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01/24/2021 ~ 01/24/2021
January 2021

Shell Island Express Ferry

 Panama City Beach, FL
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Known for clear waters, soft sand, and abundance of seashells, Shell Island is a must-see beach for your Pensacola Beach vacation. Hop aboard one of the largest express ferries and cruise from the Grand Lagoon to the legendary Spanish Shanty Cove on Shell Island. Spend time gathering seashells, spotting dolphins, snorkeling in the clear water and relaxing on this remote, undeveloped stretch of natural beach. Return ferry trips give you the option to spend just a few hours or enjoy the entire day. Book your roundtrip ferry trip to this 7-mile long barrier island today for seaside relaxation and family fun.

Due to COVID-19, trips will be limited in capacity to allow for proper social distancing. All crew will be wearing masks, and additional cleaning and sanitizing will take place before and after each trip.

Activity Highlights
  • See beautiful and remote Shell Island and Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Wade in the water and collect shells
  • The easiest way to get to Shell Island
  • Short walk to the ferry departure
What's Included
  • Roundtrip Shell Island ferry shuttle service
What to bring
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Towels
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Cooler or Insulated Bag
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Snorkel Gear
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Fishing equipment is not permitted on Shell Island.
  • There is no storage area on the boat.
  • Minimum of 6 passengers required for departure. The customer will be notified if minimums are not met and need to be moved to another time or date.
Additional information
  • Customers are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early for ferry check-in.
  • The shortest walk from the parking lot to ferry via the beach.
  • The ferry makes return trips back to dock every 1.4 hours with the last return trip scheduled for 4 pm.
  • Parking, traffic, and other unforeseen obstacles can cause you to miss the boat. The boat will leave the dock at the scheduled time and cannot be held for any reason.
  • This trip runs rain or shine, however, if severe weather conditions cause the cruise to cancel refunds will be applied if customers cannot reschedule.
  • The dock is currently not permitted for access but the ferry is accessible by the beach.

5550 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408, USA

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Shell Island Express Ferry

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Great trip!

about 3 months ago
We had a really fun time on shell island. This was our first time here and we stayed all day. The ferry ride was quick and Captain Nick was friendly and funny. He gave us restaurant recommendations and was a perfect tour guide.
Becci R

Great service

about 4 months ago
Had a trip to shell island this past weekend. The service was easy to book online and the ferry ride out to the island drops you off at a boat dock so easy access with a short walk to the beach. The water wasn't as clear as it usually is due to the recent storms..but it wasn't crowded at all so me and a few friends enjoyed our time there. We also want to say thank you for the ferry crew who helped put our wagon with chairs on to the pontoon boat. Thank you and great service!!
Megan D

Fast fun ride

about 4 months ago
Capt Nick and mate Makayla was awesome as they took us to and from shell island. They was very friendly and funny. Would want to have them be our transport again if we went back
Scottie B

Great trip

about 6 months ago
It was fun first time come will back
Samone W