Full Snorkel Gear,
Our three-hour tour combines a little bit of everything, dolphin watching, wildlife encounters, a stop on shell island, and snorkeling in the warmer months. In the winter time, we take you to a place off the beaten path where you can enjoy a walk on the island. There are a lot more sea shells on the island in December through March then in the warmer part of the year. All of our tours take a maximum of 6 (six) guests for a more personal, intimate, experience.
Dolphin and Snorkel Tours is your best opportunity to turn a regular trip to Panama City Beach into an unforgettable vacation experience – especially when you book our most popular dolphin tour!
Our three-hour Combo Tour includes a little bit of everything. We usually start our adventure by taking you in the Gulf Of Mexico to see our local, playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Resident pods live in these waters year-round and many love swimming near the boat to say hello and bless us with their presence. We literally go the extra mile – or 10 – to fulfill your dream of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat! Your tour guide amazes you with stories and fun facts about these intelligent, majestic creatures.
We then cruise around historic Shell Island looking for all kinds of wildlife, like sea turtles, ospreys, gulls, and pelicans. Among the wildlife, this island and its surrounding waters are home to historic landmarks and shipwrecks. On land, find many different species of crabs, mollusks, sand dollars, and sea urchins. Shell Island is a beautiful nature preserve and bird sanctuary that’s only accessible by boat.
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. You can see artificial reefs, sea grass beds, sandbars, and shipwrecks. You’re welcome to swim in the areas that dolphins swim in if the conditions are right, though we do not advertise our tours as a “swim with dolphins tour,” as we do not feed or harass them or force them to do anything they don’t want to do. We want you to experience them in the wild. We follow and support regulations and guidelines set forth by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and we think the dolphins will thank you for choosing a dolphin tour outfitter that cares.
Our Shell Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Combo Tour includes:
Wildlife encounters and identification
Snorkeling (mask, fins, and snorkel included)
A stop at 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
Please keep in mind that every Panama City Beach dolphin 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!