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“SO much fun!”

Dolphin and Snorkel Tours
Ranked #1 of 101 Tours in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dolphin And Snorkel Tours is a educational tour company for people who do not want to be in big groups of people and love and respect wildlife. Our boat never exceeds 6 guests per tour. Although the Bottlenose Dolphins are the main attraction, we also show you all kinds of local wildlife. Of course all the animals we see are wild, so we never quite know what we will get to see for sure. Aside from the dolphins, we see many different species of birds like Osprey, Pelicans, Eagles, Wading birds, and many more. We see an occasional Manatee passing through, Sharks, Rays, Turtles, colorful fish, and even Deer. On the snorkeling part of the tour, we go to one of our many places, there are tons of great snorkeling sites in the area. This area is considered to be one of the best places to snorkel in Florida. Some of the places we snorkel are shipwrecks, artificial reefs, sandbars, and sea grass flats. Captain Lorraine, who is the owner and operator, will get in the water with you and teach you how to snorkel correctly and she will pull up sea life like urchins, crabs, mollusks, starfish, sand dollars, and even fish. Of course we make sure to release these delicate creatures unharmed. We encourage guest to only take dead souvenirs home with them. We also stop on Shell Island, which is an uninhabited barrier island, full of shells, wildlife, and world class beaches. You thought the Panama City Beach's were beautiful? Then you are in for a treat, Shell Island Beaches are even more beautiful. Guests commonly say that they feel like they are in the Caribbean when visiting the island. This island can only be accessed by boat. We even do extended tours, where we drive down to the far end of the island or the next island, called Crooked Island, where most people don't get to go. These tours are so far off the beaten path that we can sometimes not see a single other soul for as far as the eye can see. The only thing you need to bring is a towel. We have everything you need from full gear, wetsuits, refreshments, floats, life jackets, sunscreen, a glass bottom viewer, a underwater microphone, and even some extra jackets just in case! Many people like to bring their own snacks and drinks on longer tours. Guests are allowed to bring beer and wine. We also provide an iced cooler and a picnic blanket for you. We are located in Bay Point Marina, which is the closest marina to Shell Island, the area's best snorkeling spots, wildlife rich area's and to the Dolphins. We are not a tour that spends most of our time in route. We start seeing wildlife almost immediately. Our location also allows us to go further off the beaten path down the coastline then many other tours. Here at Dolphin and Snorkel Tours, we have two goals. Our first goal is to be the best tour you will ever be on. We want to make you feel special. We treat you like family when you're with us. We customize our tours to fit your needs and wants. We even do special customized cruises, like concert cruises, moonlight cruises, night snorkeling, engagement cruises and just about anything you can think of. Our second goal is to provide fun, educational experiences, that allow for a greater understanding and respect for wildlife. We pride ourselves in not participating in any harassment of dolphins. We do not chase, feed, or force wild dolphins to swim with us. If they could, the dolphins would thank you for choosing a tour outfitter that cares.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 30 March 2018

My husband and I along with our 3 daughters (14,11,10) took the 3 hr dolphin and snorkel tour with Captain Croix. It was fantastic! We all thoroughly enjoyed our time on the boat, Croix was pleasant, fun, engaging with our kids. He was knowledgeable about the area and (very important to us) very respectful of the dolphins' space. I think the highlight of the trip was the stop on Shell Island, to spend time on an unspoiled shoreline like that was awesome. Overall just a fun, relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Well worth the cost. Thanks again to Croix for a great time!

3  Thank Rebecca W
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

This tour was awesome, I mean awesome. Captain Croix was outstanding, personable, and did an amazing job. There were six of us on the tour, two were our 12 year old daughters and he was wonderful with them. We saw a ton of dolphins, some came right up to the boat, went to shell island and did some snorkeling, found starfish, sand dollars and all kinds of sea life. The music Captain Croix played for us was an added bonus as well. Our daughters had a blast and their snapchat was lit! Thanks Captain Croix for a wonderful experience.

4  Thank 70SeanF34
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Had such a great experience here with Captain Drew! Saw so many dolphins and a baby one! Snorkeling was great and was Drew very was patient with my 12 year old who was struggling. Would recommend this to everyone!

2  Thank Angela C
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

What a great way to end our vacation to Panama City Beach. We took the 3:30 Dolphin and Snorkel Tour with Drew. Drew was a great guide and was very knowledgeable. It was too cold for us to snorkel, but Drew was able to find sea life to show us and took us to a great area on Shell Island to look for shells. While this was great, the highlight of our tour was seeing so many dolphins! Right at the start of the tour, Drew was able to take us to see some dolphins jumping/playing in front of a large barge coming in. It was really neat to see. Later in the tour he took us to an area where several groups of dolphins (including babies!) were all around us. It truly was amazing to see these animals in the wild.
I highly recommend taking a tour with the company. Our family of 5 had the boat to ourselves and Drew was able to direct the tour based specifically on our interests. It was so worth it to be able to do what we wanted to do. Take the tour!

1  Thank Jenni V
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend this tour! You get your own boat and tour guide to help you along the way! We had Drew, who was very helpful! He answered all our questions and was super funny and easy to talk to! We appreciated that he was communicating with other captains to make sure we got to see dolphins (we even saw a baby dolphin) and have the best experience possible! During snorkeling he helped us identify what we were seeing in the water and helped explain everything for us first time snorklers! We will deffinetly be back here!!

2  Thank sydney H
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