Searching for Dolphin Pods -
When Martha and I visit Jekyll Island, one of the first things we do is walk down to the beach and scan the immediate off-shore area for dolphins. These sleek gray mammals like to frolic off the beach in their family dolphin pods.
Many times, we'll spot some moseying along, seeking their next meal, rising and submerging gracefully in the shallow coastal waters. Other times, they might let us see their acrobatic abilities, making spectacular leaps into the air.
An almost sure-fire way to meet dolphins up close and personal is to take one of the Jekyll Island Dolphin Tours offered by sightseeing companies based on Jekyll Island.
Here are a few to wet your appetite:
Jekyll Island Boat Tours -
One of the best is Jekyll Island Boat Tours. They'll not only introduce you to the fun and excitement of searching for dolphins, but also take you on a narrated sightseeing tour of the coastal rivers, estuaries, streams, sounds and marshlands along Jekyll Island's coast. You'll see dolphin, wood cranes, egrets, herons, pelicans, and sometimes an osprey, deer, or maybe a family of raccoons.
With Jekyll Island Boat Tours, you ride the waves in a specially outfitted tour boat. You're protected from the sun by their UV proof shaded roof canopy that shades the whole boat.
The boats have restrooms and are roomy, allowing plenty of space for guests to move around for a great vantage point when checking out dolphin pods or other animals.
A USCG Certified Master Mariner is your captain, and he, along with a crew member, will be your hosts on your Jekyll Island dolphin tour. The 90 minute tour is narrated, and you'll learn about the coastal environment, dolphin habitat, and other plants and animals that that live along the coast.
The Jekyll Island Boat Tours Dolphin Tours leave every day from March through May at 1:30 pm from the Jekyll Wharf, next to Latitude 31 and across from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. From June through August, they do 2 trips a day, the first starting at 11:00 am, the next at 1:30 pm. You can also set up your own private tour.
Call Coastal Georgia Charters and Tours for reservations at (912)635-3152. As of this writing, prices are $24.00 for adults, $12.00 for kids 10 or younger. Kids 2 or younger can come for free, providing the boat is not booked solid.
Other Excursions You Can Take to Look for Dolphin Pods -
Several Jekyll Island fishing captains will take you on sightseeing tours for Atlantic dolphin.
Whether you go looking for family dolphin pods, or wildlife and beautiful scenery in plenty, or just to get out on the water and bask in the serenity of the Jekyll Island coast, there's no better way to do it than to book a dolphin tour.
Give it a try the next time your on Jekyll Island. That cute dolphin off the starboard has a smile just for you!