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Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time

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Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Cruise to Shell Island and search for wild dolphins on a catamaran sailing trip from Panama City Beach. The catamaran’s broad, stable deck makes it a comfortable alternative to smaller boats prone to rocking in the waves, and since it’s stocked with paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and a waterslide, it’s the perfect base for playing in the clear water off Shell Island.
  • Choose between a range of activities at Shell Island
  • Enjoy room to relax on the spacious catamaran
  • Look for wild dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Choose between a range of convenient departure times
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Captain / deckhands
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Use of paddle boards
Use of life jackets
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Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Snacks
5201 N Lagoon Dr , 5201 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, USA

Turn onto North Lagoon as if you were headed to Captain Anderson's. After the turn you will continue past their parking lot AND past the Lighthouse Marina. We will then be on the right hand side underneath the trees/down a gravel road. There will be signs out front with our company name.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • CHECK-IN: You must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Weight restrictions for slide is 250lbs, for paddleboards 200lbs
  • You are not allowed to bring on drinks, but you may bring a sandwich in your beach bag.
  • No smoking allowed
  • No chewing gum
  • Please wear your swimsuits under your clothes. Also pack a beach bag with towels, sunscreen (no aerosol sprays), sunglasses, hats, cameras, etc. You may also want to bring water shoes.
  • Snorkel gear is provided but you may bring your own if you'd like. Young kids may prefer to bring their own goggles instead of the masks we provide.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Dress code is casual - wear swim suits under casual clothes. • Bring a beach bag with towels, sunscreen (no aerosol sprays), hats, sunglasses, and cameras. • You are not allowed to bring drinks or coolers. • No smoking allowed • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund. • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions especially during hot summer weather • Inclement weather may cancel a cruise, but is up to the cruise company and is generally a last minute decision. Plan to arrive as scheduled unless otherwise notified.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Island Time Sailing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time .

