Full Snorkel Gear,
Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Combo Tour includes:
Wildlife encounters and identification
Snorkeling (mask, fins, and snorkel included)
A stop on Shell Island
Iced cooler with drinks (you are welcome to bring anything, snacks BYOB)
Small group up to six passengers
Knowledgeable Captain and tour guide
Our three-hour Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkeling Tour is the ultimate must-do when visiting Panama City Beach! We usually start our adventure by taking you in the Gulf Of Mexico to see our local, playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and other sea life. Resident pods live in our waters year-round. We literally go the extra mile – or 10 – to fulfill your dream of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat! You’re welcome to swim in the areas that dolphins swim in if the conditions are safe. They are wild animals and do have a mind of their own. We do not feed or harass dolphins. We follow and support regulations and guidelines set forth by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
After our dolphin encounter cruise around Shell Island looking for all kinds of wildlife. We often see Sea turtles, Rays, Sharks, Ospreys, and Pelicans. We get the chance to see different kinds of wildlife every day. This is not always predictable and tours are always different. We also sometimes change our routes with water, weather, and wildlife conditions to try to give our guests the best possible experience of that day.
We give you the option to get off the boat and explore Shell Island. Shell Island is a nature preserve that is only accessible by boat. Shell island has a very diverse ecosystem and has some of the most beautiful, untouched beaches in the world.
Then, it’s time to snorkel on this tour – full gear is included! Our snorkel location is dependent on Mother Nature and we take you to the best spots with that day’s conditions and spots that are fitting for your group. We often snorkel seagrass beds, sandbars, and artificial reefs.
You can either book a private tour and have the boat all to yourselves for up to 6 guests. We call this a Private tour. Or book a group tour where we would book other guests with you on the same boat.
“St. Andrews bay is one of the most highly diverse estuaries in America, with over 2,900 species. One any given day, you can find almost anything in the clear waters of St. Andrews Bay. It is also one of the most fragile coastal estuaries that needs our continued protection.” – Mike Brim, Executive Director St. Andrews Bay Environmental Science Team.
Please keep in mind that every tour is slightly different since we do not control mother nature.
What should we bring?
We have almost everything you will need on board, but you can bring anything you would like to. We recommend bringing a towel, polarized sunglasses, and a sweater or jacket, just in case. It is always cooler on the water than it is on land because of the breeze and the open air boat. You are also welcome to bring and snacks or drinks with you!