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

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The Price of the 1-Day dolphin tour is $98 (US)+ tax per person including snorkeling gear rental.

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

During our dolphin tour, the dolphins swim close enough to be photographed

If you are vacationing in the Destin area, Florida, it is worth the short drive to Panama
City Beach to participate in our dolphin tours and dolphin swim programs. 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 (between May  01 and August 31 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. 

Schedule

  • 8:45 AM or 1:15 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.

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.

We are proud to be among the operators who DO NOT FEED OR PET WILD DOLPHINS CLICK HERE TO READ WHY

  • 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.
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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.
  • 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. 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 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.
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Equipment:

  • A $5.00 value included in your price.

Notice:

  • Water Planet cannot guarantee interaction with wild dolphins nor ideal weather conditions. We will replace your trip if the dolphins do not show or 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.

  • Up to 24 hours: $5.00 cancellation fee.
  • Less then 24 hours: Full charge
  • No show = Full charge
  • Should you arrive more than 15 minutes after the appointment time your card will be charged and the trip must leave without you
  • Should you not notify us 24 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 2 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.
  • If the tour departs and we must return within the first half of the tour due to hazardous weather, we will issue a refund prorated up to 50% of the tour value by request only.

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Accommodation can be arranged by request.

1 Day Dolphin Swim Tours are offered March through November.
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