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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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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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Captain Dalton took us...
Brooklyn_V
, Aug 2022
Captain Dalton took us surfing with dolphins and it was the coolest experience I’ve ever had with dolphins! He was a great captain!
star-5
Better than anticipated!
Amanda_N
, Aug 2022
Captain Dalton was wonderful. He was very informative and made sure we could swim with dolphins. He was diligent to point out and retrieve a live conch and living sand dollar.We will definitely make another trip!
star-5
Paul was a super guide....
Gwen_P
, Aug 2022
Paul was a super guide. He was very knowledgeable and fun. We had a great time. We saw a manatee and several dolphins.
star-5
Relaxing excursion
David_M
, Jul 2022
Our guide Chris was wonderful. Really enjoyed spending time with him. He told us all about the area. We were able to see dolphins feeding and had a great time snorkeling at shell key. It was a highlight of our trip.
star-5
Dalton
Kellee_J
, Jul 2022
Dalton was a great captain! Very funny, super informative, and professional! My kids LOVED it and we will definitely be back.
star-5
Great Trip
k7dn4qbbyd
, Jul 2022
Our Captain was very helpful and had a lot of great information about the area. We were excited to see some dolphins! She’ll island was great. We were able to find a lot of shells.
star-5
A must do when in St. Pete!!
Barbara_R
, Jul 2022
What an awesome time!! Loved the boat and the dolphins were amazing!! Shelling was soooo much fun with my teens!! Would recommend and will definitely do again next time in St. Pete! Thanks Timmy!!!
star-5
What summer is for!
Jean_O
, Jul 2022
Captain Tim was amazing at telling us all about the area while cruising very comfortably in his pontoon boat, ensuring that we got to a peaceful place to see dolphins and also providing some amazing island time where we walked, talked, snorkeled, and looked for shells!
star-5
Great experience
Larry_F
, Jul 2022
We had a great time. Got to see dolphins and manatees. Enjoyed walking beach and looking for shells, water was beautiful.
star-5
Amazing trip!!
Donielle_J
, Jul 2022
Trip was great!! We saw so many dolphins and found great shells. Thanks Captain Tim for a great trip!!
star-5
Had a great afternoon on...
Amy_K
, Jul 2022
Had a great afternoon on the boat with dalton as the cpt! They made sure we found some dolphins and got to enjoy the beach area for a while. Thanks for a fun day
star-5
Me and my family had such...
Zbigniew_K
, Jul 2022
Me and my family had such a fun time. We learned about animals and the life in Florida. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Heather_A
, Jul 2022
The captains were amazing. The crews of passengers were no more than six a boat and the dolphin and manatee sightings were awesome. I would definitely recommend this company to others!
star-5
Family fun
Becca_S
, Jul 2022
My kids really enjoyed the adventure with Curt where we seen lots of wildlife like manatees, dolphins, and birds. My oldest daughter who is 7 loved snorkeling at shell key. She found sand dollars and lots of shells as souvenirs
star-5
AMAZING!! Dolphins, Manatees, Seashells and More!
Shannen_P
, Jul 2022
Captain Dalton was AMAZING and this trip was so much fun. Not your average super crowded boat where you worry about getting a good seat. Every seat was amazing! Captain Dalton was very knowledgeable and as a local to the area knew exactly where to take us to see manatees, dolphins and even some snook! Shell Key is beautiful and even though there were a surprising number of boaters out and around it was like a little piece of private beach! We found some awesome shells and even a sand dollar during our time snorkeling and had a blast. We booked this as a last minute thing to do before leaving Downtown St.Pete and we sure were happy we did. Captain Dalton recommended a nice place further up the coast to grab food and shop and while we there we saw even more dolphins as an added bonus! This really was an awesome experience and we will do it again when we are in town! Thanks Captain Dalton and congrats again on your baby girl!
star-5
Shell Key Paradise
Michelle_t
, Jul 2022
Captain Tim helped make the trip even better! Super knowledgeable and friendly. We would definitely recommend this trip!!
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Making great family memories
Stacy_B
, Jul 2022
It was a wonderful day spending time with my family seeing a momma dolphin and her calf, a manatee, hunting sea shells with my girls. Captain Dalton was very personable and knowledgeable of the wildlife and the area. This will be one of our great family memories
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I did know about the...
Jill_H
, Jul 2022
I did know about the cancellation policy and took a chance. I honestly thought that they would be more flexible and reasonable with travelers (especially k owing how flights have been going nowadays). I had to cancel due to late arrival. There was no refund, not even a partial refund. Very frustrating, and made our already delayed trip more expensive and disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Jill you didn't notify us of you were canceling out of your afternoon tour until an hour before departure. Yet you knew about your long flight delay very early that morning. We can set aside the 24hr cancellation policy if you give us 8 hours notice. But not 1 hour. That's too much to ask from a small company like ours.
star-5
Captian Tim and crew were...
Jennifer_F
, Jul 2022
Captian Tim and crew were amazing!! The boat only holds 6 passengers so it feels like a private charter!! The Captain was knowledgeable about the area, the marine and wildlife and shared some very interesting facts with us. The crew was very motivated to find dolphins and we did! They also found a beach spot to dock at that wasn't packed, which I thought would be nearly impossible considering it was a holiday weekend, but once again they were successful! We explored the small island we docked at, did some shelling, and snorkeling. They even flagged down the hot dog boat so everyone who wanted to could purchase snacks. On the way back to the marina we were lucky enough that our Captain spotted a manatee that we watched swim around and surface for air a few times, it was the perfect ending to an amazing trip. We are local and have a lot of visitors, we have used other boating services before but none compare to this company for a nice afternoon boating trip. We will definitely be using Island Ferry again in the future and we will always request Captain Tim!!! Thanks for an amazing afternoon on the water!
star-5
Great time
Eva_S
, Jul 2022
The captain was very friendly and did everything possible to show us a good time. Had a great time.. thank you

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