Trip info and tips to maximize your fun on the water!
What’s Included in a dolphin tour:
We provide a licensed captain, life jackets, masks, snorkeling gear.
2 hour tour itinerary:
Spotting dolphins and other wildlife starts as we leave the dock. With a short cruise across the bay we reach Shell Island and the rock wall jetties that lead to the Gulf of Mexico. Its here where our native dolphins spend a majority of their time, and if conditions are optimal (captain’s discretion), get to swim in the water with them. If time allows we’ll anchor and walk the famous white sand beaches of Shell Island and then make our way back to the dock. Two hours is usually enough time to do both, but it is highly suggested that if you want to spend more time on the beach or snorkeling to book a longer trip.
We will Provide:
- Snorkel Gear
- Life Jackets + Safety Equipment
- Water Sports Gear
- A Cooler Full of Ice
- Instructional Review from one of our Guides
What should I bring?
- Snacks and drinks
- Valid ID if consuming alcohol
- Any medications you may need
Cancellations made 24 hours or more in advance will be refunded. Cancellations made less then 24 hours will not be refunded.
What if the weather is bad?
Our trips are weather dependent, and your safety is our top priority. Florida may be the sunshine state, but inclement weather does happen. If weather conditions arise jeopardizing patron safety, then the trip may be rescheduled or fully refunded. This discretion will be done by the captain of the trip and will be communicated with you as soon as possible.
What’s the difference between individual and group tours?
An INDIVIDUAL tour, is the price for one spot up to the six spots available for a tour. This is best for an individual or couple if you don’t mind sharing the boat with other customers.
A GROUP tour is the price for all six spots for the tour. This is best for families and those who want to have the boat to themselves and ensure their trip.
Covid Guidelines- Your health and safety is also a priority, and follow these guidelines to ensure a safe trip for everyone.
- Customer Discretion- Please do not board a trip if showing signs and symptoms of illness.
- Social Distancing- Our smaller size groups are able to have ample outdoor space to maintain social distancing
- Cleaning- All frequently touched surfaces disinfected frequently and snorkel gear cleaned after every use
Do we need to bring our own towels?
Is there free parking available?
Yes, free and ample parking is available to accommodate all sizes of vehicles
How long does it take to get to Flippin’ Awesome Adventures from the beach?
Depending on beach location, we are located in Panama City and is approximately a 20 minute drive from the beach.
How early should I be for the trip?
Please be 15-30 minutes early. This ensures an ontime departure.
Are there things to do by the dock and boat?
Yes, you are walking distance from famous restaurants, local breweries, and down town shops of Panama City.
Are there restrooms available?
Private restrooms available at the dock. There are no bathrooms onboard the boat.
How many people can fit on the boat ?
Six passengers plus the captain. 7 total onboard.
Do people get seasick?
A majority of our tours are in calm protected waters which helps limit sea sickness. Yet, everyone is different and we can not predict who can be seasick. If you are prone to motion sickness, chances of getting seasick are higher.
How far do we go?
Our trips majority stay in the shallow waters of the bay and mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. The distance varies to find the dolphins, but averages around a mile from the dock.
Are life jackets provided?
Yes, life jackets are provided and available onboard. We are equipped with children and adult size vests.
Do we have to wear life vests?
You are not required to wear a life vest, but may wear one if more comfortable.
Do you have to get in the water?
No, many trips are greatly enjoyed by staying on the boat.
Are children allowed?
Absolutely, this is fun for the whole family. Please use discretion with kids under 4, and please call with further age questions.
Is alcohol allowed?
Yes. Feel free to bring drinks and snacks. Patrons consuming alcohol must provide valid ID.
Is smoking allowed?
No, with a small shared space smoking is not preferred on trips.
Will I get wet?
There is always a chance of getting ocean spray from a boat, but if staying completely dry is a concern, ask the captain where to sit to stay dry.
Will my possessions get wet?
No, items brought onboard that need to stay dry can be stored in secured covered areas.
Will I have cell service?
Yes, most cell phone carriers have excellent reception for the entire trip.
Is there shade on board?
Yes, we have shaded seats under a bimini umbrella.
Can we bring a bag or soft cooler on board?
Yes, please feel free to bring bags or soft coolers. Please limit hard coolers as there is cooler space available on board already.
Do I need sunscreen?
Yes, any kind of sunscreen is recommended to be used on all tours.
How long does it take to see dolphins?
As soon as we leave the dock there will be an opportunity to spot dolphins, but they are usually located around the Jetties which is a 10 minute cruise.
Do I need snorkel gear?
No, Snorkel gear is provided for you at no additional cost.
How long is the snorkel portion of the tour?
This is dependent on time, water conditions, and preference. Most snorkel portions will take 45 minutes.
What’s the water temperature?
The water temperature ranges from 68-75 in the spring months and up to 90 degrees in the summer.
Do I need a rash guard or wetsuit?
Neither are needed, but if you want extra warmth please feel free to bring your own.
Do I need to know how to swim to take this tour?
No, many people enjoy the tour from the boat and choose not to get in the water.
Do you guarantee seeing dolphins?
No, they are wild animals, but chances are almost 100% as we have dolphins that live here year around.
When is the best time to see dolphins?
Anytime! We are fortunate to have dolphins that live here year around.
What kind of wildlife will we see?
Wildlife sightings include birds, turtles, tropical fish, dolphins, sharks and marine invertebrates.