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Small Group Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkeling Tours! Reservations required.

Crooked Island and Historic Simpson Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour

Visit one of the most secluded beaches in Florida! Snorkel and Freedive the remains of the Simpson Tug Shipwreck. The shelling tour of a lifetime! Snorkel untouched seagrasses off a remote barrier island. Dolphin encounters!

Spend the day with us on Crooked Island. This is the ultimate tour for anyone that loves to explore beautiful places in nature that are off the beaten path!

Snorkeling Crooked Island Panama City Beach

All photos taken by Coastal Wildlife Adventures

Yellow Tang on Simpson Shipwreck pictured above. This is Panama City’s best site for freediving.

We depart from Pirates Cove Marina, east Panama City Beach. From here, we make our way to the Gulf Of Mexico and cruise the entire coast of Shell Island. We will look for sea life along the coast of Shell Island. It is very common to see dolphins along this route. We also sometimes see manatees, small sharks, rays, and different kinds of seabirds.

Once we pass Shell Island we will stop at the remains of the Simpson Tug Shipwreck, for some snorkeling. This wreck sits in 20 to 25 feet of water.

A quick history lesson on the wreck: This Wreck was a tugboat used for pushing freight barges and rescuing stranded or grounded vessels between Panama City and Pensacola in the 19th and early 20th century. The Ship sunk in 1887 after being called out to rescue a fishing boat that had run aground. While in the middle of the rescue opperation, the weather took a turn for the worse, eventually causing the ship to sink. The crew abandoned the ship and spent the night on Shell Island.

As of June 2023, 94 years after sinking, the steam engine and the boiler are mostly what is left of the Simpson Shipwreck. Check out our video to see it. It does usually have quite a bit of marine wildlife  on it, such as goliath grouper, large rays, and reef fish.

Snorkeling Panama City

Simpson Tug by Capt. Lorraine

After our Shipwreck snorkeling adventure, we cruise to Crooked Island. Crooked Island is a completely secluded piece of nature, almost completely untouched by humans. There are no buildings and no roads here…We are often the only sign of humanity around as far as the eye can see.

Here, you can do some shallow water snorkeling in pristine untouched seagrass beds and explore some of the most untouched beaches in Florida. You will find an abundance of sea shells here. You are welcome to take any shells home as long as there are no live animals living in them. We will explore multiple snorkeling sites around this area.

There is nothing but nature here. We recommend bringing food and snacks for the day. Bottled water and an iced cooler is provided. You are welcome to bring any alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly.

Duration: 6 hours

Private tours for up to 6 guests: $699

Please call to book this tour. (850) 866-8815

Reservations required in advance.

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The remains of the Simpson Tug Shipwreck pictured above.

Sea star snorkeling

Lorraine, (owner, operator) shows off a banded sea star.

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Dolphin and Snorkel Tours
(850) 866-8815

Coastal Wildlife Adventures ®

Panama City Beach Location:

Pirates Cove Marina

3901 Thomas Drive,

Panama City Beach, FL

32408