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Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key

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Tierra Verde, United States
Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key

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Overview

Look for dolphins around Boca Ciega Bay in St. Pete Beach on a cruise in the Tampa Bay Area. Continue into the Gulf of Mexico to visit Shell Key island, a wildlife preserve where you can snorkel, swim, or collect shells on the beach. Depending on the season, you might spot dolphins, manatees, rays, and a variety of seabirds. This family-friendly tour offers both a late morning and afternoon departure, making it easy to suit your schedule.
  • Head out on a dolphin watching cruise from St. Pete Beach
  • See local wildlife like rays, seabirds, and manatees
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your schedule
  • Snorkeling equipment and bottled water are included
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Bottled water
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Parking at the marina
Cooler with ice on board
FREE parking at the Tierra Verde Marina Resort
BYOB welcome
Food, unless specified
Gratuities
Tierra Verde Marina Resort , 200 Madonna Blvd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA

We depart from the Tierra Verde Marina Resort, located at 198 Madonna Blvd next to the Island Grille Restaurant, and the Residence Inn Marriot. Please report to the Check-In area at the Island Ferry sign.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the marina at St. Pete Beach to meet the crew and board your boat.

Set out for Boca Ciega Bay where you are likely to see dolphins and, occasionally, manatees feeding near shallow sandbars. Observe the remarkable animals in their natural habitat for a memorable experience of Florida’s wildlife.

Continue to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico to visit Shell Key Island Wildlife Preserve, which includes a picturesque white sand beach with many seashells. Spend time at Shell Key Island and snorkel from the beach in shallow water. During the warmer seasons, you might spot rays and manatees there.

Your tour ends with return to the marina.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You must check in 30 minutes prior to your departure time. All trips leave promptly at their departure time
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Island Ferry LLC
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Can I bring an infant on the boat during the Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:Yes! Children of all ages are welcome on board! Due to capacity on the boat, all guests pay the same rate, regardless of age.
Mar 2021
Q:
What type of boat is used for the Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:We use 25-foot luxury pontoon boats with cushioned seating, cup holders, and lounge tables. These boats are fitted with the most advanced hull designs available for a safe, stable & comfortable ride in a wide variety of surf conditions.
Mar 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms on board the boat during the Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:There are no restrooms onboard, however, there are facilities at the Marina for use before and after the tour.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own food/drinks on the Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:Yes - We provide bottled water, however, you may bring your own food and or drinks. Alcoholic beverages are welcome on board as well. We also have a cooler with ice onboard that you may use.
Mar 2021
Q:
Are we able to swim with the dolphins during the Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:No - this is not a "Swimming with Dolphins" experience. Contact with dolphins and manatees is strictly prohibited.
Mar 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:Bring your swimsuit and towel. We also recommend sunscreen, a hat, and a camera.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:Yes, there is free parking available at the Tierra Verde Marina Resort.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key.

