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1 Day Swim with the Dolphins Tour in Panama City near Destin Florida



Find dolphin tours to Shell Island in Panama City, Florida

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The Price of the 1-Day dolphin tour is starting at$103 (US)+ tax per person including snorkeling gear rental.

Morning and afternoon dolphin tours. The 1-Day dolphin tour in Panama City lasts 4 hours.

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Where can I swim with the dolphins? During our dolphin tour, the dolphins swim close enough to be photographed.

Our dolphin swim programs are near 30A and Destin

If you are looking for things to do in the Destin 30A area in Florida, it is worth the short drive to Panama City Beach to participate in our Shell Island dolphin tours and dolphin swim cruise. We are located 30 minutes away from 30A and 45 minutes from Destin. Please allow more time during traffic hours. Click here to view driving directions from the Destin Fort Walton area.

Why should you book with us and not with our  competitors ?

  • We are the oldest and most experienced wild dolphin swim tours facility in Panama City  (since 1995).
  • Unlike on our competitors boats, in addition to the captain, our boats have crew to assist you during your dolphin tour. Special help available by request between May  01 and August 31 only (based on availability). Our specially trained staff will come with you in the water and  help you and/or your children with your dolphin viewing experience.
  • Thanks to our collaboration with marine biologists and  thanks to our experience with past educational programs in the schools of Bay County and to our experience with various girl and  boy scouts groups and church groups, we will actually educate you and your children on wild dolphins and their  social life and behavior for a more enjoyable, more respectful and safer experience.
  • Unlike with most of our competitors dolphin tours,  the owner of our company is also a boat captain and is actually on the water implementing the  comprehensive programs. 


  • 8:30 AM or 1:00 PM: Check-in, you fill out the waiver and receive your snorkeling gear
  • 9:00 AM or 1:30 PM: Boarding and orientation by Water Planet staff. Education about dolphin physiology and social life. How to swim with wild dolphins, information on bottlenose dolphin behavior and proper etiquette for interaction, safety guidelines before you swim with the dolphins
  • 9:30 AM or 2:00 PM: Dolphin swim tour. Dolphin swims and (optional) walk on Shell Island, marine ecology wet lab in option and by request. Water Planet staff and clients snorkel for different forms of marine life: sand dollars, starfish, hermit crabs, seashells, fish, etc. and bring it back on board for viewing and identification before release.
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Our dolphin tour is very fluid and it unfolds differently every day based on the weather conditions, visibility in the water, dolphins behavior and their whereabouts.

Check-in, welcome on board, giving out snorkeling gear and life vests, educational briefing, travel to the Shell Island area (about 15 minutes, look for dolphins and get in the water when appropriate.

The dolphins usually do not stay around the boat for long. Clients can stay in the water as long as the dolphins are present and as long as the dolphins tolerate human presence. (Wild dolphins are not pets and touching them or chasing them is not tolerated on our dolphin tour. It is also illegal.)

Swimmers get back on board and we continue our dolphin tour either to catch up with the animals and get back in the water  or to look for other dolphins depending on the dolphins tolerance. If the visibility is good, we may travel at low speed along the beach to look for stingrays, baby sharks or other sand dwelling fish and occasional manatee.

If the surf conditions allow it, we anchor the boat at Shell Island on the Gulf side, explore and look for shells. Visibility permitting, we also stop to snorkel by the jetties, which are habitat for allot of different fish species including Angel Fish, Blue Tang, Spade Fish, Grouper, Snapper, Red-Fish, Look-downs, wrasses, Jacks, Needle fish, Mullet, etc. Back inside the bay for shallow water seagrass wading or snorkeling (wet lab) and snorkeling on a 24-foot boat wreck sunk in 8 feet of water during Hurricane Ivan. Cruising inside the bay if time allows it and back to the dock.

