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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

Departure Point

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.

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
  • 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

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.

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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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

Reviews

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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.
star-5
Amazing!
Jenan_E
, Sep 2021
We got to see a momma dolphin & a baby! We found so many amazing shells! It was a great time with the kids!
star-4
We saw a Mother dolphin...
Gina_T
, Sep 2021
We saw a Mother dolphin and her two babies at the end of the trip. Perfect ending to a lovely afternoon excursion!
star-5
Touring the ocean and the...
Julie_M
, Sep 2021
Touring the ocean and the beautiful views. This didn’t seem to be the best place to snorkel although we had an overcast. The current was strong and I hope to Actually do some good snorkeling. This was more of a tour than a snorkeling trip
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We got the snorkeling...
Olivia_M
, Sep 2021
We got the snorkeling pretty quickly which I loved and learned a lot of history about the beaches and homes there. Very fun!
star-4
Good time
Heather_P
, Sep 2021
Enjoyed the boat ride and shell beach. We got some really pretty shells. Captain was very friendly and knowledgeable about the surrounding area. Saw 1 dolfin and 1 sea turtle.
star-5
Thanks to Tony, for an...
Brenda_C
, Aug 2021
Thanks to Tony, for an amazing, informative day! Wish I could post the video of the manatees we saw!!
star-5
Captain dalton was...
lindsay_g
, Aug 2021
Captain dalton was awesome, very knowledgeable about the area and had a great sense of humor! Dalton made every effort to have us see as many dolphins as we could, he gave us a lot of fun facts about the area and different things about dolphins. Got to swim right next to a manatee during the snorkeling portion. Great music to listen to. Would definitely recommend and go again when visiting the area!
star-5
Great cruise and snorkel event!
Carina_W
, Aug 2021
The Dolphin Watch Cruise was great! The owner/captain took extra steps to make sure we saw several dolphins. We were lucky to also experience a mom and baby dolphin surf in the waves behind the boat! The company communicated clearly and promptly with us regarding changes in schedule due to weather issues. Highly recommend!
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Perfect
Patricia_P
, Aug 2021
Although we only saw a few dolphins, we saw an aggregation of manatee. She’ll Key was amazing. Captain Daulton was the best. We will be back in November and hope to see captain Daulton next time. Thank you for the experience.

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