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Madeira Beach, United States
Dolphin Shelling Snorkeling Cruise in Tampa

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icon3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Shell Key Preserve is only accessible by water, and if you don’t own a boat, it can be hard to get to the area to explore it. This Shell Key Preserve Snorkeling Cruise from Tampa takes you to the 1,800-acre (728-hectare) wildlife preserve to snorkel and look for shells and wildlife. Some of the wildlife you may see along your journey, includes dolphins, birds, manatees, hermits crabs, fish, and horseshoe crabs.
  • This Tampa cruise makes a stop at Shell Key Preserve
  • A guide knows the best spots on the preserve to see wildlife
  • Travel light—snorkel equipment is provided for you
  • Coolers and ice are onboard to store anything you’d like to bring with you
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Private transportation
Cooler and ice
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Alcoholic Beverages
Bottled water
15015 Madeira Way , 15015 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach, FL 33708, USA

Slip #11 Charter Finders. Docks are behind Cambria Hotel . Please park in the extra parking across the street. . After the tour feel free to order from the rooftop bar!!!!!

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Charter Finders 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.
  • 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.

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star-5
Great family fun!
Shelley_G
, Jun 2022
Beautiful boat ride- had a great time with Captain Barry Cuda! We all found sand dollars and enjoyed our time on the island.
star-5
Fun in the Sun
Kiara_P
, Jun 2022
Captain Mike was the absolute best! He knew so much about the surrounding area, played great music (even country roads since we are from WV), knew the best spots for pictures (and took some for us) made sure to slow down/turn around every time we saw dolphins, and was even in the water with us while we were snorkeling trying to help us find shells! We had a blast and I would highly recommend anyone to do this if you’re in the area, and make sure to request Captain Mike!
star-5
Great experience
Barbara_A
, Jun 2022
Despite the somewhat cloudy weather and rough water we had a great time with Captain John. We walked to the beautiful lagoon and found many shell treasures along the way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent experience
Tina_B
, Jun 2022
Captain Mike was great. He took great care of the group. The waves were pretty unpredictable but he put us in a great position to enjoy some snorkeling. We saw dolphins on the way back in and he did all he could to extend our experience. Great job Captain Mike!
star-5
Great trip for all!
MicheleD
, Jun 2022
Wonderful time! Captain John was so fun, knowledgeable and found many animals for us to see and enjoy. We saw a few pods of dolphins, mama and baby, and an osprey nest! He set us up snorkeling and shelling in a perfect spot. There was even a stingray sighting. Captain John has fantastic stories and is great to hang out with. You won’t regret it!! Boat was nice, too.
star-5
A+
Nick_S
, Jun 2022
Very Fun and Easy Going! Really good and knowledgable captain ~ not crowded and filled with enjoyable people :)
star-5
Awesome! Loved it!
Donna_P
, May 2022
My fiance and I absolutely loved it! Took a nice drive out to Shell Key Preserve and snorkeled, the first time for both of us. An amazing experience! On the way back Captain Mike kept an eye out for dolphins and we weren't disappointed, a nice size pod was swimming around the boat and playing in the waves and bubbles. It was amazing! Thank you Captain Mike for a great day!
star-5
Best trip
Jessica_C
, May 2022
We booked this cruise last minute and was worth every penny. We got to the pick up location and was shown to the boat right away. The captain Robert (guy with the beard) was very friendly, informative and so much fun! He explained all the places as we drove through then heading out to the sand bar. Once we got out there he told us all the fun stuff to do and even went with us and showed us where all the best shells would be and where to find wildlife. It was absolutely beautiful and we didn't want to leave. There was a cooler on the boat for your drinks. I highly suggest the sunscreen 😆 Book with them and ask for Robert, you will have the best time!
star-5
Best Morning Ever
Kristi_S
, May 2022
Such a cool trip! Seeing AL Capones house, dolphins, manatees and then the Shell Key with its beautiful clear water. It was fantastic!
star-5
One of the best days spent in Tampa!!!
Christopher_S
, May 2022
Captain Rob was just the absolute best! My wife and I have chartered several boat experiences and Captain Rob was at the absolute top! He made the entire day wonderful for all of us aboard! Can’t wait to book again.
star-5
Lovely Day
Janet_W
, May 2022
Troy was very knowledgeable about dolphins and their behaviors. He gave us a great show. We then went to Shell Key for snorkeling. No fish, but the water was perfect. I'm big into shells and this beach didn’t disappoint. I would recommend this charter.
star-5
Great trip!
Toni_F
, Apr 2022
Captain was very personable and made the trip especially fun. We got to see a manatee swim right next to our boat!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great for shelling and kids. Very nice trip
Elizabeth_S
, Apr 2022
I took my grandson out for his first time snorkeling. This was the perfect low-key first adventure. Captain Mike was very kind and gentle. Not gonna see a lot of fish on this one but found some beautiful shells saw the dolphins playing alongside the boat. The captain was respectful of nature and his riders.
star-5
Great day out on boat
Cindy_W
, Apr 2022
Was a fun day spent boating and looking for the dolphins. We saw a lot of them during our trip. Most of the time is on the boat which we enjoyed. And then had fun walking shell island, found some sand dollars and swam. Didn’t seem like much to see snorkeling there and really wasn’t much snorkeling even happening. But overall had a great guide and enjoyed the trip and dolphins!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Family Fun
Sara_H
, Mar 2022
Our family of 7 had to split into 2 boats. Captain Mike gave us an enjoyable morning. We were able to see a mother dolphin & her baby. Fun to go shelling & snorkeling. Finding numerous sand dollars was a bonus. Thank you!
star-5
Saw so many dolphins!
Shelby_A
, Dec 2021
I had an amazing time on this boat trip out to shell key! The boat ride was fun, picking shells was amazing, and we saw so many dolphins on our ride! The captain was nice, funny, and personable. Snorkeling wasn't it as the waters were unclear, plus there isn't much to see under the water anyways.
star-5
Great three hour adventure!
Andrew_F
, Dec 2021
Capt Tyler was awesome. Entertaining and knowledgeable! Would recommend it to anyone. Even with dense fog, the trip was memorable!
star-5
Excellent experience!
Kim_P
, Oct 2021
Captain Tim spotted some dolphins and they followed us for quite a while. We were able to get plenty of photos. It was great time!
star-5
A great way to spend the afternoon.
Philip_C
, Aug 2021
Captain Mike was very interactive with a positive attitude and gave the trip a great vibe. He was awesome. We saw dolphins as expected and he put us on a lot of shells. The whole family enjoyed it.
star-5
Little piece of heaven!
Rebecca_S
, Jul 2021
We chose to do this last minute due to the red tide at treasure island. The captain and crew were very friendly and informative of the marine life and locations. Shell key (shell island) is so beautiful! Complimentary snorkel gear given to you. I definitely suggest bringing a bag to put your shells in and some drinks and snacks for the boat ride. We saw quite a few dolphins on your trip to the island! On the way back we saw a group trying to feed! The captain killed the engine and let us watch & video this amazing experience! We all loved it and so glad we went!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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