By request, our Shell Island Eco-tour will take you to the nature preserve and bird sanctuary ideal for bird watching. The order of activities will depend on water conditions, visibility and guests preferences. Since the dolphins are wild and in their natural environment, we cannot predict or dictate their behavior and we will not force them to come close. If they do, it will be their choice. Please see our Q&A for more.

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  • The price of the dolphin tour includes the dolphin swim, dolphin educational package, snorkeling gear and bottled water. It does not include gratuities (15 to 20%). Our captains work hard to facilitate this experience for you.
  • Due to Covid-19, the snorkel tube is not available. If you have your own snorkeling gear, you are welcome to bring it with you. If you do not have it, we will let you use our snorkeling goggles.
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  • Children are welcome to participate in our dolphin tours. Our staff has years of experience with helping children in the water during their dolphin swim and on board the boat. By request and based on availability May through August only. Your children will love the close proximity of dolphins and will probably remember their dolphin tour for the rest of their life.
  • Pregnant women should consult their OBGYN before signing up for this tour if they have any concerns about their ability to engage in boating and snorkeling activities.
  • We have deep ladders to make it easier for you to get back up on board from the water after each dolphin swim. All our boats are equipped with double shades.
  • You are welcome to bring your own cooler and snacks if you wish. Or you can store your drinks in our cooler.
  • Swim with dolphins in Destin and 30A. It is difficult to find a dolphin tour in Destin that will allow you to get in the water with the dolphins. We are conveniently located at less than an hour from Destin, Florida. We welcome clients from Destin and 30A on our dolphin tours.

Payments for the dolphin tours are to be made as follows:

  • Book over the phone. Call 850-230 6030.
  • We accept all major credit cards.
  • Should you prefer to pay cash for a 5% discount the day of the tour, we will refund your card when you check in.


  • A $5.00 value included in your price. Due to Civid-19, we will lend you the goggles only. If you want to use a snorkeling tube, you need to bring your own. You are welcome to bring your own snorkeling gear.


  • Water Planet cannot guarantee interaction with wild dolphins nor ideal weather conditions. We will replace your trip if the dolphins do not show or you also get to reschedule if we cancel the trip due to an official severe weather advisory.

Cancellation and Change Policy:

  • All cancellations and changes for the dolphin swims must be received in writing (e-mail or post) or by telephone. We will not accept any cancellations or changes by voice-mail.
    • Customers may cancel or reschedule up to 48 hours prior to their arrival date and time to receive a full refund minus a $10 service fee. Customers who cancel after the 48-hour period will not be eligible for a refund.  Customers who want to reschedule after the 48 hours period will only be able to do so up to 24 hours before departure time. Should our schedule not allow for a reschedule during the customer’s stay, a voucher will be issued and  a $10 per person service fee will be collected before the voucher can be issued.
    • You have one opportunity only to reschedule. Once you have used it up, you cannot reschedule a second time. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis for instance if a note signed by a doctor is provided.
    • We reserve the right to reschedule your tour if you book for 3 or less based on availability.
    • Should you arrive more than 15 minutes after the departure time your card will be charged for the full amount, and the boat must leave without you. You will have to pay the full price over again if you want to re-book.
    • Should you not notify us (no voicemail) 48 hours ahead of time of a downward change in the number of participants in your party, you will be charged for the number of passengers you have signed up originally.
    • We reserve the right to move the departure time for parties of 3 or less based on availability.
    • Should the National Weather Service issue a “Small Craft Advisory” for the time of your tour, we will reschedule the tour and you will have the choice of cancelling for a refund if you cannot extend your stay and reschedule. Should you choose to reschedule, you cannot reschedule a second time or cancel the tour for whatever reason after that except if a National Weather Service Hazard to Navigation Advisory is published.
    • If the tour departs and we must return within the first half of the tour due to hazardous weather, we will issue a refund time-prorated up to 50% of the tour value (by request only).
    • If you have any complaints about your tour or questions about a reschedule or about payments, your captain will NOT be able to discuss these with you. Please call our office.