3-Day Dolphin Swim Program in Panama City
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The Price of the 3-Day wild dolphin swim tour in Panama City is $430.00 (US) + tax per person. Equipment Included. We offer the 3-Day Program for a minimum of 3 participants only. The price does not include accommodation or food or transportation.
If you are looking for things to do in Panama City and Destin, try our Shell Island dolphin cruise or sunset cruise
Why should you book with us and not with our competitors ?
- We are the oldest and most experienced wild dolphin swim facility in Panama City (since 1995).
- Unlike on our competitors boats, in addition to the captain, our boats have crew (between May 01 and August 31). Our specially trained staff will come with you in the water and help you and/or your children with your experience.
- Thanks to our collaboration with marine biologists and thanks to our experience with educational programs in the schools of Bay County and 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 for a more enjoyable, more respectful and safer experience.
- Unlike with most of our competitors tours, the owner of our company is also a boat captain and is actually on the water every day implementing the comprehensive programs.
Daily Schedule for the 3-Day Swim with the Dolphins Tour in Panama City (subject to change):
- 9:00 a.m. – Presentation by Water Planet staff on the topics of the environment around Panama City and the Shell Island area, principles of Ecology, dolphin physiology, ecotourism, swim with the dolphins programs, children and dolphins, animal therapy. Special needs children and dolphins, autism and dolphins, dolphin therapy, Dolphin Assisted Therapy, is it legal to swim with dolphins. How to interact with wild dolphins, some information on bottlenosed dolphin social behavior and proper etiquette to swim with dolphins.
- 10:30: a.m. – Snorkeling class in a swimming pool – safety rules before you swim with wild dolphins and guidelines on boats
- 12:00 Noon: – Break
- 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Dolphin swim cruise – dolphin encounter Exploration of Shell Island and marine ecology “wet lab” optional.
- 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Dolphin swim cruise – dolphin encounter Exploration of Shell Island and marine ecology “wet lab” optional (Water Planet staff dives for different forms of sea life: crustaceans, mollusks, fish, etc. and brings it back on board for viewing and identification before release).
- Free time
- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m – Dolphin swim cruise. Sharing about your dolphin swim experience, questions-answers session and feedback on your dolphin swim experience.
- 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.- Dolphin swim cruise – dolphin encounter Exploration of Shell Island and marine ecology “wet lab” optional.
the dolphin trips are very fluid and they unfold differently every day based on the weather conditions, visibility in the water, dolphins behavior and their whereabouts.
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. Then they get back on board and we continue on either to catch up with them and do it again or look for other dolphins depending on their mood. 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. If the surf conditions allow it, we beach the boat at Shell Island, explore and look for shells. Check out small lake for gators. We also stop to snorkel by the jetties, which is habitat for allot of different fish species including Angel Fish, Blue Tang, Spade Fish, Grouper, Snapper, Lookdowns, wrasses, Jacks, Needlefish, 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. The order of activities will be altered based on conditions.
We are proud to be among the tour 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, free bottled water, snorkeling gear. It does not include gratuities. 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. 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.
- 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. .
- March through October (based on availability)
Payments for the dolphin tours are to be made as follows:
- 50% down-payment to hold reservations.
- Balance due on arrival.
- 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.
- Water Planet cannot guarantee interaction with wild dolphins nor ideal weather conditions. Trip fees cannot be refunded due to adverse weather or absence of dolphins.
TEMPORARY CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
As a result of the Covid-19 situation, we are sorry to inform you that we cannot issue any refunds for cancellations. This applies to all bookings made for tours scheduled between February 15 and the official re-opening of the water sports industry in Panama City Beach. We will send you a voucher for the number of passengers you have paid for. This voucher has no expiration. It can be used any time in the future (based on availability). This new Emergency Policy supersedes any other policy issued by us in the past until further notice. This measure will allow us to stay in business. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- Cancellation and Change Policy: All cancellations and changes for the 3-Day dolphin swim tours 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 15 days prior = $10.00 cancellation fee per person
- 15 days to 72 hours = $50.00 penalty per person.
- Less then 72 hours: you lose your deposit.
- No refund once you have started the program.
- No show = Full charge.
- Should you not notify us 15 days 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 will not run the 3-Day Dolphin Swim Program for less than 3 participants.
Accommodation can be arranged by request.
3-Day Dolphin Swim Tours are offered March through October Check with us for availability!