For your next beach vacation, book a trip to South Padre Island. Located off the shore of Texas, SPI is known for its soft, sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre. You can spend your days relaxing on the beaches or out the water, fishing or cruising around the clear turquoise waters of Laguna Madre. There are several boat companies on the island that offer eco tours in South Padre Island.
Breakaway Cruises offers eco tours and dolphin watches at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day of the week. Cruise around on the Getaway or the Xcape for two hours where you will have the chance to see some of SPI’s resident dolphin pods. The boat’s experienced crew members will drag a special net along the side of the ship and bring up sea life, allowing you to look at them up-close and learn a little bit about some of the critters before they are released back into the wild. These tours which are among the top things to do in South Padre Island cost $15 for adults or $13 for children under the age of 12 and they can be booked online.
Captain Murphy’s Isla Tours
Captain Murphy’s Isla Tours also offers dolphin watching and eco tours in South Padre Island. Get up close and personal with the sea creatures on the tour’s hour-and-a-half long trip aboard the Murphy’s Law. The boat will take you through the bottlenose dolphins’ natural habitat in the waters of Laguna Madre. The crew will then use a net to bring sea creatures onboard. Some of the common animals in the net are squid, stingrays, toadfish, and eels. The tour leaves at 10:30 a.m. every day and costs $10 per person.
The Original Dolphin Watch
The Original Dolphin Watch offers a dolphin watch and eco-tour aboard their boat, Double Sunshine. The crew member will take you along Devil’s Elbow, where you will follow the resident bottlenose dolphin pods. Afterward, they will use a net to bring marine life board into the boat’s saltwater tank. After you get the chance to learn about the sea critters, the crew will release them back into the wild. Each tour starts at 1:30 p.m. and lasts for two hours. Tours cost $13 for adults and $10 for children.
Planning Your Stay and Things to Do In South Padre Island
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