Swimming with Dolphins @ Shell Island

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ONLINE 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.

Please arrive 30 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.
● 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 24 hours prior to their arrival date and time to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 24 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. Should you arrive more than 15 minutes after the appointment time your card will be charged and the trip must leave without you. Changes in the number of participants lowering your party total received less than 24hrs prior to arrival will not be refunded. No Shows will not be refunded. All changes or cancellations must be received directly by telephone or in writing by e-mail or post. We will not accept any cancellations or changes by voice-mail. There will be no refund or replacement for this activity unless approved in writing by management in case you are in violation of this policy or once the tour is completed.
In case your tour is delayed for whatever reason (temporary weather conditions, mechanical issue) after you have checked in, you need to stand by at the marina until you are notified of the new departure time by your captain. Should you decide to leave before that time, you are forfeiting your rights to your tour and to a reschedule. Your credit card will be charged for the full amount. If you have any complaints about your tour or questions about a reschedule or about payments, your captain will be unable to discuss these with you. Please call our office.
We reserve the right to move the departure time for parties of 2 or less based on availability.
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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.

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  • Fort Walton Beach, FL about 2 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 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • Jamie Spencer USA about 4 months ago

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    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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

  • Glenna USA about 6 months ago

    Awesomely Amazing

    This trip was the best thing that my daughter and I did while at Panama City Beach. Our captain, Robin, knew how to get out there and look for the dolphins. She had an intern with her, Bree, who was great with kids. She talked my 9 year old into going into the ocean. One jump she helped my daughter and they swam so close to the dolphins. I was more than joyed to see her spend time helping. My daughter had told everyone about dolphins being so close to get and how she had a blast. We saw a lot of dolphins and we went way out in the ocean. It was super fun and the best by far. Robin was very cool and informative. This trip is something that won't be forgotten and the timing of the trip was perfect. My daughter is talking about next year and she wants to go again. This is a must do when... read more

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  • Management Response, about 5 months ago

    Thanks for your awesome review. We try our best to give you the best chances to be close to these incredible animals. We appreciate your business.

  • Nyree McDonough, Georgia, USA about 8 months ago

    We HAD A GREAT TIME!!!

    First of all, the privacy of our small group heading out with the captain and the pontoon was great. Although it was chilly, he ensured my oldest got an opportunity to swim with the dolphins! He took his time and set us up to see about 30 dolphins! And he took us to explore the beach. Very nice and patient, we had a great time!!!

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  • Management Response, about 8 months ago

    Thank you for your review. It is a pleasure to know that we have been able to facilitate this great experience for you to your satisfaction. Please come back to see us if you are in the area.

  • Nancy Kirkwood, Missouri, USA about 1 year ago

    Wonderful time!

    It was a great experience for my entire family. Captain Jay was very knowledgable and a really nice guy. We saw several dolphins and got to snorkel around a sunken sailboat. Great time had by all.

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  • brooke Mckinney, Texas, USA about 1 year ago

    Incredible experience

    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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  • Jennifer Wilson Lewisburg, Tennessee, USA about 1 year ago

    Fantastic!!!

    This by far was the highlight of my vacation. What an adventure! Our guide, Jay, was fantastic. My husband and I enjoyed Jays' knowledge of Shell Island and the hidden treasures ready for exploration that the waters contained. We were able to get in the water right beside the wild dolphins that were coming to check out our boat. It was so incredible to be able to plop right in the water with these beautiful creatures and see them up close and personal. In addition, Jay took us to some great spots to snorkel around and look at seashells and fish. We even explored a sailboat that had been sunk several years ago. It was awesome how the fish made it their home. I would definitely do this again. Thanks Jay!

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