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Reviews of 4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience

Dolphin tour
This was a really cool experience. My boyfriend and I had the best time ever. Denise was the best and always made sure we were gonna see dolphins. I would definitely recommend.
S J.
about 2 months ago
The Highlight of Our Vacation!
Glenn was an incredible captain. We saw dolphins almost the entire trip while we were looking. We swam with pods of several dolphin on 10-15 different occasions. It was an incredible experience and extremely relaxing as well. We got to go snorkeling at an old shipwreck as well as find seashells and crabs at shell island. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Woohoo! If you are on the fence, just sign up and do it. You won’t regret it!
Juliana K.
about 2 years ago
Incredible Experience
This experience was more than what we could have asked for . We had Captain/ Coach as our tour guide and not was he very knowledgeable but he made sure we got in with the dolphins at every chance. Not only did we get to enjoy swimming around the dolphins in the ocean but we also had a very curious and friendly dolphin come up to us and literally play around all of us. Most amazing dolphin experience we will ever encounter , especially in the middle of the ocean! We also got to stop and swim/search for shells in the sea. 10/10 recommend this experience!
Shelby R.
about 3 years ago
By far the best experience! Coach was our captain and he did and amazing job! During our search for dolphins he stopped and taught us about the cannonball jellyfish. He brought on on board and let everyone hold it! The conditions weren’t perfect, the water was murky from rain and we didn’t have any sunshine but we still got to swim with several pods of dolphins! At the end we stopped by shell island and it didn’t disappoint! We left with numerous shells and several sand dollars!
Lindsay W.
about 3 years ago
Best ever!
We really enjoyed it! Gary (I believe was his name) was amazing & very nice! We will definitely be doing this every trip to Panama from here on out!
Nicholas &.
about 2 years ago
4 hour dolphin encounter
Captain (“Coach”) Glenn was a very capable boat captain and dolphin spotter. He was very adept at maneuvering the boat to place us in just the right position to intersect the dolphin’s path so that we had multiple successful snorkeling encounters. He also took care to keep us safe at all times. Captain Glen was also a knowledgeable biologist and kept us entertained with interesting facts about dolphins, as well as some of the other local wildlife. Four hours is a lot of bang for your buck. I can highly recommend it.
David B.
about 2 years ago
Great time with Denis
The boat trip went terrific saw dolphinsswimming but never got to swim with them
Evelyne M.
about 3 years ago
Amazing experience!
Definitely worth the money - our tour guide/captain was Coach, and he was super professional and friendly. He also made the experience fun and educational! We seen tons of dolphins and I had many close encounters with them. Being in the water and swimming next to wild dolphins was an experience like none other. Amazing! Something I'll never forget. I definitely recommend!
Brooke N.
about 2 years ago
Shell Island Dolphin Experience
Had an incredible time! Our tour guide was great and we saw so many dolphins!
Samantha M.
about 2 years ago
Best day adventure ever!!
Captain Dennis was awesome! He worked hard to get us those opportunities to swim with the dolphins. There were several times we could have literally reached out and touched them. Would highly recommend this adventure to everyone. By the way, we are in our 50's and 60's.
about 3 years ago
Coach was great getting us where we needed to be., that was a trip we will never forget. We also loved talking about all the things we found in the ocean. I want to do it again!
Allison S.
about 11 months ago
Swimming with the dolphins
Swimming with the dolphinsThis trip was probably the best out of the last 15 years that I’ve been calm and steady to Panama City Beach the captain everything was perfect we will definitely do it again this summer
Marylon S.
about 3 years ago
The dolphin excursion was an amazing experience. Our Captain Josh was very friendly and informative, and did his best to ensure that we had a great time. We saw dozens and dozens of dolphins! We would definitely do it again!!
Alison B.
about 1 year ago
Awesome Experience!
Our guide Gary really gave us a great experience. We has 3 others on our boat, so it was not crowded. We had about 45 minutes of true dolphin encounters. It was a fantastic day! After swimming in the waters with the dolphins, we went to a beautiful secluded beach and found so many shells. We will definitely do this again!
Kayla P.
about 2 years ago
Amazing experience
Captain Glenn was knowledgeable and made the experience unforgettable, will definitely do again!
kymberlee M.
about 2 years ago
Awesome time
Went on the four hour dolphin swim and also shell island. Glenn was awesome, we saw plenty of dolphins and jumped out to swim with them on many occasions. An experience will never forget both swimming with dolphins and some nice bonnet shells and a sand dollar as well as other shells. Well worth the money, you need to do this
Scott R.
about 3 years ago
Absolutely wonderful!
Captain Gary is the best!!! We had a great time!!!
Jay K.
about 2 years ago
Amazing experience!
We had a great time and saw/swam with so many dolphins. Gary our captain did a great job and highly recommend.
Michelle K.
about 2 years ago
The dolphin tour was amazing! The older gentlemen who was our guide was fantastic! Knowledgeable, smart, funny and caring! I would 100% suggest spending the money and going on this tour! Going out and seeing dolphins in their natural habitat is like no other experience!
Tiffany P.
about 1 year ago
Great family memories!
Our dolphin swim and shell island was amazing! Capt. Gary was the best! We found so many cool shells on shell island! The dolphins were so beautiful in their natural environment! Great family experience we will remember forever!
Tiffany D.
about 2 years ago
Dolphin swim
Captain Dennis was great. The dolphins put on a show for us! Shell island had a lot of dead fish and the smell was bad, of course no one could control that.
Leslie D.
about 3 years ago
Bucket List
AMAZING!! Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat has always been on my bucket list and this was PERFECT!! Our captain Glen was the best! He took us right to them and put our group in the water right among them and we had the best time! DO NOT COME TO PANAMA CITY BEACH WITHOUT BOOMING THIS TRIP! Thank you Captain Glen!!!!
Sonya C.
about 3 years ago
Do it!!!
We had a large group of 10 and went out with two boats! Both captains were amazing and so fun! This was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done! Everyone in our group agreed it was amazing! Ages in our group ranged from 15 years to 50 years old. The boat rides were similar to being out on the lake, they are pontoon style with shade! If you’re on the fence about this one, do it! I promise you won’t regret it!
Lindy W.
about 11 months ago
Weather can make or break this experience
The interaction with the dolphins is AMAZING. The boat is in good shape and captain was nice & professional. However… they bumped us from our original (warm & sunny) date to a few days later… mid 60s, chilly, cloudy, rainy, windy. The parts in the water were amazing but unfortunately while on the boat we were miserable & shivering. I had reached out earlier in the week to express concern about the weather, and I wish I had been advised to arrive more than 20min early for wetsuits. I also think this info should be included in the written pre-arrival instructions. All parties opted to return an hour early, we were so cold. We saw dozens of dolphins and came incredibly close; so it was still worth it. I’d love to try this excursion again in different weather conditions.
Sinead G.
about 2 years ago


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