Water Planet
Swim with Dolphins • Dolphin & Whale Watching
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Water Planet offers a variety of fun and educational swim-with-the-dolphin tours for the whole family in Panama City Beach, Florida, including the opportunity to explore Shell Island, snorkel on ship wrecks and collect shells. We also offer dolphin therapy programs for children with special needs. Specialized help for small children by request during your tour.
Panama City Beach, Florida
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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Roxanne T
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Couples
It was absolutely amazing, literally one of the best things I’ve ever done. Our captain which his nickname was coach was fantastic, he was so knowledgeable about the ocean and marine life and we felt nothing but safe with him. We seen all kinds of dolphins, like up close and personal, a baby stingray and my fiancé saw a tarpon and hammerhead shark. After we jumped in to see the dolphins about 20 times, he took us to a boatwreck and then anchored out in the ocean to see all kinds of other sealife like hermit crabs,etc. and shells. I would highly recommend this to anyone and we will definitely be back if we are ever back in this area!
Written June 9, 2021
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LianaBeth
Saint Louis, MO74 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This was a wonderful experience, something my 10 year old will remember forever. As a small family party of 3, I specifically chose this company because it was a max of 6 guests... I didn't want to be outnumbered by a big rowdy group, etc.. but there was no reason to fear, Captain Joey was really great at making sure both parties got attention and had time to do what they were interested in . He was also very skilled at safely manuvering the boat around us in the water, making it easy for our kiddo to hop into the water when the dolphins were around and also easy for her and the adults get back on . We saw lots of dolphins, a few sea turtles, and collected shells on shell island... 4 hours flew by. Thanks for a great time!
Written May 2, 2021
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Kristina L
Medford, OR9 contributions
Aug 2020
Amazing experience! Joey the captain was super, always had us get in right when we saw the dolphins and get out and on to the next spot. We were very lucky and saw pods of 10 or more but they were super fast! The only reason I am not giving a 5 star rating is because my sister and I were given snorkel gear and the snorkels both leaked so we were always having to lift our heads to breathe and often felt like we missed it right when the dolphins were close under us. The water wasn't coming in on top as I would try to place my hand over the tube to see what the issue was over the snorkel and no water was even close to coming in. Better equipment wouldve made this a much more relaxed and enjoyable experience, next time will bring our own. Also, I booked for 3 people and called a week ahead to let them know only two were coming and no answer so left a voicemail with specifics. Ended up still getting charged for 3rd person.
Written August 26, 2020
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Tara M
Richmond, VA3 contributions
Jun 2020
All of the reviews were so wonderful for Water Planet with regards to the captains and experiences. So we booked the sunset cruise for our family of 6, children from 7 to 16. I knew it would be a shorter cruise but that was all our itinerary allowed for in Panama City. From the beginning our captain was not friendly. He seemed annoyed to have another cruise. As he explained the procedures for the cruise he was a bit condescending and there was no fun included. He also mentioned numerous times that the day tours were better. Definitely not what I expected. We did see dolphins but the conditions were not good to get in the water. I understand when doing this type of activity there are elements that cannot be controlled. I was told swimming with the dolphins would be good on the sunset cruise. However after our experience I definitely feel the sunset cruise should be advertised for seeing the dolphins from the boat and taking in the sunset. The water was too dark and choppy, there were many other boats out in the area preventing us from getting in the water and the lighting in the water was not good. So unfortunately for our family this was not a good experience.
Written June 22, 2020
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Virginia P
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This tour exceeded our expectations! We had a great time swimming with the dolphins including several baby dolphins. Our guide, Glen was so kind (he engaged well with our kids) and knowledgeable about the area and animals that live in Panama City Beach. We were in the water with the Dolphins at least 10 times. We loved that our tour was limited to 4 guests...keeping it very personal and allowing us to choose the activities we wanted to do including a visit to shell island where we found some beautiful shells away from the large crowds. We will be back for another tour when we return to PCB. Thank you!
Written June 5, 2021
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dr278k
Fort Smith, AR4 contributions
Jul 2020
Rude staff! We had rented a pontoon boat and was anchored for sometime in the lagoon area near the inlet channel when a boat from Water Planet full of snorkelers pulled up and anchored right up against us. ( The lagoon was open with plenty of room to allow distance between boats. ) Almost immediately after the snorkelers getting in the water their boat started bumping into ours. We told him to move his boat and he said, " Don't worry about it, it's not your boat anyway. ". After a few words between us he started to move his boat and before getting the engine started and under way slammed into another boat which caused words between them. We observed him moving his boat to another area where 3 more times he dropped his anchor and had to pull it again and move. There was plenty of room in the immediate area so I don't know if it was inexperience or irrogence that was making him anchor where he was swinging into others. I didn't use Water Palnet's services so my review is based on my experience with their RUDE staff.
Written July 13, 2020
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theresa4185
Milwaukee, WI1 contribution
Jun 2022
Coach Glen was a great captain for our tour. He took the time to make sure we had a great and safe time swimming with the dolphins (AMAZING!). When we tired out from that, he took us to a schooner wreck for snorkeling. While we snorkeled, he dove down and found a TON of shells for us. Back on the boat he taught us about each of the shells and the animals that inhabited them. Even my teens were engrossed in this lesson! I would highly recommend this tour. We did the private tour for our group of 6, which was the same price as doing a group tour.
Written June 28, 2022
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ChrissyHerren
Piggott, AR28 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We had an awesome experience, even though the water was rough and murky. Our guide, Coach, was amazing! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. He kept on trying to get us out with the dolphins while fighting with the waves too. We saw lots of dolphins, including a momma and baby, saw a shark, and lots of little creatures at Shell Island. I fractured my foot getting back in the boat and Coach was very helpful—got me an ice cold water and even wheeled me all the way back up to the parking lot when we got back. I would definitely do this tour again if we come back when the water is clearer! Awesome experience and very good trip for the cost! Worth every penny!
Written July 7, 2021
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jsink1
USA4 contributions
May 2021
Fantastic time. At first we thought we would not see any dolphins but then suddenly they showed up and we were able to swim with them. We had one dolphin that played with us swimming under and around us jumping out of the water. It was a lot of fun.
Written June 2, 2021
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grif20162016
Vancouver12 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Our trip was absolutely incredible! My friend and I went with my 9 year old daughter. She isn’t a strong swimmer, but still handled swimming with the dolphins like a champ! I’d recommend this trip for kids maybe 7 and older. On our trip we pretty much stayed with the same dolphins. We started with about 4 dolphins and soon we had about 4 more join us!! They were playing around in the surf so it was so fun to watch even if you didn’t get in the water with them! Jumping in with them... they were so close we felt like we could touch them! We were about to jump in with them at least 6 or 7 times. We had Coach as our captain. He was so knowledgeable about all of our treasures we found while snorkeling in the bay. My daughter was in awe! We also had a lot of fun swimming and snorkeling in the bay. Im a local and I will be bringing my friends and family here when they come to visit! It was wonderful!!
Written August 6, 2020
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