4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience With Water Planet USA

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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 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, trained in childhood developent
→ 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. Reservations booked less than 48hrs prior to arrival are not guaranteed until confirmed by the vendor. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled time.

Departure Details
Charters are available March through November or later depending on weather conditions. 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.

Please arrive 20 minutes before the departure time. Should you arrive more than 15 minutes after the departure time, your card will be charged and the trip must leave without you.

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.
● 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.
● 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 the 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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Read what other TripShock! travelers think about the 4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience With Water Planet USA. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip. Only TripShock! customers may leave reviews. Please login to your reservation to post your review.

BEST ACTIVITY! A++++

Review of 4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience With Water Planet USA

  • Sarah J Destin, FL Jul 20 2017 03:22pm

    My friends and I live in Destin and we wanted to get out of town for the day. We booked this and have literally been talking about it for weeks beforehand. The experiance was AHMAZING! First let me say, PAY ATTENTION TO THE ADDRESS ON YOUR VOUCHER! Waterplant has an office location that your GPS may take you to instead of the address on your voucher so pay attention and read your voucher! Second, the little wooden kiosk is located on the same dock as the Off The Hook Bar & Grill so you will see the bar before you see the kiosk. Parking is free. Get there like 30 mins early so you have plenty of time to park and find the booth since there are other kiosks there too and you might get confused. They will fit you for a life jacket and snorkel equipment before you get on the boat. Once on board you will get a safety briefing and away you go! Getting out to where the dolphins are is like half the fun because the water is soooo gorgeous. The owner and staff are very eco conscience. They don't want anyone touching or feeding any dolphins (its against the law anyway) and they don't condone doing anything that could alter normal dolphin behavior. It was INCREDIBLE and mind blowing to swim so close to the dolphins. Like we were almost right on top of them at certain points. We even saw a baby dolphin and its' mom! After a few hours we were taken over to Shell Island to do some shelling and I honestly didn't want to leave. We found shells that were the size of grapefruits. It was AWESOME! My only regret is not having a shell bag with me. Four hours to do this didn't feel long enough, I wanted to stay all day! We are already planning to come back in the fall when it's not as hot outside.

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  • Management Response, about 11 months ago

    It is such a pleasure to read your review. Thank you for all the details. It will certainly help future customers prepare for their dolphin experience.

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  • Cindy Beilstein USA about 4 days ago

    Best Time Ever!!!

    We saw so many dolphins, I lost count. Capt Dale was great! I highly recommend the Dolphin swim experience. I will be back in July and plan to go out again.

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  • Cindy Beilstein USA about 8 days ago

    4 hour Shell Island / Dolphin Experience

    We had the best time! Captain Jay was great at locating the dolphins. I would highly recommend this to all my friends.

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  • Management Response, about 7 days ago

    Thank you for the good review. We appreciate. I will forward thhis to Captain Jay.

  • Joseph LaMay USA about 28 days ago

    Amazing!

    Had an awesome experience swimming with the dolphins. Even our twin 6 year olds jumped in. Our captain was very experienced and helpful. One particular dolphin came right up to me and was nudging me, best experience in Panama City Beach! Thanks Captain Dan!

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  • Management Response, about 7 days ago

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate it.

  • Rosita USA about 2 months ago

    Thank you Dale!

    Dale was so much fun and friendly. He was able to take us to the perfect spots to find dolphins. Would definitely recommend and do again. Thanks, Dale!

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  • Management Response, about 2 months ago

    It is great to read your review. Thank you

  • haley warren USA about 2 months ago

    Amazing Captain, Amazing Experience!

    Our Captain, Robin, was awesome! We were able to swim with a ton of dolphins. Thank you so much for the "Once in a lifetime" day!! We will definitely be bringing friend's and family next time!

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  • Management Response, about 2 months ago

    We appreciate your review very much. Thank you

  • Fort Walton Beach, FL about 9 months ago

    Bucket List MUST!

    Swimming with the dolphins in their habitat was by far the most amazing thing I have done ever.. Captain Eddie was great, I learned so much about Bottle Nose dolphins and their habitat. I remember one of the times I was swimming, I saw Momma Dolphin and Baby swimming together, I looked and Momma made direct Eye contact with me..:) I was also able to hear them under the water. Thank you Water Planet for such an amazing day! We will be doing this again!!!! Thank you to Jenn as well, for all the knowledgable information you provided to all of us.. We also stopped and snorkeled on shell Island, found some really cool shells and , it was Clear 15ft down. Don't forget your underwater go pro or disposable camera!

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  • Jeri USA about 11 months ago

    Captain Eddie and Dolphins go together

    This was an amazing experience to swim with dolphins in their world and not in a captive/man-made environment. Captain Eddie was very knowledgeable and set us up to be in just the right spot for the dolphins to swim to us. We even fit in a swim to the shoreline of Shell Island. Fantastic!!

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  • Management Response, about 11 months ago

    We appreciate your feedback very much. I will definitely relay your kind words to Captain Eddie. Thank you

  • Jamie Spencer USA about 11 months ago

    customer

    it was the single best excursion I have ever had on any vacation. captain Dennis was amazing!! very knowledgeable and funny and made sure we had many opportunities to jump. he went above and beyond !! so worth the money and just a great overall experience.wish I could go again. I would definitely request captain dennis!! thank you so much

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  • Management Response, about 11 months ago

    It is very rewarding to read your review. It is for me a source of inspiration and reinforces my determination to make these tours entertaining while as educational as possible. Thank you. Captain Denis

  • Destin, FL about 11 months ago

    BEST ACTIVITY! A++++

    My friends and I live in Destin and we wanted to get out of town for the day. We booked this and have literally been talking about it for weeks beforehand. The experiance was AHMAZING! First let me say, PAY ATTENTION TO THE ADDRESS ON YOUR VOUCHER! Waterplant has an office location that your GPS may take you to instead of the address on your voucher so pay attention and read your voucher! Second, the little wooden kiosk is located on the same dock as the Off The Hook Bar & Grill so you will see the bar before you see the kiosk. Parking is free. Get there like 30 mins early so you have plenty of time to park and find the booth since there are other kiosks there too and you might get confused. They will fit you for a life jacket and snorkel equipment before you get on the boat. Once on board... read more

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  • Management Response, about 11 months ago

    It is such a pleasure to read your review. Thank you for all the details. It will certainly help future customers prepare for their dolphin experience.

  • Abbey USA about 1 year ago

    Amazing experience!

    Our captain, Eddie knew exactly where to place the boat so that once we got in the water the dolphins swam right under us! He was thorough and knowledgeable and I still am in awe that I swam with wild bottlenose dolphins!

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  • Management Response, about 1 year ago

    Thank you. We appreciate your review. Captain Eddie is one of our best. In fact, all our captains are great and highly experienced.

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