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2 Hour Dolphin Sightseeing and Boat Tour in Panama City Beach

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2 Hour Dolphin Sightseeing and Boat Tour in Panama City Beach
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get a chance to spot dolphin pods during this comfortable, nature-filled boat tour along St. Andrews Bay and into Gulf of Mexico, led by a local captain. Listen to insider commentary as you cruise the picturesque waters of the Florida coastline, departing from Panama City. Snorkeling equipment is included, and you’ll also enjoy a stroll down pristine Shell Island.
  • A dolphin-spotting boat cruise from Panama City, with Shell Island and snorkeling
  • Expert commentary: listen to facts and stories about the coastline as you cruise
  • Get a chance to spot local marine life, including the iconic bottlenosed dolphin
  • Disembark at Shell Island for a walk down its untouched, white-sand beaches
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Use of Snorkeling equipment
Bottled water
Private transportation
Cooler w/ ice
1209 Beck Ave , 1209 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401, USA

This tour departs from Boat Slip #1 at C.S.S. Yacht Basin. You may use the marina parking lot at 1213 Beck Ave Panama City 32401 for parking. There is a 2-3 minute walk from the parking lot to the boat slip, which is located beside the Shrimp Boat Restaurant.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Capt. Zach's Adventures
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.
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What is the policy on sanitization during 2 Hour Dolphin Sightseeing and Boat Tour in Panama City Beach?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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star-5
Awesome Experience
Amanda_M
, Jul 2022
We were able to see Dolphins and Sea turtles. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Our trip was awesome and highly recommended.
star-5
Amazing
Paula_S
, Jul 2022
My husband and I celebrating our 2nd anniversary. The views and first time snorkeling for the both of us was amazing. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Happy Anniversary! Glad you guys had a great time with us :)
star-5
Family friendly, definitely must do!
Niki_K
, Jul 2022
We had the best time. Captain Zack was so great! He made us feel right at home on his boat. Very family friendly. The dolphins weren’t out like we had expected. BUT we got to see a huge stingray! The snorkeling was more for the ocean life and not much so much shells. We found some hermit crabs, sea snails and tons of fish. We loved it so much. On the way back in to dock we ended up seeing some dolphins close to the dock. The water was amazingly clear. Captain Zack knew what he was doing for sure. We felt very safe with his boating skills! Thanks again for an amazing experience!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the kind words! We try to make it family friendly and sometimes when the dolphins are shy I can round up a stingray or sea turtle instead :) I hope to see you guys again!
star-5
Fun, private boat ride
Blackerrachel
, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic experience! The boat was under maintenance so we were moved to a pontoon with Captain Ron and Captain Mike who let us know there was a rare tide/wind (I think) event happening and offered to take us a different day instead. We said we were ok with a little rocking and wanted to get to shell island more than we cared about dolphins. They were amazing about getting us out there on a great ride and we even saw some dolphins anyway! We spent about an hour on the gorgeous island and Ron was great to talk to, had very interesting stories to share when we asked him about being a diver. Would love to go out with these guys again!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks guys! Captain Ron has some great stories! Glad we could make some great memories for you guys :)
star-5
Capt. Zack was a great...
Alexia_G
, May 2022
Capt. Zack was a great tour guide and me and my girls had a great time sightseeing!! 100% Recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
So glad you guys enjoyed your trip!
star-5
Best excursion in the Gulf.
Scott_M
, May 2022
Was worth every penny. If you are looking for a relaxing ride, this was it. Captain Zach was very knowledgeable about the area. He made us laugh and feel very welcome on the boat, he appreciated everyone. Almost feels like he would do it for free, just because he loves his job which was everything you want in a tour guide. I would give 10 stars if I could.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
So glad I could make you guys feel like family! I hope to see you guys again!
star-5
Great the driver was very good i really recommended.
Ramirio_A
, May 2022
I brought my family for the first time was very nice see the dolphins be around the water in a boat.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you guys! :)
star-5
Love this tour and guide
stephanie_d
, May 2022
