Education Nature Tours

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
Daily Guided Bird Walks

One of nine World Birding Center sites in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, the Nature Center provides one-of-a-kind birding opportunities, coupled with interpretive tours on site. Visitors will learn about birds on the Island, as well as the diversity of fish, dolphins, plants and more.

Captain Murphy’s/Isla Tour
Isla Tours’ Eco Tour and Dolphin Watch

Visitors will enjoy a 90-minute dolphin watch and eco-tour aboard Murphy’s Law. The crew nets sea life from the ocean floor and brings it aboard for an interactive presentation. The excursion also gives visitors a chance to view the diversity of local and migratory birds.
 Fishing Trips 956.761.2764
 Isla Tours 956.761.4752

The Original Dolphin Watch
Dolphin Watch and Ecology Tour

This exciting, interactive tour begins with the crew of the Double Sunshine netting live specimens of marine life. The animals are then transported into a living, saltwater laboratory where visitors can experience an up-close presentation given by one of the crew. Once the sea life is safely returned to the water, the Double Sunshine continues the excursion, following dolphin pods along the Devil’s Elbow.

Fins 2 Feathers
Dolphin & Birding Tours

Captain Scarlet Colley, a renowned “dolphin whisperer,” offers tours to view the area’s many dolphins up close. The tour is perfect for birders, photographers, and nature enthusiasts who want to get up close with the abundant and
diverse birdlife.


Sea Turtle Inc.
Turtle Talks

The primary mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. is to educate the general public about the Island’s endangered sea turtles and their marine environments. Visitors can participate in a “Turtle Talk,” which are given multiple times a day. They can also visit the turtles that are being rehabilitated here for return to the wild. Sea Turtle, Inc. also offers school field trips, which include an interactive presentation and a tour of the facility.

Osprey Cruises
Sea Life Safari

This sightseeing tour gives visitors a close look at dolphins and other local marine life. The tour, which guarantees dolphin sightings during daylight, includes an eco tour, a history of the local area and its geology, bird watching, and close observation of living sea life.
 956.761.6655 or 956.943.6283

Breakaway Cruises
Dolphin Watch and Eco Cruise

This enjoyable and informative two-hour cruise gives visitors the chance to see some of the area’s abundant Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Visitors will also experience exceptional bird watching and abundant sea life, carefully brought up from the depths for up close viewing and education.

UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab
Discovery Cruise & Floating Classroom

The Coastal Studies Laboratory located on South Padre Island was established in 1973, and is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, enhancing research, engaging in public service, and providing community outreach related to coastal and marine concerns in the Gulf of Mexico with special emphasis on the South Texas region.