Boat Ride in Bonita Springs: The Best Place to See Dolphins in Florida

May 21, 2018 30 Comments

I’ve had a few posts on seeing dolphins in Florida at the beaches in Bonita Springs (and you can see manatee!) and I did a boat ride from Marco Island before, but I’ve never seen so many dolphins as I did on a boat ride in Bonita Springs! It was such an awesome experience, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new vacation adventure! 🙂 

Boat Ride in Bonita Springs: The Best Place to See Dolphins in Florida

We got the boat from Bonita Boat Rentals and set out towards the ocean. There are tons of birds in the area, so if you enjoy bird watching, you should definitely do a boat ride! And we didn’t see any manatee on this boat ride, but we did see some around Marco Island. We were probably in the boat for only about 20 minutes or so before we started seeing the dolphins!

Bird in Bonita Springs

Boats in Bonita Springs

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins swimming in Florida

Dolphins swimming in Florida

The dolphins were a little ways away from us to begin with, but then they came right up to the boat! They were jumping around and even swam under the boat a few times! My brother held his hand out to see if they would jump up to it or anything, but they didn’t, sadly. But that just goes to show how close they were to us. They seemed really friendly and were happy to put a show on for us! The dolphins hung around our boat probably for about 15 minutes and jumped around out of the water the whole time. 

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins swimming in Florida

Dolphins swimming in Bonita Springs

Dolphins on the Gulf Coast

Dolphins in Bonita Springs  Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins on the Gulf Coast  Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins swimming in Florida

Dolphins swimming in Florida

Dolphins swimming in Florida

Aren’t their faces the cutest?

Dolphins swimming in Florida

Dolphins in Bonita Springs

Dolphins swimming in Bonita Springs

Dolphins swimming in Bonita Springs

They were jumping all over each other!

Dolphins swimming in Florida

Dolphins in Bonita Springs
Bonita Springs beach

There’s a dog beach nearby!

Bonita Springs beach

After performing for quite a while, the dolphins headed back out to sea, and we needed to bring the boat back. I think there were about 6 of them total (it seemed like two groups met up before coming over to us), and it’s the most I’ve seen together! We went out on the beach later, but we didn’t see any dolphins then. 

Bonita Springs beach

Seagull on the beach

Seagull on the beach

Bonita Springs beach

Bonita Springs beach

Bonita Springs beach

Bonita Springs beach

Bird flying in Florida

Jet skis in Bonita Springs

We went on waverunners and they were so much fun! (I miraculously didn’t fall off!)

With all the dolphins I’ve seen every time I’m there, Bonita Springs is the best place to see dolphins in Florida! I see them every time I go to the beach, no matter what the weather is (this boat ride was in January, and I’ve also seen them in the summer). If you want to see some friendly dolphins, you should definitely do a boat ride in Bonita Springs! 🙂 

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30 Comments

  1. Reply

    Emily

    June 1, 2018

    Aren’t dolphins just the best!? Fab post darling, I love these photo as I love all of the ones you take a produce!😍 xoxo
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      Julia

      June 3, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Anisa

    May 26, 2018

    Very neat. Looks like you saw a lot of dolphins! I just love dolphins, they are so playful and have such personalities.

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      Julia

      May 27, 2018

      Thank you! They really are so playful!

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    Michelle

    May 26, 2018

    I’ve seen them plenty of times from the beach in Florida, but never so close! I’ve got to do one of these boat rides. Your pictures are so good!

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      Julia

      May 27, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Summer

    May 26, 2018

    Their little noses sticking out of the water – too cute for words!! These pictures make me so happy! Thanks for sharing

    • Reply

      Julia

      May 27, 2018

      I know, they were too cute!!

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    Mirela

    May 26, 2018

    Bonita Springs looks like the ideal place to have a boat rife to se dolphins! Congrats for the pics, I know they are so playful and really hard to catch on camera! But as you said they stayed long enough with you, this is because they are naturally so curious!

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      Julia

      May 26, 2018

      Thank you! It really is the best place to see dolphins! 🙂

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    Jade Shannon

    May 25, 2018

    Looks beautiful! I have seen dolphins before but never that many.

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      Julia

      May 25, 2018

      Yeah it was awesome seeing such a large group!

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    Kylie

    May 25, 2018

    Wow the pictures that you got of them jumping out of the water are amazing!!! I find dolphins so hard to try and get photos of haha

    • Reply

      Julia

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Obligatory Traveler

    May 25, 2018

    How Fun! I love anything that has to do with animals in their natural habitat. I think I’ll need to save this for future reference since I haven’t done anything with dolphins yet.

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      Julia

      May 25, 2018

      I hope you can go soon! Seeing dolphins in the wild was so cool!

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    Heidi Roland

    May 23, 2018

    Amazing!! What a beautiful sight!

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      Julia

      May 23, 2018

      It was so cool!!

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    Julia

    May 23, 2018

    You got the most beautiful photos of the dolphins! It must be quite something to see them so close. It’s a shame they didn’t reach out to your brother’s hand though, I guess some would but it depends on the animal, I’m sure some of them like the interaction and must be used to seeing humans around. This is such a fun and unique activity to do 🙂

    Julia x
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      Julia

      May 23, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂 It was such an awesome experience!

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    Em

    May 23, 2018

    Great post, Julia! I love Dolphins so much, I’ve only ever seen them in sea life type parks but I’d love to see them in the wild in real life! Thanks for sharing!

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      Julia

      May 23, 2018

      Thank you!

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    Lydia

    May 22, 2018

    I simply love dolphins, Julia! I guess Floria would be my new perfect holiday destination. I will definitely bear in mind that Bonita Springs is the best place to see dolphins. Is it possible to find accommodation near Bonita Springs?

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      Julia

      May 22, 2018

      I hope you can go soon! Yes there are lots of hotels nearby, and it’s also close to bigger towns like Fort Myers and Naples!

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    Tonya

    May 21, 2018

    That is so cool! It sounds like it was a lot of fun watching the dolphins jump around the boat in Bontia Springs.

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      Julia

      May 21, 2018

      It was a really amazing experience!!

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    Lisa Wingerter @ https://meandmymomfriends.com

    May 21, 2018

    I love this whole area of Florida and have spent so much time there. However, I have never done this. Its on my bucket list for my next visit!

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      Julia

      May 21, 2018

      I hope you get to go! Going on a boat ride was such a fun experience!

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    Amy

    May 21, 2018

    That was supposed much more exciting than any Seaworld show! They were truly amazing!

    • Reply

      Julia

      May 21, 2018

      It was definitely better than Seaworld!!

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