Gulf Shores Dolphin Cruises and More

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Forget crowded beaches and predictable date nights. Say “ahoy!” to an unforgettable adventure on the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Join Wild Hearts for a day cruise and experience adventure and breathtaking beauty, all aboard a luxurious catamaran.

Pelicans on wooden stumps.

Located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Wild Hearts takes you on a cruise like no other. Set sail on an adventure full of fun, sun, and Gulf of Mexico views that will take your breath away. With breathtaking views, delicious snacks and drinks, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family, Wild Hearts Day Cruises is sure to make your Gulf Shores vacation unforgettable!

Picture this:

  • Sailing across the turquoise expanse, feeling the wind caress your hair and the sun warm your skin.
  • Dolphins frolicking alongside the boat, adding playful splashes to your journey.
  • Cozying up with your special someone under a star-studded sky, whispering secrets against the gentle rhythm of the waves.

The Wild Hearts is a 53-foot, open-ocean catamaran that makes daily cruises along the shores of Alabama and Florida. (Its homeport is Gulf Shores.) Though it may not look that large, the vessel pictured below can carry up to 49 passengers.

Double catamaran.

The mast of the boat rises 72 feet in the air and proudly displays the boat’s flag.

Wild Hearts Sail.

If you are like I am, you may be hesitant to board a boat for a 6-hour or so adventure, because “what if Mother Nature calls?”  Well, let me reassure you that the boat has two restrooms, one for men and one for women.  

Now getting to those restrooms is a bit of an adventure in itself – you have to carefully descend a ladder and steady yourself when it’s time to take care of business, but it is completely doable for most people.

Small bathroom on a catamaran boat.

Wild Hearts offers a handful of different cruises, in addition to private & corporate charters and wedding packages.  My family and I were guests on the first Dolphins & Blue Angels tour of the year and got to see the Gulf of Mexico from a unique perspective.

View of Gulf Shores from the water.

The trip started off with a light breakfast which consisted of muffins and fresh fruit.  (Soda and water were available throughout the trip.)  We left Gulf Shores and headed East towards Pensacola, Florida where the crew would set anchor and so we could watch the Blue Angels.

Haunted Lighthouse.

The catamaran was anchored directly across from the reportedly haunted Pensacola Lighthouse.

Blue Angels flying in formation.

We arrived in time to watch the Blue Angels practice some pretty impressive flight maneuvers.

Blue Angels flying by light house.

I didn’t see it at the time, but if you look closely at the picture above you can see people standing outside the top of the lighthouse watching the Blue Angels.

US Navy fighter jet.

It got to be a bit of a personal challenge trying to capture the Blue Angels as they flew overhead.  At times, they seemed to appear overhead out of nowhere.

Sandwiches and wraps.

While we watched the Blue Angels, the crew prepared a light lunch for us.  Afterward, we set sail to Fort McRee, an old abandoned Civil War fortress.

Old Civil War fort.
Old abandoned fort.

We had time to explore the island, as well as to go snorkeling or paddle boarding.

Wild Hearts sailboat.

On our return trip to Gulf Shores, we passed several pods of dolphins.  The crew would stop so that all of the passengers could have a good opportunity to see them.

Dolphins swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking of perspective – it was pretty neat when the boat passed under the Perdido Beach Boulevard bridge.

Underneath the bridge.

The cruise was a really fun experience for all on board and it’s a great way to spend time with friends and family.

Boy walking down a pier.

The Dolphins & Blue Angels Sail takes approximately 6 hours.  If you tend to get seasick, you might want to consider taking an antiemetic (something to keep you from throwing up) like Bonine – I’m glad I did!

To learn more about Wild Hearts and the different cruises offered, click here.  While food and drinks are provided, be sure to pack towels and sunscreen.  Passengers ages 21 and older are allowed to BYOB.  Also, don’t forget to be courteous and tip the crew after they have done a great job.

Where is it located?

Wild Hearts’ home berth is located across the street from the Perdido Beach Resort (27200 Perdido Beach Blvd).

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