St. Andrew Bay has one of the most significant resident populations of bottlenose Dolphins. These iconic gray dolphins are well-known to many people through television, movies, and marine park visits. Although wild dolphins are found in St. Andrew Bay, they are used and comfortable with humans. Boaters can often be seen among the feeding, playing, and swimming dolphins.
Relax and enjoy the company of your USCG captain/tourguide as you watch stunning sunsets from the water. You can bring your favorite beverage or snack to enjoy the evening.
What should I bring? There is almost everything that you will need, but you can still bring any you wish. A towel, polarized sunglasses and a sweater/jacket are recommended if the temperature is below 80 degrees. Because of the breeze, it is always cooler to be on an open-air boat. Bring any snacks or beverages with you. It is allowed to have alcohol.
It's hard to find something better than one-on one interaction with one the most intelligent animals in the ocean. Dolphin Seafari offers private tours that allow individuals or small groups to enjoy the dolphins at Shell Island.
Another great aspect of jet ski tours are the dolphins that get curious about the jet ski wake. This is a bonus!
"St. Andrews Bay is home to over 2,900 different species. There are many things you can find in the waters around St. Andrews Bay. It is also one our most important coastal estuaries and requires our continued protection. Mike Brim (Executive Director St. Andrews Bay Environmental Science Team).
Do you want a more active dolphin tour of Shell Island? Jet skis can be a fun way for dolphins to get close to their natural habitat.
If conditions are safe and suitable, you might be able swim and snorkel with dolphins. This could mean that you may have a chance to swim and snorkel with dolphins. But, this does not mean you can touch them. Wild dolphins have their own minds and are free to roam freely. Sometimes they will swim up to 3 feet from you. Other times, they will swim away from your face and you won't see them in the water. We don't feed or harass dolphins. We cannot guarantee swimming with dolphins. We do not believe that promising to swim with dolphins is ethical. We love the company of wild dolphins. On all of our boat tours, we follow and support the Marine Mammal Protection Act. If dolphins are in danger, we won't be able swim with them. It is at the captain's sole discretion.
While you might have seen captive dolphins at a marine reserve, it is still far more fun to observe these majestic animals in their natural environment. Our captains are experienced in the waterways of St. Andrew Bay and can predict wild dolphin behavior, but they cannot guarantee sightings. They are familiar with the best places to find dolphins and will make sure that guests have a blast. Dolphins are often seen playing, jumping, searching for food and communicating with one other on all tours.
Let's take you through some of the best Shell Island dolphin tours that visitors can enjoy if they want to see dolphins in their natural habitat.
Shell Island is home to many outdoor activities such as kayaking and boating, hiking and snorkeling. Shell Island is also home to many pods of the majestic marine creatures, so bottlenose dolphin tours are quite popular.
Shell Island Dolphin Tours provides a 2-hour Split Charter Dolphin & Snorkeling Tour to those who wish combine both. These tours cost $55/person. These tours are suitable for all ages and are suitable to be enjoyed by the entire family.
Shell Island Dolphin Tours can also accommodate larger groups. Please call ahead if you are more than six people to verify availability.
Snorkeling in Panama City Beach - Dolphin snorkel trips This 3 hour excursion gives you more time to explore the area.
It's not uncommon to see dolphins frolicking along the Shell Island coast during the summer months. Because they are present throughout the year, bottlenose dolphins (common dolphins) and harbour porpoise can be seen most often.
This is what Panama City beachgoers encountered on their local stretch. One sun-seeking American alligator took a leisurely walk along the shoreline. The alligator also enjoyed frolicking in the surf at St. Andrews State Park.
The Atlantic Ocean Bottlenose dolphins can be found in all oceans, but they are most common in the Atlantic Ocean.