Anna maria Island dolphin

One of the most popular bucket list items to check off when visiting Anna Maria Island is seeing dolphins up close in their natural habitat. You have a lot of choices: dolphins can often be spotted along the Gulf beaches or when strolling the piers on the Bay side. But the ultimate dolphin spotting is done from a boat.

When deciding which boat tour to take you’ll never go wrong with Captain Kathe. You’ll find her docked at Starfish Restaurant in Cortez, a still working – and completely charming – working fishing village. A fourth generation Cortezian, the ocean is in her blood and she knows the local waters – this is her home.

Captain Kathe doesn’t ply the waters alone, her first mate Skip Skip bears the responsibility of searching out the dolphins and Manatees. Somehow, when even Captain Kathe can’t see them, Skip knows where they are.