Boat ride was just what we needed we didn’t see any Dolphins but did see couple turtles. Okay walked over a dune to a beautiful white sand beach. Would recommend great guy / guide. 5 stars
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you guys :)
star-5
Great time
James_G
, May 2022
We had a great time. Got to see a lot of great animals. Captain Zach was very informative and a pleasure to sail with. Would definitely recommend to anyone
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you guys! Hope we get to hang out again sometime!
star-5
Awesome
Jamaal_R
, May 2022
Great experience for a family that doesn't vacation. Loved it. I wish I had more time but will come back.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I really enjoyed talking with you! Hope to see you back again soon :)
star-5
Awesome tour with a great Captain!
Kyle_H
, May 2022
Tour was awesome, CPT Zack was great and had a lot of knowledge of the area. Shell Island was beautiful and he knew where the dolphins were. There was a lot to pack in this tour with only two hours I wish we would of had more time but it was an awesome tour. I’m looking forward to doing it again on our next visit.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Woohoo! Glad I could make some memories with you guys!
star-5
The best ride ever..
Cheryl_S
, Apr 2022
Stopping on shell Island. Visiting with the captain. Very friendly and pointed things out giving the history of it.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your awesome review!
star-5
Sunsets and Dolphins...yes please!
Carol_L
, Apr 2022
Captain Zach was super nice and knowledgeable about the area. This tour is a wonderful way to see many areas that can only be accessed by boat. My family loved the smaller size of the tour and the boat. We loved seeing the dolphins, the sunset and Shell Island. Highly recommend this tour if you want an experience tailored to your interests.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The best part of my job is meeting new people and showing them the best parts of our beautiful waterways! Glad you got to come see some cool stuff with us!
star-5
Best Experience Ever!!
Anonymous
, Mar 2022
We were in Panama city Beach for 24hrs to celebrate my husband's birthday. I booked this adventure and so glad I did. We we got on the 9:30am departure. It was only us, so it felt like a private tour. Captain Zach was very informative and a pleasure to chat with in general. We will be back with our family. Don't look at other deals similar to this. Book this one, you won't regret it. We went to the secret spot, no dolphins sightseeing but the entire trip was amazing. Nice music selection too. Cheers Captain Zach, keep up the amazing sails.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Your kind words mean a lot to us! Hope to see you guys again :)
star-5
Great Family Get Away
Nicole_P
, Mar 2022
Our guide was awesome, kids loved snorkeling, got to walk and pick up shells on th gulf side of shell island. We seen a ton of dolphins and pelicans too!! Great family outing, would definitely recommend!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you guys!
star-5
Getting a chance to see a...
Brendy_D
, Mar 2022
Getting a chance to see a pod of dolphins with a new born as the sun set was the best part of the trip!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Capt Zach's is where it's at! So glad you enjoyed your time with us out on the water :)
star-5
Best Adventure Ever
Angela_S
, Mar 2022
Being jus me my friend an the captain was jammed pack an we went to shell island 🏝 my heart sank 🥺🥺🥲🥲🥲💕💕an we seen dolphin 🐬 a bit
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
I am so glad I could make your trip one to remember! I hope to see you and your friends again soon!
star-5
Kid friendly and beautiful views
Jaclyn_P
, Mar 2022
We booked this trip for my son’s bday and he loved the experience. We saw a lot of dolphins, the boat ride was smooth and the captain is such a nice person. Great trip and very personal and not crowded. Definitely would book again.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Woohoo! I enjoyed talking with you guys and I hope to see you again!
star-5
Very Well Worth It!
Mark_D
, Feb 2022
An awesome experience! Captain Zach was very knowledgeable and very friendly. We saw several dolphins and some very cool sites along the way. I would recommend this adventure very highly!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
It was an adventure to remember!
star-5
Captain Zach’s Adventures is a must do!!!
Brenda_V
, Feb 2022
Captain Zach was great!!!! Funny, personable, knowledgeable, conscientious and mindful of passengers. Saw two different groups of dolphins (shy day for them) and other amazing scenery. Clean, safe and comfortable boat. Maximum of 6 passengers per cruise…..we were only 3 so felt like we were on a private charter. We got the chance to ask lots of questions! Definitely recommend!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!! Thanks Captain Zach for a wonderful afternoon!!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
You guys are very welcome! Glad I got to meet you guys!

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