We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Share
Save

Shell Island Snorkel & Dolphin Catamaran Cruise in Panama City Beach

Highlights
  • 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
More
Shell Island Snorkel & Dolphin Catamaran Cruise in Panama City Beach
From USD 42.80
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
2pm SnorkelMost Popular
3-Hr Shell Island Snorkel & Dolphin Cruise - 2pm Departure
USD 42.80
11:30am Snorkel
3-Hr Shell Island Snorkel & Dolphin Cruise - 11:30am Departure
USD 42.80
10am Snorkel
3-Hr Shell Island Snorkel & Dolphin Cruise - 10am Departure
USD 42.80
Show 5 more
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.
What to Expect

The Island Time sailing catamaran is docked at Treasure Island Marina, located at 3605 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time, which is about 3 hours East of Pensacola.  

Once you're on the boat.....relax and unwind! You're on Island Time! Listen to our fun and relaxing playlist while you visit the bartender in the galley to get an ice cold beverage or snack. Then sit back and enjoy the view! 

You will cruise for about 30 minutes to a spot behind Shell Island. The crew will anchor the boat as shallow as possible, typically around 5ft deep, depending on wave conditions. You and the family can get in the water by going down the waterslide or walking down the descending staircase. You’ll be provided with masks and snorkels to use, or you can bring your own. While snorkeling you can find starfish, sanddollars, hermit crabs, blue crabs, sea urchins, fish and more! 

If snorkeling isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, there are lots of options! There are two stand-up paddleboards and kids love going down the slide over and over again. And if you really just want some relaxation you can stay on the boat and kick back with a drink while soaking up the sun. The bartender will keep your drinks coming and there are two restrooms and a shaded area to keep you comfortable.

If Shell Island is calling your name be sure to head up to shore right away so you have ample time for all the activities. We do recommend wearing water shoes if possible, to avoid stepping on anything unpleasant. While on the beach you’ll need to stay on Bay side because you have to stay within view of the boat. While onshore you can explore and let the kids run around and hunt for crabs.

After Shell Island it's time to go looking for dolphins! If conditions are favorable the boat will take you through the shipping channel to the Gulf of Mexico. This is where the local pods of dolphins are often feeding and swimming along or jumping out of the water. Here babies can be seen with their moms and pods can swim right under the boat, giving you the full grasp of their beauty and size. The boat will generally stay in the vicinity of the dolphins for a little while, giving you ample time to take pictures and watch from the boat. We cannot guarantee seeing the dolphins, but we will certainly try our best!

On the way back to the dock is when the crew kicks it up a notch with games and dancing. 

Reviews (59)
1 - 5 of 59 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Good Time But Remember Your Audience

Having been on a couple similar cruises in the area this was as good as any of them. They all have similar vibes and clientele. Some country songs about drinking down in the islands, a couple reggae songs, etc. If you let yourself be in...More

Thank Palooka32
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Firsts for everything for us and it was great!

We really enjoyed our whole trip. We loved the sails, dolphins, snorkeling and paddle boards. Never felt intimidated or discouraged. The staff was super sweet. Made it special for kids of all ages. Highly recommended! Take snacks but enjoy the drinks on board.

Thank holly s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Relaxing adventure

We done the dolphin and snorkel trip. It was very relaxing. Awesome experience to be able to snorkel and look for sea life and shells. Definitely a unique experience that we have never done before. We did get to see dolphins on our trip. The...More

Thank Melinda D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Church outing

We had a really great time! The staff was very helpful from planning stages to the day of the trip. The wonderful crew members help to make our cruise delightful! We were a big group/ church. We really enjoyed!

Thank Maylor G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fun but a tad disappointing

All of the people were super nice - from the booking to the staff to the photographer at the end. We had been booked another cruise that cancelled at the last minute so I was thrilled to get the last two spots on this one...More

Thank Merrill B
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Remart12
25 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Tweety4676 | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hrs
1
Vote
ldeugaw
27 July 2018|
Answer
Response from Handsomej379 | Reviewed this property |
40-50
1
Vote
Jose M
10 July 2018|
Answer
Response from ariel s |
Yes
0
Votes
Travellers Also Viewed
Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel...
62 Reviews
from USD 32.99*
Waverunner Dolphin Excursion
4 Reviews
from USD 107.99*
Sunset & Dolphin Catamaran Cruise in...
47 Reviews
from USD 32.10*
Panama City Beach Dolphin Tour with...
26 Reviews
from USD 52.43*
Frequently bought together
Sunset & Dolphin Catamaran Cruise in...
47 Reviews
from USD 32.10*
Sunset Catamaran Sail
97 Reviews
from USD 30.00*
Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel...
62 Reviews
from USD 32.99*
Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel...
62 Reviews
from USD 32.99*
Shell Island Pontoon Rental
8 Reviews
from USD 168.00*
Waverunner Dolphin Excursion
4 Reviews
from USD 107.99*
Panama City Beach Adventure Catamaran...
82 Reviews
from USD 69.00*
Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel...
62 Reviews
from USD 32.99*
Cold Spring Eco Tour
26 Reviews
from USD 110.00*
Panama City Beach Adventure Catamaran...
82 Reviews
from USD 69.00*