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

Temporarily closed due to Hurricane Michael. We'll be back in service soon!

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.

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

  • brooke Mckinney, Texas, USA Jul 17 2016 06:33am

    My husband and I took our three kids, 13, 11, and 6 years on this 4 hr cruise and it was absolutely amazing! The highlight of our trip! Captain Dennis know exactly how to position the boat and explain to the kids when to slide off the boat and land right over the Dolphins swimming below! We swam near the Dolphins at least a dozen times and kids were in heaven! He tools us to several fun snorkeling spots and was great with our kids! A memory we will cherish forever and something we will be doing again!

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  • Christopher Fort Worth, Texas, USA about 4 years ago

    "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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  • Management Response, about 4 years ago

    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.

  • Tim Parady Howe, Texas, USA about 6 years ago

    Dolphin Cruise

    We saw tons of dolphins! It is awesome to be that close to such an amazing creature. The cruise was four hours - which may be a little long - but it was a lot more time than any one else was offering, so why not get your moneys worth? I think I might try the jet ski tour next time

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