Tabby is a female entrepreneur and Dolphin Tales is the only female-owned dolphin cruise company in the area.
I built this business from the ground-up, with a used boat and a dream. After one full year of being in business, Tabby and her business earned the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
Tabby does philanthropic work with Scout Troops, Churches and foster children from across Alabama.
We donate to local schools and charities, and take pride in giving back to our community.
First Mate Tabby and husband Captain Bart are now in their third season of operating Dolphin Tales. Capt. Bart & Tabby are both college-educated individuals, possessing backgrounds in construction, architecture, and interior design.
Owner of Dolphin Tales having fun with my family during Spring Break 2019
How in the world did they end up owning and operating a dolphin cruise business?
22 years ago, they met on the dance floor of Live Bait restaurant in Orange Beach, Alabama. They married a few years later and began building homes, hotels, and restaurants. They’ve always enjoyed working together. They worked as contract labor for other people until 2005, when they started their own construction company.
Then, the economic downfall affected them and they both decided to change careers. Tabitha became a home manager and continued to decorate, while Bart went back to school, and obtained a USCG captain’s license. The BP oil spill occurred just in time for Capt. Bart to become gainfully employed driving a clean up vessel, and when that was over, he took a Captain/Management position at a local dolphin cruise company (many of you may have cruised with him there) and that’s where the love connection began with the bay dolphin. Bart continued to drive for that company until he & Tabby took a deep breath, bought a bought, and decided that “once failed” doesn’t mean you can’t recover.
With a lot of prayer, they took a huge leap of faith and birthed “Dolphin Tales of Orange Beach.”
We are the only melanoma awareness dolphin cruise boat in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Perdido Key, FL area. It’s a very serious issue to us because we lost Capt. Bart’s sister to melanoma. It is our mission to increase awareness to fight this very preventable but deadly disease. That’s why it was imperative to us that our boat had a full canopy cover over the entire top. We don’t want you to sunburn while viewing our dolphins. We appreciate you checking us out, and we hope to see you aboard Dolphin Tales Orange Beach very soon. Feel free to share our company and cruises with friends.
Dolphin Tales is an affordable and family-friendly way to see dolphins and other wildlife while aboard our eco-friendly cruises. Our guests often catch a glimpse of local wildlife and other natural scenery of the beautiful back bay waters. We are centrally located in Orange Beach, a short drive from anywhere on Alabama’s Gulf Coast” including the communities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Perdido Key.