This is a seasonal tour operating March through October.
Savannah Dolphin Watch Aboard the Dolphin Magic
Savannah, Georgia, USA
- Forts: See the formidable Old Fort (James) Jackson, built in 1808, and Cockspur Island's Fort Pulaski, built in the 1830s and 40s.
- Islands: Cockspur Island is home to Fort Pulaski and a 19th century lighthouse. Neighboring Tybee Island is where Savannah residents go for some time at the beach. It's also home to the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum, a historic 18th-century lighthouse.
- Dolphins: Head out to see aboard the 41-foot twin turbo diesel Dolphin Magic, to spot bottlenose dolphins that make their summer home off the coast of Savannah.
About this Savannah, Georgia tour
Who doesn't love bottlenose dolphins? They're smart and charismatic, and they're always smiling. And there's nothing quite like seeing them in the open ocean, where they can swim at speeds nearing 20 miles per hour, and leap out of the water like they're celebrating life.
These social creatures travel in pods and they happen to love the open waters off Savannah. On your way out to see them, your guides will point out the landmarks of Savannah's historic waterfront, including the statue of the Waving Girl.
Who was the Waving Girl, you ask? Her name was Florence Martus, the daughter of an ordinance sergeant at Fort Pulaski. When she was 19 years old, she became the unofficial greeter of the ships that entered and left the Port of Savannah, waving to passing sailors. It was a self-imposed tradition she continued, even after she moved to her lightkeeper brother's cottage on Elba Island, where Florence would wave her handkerchief by day and a lantern at night. Legend has it that she didn't miss a single ship in her 44 years on watch, and when the captain of the ship that brought the memorial statue to Savannah was offered payment for his services, he refused, claiming his fond memories of Florence were payment enough.
The last stop for many
After Union forces captured Fort Pulaski and President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, the fort became a final destination for slaves who were freed via the Underground Railroad. It also became a military and political prison, housing a confederate secretary of state, secretary of the treasury, three state governors, and a senator.
Please make your way to the Heart of River Street on the right side of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, GA. 31401.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure time to check in.
Your route and trip duration may vary depending upon dolphin location and weather conditions. There are restrooms on board. Rain checks are offered for bad weather days.
Tour operates daily from March through to October. Tickets are not valid on July 4th.
You must be able to get on and off the boat without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion.This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Boat Tour, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children ages 2 years and younger participate free of charge, but you'll need an Infant ticket. Please call the GoBe Crew to confirm you are traveling with an infant to obtain a ticket.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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