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07/05/2020 ~ 07/11/2020

4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience

 Panama City Beach, FL
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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
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Must be at least 18 to reserve this charter.
  • It is strictly prohibited to feed or touch the dolphins.
  • If you are with a group or a family and desire to all be on the same boat, please call an agent and have them book you by phone to ensure your group stays together.
  • Should you arrive more than 15 minutes after the appointment time, the trip must leave without you. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 reschedule or refund your tour. 
Additional information
  • Free marina parking is available.
  • Each dolphin boat is U.S. 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.
  • No bathrooms onboard.
  • Children are welcome to participate in dolphin swim programs. The 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.
  • Dog Friendly. No additional charge. Must be friendly, on a leash, and obedience trained. Maximum of 1 dog per boat. Check with us for availability before bringing the animal to the dock.
  • 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%.
  • The vendor 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.
  • The vendor 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 at 9 am and 1:30 pm based on availability.
  • Please call the vendor's office if you have any complaints about your tour or questions about rescheduling.
  • The vendor reserves the right to move the departure time for parties of 2 or less 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 canceling after the 48 hour period will not be eligible for a refund.  If the weather is unfavorable and canceled by the captain, the tour may be rescheduled for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. No Shows will not be refunded. Changes in the number of participants lowering your party total received less than 24hrs prior to arrival will not be refunded. 


5709 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, USA

4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience

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about 7 days ago
I figured this would be a fun time but I did not realize how exceptionally wonderful it would be. Our captain, Coach, was amazing. He took the time to explain things to us but did not waste a whole bunch of time dwelling on anything in particular. We got several dives in and so many excellent contacts with dozens of dolphins! He told us some facts about the local area. We were lucky enough to see two turtles mating in the ocean. He took us to the sand bar and we were able to find treasures! He even took the time to dive himself to find us some treasures to take with us. He recommended a local restaurant for the best seafood we ever had. Above and beyond our expectations and worth every penny!
Angie O


about 8 days ago
Swam with wild dolphins! It was awesome! Captain was great!
David C


about 11 days ago
This was a great experience! Glenn was our captain and did an awesome job! We saw many dolphins, some of them swim so close we could’ve touched them! We were lucky to have beautiful Clear water most of the time. Would do again!
Michelle B

Dolphin swim

about 1 month ago
I had the most amazing experience. The Captain was very knowledgeable. The weather was perfect. I would definitely go again.