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Sand Dollar Island Dolphin Tour

Perfect for all ages and filled with photo opportunities, this is a memorable way to spend an afternoon. Watch for dolphins as you’re ferried out to Sand Dollar Island for an incredible sand dollar and shelling experience.

Delight in an exciting adventure on sea and land!

This will undoubtedly be a highlight of your vacation.

Watch for dolphins playing in the boat’s wake on the ride to and from “Sand Dollar Island,” a pristine half-mile sandbar located just off the coast of the famous Fort Desoto and Shell Key preserve. Maybe you’ll also encounter sea turtles, manatees, or other marine life not regularly seen off the populated Western Florida beaches.

Once there, spend your time on the beach collecting sand dollars and awesome shells such as horse conchs, shark eye shells, and tulips shells. You can’t find these on any of St. Pete’s vacation beaches, so you’ll go home with a fantastic collection!  

After combing the beach, take time to explore the sand bar and snorkel in the crystal blue water. The shallow depth of the water and lack of current makes this beach perfect for novice and young snorkelers.


3 hours
On-board bathroom
U.S.C.G.-inspected vessel
Friendly expert guides
Children’s life jackets
Fully sanitized surfaces
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Can’t wait to come back and do it again! We went parasailing- it was an amazing experience! My husband and I had so much fun. We got the extra packages (Adrenaline junkie and photo package) and it was DEFINITELY worth it! Can’t wait to come back and do it again!
Alicia O
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Best trip with Captain Tim & Kive! My husband and I went on the Sunset Boat cruise on our trip to St. Pete. On our way out to Shell Key Island, we got to see several dolphins (they even jumped out of the water for us!). Once we arrived at the island, they gave us an hour to walk around and collect shells (I think everyone on our boat came back with at least 5 full sand dollars!). The ride back was stunning, watching the sun set over the water (Captain Kive took individual sunset photos for everyone). The captains were both very knowledgeable and shared a lot of history with us. To top everything off, we had an hour of free beer to enjoy on the ride back. I can’t recommend this tour enough - if you’re alone, with your significant other, or have a large group with kids - this cruise is perfect for everyone and worth every penny!
Maddie H
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IT WAS SO AWESOME! I had always wanted to try this out, but was generally apprehensive about actually doing it, and just never made the time. Well staying at The Sirata this weekend, I decided I was going to treat myself and my girlfriend. All I can say is, IT WAS SO AWESOME! The views are incredible, and the crew of Steve and Bailey were able to put us at ease, and they made it sooo much fun!! Highly recommend!
Lance P
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Frequently asked questions

What's your cancellation/refund policy?

Free before 24 hours, full price within. Reschedule or full refund if due to weather.

Are we guaranteed to see dolphins?

We cannot guarantee that we will see dolphins each day, but we do have a 98% success rate of seeing dolphins on our dolphin watching tours. This is because the dolphins are here year-round and our captains are very familiar with where to find them.

Is there shade on the boat?

Yes, but shaded spaces are limited.

Can we bring our own personal coolers?

Small coolers with non-alcoholic drinks only (water, juice, gatorade, etc). No glass.

Do you provide food?

Yes! We have a variety of basic snacks available for purchase.

Do you offer military discounts?

Yes! Show government ID during sign-up process.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

What should I wear?

Beach attire is recommended since you will be able to get off on the island and swim to look for sand dollars.

Do we get to swim with the dolphins?

No, you will not swim with the dolphins. The dolphins that we are viewing are wild. We will watch these dolphins in their natural habitat.

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