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Gilligan's Watersports Jet Ski Dolphin Tour

Join Gilligan's Watersports and see wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins up close and in their natural habitat from the comfort of your own jet ski. From up close, you will be able to hear the sounds they make and see how much fun they have playing among the waves. Feel the cool splash of the ocean and smell the fresh air as you race through the scenic emerald waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Reserve your tour today and prepare for the ride of your life!

Activity Highlights

  • Guided jet ski dolphin tour
  • Up close experience with dolphins and other marine wildlife
  • Speedy skis mean extra fun in the sun among the waves
  • Smaller groups for better interactions

What's Included

  • 3 Seater Waverunner
  • Tour Guide
  • Life Vests
  • Instruction
  • 10% off coupon to Gilligan's restaurant upon arrival of activity

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel


  • Children under 6 are prohibited from riding on the jet ski.
  • Adults born BEFORE January 1, 1988 can operate a jet ski with a valid drivers license without a Florida's Boater License.
  • Person signing the contract must be 18, have a valid picture ID, & a VALID credit card for incidentals.
  • Those born on or after January 1, 1988 can operate a jet ski, but are required to take a Florida Boaters Test. These tests are available upon arrival for $3. They take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please arrive early if someone in your party is taking this test.
  • Jet ski's are prohibited from entering the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Total weight capacity is 400lb. Not valid for three grown adults.
  • Guests are strictly prohibited from jumping off the waverunners and swimming with the dolphins. There is also no touching of the dolphins of any kind.

Additional information

  • Jet ski's have small compartments to hold small valuables such as wallets, watches and jewelry. However, it is best to leave all these items back home or in your vehicle.
  • If the weather is unfavorable for this activity, we will attempt to reschedule for another time or day. If we cannot meet customer demands for this, we'll refund the purchase amount.
  • If there is rain while you are on the waverunner, the price will be prorated accordingly
  • Tour guides are experienced in finding dolphins so there is a very good chance dolphins will be encountered. However, there are no guarantees.

Cancellation policy

Customers may cancel at least 24 hours prior to their arrival date to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 24 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather or waves are unfavorable, the rental may be rescheduled for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. No-shows will not be refunded. Customer may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 24 hour cancellation period.

Read what other TripShock! travelers think about the Gilligan's Watersports Jet Ski Dolphin Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip. Only TripShock! customers may leave reviews. Please login to your reservation to post your review.

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  • Rich Rosenberry USA about 1 year ago

    Don’t understand what you want

    Didn’t see any dolphins but not their fault. Water was too rough. Otherwise the Waverunner time was a lot of fun. Stephanie from the reservation dept was fun to talk to and a very kind person.

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  • Management Response, about 1 year ago

    Thanks for booking with us and glad you still enjoyed despite the conditions. The dolphins are quite common (95% chance of sightings) but there are those rare days where they simply aren't around. Glad you enjoyed your booking experience with us and hope to see you next time! TripShock Guest Service Manager

  • Tate Denmark jr USA about 1 year ago

    Great time!

    We had a great guide and saw a lot of dolphins. This was a trip highlight! Definitely recommend. We had a blast

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  • Dennis Ballentine USA about 1 year ago

    Dolphin Waverunner Cruise

    Waverunners bring their own level of fun, but to be able to see and be so close to dolphins is amazing. We were lucky to see a large pod of dolphins at the start of our trip and had a great time ridding through the bay.

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  • Michael USA about 2 years ago

    Not worth it

    I'm only giving it a 3 star because we didn't see any dolphins at all. And we flipped our wave runner over twice. There was a storm coming in that day and the water was bad choppy plus 3 other wave runners flipped over also I'd advise u not to pick the smaller wave runners because they do turn over easily. But we all thought we would be going out atleast into the edge of the ocean you just stay in the destin harbor the whole time. And it takes 30 minutes to get out of the No Wake zone just to start the the ride plus when your finished another 30 minutes just to get back because of the no wake area so your really only out there a hour riding. To me it's not worth $120 I mean yeah it's fun riding on a wave runner but we could have used that $120 for something alot more fun.

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  • Management Response, about 2 years ago

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    Micheal, We're sorry you didn't have more fun on your waverunner dolphin cruise. We do not take our customers out in the Gulf because it's normally really rough out there and most people are newbies on the skis so we don't want anyone getting hurt. People can flip their skis for a variety of reasons, most common is taking a wave or wake way too fast. We're sorry you thought you were going out into the Gulf but it doesn't mention anywhere in our listing that you would be riding in the Gulf. There are actually a ton of sea life that can be seen when riding in the no wake zone through the harbor and around Crab Island including dolphins, sea turtles, sting rays, manatees, etc. Since we can't control when or where the wild animals show up we do not guarantee dolphin sightings. Thank you for coming on our tour and we hope the rest of your vacation was fun! -Mgr

  • Sajeesh Sukumaran USA about 3 years ago

    Gilligan Waverunner Dolphin Tour Rocks!

    This was our first time in Destin for Dolphin tour. Though we (myself and my wife) were not able to see dolphins wave runner ride was awesome. Our guide took us to the various part of the ocean and we are riding in full speed.. Our guide was so awesome. He made sure we are safe. Thank you so much!

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  • Management Response, about 3 years ago

    Sajeesh, We are glad to see this review! Although we DO want to mention you did not actually ride in the Gulf of Mexico. All our tours stay in the harbor, bay and crab island areas. Thanks! -Gilligan's

  • Annonymous Traveler about 10 years ago

    My 3 kids and Wife took this dolphin tour back in June and it was OK. The guide was fun, but the truth is, I could have probably done this dolphin tour myself and save 30 bucks per waverunner. I guess you could say I'm being somewhat arrogant, but oh well. It was a good tour though :)

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  • Annonymous Traveler about 10 years ago

    We had such a blast on this trip. We saw a lot of dolphins and got to cruise around the Destin harbor and the bay.

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