Have an exciting, educational and fun experience on the water—guided by experts who can tell you what you're seeing. Sarasota Bay Explorers, working with Mote Aquarium, offers interactive, hands-on eco-adventures on the Sea Life Encounter Cruise and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer.

These tours are a fun and fascinating extension of any visit to Mote Aquarium. Our cruises visit Sarasota and Roberts bays and are operated by a U.S. Coast Guard-certified boat captain, narrated by a biologist and staffed by Mote-trained volunteers. Guests have the potential to meet our native marine wildlife—dolphins, manatees, ospreys, eagles and other marine birds in their natural settings—as they learn more about Florida wildlife from the ship's biologist.

We offer a combination ticket that allows guests to cruise and visit the Aquarium on the same day. 

Ticket Prices: 

  • Combo Ticket (includes a boat ride and admission to the Aquarium): Non-members pay $48 for adults age 13 and older; $41 for children ages 3-12.
  • Boat trip only: Non-members pay $31 for adults and $27 for children (ages 3-12).
  • Boat trip only: Mote Members pay $30 for adults and $26 for children (ages 3-12).

All schedules are subject to change.

Register on the Sarasota Bay Explorers website.

For more information, visit Sarasota Bay Explorers or call (941) 388-4200.