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Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

1. Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Panama City Beach to Shell Island, including a complimentary drink and a variety of water activities to make your day memorable. Have fun at the inflatable water park or try out kayaking or snorkeling. End your day sailing into the Gulf of Mexico for dolphin sightseeing.  Your day begins with a scenic trip through Grand Lagoon and over to Shell Island. Once at Shell Island, enjoy an inflatable water park, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling. Have a go on trampolines, a water see-saw called the “rockit,” and other inflatables. If you’re looking for something a little more slow-paced, explore the waters on a kayak, take a paddleboard ride, or give snorkeling a try. Get plenty of time to take in all of the natural beauty that Shell Island has to offer. If just hanging out is your plan, relax and listen to music on the boat or in one of the two sunning nets located at the front of the boat while you sip on a refreshing beverage. All activities and inflatables are all-inclusive with unlimited use during your trip. The last portion of the trip will be spent sightseeing and dolphin watching before making a round-trip return to Panama City Beach.

Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

2. Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

Swim with manatees in the spring-fed King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River, home to the world’s largest population of the endangered creatures during the winter. Encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Benefit from the services of a Coast Guard certified captain and in-water educator and photographer. Learn about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips to make the most of your day. Hear about passive interaction to make sure that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do! Then, suit up and board a covered pontoon boat to immerse yourself in the manatees' world. Be treated like royalty aboard the boat and see the wildlife refuge in style. Return to the facility at the end of your adventure and visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop! Hear about other local attractions and restaurants, and get answers to any questions you may have before you depart.

Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

3. Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

Hop onboard your catamaran for the morning then set sail onto Key West’s glistening turquoise waters towards the third longest reef in the world. During the cruise, soak up epic views of the coastline and snack on a delicious, light breakfast accompanied by mimosas. Upon arrival at the snorkel site, get kitted out with all the necessary gear and listen to a safety briefing. Afterwards, make a splash as you jump into the refreshing, crystal clear water. Follow your instructor as you navigate this impressive coral reef and snorkel in search of colorful marine life. During the experience, enjoy the opportunity to see some of Key West’s 110 species of coral and 500 species of tropical fish. At the end of an epic adventure, relax on deck, grab a beer, and soak up the last of the coastal views as you sail back to port.

Key West: 3-Hour Snorkeling Adventure

4. Key West: 3-Hour Snorkeling Adventure

Spend an enjoyable 3 hours in the sunshine and crystal-clear waters of the Florida Keys and snorkeling along Key West’s coral reef. You’ll experience the ultimate in snorkeling and sailing comfort on a state-of-the-art catamaran, featuring: • A stairway to the sea • Large sundeck • Shaded lounge area • Fresh water rinse • Restrooms • Top-of-the-line sanitized snorkeling gear • Professional instruction by Fury’s friendly crew Before snorkeling, the crew will be on-hand to assist and instruct you. Once you descend the stairway to the sea, you’ll discover the wonders of the underwater world. Marvel at the pristine coral reef and its abundance of marine life, including tropical species found nowhere else on earth. The morning snorkeling tour includes unlimited water and sodas and complimentary beer, wine, and mimosas after snorkeling. The afternoon Reef & Ritas snorkeling tour is a great opportunity to enjoy a luxurious catamaran sail to the only living coral reef in North America. The afternoon sun is warm and bright, making it a great time to relax on the catamaran and enjoy the temperate ocean waters. The ocean currents and wind direction are often different than in the morning, so if you’ve taken a morning snorkeling trip in the past, chances are you’ll go to a different reef location in the afternoon.

Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

5. Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

Enjoy a snorkeling trip by boat as you look out for dolphins and other sea creatures. Treat yourself to a complimentary drink on board as you cruise through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depart into Historic Grand Lagoon for a 15-minute relaxing cruise out to the Shell Island snorkeling area. Along the way, keep your eyes out for sea animals in their natural habitat. Take in the views as the vessel drops anchor. Plunge into the waters to snorkel for seashells and to catch a glimpse of the underwater world. As well as snorkeling, treat yourself to time to relax, float, and take in the sun. Sip on a complimentary drink on board. Wade through the shallow water onto Shell Island to hunt for more shells. Before returning home, the boat will ride out further into the Gulf of Mexico to search for more dolphins and sight-see along the way.

Key West: All Inclusive Watersports Adventure Tour

6. Key West: All Inclusive Watersports Adventure Tour

Climb aboard a state-of-the-art catamaran and sail to the only living coral reef in North America. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of egg and cheese sandwiches, fresh fruit, granola, and assorted pastries and water, soda and lemonade served throughout the day. Sunbathe and relax on the spacious deck as you cross the Gulf of Mexico for an all-you-can-eat picnic buffet, with sandwiches, fried chicken, veggie and hummus wraps, coleslaw, pasta salad, and cookies. On arrival, snorkel for 1 hour and see angelfish, parrotfish, blue tangs, and other species. Then, cross to the Gulf of Mexico for an all-you-can-eat picnic buffet lunch. Dock at a floating platform and spend the afternoon on jet skis, parasailing, banana boating, and playing aquatic games such as the Action Climbing Tower and Aqua Slide. Cool down with complimentary beer and wine before you sail back to Key West.