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  • "excellent experience, highly recommended, Snorkel, stand up paddle, dolphins, all included in the price" See review
  • "I would recommend the dolphin tour with Island Time to everyone." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Awesome
Alicia_T
, Jul 2022
This was an awesome experience!! Crew members were very attentive and we got to see dolphins. Would definitely recommend this activity.
star-5
Great time on Island Time
Lisa
, Jul 2022
All of this excursion was great!!! I enjoyed the music and atmosphere on Island time. The crew was very friendly! Only suggestion, longer snorkel time would be great!
star-4
Kind of fun diversion from usual activities.
Judith_L
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed boat as grandkids never experienced large catatmaran. Storm cut 1/2 hour from experience to be expected for safety. Snorkeling was fair to poor. Ok for a beginner. No shells, not much life, island appeared to be a sandy peninsula. Saw a few dolphins in wild that grandkids had not ever seen. Did not set sails which is 1 of things wanted to experience. Crew great.
star-5
Great trip!
Barb_L
, Jul 2022
The crew was amazing! Great music and got to see a lot of dolphin. Over the top service and loved the snorkel and catamaran.
star-5
Captain Heath and crew...
Stephen_H
, Jul 2022
Captain Heath and crew made this an amazing experience. He was funny and very knowledgeable. He put us right on a pod of dolphins which really made this experience amazing!
star-3
Know before you go...
Brandy_T
, Jul 2022
This is not a snorkel trip on a reef or ship wreck. You get dropped off on shell island and snorkel from the beach for an hour. Shell island is pretty, the boat was nice and comfortable. If you are looking for a fun sailboat ride, this is a great tour.
star-5
Amazing Captain and Crew
Charles_W
, Jul 2022
Captain and Crew were excellent!! Great way to spend time with family and friends. The Smash Punch was awesome. I’d recommend this excursion for anyone. Dolphins were seen immediately and up close. Snorkeling and paddle boards were the topping on the cake. SO MUCH FUN
star-5
Shell Island Trip
Anna_C
, Jul 2022
Great trip! Great captain and crew. Found lots of great shells on the island. Would recommend this trip for sure.
star-5
This was our first...
Amy_C
, Jun 2022
This was our first snorkel trip and it was amazing! The snorkeling was so much fun! The crew was fantastic and took great care of everyone on the ship. The Captain made sure that everyone got to see the dolphins which was awesome. Definitely the highlight of our beach vacation!! Would highly recommend!
star-5
Highly Recommended! 🐚
Amanda_T
, Jun 2022
We had an awesome trip. The captain and crew were great. The scenery was fantastic and the weather cooperated for a fun time.
star-5
Great excursion with kids!!
Hailee_F
, Jun 2022
This excursion is a must!! We went with two kids ( 2 and 6) and they absolutely loved it. Got to see lots of dolphins, and the snorkeling was the best spot. The crew was exceptionally accommodating, and nice! When we do this next time, I hope to have the same team!! Definitely recommend
star-5
Early morning fun!
Donnie_B
, Jun 2022
Unbelievable experience! We loved seeing the family of dolphins playing around the boat. The boat ride itself is worth the ticket price. The snorkeling adventure was one of the coolest things we have done as a family.
star-2
Disappointed
Garren_G
, Jun 2022
This trip was a waste of money. Did not produce what was advertised. Very disappointed. I like my money back
star-4
Fun in the sun
Bobby_N
, Jun 2022
Friendly crew! Seeing the dolphins on the way to Shell Island. Weather was ideal, couldn’t ask for better weather. The whole family had a good time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Bobby for the 4 star rating! Glad the weather worked out and the whole family was able to have a good time. Hope to have you guys again in the future.
star-2
Just My thoughts
Rachel_G
, Jun 2022
Not as advertised. No paddle boards, no star fish very very few shells found on shell island. The catamaran ride was nice, just not as adventurous as advertised.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Rachel, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that we did not meet all of your expectations. We would love the opportunity to make things right. Please give us a call at 850.234.7377 and ask to speak with the manager.
star-5
Great all around family fun
Robert_M
, Jun 2022
This was an all around great experience: from booking to sailing to the crew, I recommend 100%! I am usually skeptical about “tours” booked online and especially at this price. I thought surely there was something jenky about this thing. I was wrong! The staff was professional, the boat crew made you feel confident in the process and the travel time and island time was balanced just right! I’d do the same exact package again and again!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Robert, thank you for taking the time to leave us such positive feedback! I'm glad to hear that you and your family all had some fun on the snorkel cruise. We appreciate your business and would love to have you again next time you're in PCB.
star-2
Was not worth the money
Rusty_S
, Jun 2022
The ride on the boat was awesome and the staff on the boat was top notch. The shell island experience with the snorkeling was not good and there wasn’t even nothing to look at. There were more shells in the parking lot than there was on shell island. I would not recommend spending the money to go there.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Rusty, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback. I'm very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the cruise and the service of our crew! Customer service is very important to us. Shells at the island can vary depending on tide/waves/water conditions. We hope you can give us another try!
star-3
Would have liked more...
Alici_G
, Jun 2022
Would have liked more time at the island for sure! That was my family’s favorite part! Also, would have been more fun if the boat went faster. It was kinda boring.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Alici, thank you for sailing with us and taking the time to leave us your feedback. Our advertising does specify that we only spend about an hour at Shell Island. I will say that time sure does fly when you are having fun at the island! If you're looking for something more fast paced and adventurous then I would suggest one of our jet ski adventure tours. Hope to have you again!
star-5
Nice cruise
Bob_G
, Jun 2022
Booking was easy. Boat is well kept and clean. Staff was great! They don’t allow outside drinks, but don’t gouge you like others do in the area. I’d cruise with them again and would recommend to others. I’ve done many similar trips and they would rank high on quality and very high on value.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Bob, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We greatly appreciate the 5 star rating. Come sail with us again soon!!
star-5
Great trip
Ttweety75
, Jun 2022
We had a great time. Captain heath and the girls were great. My grandson. Said it was the best day ever .
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the generous review! We are happy to hear that your grandson had a great day sailing with us. Hope to have y'all sail again soon.

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