Swimming with Dolphins @ Shell Island

TRIPSHOCK EXCLUSIVE: FREE Snorkel gear rental with your booking!! (Reg $5/person)

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 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
→ 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 5 minutes prior to scheduled time.

Departure Details
Charters are available March through mid-October 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.

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.
● 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.
● 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 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 Swimming with Dolphins @ Shell Island. 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.

28 Reviews From TripShock Travelers

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  • Sandra Columbia, Illinois, USA Aug 22 2015 10:11am

    Water planet

    It was wonderful. The staff was perfect and made sure our experience was memorable.

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  • Bradley Martin Shelby, North Carolina, USA Jul 31 2015 09:41am

    Best excursion ever

    This excursion was better than we ever imagined. Our captain Paul was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and very thorough. We felt comfortable with everything we were going to be doing. We also liked that it was a small group. We are a family of 5 and we had one other passenger with us. We were able to swim with a pod of dolphins about 5 times. It was breathtaking. If you are thinking about booking this experience go for it. Well worth the price.

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  • Dennise shiner, Texas, USA Jul 27 2015 11:51am

    The best excursion of our vacation

    I was in Destin with a friend and our kids for vacation late July. My daughter found this online and we booked a trip for Saturday afternoon. Captain Eddie was wonderful and the kids loved this the most of anything on our trip. Four hours for only 100.00 each person was very affordable. It was a small group, only four kids and the Captain. They saw dolphins right away and learned so much about the wildlife. We would definately do this again. It was so worth the drive to Panama City.

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  • Yingxiang Tallahassee, Florida, USA Jul 26 2015 10:05am

    Special experience

    The trip itself was special and great. We got to see many dolphins. We had 6 people on the boat and we took turns to go swimming with the dolphins. We jumped into the water 4 times and saw dolphins 3 times. The trip was only 3 hours because of the weather. I wasn't happy about how the captain handled the problem but Tripshock helped me take care of that efficiently and got me $25 refund per person, which I think is reasonable. Great booking with Tripshock!

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  • John B Laney III lyon, Mississippi, USA Jul 25 2015 07:15pm


    It was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. If I had a bucket list I would cross this off my list. Captain Eddy and the marine biologist Bethany were very professional, educational, and fun. I had one of the closest encounters with wild dolphins on the ship and the captain and marine biologist both said that was a once in a lifetime experience. One literally jumped out of the water maybe 2 feet from my back and 7 dolphins (pod) swam right under me. I know this is a lengthy review but I am still just such in shock and amazed. If there was a higher rating I would give it to them - it was an experience I will never forget. I highly recommend this excursion. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Sincerely, Katie Laney

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  • Jennifer Butts Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Oct 26 2014 06:35am

    Great time at Sea

    Had a wonderful experience on this excursion. Denis was a fountain of information and had the knowledge and experience to get us close to the dolphins. We will do this again.

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  • Management Response, Oct 27 2014 02:02pm

    Thanks Jennifer. It was great having you on board. Looking forward to seeing you again.

  • ashley ramirez Navarre, Florida, USA Oct 25 2014 07:05pm

    swim with dolohins!

    This was the best experience my family and I have ever had and we do quite a few awesome things! The captain and his helper were amazing! It was so cool to be in a small environment and have a one on one experience with the ocean and my family. We got to actually swim with dolphins multiple times, hunt for hermit crabs, see a sunken ship, and swim in the clearest water ever. The captain showed us different wild life throughout the day and again, we actually swam with dolphins in their natural habitat! It was awesome!

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  • Management Response, Oct 27 2014 02:10pm

    Hey Ashley, Yes it was a great trip and we loved having you and your wonderful family on board.

  • Leisa White Dallas, Texas, USA Aug 12 2014 01:24pm

    SO glad we did!

    I have to admit, I had never been to Panama City Beach nor had I ever booked through Trip Shock or done a Dolphin swim...but the one thing I knew is we wanted to swim with the Dolphins and I researched the heck out of that and all our options. Any questions I had from a comparison of offers in PCB Tripshock had answers, they were courteous and quick. We chose Waterplanet USA and I was absolutely blown away. Hands DOWN they are the best and I highly recommend Dennis (Owner) and Rosanne (Our Captain) the knowledge, the respect for their guests and the wildlife can not be beat. I highly recommend their dolphin swim and booking through Tripshock. And for the record, do NOT book the Screamer...we saw how their swim was...they throw out buoys, put you in a life vest and you hang on and drift... read more

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  • Management Response, Oct 27 2014 02:17pm

    Well thank you so much for your great review and enthusiasm for our company. We try hard to make this experience unique and to be make it as personable as we can. There is no such reward as reviews like yours. Thank you

  • Amanda Charleston, South Carolina, USA Aug 12 2014 10:07am

    Great afternoon!

    Thanks so much, this was a wonderful afternoon. It was a birthday treat for my daughter and Ms. Roseanne really made it a memorable day!

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  • Management Response, Oct 27 2014 02:19pm

    Yes Captain Rosanne knows what she is doing and I am really glad that she could make this happen for your daughter's birthday. Thank you for choosing us.

  • Tyler Mereness Spring Hill, Tennessee, USA Aug 4 2014 07:24pm

    Great time!

    We had a wonderful time with this dolphin excursion. We took waterproof cameras and were fortunate enough to get several pictures. One dolphins bumped the bottom of my wife's foot in passing. It almost scared her as she didn't know it was below her. We also were able to experience other sea life with snorkeling too. The captain was great. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

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  • Management Response, Aug 7 2014 07:15am

    It is always so good to be able to make our customers happy and appreciative. But let us give most of the credit to the dolphins, who make this experience possible.

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