St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

7. St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

Soak up the beauty of Egmont Key island on this catamaran cruise. Take in breathtaking views of St. Petersburg, snorkel with tortoises, and maybe even spot the island's resident dolphins. Meet the crew in St. Petersburg and hop on board the 60-foot catamaran that will lead you to Egmont Key. Sail on an air-conditioned vessel with bottled water and bathrooms for your comfort and feel free to bring your own food and drinks on board. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway bridge on your way to the island and admire St. Petersburg from the water. Keep an eye out for the friendly dolphins that call these waters home. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the island. You could go for a stroll along the white-sand beaches towards the historic Fort Dade and Egmont Key Lighthouse. Alternatively, enjoy a dip in the water and use the snorkeling equipment provided to search for tortoises and other native wildlife. Finally, sit back and relax for the return journey to St. Petersburg and take in one last view of the island and city from the water.

Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

8. Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

Start your day on an air-conditioned bus from Miami Beach to Key West with a 4-hour drive. Watch as your tour guide points out the famous 31 Caribbean Islands along the drive known as the Florida Keys. Cross 43 bridges as you travel through the Keys to Key West. See the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico while driving by the coastline. Key West is the most southern point of the USA and only 90 miles from Cuba. Once you arrive in Key West, get 6 hours to explore the island at a leisurely pace, stroll the artistic streets, or relax at outdoor cafes and restaurants. Upgrade your day trip by choosing an option that includes one of the following inclusions: - Hop-on Hop-off Conch Train All-Day Ticket. This 70-minute narrated tour around Key West is one of Florida’s Top attractions, covers over 100 points of interest, and includes 4 Hop-on Hop-off stops around town. - A 3-Hour snorkeling adventure at North America’s only living coral reef. Travel on a state-of-the-art Catamaran, receive professional instruction, use top-of-the-line snorkel gear, and enjoy an open bar on the way back (including sodas beer, wine, champagne, margaritas, well-mixed drinks)  - A 2-Hour cruise on a glass-bottom boat where you can witness the wonders of North America’s only living coral reef, maybe spotting sea turtles and rays. Fun for all the family, you also get great views of Key West from the sea. - A 12-15 minute parasail off the coast of Key West on a 1-Hour parasailing adventure. Enjoy the tropical vibe of the Keys as you are helped into your parasail harness, before being slowly raised in the air, until you are flying high above Key West. Make your way back from Key West to Miami Beach at 5:00 PM.

Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

9. Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

Climb aboard the Sunset One dolphin boat, sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are and where you are heading. Get ready to watch dolphins frolic in their natural playground.  Marvel as the dolphin swim closer to the boat so you can get a better view. Head out to the small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Soak in this beautiful little chain of islands and jump into the gorgeous reef, perfect for snorkeling.  See fish up close and maybe some turtles. Climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock with an ice cold draft beer. Watch the beautiful panoramic sunset over the crystal clear turquoise waters.

Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

10. Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

The only thing better than snorkeling in Key West is doing it twice! Climb aboard the fast Fury catamaran and head out to Key West’s underwater marvels. During this 3-hour trip you’ll have the opportunity to explore the reef at 2 different locations. The Reef Express is a 57-foot power catamaran built for speed and comfort. It’s the quickest way to get to the reef, so you spend less time traveling and more time snorkeling. Once you reach the reef, you’ll be provided top-of-the-line snorkeling gear including a snorkel, mask, fins and a snorkeling vest. You’ll also get some professional tips and guidance on how to snorkel to better enjoy your experience. After meeting some of the most popular residents – the colorful marine species that inhabit the reef – you'll be transported to another ideal location on the reef for more snorkeling. Double Dip provides approximately 1.5-hours of Key West snorkeling during a 3-hour adventure. If you select the Double Dip Sunset Combo trip, after experiencing the finest Key West snorkeling, the Reef Express will head out to sea to find the perfect place to watch a dramatic sunset. Raise your glass of complimentary Champagne as you toast another fun-filled day in the paradise that is Key West.

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4.2 / 5

based on 479 reviews

Make sure to contact the provider for the exact pick up time and location 1-2 days before your trip, because it can change. I was picked up from my location at 6:20am and brought to the port of Fort Lauderdale. The ferry ride was lovely, the island is amazing. On the way back the line was a bit long at the border control, but everything went smoothly. If you travel with a visa or esta, make sure you have it on paper, because you have to show it. Thank you very much, Viktoria from Hungary

This is my second time going. The first time I went alone and this time I took my best friend. We both had the time of our lives. Everything was perfect! The bus was clean, the driver was friendly and the snorkeling was top notch. I can’t wait to go again.

great cruise, not too many people, great spot for snorkeling, pleasant music without effect: nightclub. No “mass tourism” effect. super nice and really professional team...

It was very beautiful! Snorkeling is highly recommended. It should be noted that there is an additional fee of $5 per person to be paid to the bus driver.

it's a long day but definitely worth it. I did the trolley around and hopped on and off.