Dolphin Tour on Jekyll Island, Georgia

February 10, 2023

We decided to go on the Dolphin Tour on the Jekyll River.

This time of year, it only runs once a week. It runs on Saturday at noon.

To prevent being sea sick, we took an over the counter preventative an hour before our trip.

We drove to Jekyll Island and tried to park at the Jekyll Wharf. There wasn’t any parking we could fit Cliff the Big Red Truck in.

We had to park in the Riverview Park parking lot, and walk to the Wharf. The tour company called us as we were walking very fast towards the Wharf, letting us know the Dolphin Tour left exactly at noon.

We made it with and we were able to get seated while the tour guide was determining if everyone was on the boat.

Since we were rushing to get on the boat, I didn’t get a picture of it with everyone on it. I took a picture another time so you could see what the boats looked like.

The small white room in the back of the boat is the head (bathroom).

The boat was so full, Bruce and I weren’t able to sit next to each other. Bruce sat across the aisle from me.

The boat took off and the tour guide asked us to help by looking for dolphins. Just a short ways out, we saw a dolphin! We saw several dolphins at the beginning of the tour. I even saw one leap into the air!

I didn’t get any pictures of dolphins. I was to busy watching them. I did try a couple of times to get pictures of dolphins, but they were too fast.

I did get a few pictures of the tour.

The picture of the salt marsh was taken through the window of the restaurant on the wharf. The restaurant is named The Wharf. I did get some reflections when I took the picture, so please excuse them.

A Salt Marsh

I would recommend the dolphin tour. It was a lot of fun and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. He worked with a local biologist to learn about the dolphins so he would be able to answer questions.

He explained how the pod of dolphins don’t leave the area and in the winter, they stay in the rivers. The dolphins get names based on the damage to their dorsal fin.

The guide pointed out Shark’s Tooth Beach and passed around a Megalodon shark’s tooth, found at Shark’s Tooth Beach. He told us how Shark’s Tooth Beach was man made due to channel dredging

He explained how Glory Beach got its name. It was named for the movie that was filmed there. Glory Beach is a less used beach by the public. It is the turtle nesting beach.

I learned a lot more about Jekyll Island and I saw dolphins!

11 thoughts on “Dolphin Tour on Jekyll Island, Georgia

  1. It is hard to get photos of the dolphins! f you do get a photo it never looks as good as the real thing. And you don’t want to miss seeing it due to trying to get the photo!! The water in the river must be salt water or a mixture?

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      1. Well, it does help to have a paddle leash – but I often take photos of wildlife while kayaking. The problem with photos of dolphins is how close to water level you are in a kayak – not the best vantage point!

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      2. I have noticed you take a lot of wildlife pictures. I would’ve never thought of the water level as being a problem for taking some pictures.


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