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Dolphin Shelling Snorkeling Cruise in Tampa

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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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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

Departure Point

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!!!!!

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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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Saw so many dolphins!
, 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.
Great three hour adventure!
, Dec 2021
Capt Tyler was awesome. Entertaining and knowledgeable! Would recommend it to anyone. Even with dense fog, the trip was memorable!
Excellent experience!
, 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!
A great way to spend the afternoon.
, 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.
Little piece of heaven!
, 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!
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Nice excursion!
, Jun 2021
The boat captain and guide were very friendly and accommodating!! He knew just where to go to spot dolphins and manatees. The snorkeling off of Shell Island was beautiful but didn't see much under water but shells.
Best day ever!!
, May 2021
Wow I couldn’t have asked for a better trip! Captain Mahi Mike and his 1st mate were top notch!! Great boat ride seeing the area and beautiful marine life, snorkeling in the gorgeous water, a day my family will always cherish!!
, May 2021
Nice trip, Mahi Mike! You guys nailed it. Would definitely do again! Mike even went diving to make sure everyone on the cruise went home with a sand dollar.
Amazing experience
, Apr 2021
Mike and garret were so nice, it was a great experience they made sure to go the extra mile and take us to shell preserve where there weren’t any other boats so we got the first pick when shelling. We saw dolphins and manatees! It was wonderful
Seeing dolphins, manatees...
, Apr 2021
Seeing dolphins, manatees and finding sand dollars. The snorkeling was not good at all. I couldn't see past my hand. Captain Randy was great!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
I am confused about this review. We do not and never have had staff by the name of Captain Randy. You are referring to Dolphin Snorkeling Cruise out of Gulfport. They have a " Captain Randy" and are not on Trip Advisor. We do have Captain Tim, Barrie, and Mike. Thank you for the review not related to this company.

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