FL, Panama City... > Dolphin Swim Tours
04/19/2019 ~ 04/25/2019

4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience With Water Planet USA

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 you on the proper way to interact with dolphins. Finish off the tour with a dip in the emerald waters of Shell Island for potential dolphin encounters. Join Water Planet for an experience you'll never forget, swimming with dolphins!

Activity Highlights
  • Learn about bottlenose dolphins and see them in their natural habitat
  • Professional and experienced crew who are trained in childhood development
  • Real-life dolphin encounters at Shell Island
  • Morning and afternoon trips available

Duration: 4 Hrs.

What's Included
  • Snorkel gear
  • Instructors
  • Bottled water
What to bring
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Food & beverages
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Small coolers are allowed
  • Bathingsuit
  • Towel
  • Must be at least 18 to reserve this charter.
  • It is strictly prohibited to feed or touch the dolphins during the swims.
  • No service dogs allowed.
Additional information
  • Free marina parking is available.
  • Each dolphin boat is Coast Guard approved for 6 passengers.
  • Snorkel gear consists of a snorkel mask. Snorkel tubes are available on the boat by request. Swim fins are not available, as it encourages some participants to chase the dolphins, which is illegal.
  • 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. Parents can rest assured as the staff consists of interns that are trained in childhood development. If you would like a personalized interaction with your child by an intern, please make a request in the reservation comments. Intern interaction is based on availability with no guarantee.
  • 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.
  • The success rate for seeing dolphins is about 99%.
  • Water Planet cannot guarantee interaction with wild dolphins nor ideal weather conditions. If the tour departs and we must return within the first half of the tour due to hazardous weather, we will issue a refund prorated up to 50% of the tour value.
  • Water Planet will replace your dolphin swim excursion if the dolphins do not show. You get to do it again for free.
  • Charters are available March through November or later depending on weather conditions. Departures are offered daily 9 am and 1:30 pm based on availability.
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 cancelling after the 48 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. Should you arrive more than 15 minutes after the appointment time your card will be charged and the trip must leave without you. Changes in the number of participants lowering your party total received less than 24hrs prior to arrival will not be refunded. No Shows will not be refunded. All changes or cancellations must be received directly by telephone or in writing by e-mail or post. We will not accept any cancellations or changes by voice-mail. There will be no refund or replacement for this activity unless approved in writing by management in case you are in violation of this policy or once the tour is completed. In case your tour is delayed for whatever reason (temporary weather conditions, mechanical issue) after you have checked in, you need to stand by at the marina until you are notified of the new departure time by your captain. Should you decide to leave before that time, you are forfeiting your rights to your tour and to a reschedule. Your credit card will be charged for the full amount. If you have any complaints about your tour or questions about a reschedule or about payments, your captain will be unable to discuss these with you. Please call our office. We reserve the right to move the departure time for parties of 2 or less based on availability.

5709 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City, FL 32408

4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience With Water Planet USA

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We saw a lot of Dolphins!!!
about 20 days ago
Our family loved our trip to sea. We saw a lot of Dolphins and babies. We couldn't have been happier!!! Amelia was an awesome guide with a lot of information. We definitely would love to go again!!!
Sean W
Best. Day. Ever.
about 6 months ago
This trip was phenomenal! We did it back in July to celebrate us getting married the day before and it was a perfect thing to do! We absolutely loved it and thought it was worth every penny! Will definitely be doing this again! We actually didn’t see many dolphins on our trip so they offered us another one for free and I could bring whoever! It was amazing saw so so many dolphins! I could reach out and touch them (but I didn’t youre not allowed .. your oils and whatnot hurts their skin) that’s just how close they were to me! Thank you so much tripshock! Best day ever
Mary Beth N
Exceeded expectations
about 7 months ago
The whole experience was better-than expected from beginning to end. We had wonderful Captain Amelia, lots of dolphins, and played in the most beautiful water we've ever seen. The trip is great for all ages. My wife and I, 60 and 70-somethings, had as much fun as the teenagers. We hope to do it again some day!
A Wonderful Experience
about 7 months ago
Dale was an excellent guide and went above and beyond to give us the best experience possible! Would highly recommend and book again!
Blake B
Swimming with Dolphins
about 8 months ago
This was a very memorable experience. My son, granddaughter and I couldn't have wished for anything better. Great timely booking and service from tripshock.Thanks and will use again in the future.
Rogue Wave
about 8 months ago
While going out to the location where our guide said there would be Dolphins there was a Rogue wave that completely scared me to death.Our guide did a great job of keeping us safe and we did see dolphins.could not get into the sandbar to swim with them but we did see several. Couldn't get into the water because I was still scared to death from that wave it set the pace of the entire 4 hours. Just remember that you are not guaranteed to see dolphins and that you cannot predict what the ocean. Will do.
Awesome Adventure
about 8 months ago
We had a great time. I would recommend this to anyone. The guide was very informative and really wanted us to see dolphins. This was a favorite adventure of the week
Lisa K
Great trip!
about 9 months ago
Really enjoyed the trip. Being 4 hours you don't get that rushed feeling you get on the shorter trips. Would love to go again sometime.
Ryan M
Absolutely worth the drive from Destin!
about 9 months ago
Wow. What an experience! Even though we had pretty rough water and the visibility was low, our captain (Dale) worked his tail off to find dolphins and position us for an opportunity to be up close. My entire family got to experience one dolphin swimming beneath us, and I was lucky enough to have a second experience. I can only imagine how exhilarating it would have been if visibility was better. We then went over to shell island and got to experience the dunes and amazing sand (which is quite a bit different from the sands in PCB and Destin). As well as collect a ton of shells. A fantastic time all around. I have a feeling if we're ever back in PCB and visibility is good we'll be going again! I'd also like to mention how helpful the staff was. We were originally scheduled for earlier in the week, but the weather was iffy on our scheduled day. After explaining we had children in our party they allowed us to reschedule to later in the week to when the weather was supposed to be better.
Paul G
Dolphin snorkeling trip
about 9 months ago
I just have to say how amazing everyone was on the day of our trip! It almost was a disaster, we were doing the trip on the last day we were going to be in Florida. The weather was kinda trying to be nasty. We got to the docks and were given a choice to reschedule, get our money back or go ahead and go. While we were waiting our turn I was talking to this gentleman who was telling me all the other things we could do there were no dolphins. He ended up being our captain. This was captain Jay. He made our trip worth it!! He was amazing with my kids, especially my son who is 7 and very talkitive. We got to experience some pretty cool things with him. Also the lady that was our intern was pretty awesome too. When we thought there would be no dolphins captain Jay tried his hardest to find them in the bay because small boats could not go out in the gulf due to the weather. Right when we thought we would not see them. There was 3. He did so good at getting us by them. I got to see a dolphin eye to eye. I have waited my whole life for that!!! I would recommend doing this trip! I definitely plan on going on this trip again and hopefully I can get captain Jay again!!
Nicole M