Dolphin Cruise To Shell Key - St Petersburg

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See dolphins and visit Shell Key at the same time! See dolphins in their natural habitat, along with manatees, rays, and wild birds. Then go shelling on Shell Key Preserve, where you'll find hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, and more.


  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Family friendly
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Small-group tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Enjoy a 2-hour dolphin snorkeling cruise and ride along the beautiful Boca Ciega Bay in St. Pete Beach, home to the beloved dolphins and manatees. See these beautiful creatures up close and personal in their natural habitat. In your boat, visit the dolphins in the shallow sandbars, where dolphin mothers and dolphin calves love to feed and play.

Then head towards the Gulf of Mexico, to the pristine Shell Key Island Wildlife Preserve. Venture into the island's beach, and take a stroll along the white sandy beach as you collect unique, fascinating shells. Spend an hour or so on Shell Key Island, and snorkel in its three-foot waters off the beach. It's a great way to find live shells and conchs, and snorkelers are often visited by rays and manatees during warm-weather seasons.

Inclusions for Dolphin Cruise To Shell Key

  • Bottled water
  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Small-group tour

Exclusions for Dolphin Cruise To Shell Key

  • Food, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

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

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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7 Traveler Reviews

  • Loved it! Pontoon boat with a small group and flexible, personable captain!

  • Excellent !!!Small group ,had lots of time to watch dolphins and snorkel !! Captain was knowledgeable, answered all our questions Made my 6 year old grandson day by having him name the dolphins ..Even had a snack for him!! Definately would recommend Island Ferry !!

  • Our trip was scheduled for Monday, but upon arrival at the dock we were met by the owner, who was extremely friendly and polite. He recommended we postpone the trip as the water was choppy and he said we would not enjoy the boat ride. He also told us there would be no charge if we decided to cancel. We booked the trip for the next day and were very glad we did, as we ended up the only ones going out! The trip was awesome and the guide, Brian I think was excellent. Highly recommend this excursion!!

  • There were 4 of us and we all enjoyed the trip. The captain and helper were very informative and helpful. We saw a lot of dolphin and some stingray. The children on board loved feeding the seagulls. Snorkeling was fun. The island park was interesting. Thank you for a great time. We were in the back of the boat so couldn't hear everything that was being said. It would have been nice to have somewhere to change after the trip, but we managed.

  • Friday February 3rd we took the 2pm dolphin watch cruise and found dolphins in the bay. The boat was comfortable, had a comfortable ride, and it was great to be on the water on this beautiful 77 degree, sunny day. We found and followed dolphins. It was fun and we highly recommend it.

  • We had a blast! We didn't see but a couple of dolphins, but the guide did his best to find them for us. We loved the shell island stop. We found lots of shells. The guys were great - they watched our things while we were snorkelling. They helped us get on and off the boat, they were very gracious and cooperative. I would recommend this trip to my friends, and if I get back over there - I would do it again. Thank you for your recommendation. Helen and family

  • Had a great day. Dan the captain was phenomenal. Beautiful ride and weather. Would definitely recommend it.

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