Shell Island, Wildlife, Dolphin, and Snorkeling Tour

3 Hours

  • Most Popular
Private charter
Per Person

Named, "The best thing to do in Panama City Beach," by many of our travelers, Our three-hour tour combines a little bit of everything, dolphin encounters, wildlife encounters, a stop on shell island, and snorkeling. Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Life Jackets are on board for you. We can take you to a place off the beaten path where you can enjoy a walk on the island. We supply an iced cooler with refreshments and snacks. You are welcome to bring anything if you would like to eat or drink anything specific. All of our tours take a maximum of 6 (six) guests for a more personal, intimate, experience. All of our tours are guided by expert captains and wildlife guides.

Combo Tour

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 our 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.

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.

Our Shell Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Combo Tour includes:

  • Dolphin encounters
  • 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.

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