4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience With Water Planet USA

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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 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.

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

  • Nyree McDonough, Georgia, USA Apr 10 2017 08:27am

    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 1 year 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.

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  • Lisa Kendrick USA about 9 days ago

    Awesome Adventure

    We had a great time. I would recommend this to anyone. The guide was very informative and really wanted us to see dolphins. This was a favorite adventure of the week

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  • Ryan Montgomery USA about 14 days ago

    Great trip!

    Really enjoyed the trip. Being 4 hours you don't get that rushed feeling you get on the shorter trips. Would love to go again sometime.

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  • Paul Gilzow USA about 14 days ago

    Absolutely worth the drive from Destin!

    Wow. What an experience! Even though we had pretty rough water and the visibility was low, our captain (Dale) worked his tail off to find dolphins and position us for an opportunity to be up close. My entire family got to experience one dolphin swimming beneath us, and I was lucky enough to have a second experience. I can only imagine how exhilarating it would have been if visibility was better. We then went over to shell island and got to experience the dunes and amazing sand (which is quite a bit different from the sands in PCB and Destin). As well as collect a ton of shells. A fantastic time all around. I have a feeling if we're ever back in PCB and visibility is good we'll be going again! ... read more

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  • Nicole Morris USA about 20 days ago

    Dolphin snorkeling trip

    I just have to say how amazing everyone was on the day of our trip! It almost was a disaster, we were doing the trip on the last day we were going to be in Florida. The weather was kinda trying to be nasty. We got to the docks and were given a choice to reschedule, get our money back or go ahead and go. While we were waiting our turn I was talking to this gentleman who was telling me all the other things we could do there were no dolphins. He ended up being our captain. This was captain Jay. He made our trip worth it!! He was amazing with my kids, especially my son who is 7 and very talkitive. We got to experience some pretty cool things with him. Also the lady that was our intern was pretty awesome too. When we thought there would be no dolphins captain Jay tried his hardest to find them... read more

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  • Courtney Perry USA about 21 days ago

    Great time!

    My girls and I had a wonderful time! Saw many dolphins! Got to swim in the open water with the dolphins! Amelia, our boat captain, was very informative and a great tour guide, as well! Beautiful open waters!

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  • Susan USA about 21 days ago

    Dolphin Magic

    This was the highlight of our trip! We loved it!

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  • Arlinda Bush USA about 24 days ago

    Dolphin tour

    Excellent time. Captain Eddie is highly recommended. Would also recommend 4 hr tour. Got to see several dolphins and more. Couldn't have asked for a better captain with great knowledge and timing. When we come back will definitely do again and go only with Eddie. People were very nice.

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  • Candy USA about 25 days ago

    Great job!!

    Our Captain Jay was amazingly friendly and very knowledgeable. We had a fabulous time and will do it again!

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  • Nicole USA about 25 days ago

    Best trip ever!

    Trip of a lifetime! We saw so many dolphins and we’re able to see a mom and baby up close in the water. Captain Jay was amazing and didn’t give up until we saw them. We had our special needs child on board with us and our intern Whitney was great with all our kids. Both were very knowledgable and patient. The island we stopped to snorkel at was very cool too. Our kids saw sea urchins, sand dollars, lots of fish, and crabs. This was by far one of the highlights of our trip!

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  • Jennifer Alexander USA about 27 days ago

    This is a fantastic trip!

    Captain Eddie was wonderful. He knew just where and how to spot the dolphins and took us right to them. My family had the experience of a life time. Shell Island is a beautiful, pristine beach and the snorkeling is just amazing. I highly recommend this trip with Water Planet.

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