Santa Rosa Beach-30A Dolphin Cruises & Tours

Santa Rosa Beach and 30A, Florida are one of region’s best locations for dolphin cruises and tours. Home to some of the most prolific and active dolphin populations in America, the Emerald Coast is an ideal destination for those looking for playful pods of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins leaping among the surf. With large headboats, small private charters, and even glass bottom boats, there are plenty of options to choose from.
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Featured Dolphin Cruises & Tours in Santa Rosa Beach-30A

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May 29 - Jun 4

Daytime Dolphin Watch & Sunset Cruises - Tour East Pass, Harbor, Crab Island

11,109 ratings
1 Hr.
Set out to sea in search of dolphins aboard the Hannah Marie. Destin Dolphin Watch and Crab Island Sightseeing Cruise is complete with a spectacular glass-bottom, snack bar, and a climate-controlled cabin. This family-friendly trip is the perfect recipe for maritime bliss. Take in scenic views of the Destin, Florida Harbor and learn about the history as you enjoy the fresh ocean air. Both convenient and comfortable, these tours depart daily and provide plenty of seating for the whole crew. Book your experience today!
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Booked 50 times in last 48 hrs

Shell Island Dolphin Sea-fari Boat Tour

942 ratings
3.5 Hrs.
Journey the Historic Grand Lagoon on the unforgettable Shell Island Dolphin Sea-fari Boat Tour! Watch for a variety of aquatic wonders, sea shells, and wildlife. Explore Shell Island and swim, go shelling, picnic, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful island! Book your Shell Island Dolphin Sea-fari Boat Tour today and make memories that last a lifetime!
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Booked 6 times in last 48 hrs

Sunset Dolphin Encounter Aboard Captain Anderson III

1,667 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Take part in an unforgettable Panama City Beach sunset cruise. Sunset Dolphin Encounter Aboard Captain Anderson III is the ideal way to travel through the historic Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay to the edge of the Gulf, and watch dolphins play. Being out on the water and watching these graceful, wild animals in their natural habitat is one of the greatest experiences in beautiful Panama City Beach. Book your cruise today!
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Booked 7 times in last 48 hrs

Dolphin & Sunset Cruise Aboard the SunVenture

490 ratings
1 - 1.5 Hrs.
Hop aboard the SunVenture and cruise around Destin Harbor for a relaxing dolphin or sunset cruise. Search for wildlife, take in the beautiful scenery, and learn the history of Destin on this narrated tour. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for Flipper and friends!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs

Sunset Dolphin Sail Aboard The Privateer Catamaran

781 ratings
2 Hrs.
Sail into the sunset aboard the Privateer Catamaran! This exhilarating sail along the Gulf of Mexico offers a great opportunity to relax and leave your worries behind. Listen to tropical music and enjoy a complimentary beverage aboard Panama City Beach’s best sunset cruise. Don't forget to relax on the deck and look for Flipper and his friends!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Snorkel and Shelling Excursion

336 ratings
2.5 Hrs.
Get ready for an adventure as you travel to 2 great snorkeling and shelling locations. The experienced and friendly crew is waiting to guide you on the snorkeling excursion of a lifetime. Snorkel, feed schools of fish, or soak up the sun's rays on the beach. A snorkel instructor is available on and off the vessel for any questions or assistance needed. Snorkel the beautiful emerald green water of Destin with a reliable, well-established tour company. Book your Snorkel and Shelling Excursion today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs

SeaQuest Daytime Dolphin Sightseeing Tour

1,138 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Climb aboard Destin's SeaQuest in search of dolphins on a fun and affordable family adventure. Set out on this monstrous 53-foot speedboat that carries up to 80 passengers. Cruise through the waves as you take in the sights of the coastline and mesmerizing emerald waters. Don't miss out on the fun, book this Destin Sightseeing Tour today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Panama City Beach Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise

247 ratings
3 Hrs.
Enjoy a fun-filled catamaran cruise in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida! Swim and snorkel the calm water in the bay behind Shell Island, check out the bayside beach, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, or zip down the waterslide! Afterwards, set sail for the Gulf of Mexico to visit local wild dolphins! The fun continues at the dock with dancing, contests, and activities. Prepare for a fun adventure the whole family can enjoy! Book your Panama City Beach Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise!
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Shell Island Excursion & Dolphin Watch on the Grand Mére

12 ratings
3.5 Hrs.
Climb aboard the Grand-Mére, an air-conditioned double-decker boat, for a day of relaxation and adventure with a Shell Island Cruise & Dolphin Watch in Panama City, Florida! Keep your eyes peeled for playful pods of dolphins swimming beneath the surface of the water and jumping above the waves. As you journey to Shell Island, an untouched 7-mile barrier island, take in the sights and sounds of the natural beauty surrounding you. Upon docking, choose your own adventure whether it is taking a leisurely walk, swimming, diving, or snorkeling. You can even choose to simply unwind on board, sipping a refreshing cocktail and cherishing the tranquility of Shell Island's shore. Do not miss your chance and book your Shell Island Cruise & Dolphin Watch today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Crab Island Jet Ski Dolphin Tour

265 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Enjoy a unique Destin adventure on a Crab Island jet ski dolphin tour from the Destin Marina. With no idle time, an expert guide will lead you and your group out into the Choctawhatchee Bay to the best "dolphin hangout" spots in town. After exploring, your guide will set you free to crank it up and explore the shimmering water of Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Set the pace for your experience but make sure to bring a waterproof camera to snap some amazing shots of dolphins up close. Book your tickets today!
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4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience

