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Island Ferry's Dolphin Cruise to Shell Key takes you on a fascinating tour into the 1800 acre Shell Key Preserve and its incredible wildlife! We offer these tours by boat, or on our clear kayaks. It's a wonderful way to see dolphins, manatees, rays, and wild shorebirds in their natural habitat (sightings are season dependent). From our boats, you get to swim and snorkel with the wildlife too (we provide the snorkel gear, and floating noodles). From either the boat or kayak tours, you can also go shelling on the island, where you'll find hermit crabs, conchs, rays, horseshoe crabs, and more. ​

Boat Tours are $49 per person, Clear Kayak Tours are $54 per person.

On this Dolphin Cruise, the boat stays with you out on Shell Key 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. The boat tours are semi-private, so we never have more than 6 passengers on the boat, leaving you plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable.

Our clear kayaks offer a see-through experience and a fascinating way to see the wildlife and eco-system of the Shell Key Preserve and its beautiful mangrove tunnels.

Island Ferry offers the finest dolphin and snorkeling options to Shell Key Preserve!

Boat Tour Includes
  • Snorkeling gear, and floating noodles.

  • FREE bottled water.

  • FREE parking at the Tierra Verde Marina Resort. 

  • Cooler with ice on board.

  • BYOB welcome. 

Kayak Tour Includes
  • Life jackets and paddles.

  • Instruction on kayaking and paddling.

  • FREE parking at the launch location.

  • Leaves 7 days a week, departures vary by season. 

  • Bring your swimsuit and towel.

  • Trip duration is 2 hours for boats, 2-3 hours for kayaks.

  • Boats are $49 per person (all ages including children).

  • Kayaks are $54 per person.

  • Our boat 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.