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Island Ferry's Dolphin Cruise to Shell Key launches from St Pete and takes you on a fascinating tour into the Shell Key Preserve and its incredible wildlife! You'll have a chance to see manatees, dolphins, rays, turtles, and wild shore birds in their natural habitat. Swim and snorkel with the wildlife too. We provide the snorkel gear, and floating noodles on this tour. You can also go shelling on the island, where you'll find hermit crabs, conchs, rays, horseshoe crabs, and more. ​Of course, we also stroll past the beautiful homes and mansions of Tierra Verde.

On this Dolphin Cruise, the boat stays with you out on the island the entire time we're there, so you always have a "home-base" to escape the hot Florida sun, with shade and a cooler with bottled water. Even while you're on the Shell Key beach you're likely to see dolphins from shore. And while you are swimming and snorkeling, the Island Ferry crew of professionals are standing watch on life-guard duty, so you know your family will be safe. We never have more than 6 passengers on the boat, so your dolphin-snorkeling tour is semi-private, and you get plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable. Island Ferry offers the finest dolphin and snorkeling cruise in St Pete!

  • Snorkeling gear, and floating noodles.

  • FREE bottled water.

  • FREE parking at the Tierra Verde Marina Resort. 

  • Cooler with ice on board.

  • BYOB welcome. 

  • Leaves from the Tierra Verde Marina Resort 7 days a week, departures vary by season. Call ahead for exact departure times.

  • Bring your swimsuit and towel.

  • Trip duration is 2 hours.

  • $49 per person (incl children)

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

  • Our rides are semi-private, never more than 6 passengers on the boat.

  • 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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