185 ratings
4 Hrs.
Take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime and swim with wild dolphins in Panama City Beach, Florida. Spend the morning or afternoon with a professional team of instructors that will educate you on the proper way to interact with these amazing creatures. Finish off the tour with a dip in the emerald water of Shell Island for potential dolphin encounters. Book today for an experience you'll never forget!
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SeaQuest Snorkeling & Dolphin Adventure in Destin

535 ratings
3 Hrs.
Take a plunge beneath the beautiful emerald green and aquamarine water of the East Pass of Destin Florida on the one and only SeaQuest! Welcome the chance to snorkel underneath the water and find everything from tropical fish to sea turtles. Make memories that last a lifetime with this worry-free adventure, book yours today!
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Private Dolphin Excursion

25 ratings
3 Hrs.
Explore Panama City and Panama City Beach from the water as you cruise through St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Let your captain take the wheel while you sit back and enjoy the sights and the breeze. Watch dolphins play in the water and unwind as you sip on your favorite beverage and have the opportunity to see wild birds, dolphins, fish, and maybe even spot a manatee! Book your Private Dolphin Excursion today!
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SeaQuest Sunset Dolphin Sightseeing Tour

373 ratings
2 Hrs.
Climb aboard Destin's SeaQuest in search of dolphins at sunset to enjoy a surreal evening of fun and affordable family adventure. Set out on this monster 53-foot speedboat that carries up to 80 passengers. Breeze through the waves as you take in the sights and sounds of Destin's coastline and mesmerizing emerald waters. Look for marine life and make unbelievable memories, book this Destin dolphin cruise deal today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs

Small Group Dolphin & Snorkel Tour

430 ratings
2 Hrs.
Take a cruise around the area in search of wild, bottlenose dolphins. This guided cruise is a fun trip for the entire family! Not only do you get an exciting dolphin tour experience, but snorkel gear is available for those wanting to park the boat and cool off. Grab your sunscreen and hit the water Panama City style! Book your spot today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Private Wild Dolphin Excursion

16 ratings
2 Hrs.
If you are looking for an adventure that is both exhilerating and relaxing, then look no further. This Private Wild Dolphin Excursion focuses on searching for and responsibly interacting with the amazing bottlenose dolphin in the wild. You will enjoy up close and personal encounters from the comfort and safety of your own 21' Robalo center console. Experience a day on the water and gaze at the beauty of the natural world around you. Book your Private Wild Dolphin Excursion today!
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Center Console Dolphin Tour (for up to 6 passengers)

133 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
Set out on an adventure with this Panama City Beach Dolphin Cruise aboard a 6 passenger 23' center console boat. Enjoy cruising on gorgeous water as you scan the horizon for playful dolphin pods. Stop off at Shell Island where you can walk on the Private State Park to look for shells and check out the beauty of the island. Have the whole boat to yourself and book a private 2 hour snorkel and dolphin sightseeing trip or join others on this fun-filled adventure with an experienced, knowledgeable captain! Book today!
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Panama City Beach Sailing Excursion

74 ratings
2 Hrs.
Enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled sailing cruise, perfect for couples or families. Cruise and sightsee through the calm waters of Grand Lagoon, past the marinas, state park, and homes. If the waters of the Gulf are calm enough, take a leisurely sail and keep your fingers crossed for those cotton candy sunsets over the horizon. The whole cruise is enjoyable with fun music playing throughout and the entertaining crew keeping the fun going after the sun goes down with lots of dancing and games. Don't miss out, book your Panama City Beach Sailing Excursion today!
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Private 4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience

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4 Hrs.
Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with wild dolphins in Panama City Beach, Florida. 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. It is not every day that you get to swim with dolphins, so don't miss your chance! Book your Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience today!
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do dolphin cruises take place?

Depending on the charter you select, dolphin cruises will take place in either the Choctawhatchee Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. Aside from the charter company, this also depends on other factors like the weather. If the weather or waves are too rough to create a pleasant experience in the Gulf, then cruises will take place in the calm waters of the bay.

2. Where do dolphin cruises depart from?

The closest dolphin cruises to Santa Rosa Beach-Seaside will take place in Miramar Beach, Destin, or Fort Walton Beach. Santa Rosa Beach, depending on where you are staying, is about 10 miles from Miramar Beach, 20 miles from Destin, and about 25 miles from Fort Walton Beach. Please consider traffic when planning out travel time, as it can be hectic during the spring and summer.

3. Are dolphin sightings guaranteed?

Dolphin sightings are not guaranteed, as they are wild animals, but it’s highly unlikely to leave a Santa Rosa Beach dolphin cruise without spotting one!

4. Will I get seasick?

Most people do not get sick on dolphin cruises, but this will vary from person to person. While dolphin cruises can venture out into the Gulf of Mexico, they do not go in deep enough waters to cause motion sickness symptoms. With that being said, if you are prone to motion sickness, it couldn’t hurt to take precautions. Taking motion sickness medicine before your cruise is a great way to be prepared!

5. Are dolphin cruises kid friendly?

Absolutely! Kids love dolphin cruises, as they get to see Flipper and friends up-close-and-personal! Not only that, many dolphin cruises are designed with the little ones in mind. Some even offer water guns, music and dancing, and even allow the little ones to have a chance behind the wheel! Please be sure to read the restrictions prior to booking, however, as some cruises will have age and height requirements.


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