Shell Island, Wildlife, Dolphin, and Snorkeling Tour

$68 per person

  • Most Popular
Private charter
Per Person

Our three-hour Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkeling Tour  is the ultimate must-do when visiting Panama City Beach!

Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Combo Tour includes:

  • Dolphin encounters
  • 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 any other sea life we can find. Our Captains and Tour guides are locals and are experts on the dolphin behaviors in the Panama City Beach area.

Panama City Beach is home to  dolphins  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 and snorkel in the areas that dolphins swim in if the conditions are safe. They are wild dolphins 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 on all our boat tours.

After our dolphin encounter, we usually 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 on our boat tours. All dolphin tours are different everyday. We also sometimes change our routes to give you the best dolphin tour possible with constantly changing water, weather, and wildlife conditions.

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. Snorkeling around Shell Island is also a great option.

Full snorkeling gear is included on all our boat snorkeling tours! Our snorkeling 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. Our snorkeling spots are somewhere close to Shell Island most of the time.

You can book a private tour and have the boat all to yourselves for up to 6 guests, 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.

Meeting Location

Pirates Cove Marina

3901 Thomas Drive,

Panama City Beach, FL, 32408

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!

Gratuity is not included