It is highly recommended that you wear polarized sunglasses to cut the
glare on the water
to be able to see the beautiful wild dolphins better.
We generally find dolphins daily in a sandy bottomed area about 10' -
15' deep on the Gulf of Mexico side of Shell Island, often near the Jetty
Rocks. Here, the dolphins are constantly on the move in search of fish to
eat and doing the things dolphins do.
These are WILD dolphins in their natural habitat doing what they want
to do. Our encounters observe them on their terms and depend on what they
are doing and their mood. Encounters happen on nearly every trip, however,
there is no way that we can guarantee it. We are bound by the laws of The
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and subsequent amendments, in addition
to the laws of the State of Florida. We are not allowed to feed or harass
We snorkel and swim in the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay where
If dolphins approach you while snorkeling, the law suggests that you enjoy
moment of close encounter and then go back to the boat. Because dolphins are
almost always on the move, they usually move away fairly quickly, which
makes going back to the boat unnecessary.
A maximum of six passengers per trip reduces the impact on dolphins.
Like so many situations in nature, the more people want an experience, the
more opportunity we have to disrupt the natural order. Sometimes dolphins
may get agitated by our presence, so we move away to find a different group
or go on to snorkeling the grass flats or exploring the back country of
Shell Island. Often we
are able to return and see dolphins again or find a different group.
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3605 Thomas Drive
Treasure Island Marina
Panama City Beach, FL
Local: (850) 236-FINS
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