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“Save your money.”

Island Time Sailing
Ranked #8 of 88 Tours in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the relaxing view or splash around the water with the dolphins and sea life, Island Time offers these options. This 50' sailing catamaran with two restrooms and a snack bar can hold up to 78 people with enough seating for everyone. They play lots of great music during the cruises and get you up dancing and playing games as you are returning to the dock. Both the Snorkel & Splash Adventure Cruise or the Sunset Sailing Cruise are a great time for anyone who enjoys the water or is visiting the water for the first time. Now featuring a water-slide and paddleboards! Check out their website for all the trip details.
Butler, Tennessee
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5 reviews
“Save your money.”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

I went for one of their cruises today. I was very disappointed. First, we went to look for dolphins. I barely caught a glimpse of any dolphins. I went deep sea fishing with Jubilee next to Island Time on Wednesday and saw alot more dolphins while I was fishing than I did today. If you want to see dolphins, go with Jubilee and you can fish at the same time. Then of couse they said it was to rough to get into the water. Then we went snorkeling. The place they took us was horrible for snorkeling. All I saw was sea grass and sea urchins, maybe a small fish here and there. I went to St. Andrews Park and snorkeled the previous day and it's twenty times better there. I saw all kinds of fish and sea critters there and it only costs $8 a car to get into the park and you can stay all day. I'm not doubting the people who give this a positive rating, but I must have went on a really bad day, because it was not good at all. Sorry Island Time I was really looking forward to today, but it was a huge let down. Waste of money and time.

Visited July 2012
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sml5975, Manager at Island Time Sailing, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback, we truly appreciate it and take every word to heart! We definitely wish you had a better time and didn't consider your time with us as a waste of money. We do try to show everyone the best time possible! As for the dolphins, they are definitely excited to see the fishing boats...free food. I only wish they would be as excited to see us as we are to see them! But unfortunately, that would mean that they are being fed by people on boats, which is not only illegal, but ultimately dangerous for the dolphins. When conditions are safe and dolphins are around, most of the time we are lucky enough to have dolphins come right up to the swimmers in the water. And the experience can be amazing! But it is not every time...that is the thrill of swimming with wild dolphins. When it happens it is by their own choice and chance! Not being forced through training or lured with illegal food. So, the best we can hope for is that you'll try again and maybe you'll get lucky.

Unfortunately the type and amount of sealife that is at the snorkel spot is beyond our control. Not being able to find many things while snorkeling could mean that they are hidden pretty well (sand-dollars are under the sand, starfish are sometimes a little bit deeper) or that the people who snorkeled there before us weren't so courteous to put the living creatures back in the water when they departed. When we notice that happening we do try to go to different locations, but sometimes it can just be hit on a bad day.

For the 2013 season we have a lot of new and exciting changes being made to insure there are other options if the snorkeling habitat is not ideal and dolphin swimming is not an option. Our main goal is for our customers to be happy! We take great pride in this boat, this business, and our customers so we hope you give us another chance and sail with us again on your next visit to Panama City Beach. Thank you very much for your review.
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Parkersburg, WV
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Fun!!!!”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

Had a blast and that pretty much wraps it up!!! The staff was wonderful! Saw lots of dolphins and just had a great time in and out of the water.

Visited July 2012
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Springfield, MO
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102 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great time for the whole family!”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Just got back from the 8am snorkel/dolphin swim cruise. Very nice folks and great price - get a $5 off coupon or say that you saw it on the web site and they will give it to you. Friendly crew - lot's of fun. They were very efficient with handing out all of the snorkel equipment and they parked in an easy place with varying depths of water. It was fun to see all of the specimens that people collected - then they put them back in the water! Had a nice snack and then went to see the dolphins. The water was rough and all we could do was stay in the boat and watch the dolphins but no one seemed to mind. Fun games on the way back and good music throughout although that could have been turned down a little!

Great value and very family friendly trip! Family loved it and the boat was comfortable and fun. Crew was very friendly and happy to serve! Do it!

Visited July 2012
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful Excursion”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

Having always wanted, but never had the opportunity, we finally had the chance to go snorkeling! There were many different choices in the area, but we decided to go with what was convenient at the time, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We found a coupon in one of the visitors guides (SEE magazine?) for $5 dollars off which made it $35 per person. This included the 3.5 hour dolphin and snorkel tour which comes with the gear and snacks. Loved the crew and captain! They were absolutely awesome, very informative and helpful in explaining how things worked and what to look for. The water was grainy, but we found so many sea urchins, crabs, and shells, as well as lots of little fishes! We actually did see dolphins in their natural habitat, which was such an amazing experience. Snacks were good, so was the music and commentary. Any cruise that starts off with the Gilligan's Island theme song is fantastic in my book. They had a conch shell blowing contest, as well hula hoops and dancing going back. We had a splendid day and highly recommend this package with Island Time Sailing!

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Rome, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A+”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

we sailed Saturday at 2, we had an amazing crew and our captain was awesome! the directions to snorkle were easy to understand and they were so greart about making sure everyone was having a great time. Our kids, 21,16,13 had a blast and the prices for drinks and snacks were reasonable! such a suprise, we also had a snack lunch included, it was worth it! great trip abd we saw lots of dolphins.

Visited July 2012
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