Have an exciting, hands-on, educational and fun on-the-water experience — guided by experts who can tell you what you're looking at. Sarasota Bay Explorers, working with Mote Aquarium, offers interactive, hands-on eco-adventures on the Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari 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 marine natives — dolphins, manatees, osprey, 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 $46 for adults age 13 and older; $39 for children ages 3-12. 
  • Boat trip only: Non-members pay $29 for adults and $25 for children ( ages 3-12)
  • Boat trip only: Mote Members pay $28 for adults and $24 for children (ages 3-12)

More information and reservations, visit Sarasota Bay Explorers or call (941) 388-4200.