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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

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star-5
Awesome time
Athena_B
, Jun 2022
Amazing time ! Saw lots of dolphins and shell key beach was great !! our tour guide was professional and attentive
star-4
Captain Tim was awesome!
Cathy_T
, Jun 2022
Captain Tim was awesome, found a pod of dolphins. The trip to shell island was not what we expected, but that was not Captain Tim's fault. We thought we were going to be taken out to snorkel, not left on our own to do it. Besides that we had a good time. Thank you Captain Tim.
star-5
Beautiful views, great time!!
Tyler_P
, Jun 2022
It was such a fun incredible experience for the adults and kids!!! Our tour guide Kirk was amazing, very fun and knowledgeable and over all a blast! Our trip was one we will always remember and will definitely be going back for and requesting Kirk again!!
star-5
The experience was...
Ashley_B
, Jun 2022
The experience was wonderful. Our guide was very informative and gave great info. We were able to see dolphins and a manatee. 10/10 would recommend.
star-5
Must do
Venus_C
, Jun 2022
My daughter and I found 5 sand dollars each, and got to lots of live conks🤩🤩 And a beautiful boat ride there seen a couple dolphins but we were more interested in shell key
star-3
If you like she collecting then go.
Michele_R
, Jun 2022
The shelling on Shell Key was nice and should receive top billing on the tour. Dolphin "watch" should be last as it is only a watch for dolphin band you might glimpse one or two. It is definitely not worth top billing. These are wild animals and they only show up if conditions are just right. You do not get a close up of any.
star-5
Fun day!
Corey_R
, Jun 2022
Not many dolphins but my kids loved snorkeling for shells! All staff were very friendly and helpful.
star-5
Dolphin and snorkeling tour
John_E
, Jun 2022
I booked the dolphin and snorkeling tour of shell key with this company over the past weekend, and it turned out to be a wonderful outing that I would recommend to anyone. Captain Dalton was a conservation-minded and eco-conscious individual who worked really hard to make sure everyone on the boat had a great time. We saw a manatee, which for us would have been great all by itself! But as the cruise went on, we also saw dolphin and tarpon, and we had a great time during the snorkeling portion of the tour as well, where we saw mainly sand dollars, conches, and starfish. All the time, Captain Dalton was very careful to protect the wildlife from being harassed, or harmed. I am very thankful to the staff and crew of Island Ferry for creating what will be a lasting memory for us! John E
star-5
Awesome, relaxing tour!
Kari_C
, Jun 2022
Chris was an amazing guide. Loads of interesting information and a relaxing time. He really made it an enjoyable day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Found lots of sand...
Rebecca_F
, Jun 2022
Found lots of sand dollars and snorkeling . We did take a detour to get a tent out of the water and that took a little time and time out of our trip. Otherwise we had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Wow so you're the type of person that would penalize us for doing something to clean up the environment and make our waterways safe. Bad form. Maybe an Eco- Tour is just not your cup of tea.
star-5
Get what you ask for from captain Tim.
Bob_C
, Jun 2022
Our captain Tim was the greatest. He asked what we wanted to do and made it happen for us. We spent extra time looking for dolphins and SCORE!!! Tim gave us exactly what we asked for plus some. We will definitely book again next year when we return. This time it will be a longer cruise. Thanks a lot to Tim, our captain, and the rest of the crew. We even got to purchase T shirts. Can't wait until June 2023. Hopefully Tim will be available to take us on a longer cruise/tour. I think we were spoiled.
star-4
Fun for all ages!
William_T
, May 2022
Our guide was amazing and knowledgeable. The water was beautiful and we saw dolphins. The snorkeling was kind of a bust because the water wasn’t clear but we found cool shells. If you’re a veteran, call to get a discount. All in all, it was a great time!
star-5
One of the most memorable experiences of our honeymoon!
Phillip_V
, May 2022
Dolton was our captain, and he was very knowledgeable, down to earth, and genuinely seemed to love the life he lived! There was another ferry that went with us and the 2 ferries created waves together that a mother and baby dolphin swam into! It was a great show, first time ever seeing a dolphin! The snorkeling at the sand bar was amazing also, we collected sand dollars and shells and it was nice because we could go off and explore. We will definitely be going again!
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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!!

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