It is possible to have seen dolphins captive in a marine sanctuary, but it is more exciting to watch them in their natural habitat. Although wild dolphin behavior is unpredictable and not possible to predict, the tour captains have many years of experience operating on the waters around St. Andrew Bay almost every single day. They know where dolphins are most common and do everything they can to ensure that guests have an amazing time. Dolphins can often be seen jumping, playing and searching for food on many tours.
All snorkeling tours include snorkeling gear. We frequently visit different snorkeling areas. We regularly change our snorkeling site. The conditions at our local snorkeling sites can change daily. We do our best to take you snorkeling at the calmest and clearest sites on the day we conduct your Dolphin and Snorkeling tour. We also snorkel sandbars, artificial reefs, as well as seagrass beds. We will take you to some of the most beautiful spots in the area.
Jet ski tours also have another cool feature: dolphins are curious about jet ski wakes, which is a great bonus.
The majority of what you will need is available on board. However, you can always bring your own items. You should always bring a towel, polarized sunglasses, and a jacket or sweater just in case. The water is cooler than the land, thanks to the breeze from the open boat. You can bring your own snacks and beverages.
Are you looking for a private Dolphin Tour with more? Dolphin Seafari also offers snorkeling and walking tours.
Shell Island is home to many bottlenose dolphins. These amazing marine mammals can be seen in their natural habitat during one of our Panama City Beach Dolphin Tours.
What can be more rewarding than a one-on-1 encounter with one if the most intelligent creature in the sea? Dolphin Seafari provides private tours for both individuals and groups looking to get up close and personal with the dolphins at Shell Island.
Shell Island Dolphin Tours has the ability to accommodate larger groups. If your group includes more than 6 people, please call ahead to inquire about availability.
St. Andrew Bay houses one of most populous populations of bottlenoses. They are the iconic gray dolphins many people associate with television, movies, or marine parks. Although the dolphins in St. Andrew Bay are wild, they are comfortable around humans. It is not uncommon for boaters to see dolphins swimming, feeding and playing on the Bay.
While looking for wildlife and other sea life, we cruise the waters around Shell Island, Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews State Park. Our boat tours allow us to view different types of wildlife each day. Every day, our dolphin tours and snorkeling trips are different depending on the wildlife and conditions in the area. Our routes change daily to ensure you have the best snorkeling and dolphin tour possible. We also offer the most enjoyable boat ride with changing weather conditions, wildlife, and water. Every day, the marine life, snorkeling spots and stops that we make at Shell Island are changing. This is great as you will see new things every time you visit us. If you have any requests for specific items or activities you'd like to see on your boat tour, we encourage you to let the captain know.
What should we bring? You will find almost everything you need onboard, but you are free to bring whatever you want. If it's below 80 degrees, we recommend that you bring a towel, polarized glasses, and a jacket or sweater. Open air boats are always cooler because of the breeze. Any snacks and drinks are welcome! You are permitted to bring alcohol!
Private tours are perfect for groups that want to have a more intimate experience and/or to reduce exposure to other groups to make their trips more COVID-friendly. You can also choose how long to stay in an area on private tours.
Florida law prohibits dolphins being swam with and touched by humans. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officers will be on the water to make sure that the rules are observed. There are chances that dolphins will approach your boat from close range, offering you great views and great photos. Shell Island Snorkel Tours offer the chance to encounter wild dolphins in water. Sometimes, the dolphins swim close to snorkelers.
We cruise around the waters of Shell Island, Grand Lagoon St. Andrews State Park St. Andrews Bay St. Andrews Bay Panama City Beach and look for any kind of wildlife or sea life. On our boat tours, we get to see many different kinds of wildlife. The conditions and the wildlife in the area affect the dolphin tours and snorkeling tours. Everyday is different. Our boat routes are constantly changing to offer you the best snorkeling or dolphin tour. Shell Island is home to a variety of marine life and snorkeling spots. We make stops at different places every day. This is a great thing because every trip you take with us you see something different. You are encouraged to tell your captain if there are any specific requests that you would like to see and do on your boat tour.
As long as the last Shuttle leaves the Island, you can stay for as little as an hour or as much as you like. The shuttle runs every 30 mins, seven days a semaine, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the summer season, and every hour during spring and autumn, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Red tide is most severe on Florida's southwest and central coasts. This includes the beautiful beaches around Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Anna Maria Island.
About twenty minutes. The ride to the island takes about twenty minutes. There are great opportunities to spot manatees, turtles, and dolphins along the way. On the ferry boat, we often see seabirds on our journey to Shell Key.