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Swimming with Dolphins @ Shell Island

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.

Public parking is available at Adventures at Sea Marina.

● Snorkel Gear
● Instructors
● Bottled Water

● Gratuities (15-20%)

● 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 and time 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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    "Swim with the dolphins"

    Although we had fun on this trip, it wasn't the dolphin experience I was expecting. I would call this more of a "find some wild dolphins, jump in and maybe get to see them somewhat up close" experience. I would say it is probably a very rare occasion that you actually get to interact with one this way. I would have gotten just as much out of a boat tour to view the dolphins & it would have been much cheaper & just as enjoyable. Between the 4 or so boats and 5-6 jet skis that were following these poor couple of dolphins, I felt at some point as if we were harassing them. Besides, I got completely beat up getting on & off the boat so many times.

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  • Managment Response, Jul 11 2014 11:08am

    We try our best to please everyone and to offer an experience up to every one's expectations. Most of the time, the experience goes over and beyond our guests expectations and they do get plenty of opportunities to be within feet, sometimes inches away from the dolphins. Please remember that we cannot fabricate this experience for you. It is up to the dolphins to come close to you. Also, July 4th is probably the busiest day of the year out on the water and you are right, on such a busy day, the coastal area is congested with watercrafts and regrettably, "chasing" does occur. Please try again on a quiet day.

    My family and I really enjoyed this outing. We had an awesome guide named Nick who was great with the whole group he was good with kids and let us go at our own pace. I would definitely recommend this dolphin encounter we got to see and get close to a lot of dolphins. My kids loved it something we will never forget.

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  • Managment Response, Jul 11 2014 10:54am

    Thanks Kimberly, Yes we love kids on our trips. They will remember this wild dolphin swim for the rest of their lives. It makes me wish I was a kid again to feel that awe!

    Swim With Dolphins

    Last Wednesday, my 2 daughter's and I had a FANTASTIC excursion with Sea Planet! Our Captain was Roseanne, she was AWESOME We exploded and snorkels to view a shipwreck! It gets better, girls and other customers on board swim with dolphins on several different areas around Shell Island Roseanne knows the area well and I am very thankful we haas her as our Captain! It was a great 4 hour adventure Thank you for incredible, once in a lifetime memories Sincerely, Tina Ames and family

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  • Managment Response, Jun 25 2014 10:53am

    Hi Tina, Yes Rosanne is amazing. She will be very pleased to read your review. Thank you so much. Reviews like yours are priceless for us and they boost our efforts to always improve our services.

    Swimming with Dolphins

    My son Elvonte (16) had a blast. This was his first experience swimming in the ocean and especially with so many dolphin encounters on our trip. Nick was very professional and helpful. We would highly recommend this tour.

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  • Managment Response, Jun 24 2014 09:42pm

    Thank you Dannette, Yes, Nick has a record of being awesome. I will relay your review to him. Denis Richard - Water Planet CEO

    Nicest guys & I'm really hard to plz. I am not kidding our skipper was the BEST My grandkids & I give them an A+.

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  • Managment Response, Jun 24 2014 09:44pm

    Thank you Karen, Your words are so rewarding. We really appreciate your review.

    This was really a great experience! Nick was our boat captain and he was very informative about the dolphins, he was also very laid back so that was nice. We saw almost 50-75 dolphins all coming into shore, it was very choppy that day, but we were able to jump in and they would swim all around us! Definitely a great time and would love to do it again. Will definitely ask for Nick again!!

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  • Managment Response, Jun 11 2014 08:43pm

    Ashlee, Thank you for your kind words. As the owner of Water Planet, I take pride in doing my best to offer the best experience possible and reviews like yours are my rewards as well as my captains. I have forwarded your comments to Nick and I know that it will make his day.

    We had a great time even though it was windy and rough chop. Nick (boat captain) took us out to the dolphins and we had a great time swimming with them. They came within inches of me. Then we went to Shell Island and he actually showed us where to find the most shells, actually digging with us. He didn't have to do this, but he wanted to make sure our time was great. It truly was most memorable. Ask for Nick and prepare to have a great time.

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  • Managment Response, Jun 4 2014 03:55pm

    Yes Nick is a great Captain and I keep hearing compliments on his trips. I have forwarded your review to him. Words like yours make our day. Thank you

    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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