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Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key

Tierra Verde, United States

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What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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

Departure Point

Tierra Verde Marina Resort, 200 Madonna Blvd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
What is the policy on sanitization during Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
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 Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key.
What is the social distancing policy during Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key.
What is the maximum group size during Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key.

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  • "They have a cooler you can put them in on the boat." See review


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Grateful to travel with my special Daughter tiffany and spend time. And we blessed with an experienced captainn
, Dec 2020
We really enjoyed the professionalism of the captain and his wife. Explained all the details. Although we did not see dolphins we saw a few tarpon and came close to a snook in the water. We also got sand dollars and other shells. Enjoy the water over there we also went and enjoyed the hotel afterwards. Swam in the pool and had some steamed clams and sushi really enjoyed the trip Have been busy and with corona were stuck for several months. Looking forward to another Father -Daughter trip next summer. Being a motor coach operator was shut down for awhile things are picking up slowly Thanks Again.
Awesome time!
, Nov 2020
We had a wonderful time on our boat trip to Shell Key. Captain Dalton and Justin were knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun. We saw dolphins and sharks, along with plenty of birds and learned a lot of history about the area. Snorkeling shell key was nice, loads of shells, but we did not see a lot of fish. The water was beautiful and so clear, it was a great experience. Highly recommend it to anyone that likes boats, wants to see some dolphins, enjoys birdwatching, likes shelling, or just wants to get away for a little bit. Kids would love this!
The dolphin watching
, Oct 2020
Staff was fantastic!! So knowledgeable and so much fun! They really cared about us having a great experience. We will definitely be having more adventures with this group in the future!
Great family day
, Oct 2020
We had a great time! Captain Tony was the best! He was very knowledgeable and entertaining!! He took us for a nice little cruise then anchored on shell key for some beach time. It was everything we hope for and more!
Great time
, Oct 2020
Captain Dalton was AWESOME! He made the adventure fun and entertaining. I will definitely do this trip again. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to take a ride over to Shell Island.
Must do
, Sep 2020
Captain Chris was great! The snorkling was amazing and we had a wonderful time! Totally recommend Shell key!
Seashells and fun
, Sep 2020
My daughter and I had a great time. Our boat captain was fun. He took us out into the water as much as he could so we could see some dolphins. We had a blast digging for seashells, she found quite a bit along with what we called the 'jackpot'; a sand dollar. She was happy with what she got. Would definitely recommend this trip to some one else and also would go back.
Awesome adventure
, Aug 2020
Our driver was very kind. He knew s lot about the area and we seen dolphins, sharks, and manitee s, very good day. She'll island was amazing as well
, Aug 2020
Dolton was our captain and he was very knowledgeable and gave us an amazing experience. He even had dolphins ride behind our boat. Would definitely recommend bringing water shoes because the seashells are no joke. Also, they’re sanitizing their snorkeling equipment (and were doing so even prior to COVID). But you can bring your own, if you prefer. The marina was such a beautiful view. We will definitely be doing this excursion again!
, Aug 2020
This was a really fun excursion! The caption was very knowledge and fun! Our boat had some mechanical issues but they made it all fun and we ended up getting to see more dolphin and got extra time added to the trip. Highly recommend.

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