Swimming with Dolphins @ Shell Island

TRIPSHOCK EXCLUSIVE: $5 OFF per person (Reg. $98) & complimentary snorkel gear rental with every online booking ($5 value).

Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with wild dolphins in Panama City Beach. Spend the morning or afternoon with a professional team of instructors that will educate the proper way to interact with the dolphins. The tour is capped off with several live swim-ins at Shell Island for potential encounters. The success rate is about 99%.

Activity Highlights
→ Learn about bottlenose dolphins
→ Professional & Experienced Crew
→ Morning and afternoon trips available.
→ Real-life dolphin encounters at Shell Island
→ Great for all ages and interests.

Booking Details:

Please bring with you the provided confirmation number (located on the voucher e-mailed to you after online purchase) and a valid drivers license for verification. The dock is located at 5709 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408. Before arrival, please confirm departure date and time at least 48 hours prior to the trip. Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled time.

Departure Details
Charters are available March through September. Departures are offered daily 9am and 1:30pm based on availability. Please check the "Book Now" button above for current schedule and pricing. It is best to reserve your charter at least 2 days in advance to avoid sellouts.

Duration: 4 Hrs.

Parking
Public parking is available at Adventures at Sea Marina.

Inclusions
● Snorkel Gear
● Instructors
● Bottled Water

Exclusions
● Gratuities (15-20%)

Restrictions
● Must be at least 18 to reserve this charter.
● Each dolphin boat is Coast Guard approved for 6 passengers.
● It is strictly prohibited to feed or touch the dolphins during the swims
● Water Planet cannot guarantee interaction with wild dolphins nor ideal weather conditions. Trip fees cannot be refunded due to adverse weather or absence of dolphins.
● Water Planet will replace your dolphin swim excursion if the dolphins do not show. You get to do it again for free.

Additional Information
● Customers are asked to bring a hat, suntan lotion, food/beverages, sunglasses and camera. Small coolers are allowed.
● There are no bathrooms on board.
● Children are welcome to participate in our dolphin swim programs. Our staff has years of experience with helping children in the water during their dolphin swim and on board the boat.
● Deep ladders are available to make it easier to get back up on board from the water after each dolphin swim. All boats are equipped with double shades.
● TripShock! cannot guarantee interaction with wild dolphins nor ideal weather conditions. Trip fees cannot be refunded due to adverse weather or absence of dolphins.
● TripShock! will replace your dolphin swim excursion if the dolphins do not show. You get to do it again for free.

Cancellation Policy
Customers may cancel at least 48 hours prior to their arrival date to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 48 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather is unfavorable, the tour may be rescheduled for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. No-shows will not be refunded. Customer may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 48 hour cancellation period.
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    Great Guide

    We went on a dolphin swim with Captain Nick with Water Planet and he was able to put us on dolphins really quick. He got us close to them, close enough we jumped in the water with them and they were only 20' away. After a great dolphin watching trip he took us to collect shells and sand dollars. He was great at finding the sand dollars and showed us how to find them. My wife loved it. Thanks Captain Nick!!!

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  • Managment Response, Aug 1 2013 10:01am

    Thank you so much for your good review. We enjoyed having you on board and sharing this beautiful experience with you. Come back see us Denis Richard - Water Planet Owner

    Swim with Dolphins Panama City Beach, FL

    Nick was our captain and guide...He was the BEST ever!!! Very cordial and respectful, and most knowledgeable about how to navigate the boat so all of us could jump in the water at his signal to view the wild dolphins in their natural habitat. The dolphins swam so close to us that a couple of times I am sure I could have reached out to touch them. I had my daughter with me and she had the best time ever seeing probably 20 to 25 dolphins in different "schools" all around the same area...What an adventure! Thanks so much to Nick! I will take my wife along with me next time to do it again! Great trip!!! Jon Kiefer Atlanta, GA

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  • Managment Response, Jun 28 2013 12:28pm

    Thank you so much for your positive review. We do our best to give you the closest and most personalized experience without harassing the dolphins. It was a pleasure to have you on board. Denis Richard - Water Planet, President

    Panama City Beach Dolphin Swim

    Our Captian Denis Richard was fantastic. He shared many inciteful details about Dolphins. We had a wonderful time and will do this again next summer.

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    Dolphin Cruise

    We saw tons of dolphins! It is awesome to be that close to such an amazing creature. The cruise was four hours - which may be a little long - but it was a lot more time than any one else was offering, so why not get your moneys worth? I think I might try the jet ski tour next time

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    Great trip. Would recommend it and do it again

    Our guide, Eric, was a laid back, knowledgeable, likeable surfer-type guy. Despite evoking that stereotype, he was also attentive and conscientious, which was extremely important with some serious helicopter parents of two 8-year-old boys. We began skeptically, and teased him about the 100% positive reviews. Before we went, I actually figured that some glowing reviews might be fake, but here I am writing one! This is a case where great employee makes the entire thing work. Eric may be out because he just opened a surf shop.

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    Awesome! Would do it again in a heartbeat. Need to add a windbreaker to their recommended supply list!

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  • Managment Response, Aug 3 2012 06:10am

    Hi Cindy, Thank you so much for your enthusiasm. We hope to have you back

    Swimming with Dolphins

    Had a great time. Gained lots of knowledge. The boat driver worked really hard to find us some dolphins to swim with. It was a grea day.

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  • Managment Response, Aug 3 2012 06:12am

    Thank you for your post. We do our very best to make this experience a success.

    Swimming with Dolphins @ Shell Island

    Dennis was our captain and he was very knowledgable about dolphins. He answered every question we had! We really enjoyed our time with him and would take another trip with him again. We would recommend this experience to anyone!

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  • Managment Response, Apr 25 2012 07:22am

    Hi Lynn and Rich, Your comments are very much appreciated. It was a pleasure to have you on board and to be able to introduce you to these wonderful marine mammals. Denis

    Best Dolphin Experience Ever!

    My husband and I went on the "Swim with the Dolphin" adventure last Saturday. What an experience! It was the best time I've ever had in the water, bar none. The dolphin are wild in the open Gulf and so friendly and curious that they swim right up near you. Please see my photos. This was an unbelievable encounter that I will remember for the rest of my life. If you go to Panama City, don't miss out on this trip! The staff was great and Captain Jerrard was the best.

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  • Managment Response, Apr 25 2012 07:18am

    Thank you so much for your feedback. It is a real pleasure to know that our goals and yours were met. Denis Richard - Water Planet, President

    Was great, very nice people to talk to and had no problems

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  • Managment Response, Apr 11 2012 07:24pm

    Thank you. It was a pleasure to have you on board.

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