"It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars, and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons." ~Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Blue Dolphin Tours are scheduled for 2pm and 5:30pm. They last about two hours. The tour is not only dedicated to spotting dolphins, but is a historical tour of a small island that is not too far from Perdido Beach Blvd. Ono Island is a small island home to Britney Spears and a house that she rarely used, a certain famous Nascar star's house (hint: drives a car with number 24), and then a former Miami Dolphin quarterback.
Orange Beach got its name from the large abundance of orange trees. The Spanish brought with them lime and lemon trees. Pirates had often liked to hide behind Ono Island to hide their treasure and scrape off barnacles so their boats could easily move through the water. It also came in handy when they started getting scurvy, which is a lack of Vitamin C, and the oranges helped them out. Then, in 1928, a winter came and froze all the orange trees, making people question where Orange Beach got its name from.
The dolphins were playful and a thrilling sight. Their fin pops out of the water, and they come very close to the boat. There were two shrimping boats near our boat. The dolphins and sea gulls followed the boat, knowing they could eat the fish and shrimp. They are intelligent creatures! There is also a chance to buy stuffed animal dolphins and T-shirts. Remember, if you stay at the Phoenix, check your coupon book because you can get a free T-shirt if you show when you purchase the tickets.
To find the boat, you need to look for a truck with a jet-ski that will have a blue flag from Perdido Beach Blvd. You turn into the parking lot, and will find a small trailer where you'll buy your tickets, walk onto the dock, and load into a fun adventure!