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Small Personalized Tours! Six Guests Per Boat! Tours Are By Reservation Only.

Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkeling Tour

Starting at $79 | Approx. 3 Hours

Panama City Beach Shell Island Wildlife, Dolphin, and Snorkeling Tour

Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkeling Tours include:

  • Dolphin encounters
  • Wildlife encounters and identification
  • Snorkeling (mask, fins, and snorkel included)
  • A tour of Shell Island, a beautiful island that is a nature preserve, and has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
  • Iced cooler with bottled water (you are welcome to bring anything, snacks BYOB)
  • Small group tour up to six guests
  • Knowledgeable Captain/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 Dolphin and Snorkeling tour off  by looking for any wildlife. We usually find our local Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Our Captains and Tour guides are locals and are experts on the dolphin behaviors in the Panama City Beach area.

We cruise around Shell Island  and all the waters surrounding St. Andrews Bay, Panama City, and Panama City Beach while looking for all kinds of wildlife and sea life. We get the chance to see different kinds of wildlife every day on our boat tours. All dolphin tours and snorkeling tours are different everyday depending on the conditions and what wildlife is currently in the area. We change our routes from day to day to give you the best dolphin tour and most pleasant boat ride possible with constantly changing water, weather, and wildlife conditions. The marine life, snorkeling spots, and stops we make on Shell Island change from tour to tour. This is great because, every time you go with us, you get to see different things! We do encourage you to let your captain know if you have any special requests of things you would like to see or do during your boat tour.

For possible wildlife we get to see check out our photos section and our social media! We have taken  every singe one of these pictures on our actual tours.  It is not uncommon to see sharks, turtles, rays, invertebrates such as starfish, and many different seabird species.

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 on your dolphin tour!

We sometimes get a chance to swim and snorkel with dolphins if the conditions are safe and favorable for that. They are wild dolphins and do have a mind of their own. We do not feed or harass dolphins. This is why we do not guarantee any swimming with dolphins. We follow and support regulations and guidelines set forth by the Marine Mammal Protection Act on all our boat tours.

We give you the option to get off the boat and explore Shell Island. You can walk on, collect sea shells, and do some snorkeling around 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.

Full snorkeling gear is included on all our snorkeling tours! The conditions of our local snorkeling sites are always changing. We will take you to snorkeling sites that are the clearest and calmest on the day of your Dolphin and Snorkeling tour. We often snorkel seagrass beds, sandbars, and artificial reefs. We will go the extra mile – or ten to bring you to the best spots in the area.

Book a private tour and have the boat all to yourselves for 2- 6 guests, or book a group tour with other guests on the boat. All our tours are 6 guests maximum.

“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. 

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. 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! BYOB allowed.

Gratuity is not included