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  • "I highly recommend this relaxing boat trip for family and friends." See review
  • "They have a cooler you can put them in on the boat." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Wonderful captain!
Mam_C
, May 2022
Our captain was wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly. However, I wish the snorkeling spot has clearer water and more things to see.
star-5
Very nice trip would recommend it
David_J
, May 2022
Enjoyed collecting sea 🐚 Captain was very informative about things we see on the boat ride. We also seen alot of dolphins
star-5
Best experience in Florida!!!!
Maviruehmann
, May 2022
It was a fantastic experience! We saw a large pod of manatees and dolphins! Captain Dalton was awesome and very informative on sealife! The snorkeling/shelling was a lot of fun and the island was gorgeous! I felt like I was transferred to the Caribbean! Definitely book this trip you will have a GREAT TIME, I will return for sure!
star-5
Perfect way to spend the Afternoon
Kaitlyn_D
, May 2022
Definitely one of the highlights of our Florida vacation! We saw so many dolphins as well as a few manatees and even a little shark. Captain Dalton was a great time and very knowledgeable about the area and animals sharing many interesting facts as he tracked down the dolphins. The beach they take you to to snorkel is a quiet little strip of paradise, although we didn't see much snorkeling wise my boyfriend and I had a great time swimming in the warm water and collecting shells and sand dollars, we even found a quiet spot all to ourselves and felt like we were on our own private island. We booked a two hour trip thinking it would be plenty of time for this experience but ended up wishing it was longer. They even drop you back off at a great little beach bar/pool that was a fun spot to spend the afternoon after our charter. Would book again in a heartbeat if we ever return to Tampa
star-5
Fun Family Trip
Jonelle_O
, May 2022
Took a late afternoon tour, it was an awesome experience for my kids (6,8) and our parents traveling with us. The kids found lots of sand dollars in the water around shell key and saw quite a few dolphins. It was nice to be able to follow the dolphins on a whim with a very flexible boat captain. Location was excellent and so much better than fighting traffic into Clearwater. Thank you we all loved the experience.
star-5
First time
Jessica_F
, May 2022
This is are first trip every it was truly amazing. We would do this one again for sure with are kids next time
star-5
GREAT TOUR!
Erin_L
, Apr 2022
So exciting to see dolphins swimming around and alongside our boat! Shell Key Island is beautiful, where we found lots of fantastic shells & sand dollars. Captain Dalton is the best!!
star-5
Best trip with Captain...
Tracy_S
, Apr 2022
Best trip with Captain Dalton! Saw so many dolphins!! We booked the 2 hour but would definitely book longer next trip! Highly recommend!
star-5
Very Fun afternoon!
Phoebe_L
, Apr 2022
We saw manatees and sting rays! Our captain was great! He shared some fun facts about different houses, waterways, and animals. It was a great experience.
star-5
Amazing Time
Fabiana_P
, Apr 2022
It was an amazing trip our captain was very knowledgeable of the area! Even though we didn’t see dolphins we got to see manatees up and close-shell island was fun amazing trip!!
star-5
Highlight of my trip!
Megan_C
, Apr 2022
We saw a manatee, dolphins, other sea life, cool shells and sand dollars! Very fun and eventful trip! Our captain was Dalton and he was fantastic. Highly recommend!
star-5
Loved it
Heidi_G
, Apr 2022
Best part of my trip! Relaxing boat ride, interesting historical stories, beautiful homes along the way, dolphins, a peaceful island.. loved all of it
star-5
Fantastic time!!
Carol_H
, Apr 2022
We was multiple dolphin. The highlight was a female and her calf that was hunting in the shallows. Great caption, he was very knowledgeable!
star-5
Skitching a ride with Captian Dalton
Richard_R
, Apr 2022
We had captain Dalton as our guide and let me tell you he does not dissapoint. We found a couple dolphins on the way out to the gulf. Ran into some manatees and had a great time collecting shells. Say some cool sealife and an amazing eco system in the grass beds. The best part is we were able to give a dolphin a "lyft" over to his buddies. Caption Dalton was able to get a wave going so the dolphin could use it to swim faster. 100% worth the money
star-5
The Best!
Karen_H
, Apr 2022
Super fun, our guide was AWESOME, we saw dolphins and Shell Key was beautiful. We wrapped up the day with dinner at the marina restaurant. Perfection all around!
star-5
Beautiful ride and Shells!
Julie_K
, Apr 2022
The boat ride was wonderful, Captain Cris was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We saw a few dolphins but the other activities were just as exciting. We went swimming, he quickly found a sand dollar a s multiple other sea creatures to show. We then went to the beach which was some of the best shells we have ever seen. We shared the boat with two other guests which was a nice pretty private experience. After we got back to the marina we swam in the pool and had great food and drinks at their restaurant. Would highly recommend doing this!
star-5
Such a great time with...
Kim_C
, Apr 2022
Such a great time with Captain Tony!!! We enjoyed the boat ride, history of the area, byob, snorkeling and shelling!!!
star-5
Awesome time! our ...
Saida_B
, Apr 2022
Awesome time! our Captain was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny, we had a great time and they were very concerned that everything was safe. Besides the boat was very comfortable.
star-4
We saw many dolphins,...
Debora_F
, Apr 2022
We saw many dolphins, Pelicans, and an Osprey. They were many good sized shells on Shell Key but we would’ve preferred a shorter stop there and more Touring around the area.
star-5
We did see dolphins!
Sue_R
, Mar 2022
Went in April. We did see some dolphins pelicans blue crane silver dollars scenery was perfect the guys were educational funny down to earth. Would do it again. Worth every penny!

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