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Island Ferry's two-hour Dolphin-Snorkeling Cruise takes you snorkeling by boat to Shell Key, and to see dolphins at the same time! See dolphins in their natural habitat, along with manatees, rays, and wild birds. Go snorkeling and shelling on Shell Key Preserve, where you'll find hermit crabs, conchs, rays, horseshoe crabs, and more. ​ There's no telling what you might see on the Gulf of Mexico waters near Shell Key. 

Please note: this is not a "Swimming with Dolphins" experience. Contact with dolphins and manatees is strictly prohibited.

Island Ferry is not a drop-off service, but instead the boat stays at Shell Key with you for the entire time. You can take a break from snorkeling and shelling, and sit on our shaded boats with a cold drink. And while you and your family are in the water, the Island Ferry crew stands watch on lifeguard duty. So we keep everyone safe! We provide the snorkel gear and the floating noodles. You bring the food and cocktails! Store your items in our coolers (already packed with ice). 

PLEASE NOTE:  We have 4 vessels. If you are travelling with another group, please be sure to book your reservation under the same name if you expect to travel on the same boat with another group who as also booked this tour. Otherwise we cannot guarantee that you will travel together on the same boat. 

  • Snorkeling gear, and floating noodles.

  • FREE bottled water.

  • FREE parking at the Tierra Verde Marina Resort. 

  • Cooler with ice on board.

  • BYOB welcome. 

  • CDC COMPLIANT Semi-Private Tour

  • $64 per person 

  • Leaves 7 days a week, departures vary by season. Call ahead for exact departure times.

  • Bring your swimsuit and towel.

  • Trip duration is 2 hours.

  • Large groups of 7 or more (on multiple boats) will be charged an 18% gratuity.

  • You can purchase tickets online or by phone!

  • Cancellations: No refunds for cancellations less than 48 hours before your scheduled departure. No refunds for "no shows".  We give FULL refunds if Island Ferry cancels for inclement weather.


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