s tours. *Rates subject to change without notice*

Explore the fascinating behaviors of wild Dolphins(Mother Nature permitting). The dolphins found in the Indian River Lagoon are Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins and the population in the Indian River Lagoon is unique to their oceanic brethren, exhibiting smaller body size, and longer flippers.  Our local and knowledgeable guides are Certified FL Coastal Naturalists.  Come along as they unlock the secrets of the Indian River Lagoon through hands-on creature identification and  dip and learn activities. MDC member discount, 10%.

Adult
$25
Seniors 62+ & Students
$22
Family*
$60
Children**
$10
* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12) additional children $10 each          ** under 12

Sunset Tour MDC to LighthouseDolphin Lighthouse Cruise

2 hoursClick here for schedule of this month’s tours. *Rates subject to change without notice*

Come aboard “DISCOVERY” for our Dolphin Lighthouse Cruise as we travel north on the tranquil waters of the Mosquito Lagoon.  Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour tour with light music and local nautical landmarks including the iconic  Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and the historic Coast Guard Station.  This is an event for all ages.  Food and Beverages are welcome aboard.  Alcohol and Smoking are prohibited.  MDC member discount, 10%.**

Adult
$25
Seniors 62+ & Students
$22
Family*
$60
Children**
$10
* 2 adults (parents) and 2 children (under 12) additional children $10 each          ** under 12

Tours are 2 hours. Reservations required. Boarding Pass must be obtained at MDC office. Group rates and whole boat charters available – please call 386-428-4828 for information.

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Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 386-428-4828.
Rates subject to change. Please confirm with the office.

For information concerning Discovery Charters contact 386-428-4828 or visit our charter page.