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Tierra Verde, United States
Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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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Trip Worth While!
Yasmine_W
, Nov 2021
The Captain was so friendly and knowledgeable, we loved talking with him! Seeing the dolphins BONUS!
star-5
Great!
Kayla_W
, Oct 2021
Great experience and the captain was awesome!! It was a great time and we loved that capacity was only 6 because it made the trip intimate and personable. Highly recommend!
star-5
A must experience!
Julie_W
, Oct 2021
Captain Roger was very friendly and welcoming. He shared a lot of knowledge of the area from amazing wildlife to the rich and famous who owned waterfront homes near the marina. We saw some playful dolphins exiting the channel to the gulf. We snorkeled and found amazing sand dollars and saw beautiful fish. Thanks for an amazing time!
star-5
Florida Fun!
Patricia_Z
, Oct 2021
We were lucky enough to see manatees, dolphins and white Pelicans! Loved snorkeling for shells! It was especially nice to go on the 9 am cruise, a little cooler and a great view of everything waking up!
star-5
First off-great weather....
Adele_F
, Oct 2021
First off-great weather. Nice clean comfortable boat. Super nice and knowledgeable captain. Got to see manatee..
star-5
Our shelling excursion
Douglas_M
, Oct 2021
The shelling was awesome! The captain, ( Roger ) made sure we found dolphins. Wonderful, pleasant and safe trip. Highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Awesome! Dalton was great!
Tonya_T
, Oct 2021
We saw so many dolphins and Dalton had so much interesting information about them. There were baby dolphins!!!
star-5
Our Captain Roger was...
Chuck_G
, Oct 2021
Our Captain Roger was awesome he explained the history of the islands and the homes around the area . He took us to best place to snorkel it was unbelievable. A great tour for kids we had a 7 year old and a 6 month old in a stroller. Plenty of space and accommodating. Great tour and the service was awesome. We will be again for sure .
star-5
Awesome experience
Courtney_R
, Sep 2021
We had the best time on our dolphin cruise with captain Dalton! I could not have asked for a better experience. We got to see 2 separate sets of mom and baby dolphins and learned a ton of information about them too! captain Dalton also got one set of mom and baby to surf the wave behind the boat, it was AMAZING!! We can’t wait to come back to Florida and do it again 🙂🙂
star-5
Need a fun day in paradise?
Bekka_P
, Sep 2021
Our guide Tony was awesome. He made sure we got the full time even though one of the parties was late (we weren’t concerned anyways) but he was so kind and welcoming even to the late ones and we all need grace, love, and understanding like that. All 6 of us on that boat had a blast. We saw dolphins, learned local history of buildings, and went snorkeling. Definitely worth the money. 10/10 would recommend.

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