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This experience blew me out the water, it was much better than I expected. We saw tons of dolphins, then an amazing sunset, and finally on the way back to the dock we saw a family of deers.
HANDS DOWN This is well worth the money.
This was our first time to go out with Island Time cruises. Overall the experience was great and easy going. The Captain and deck hands were friendly and knowledgeable. Felt safe and plenty of room on the Cat to move around and enjoy the views. Fair prices on the drinks and snacks offered on the boat. Saw dolphin on the way out and back from Shell Island.
Highly recommend using this company and going after summer season if you want a smaller crowd on the boat.
Memorable trip for the family. We were only at PCB for two days and chose this as our major activity. We are glad we did. The crew, Capt. Heath, Mates Olivia, and Luke were awesome and enhanced the trip with their friendliness and attention to detail. A casual conversation with the crew along with some pretty darn good rum punch made the activity less touristy and more like sailing with friends.
this cruise was exciting the 1st. mate nathan and the captain clay and our bartender was what made the trip enjoyable there was only 32 people aboard the catamaran the weather was beautiful and the music on board was out of this world our granddaughter got to hula hoop with 3 hoops she's only 8 yrs old can't wait to go back and go on the sun set cruise thank you again for a AWSOME afternoon !!!!!
All around just an enjoyable trip. The captain and crew were friendly and accommodating. Refreshments on board were fairly priced. The music was great too. We saw a few different pods of dolphins and even a sea turtle! My son caught a released a couple crabs where we swam and snorkeled.
We just got back from our vacation and this excursion was our favorite part of our trip! We're from TX, so the crystal-clear water and sandy ocean bottom was AMAZING! I've never felt more comfortable swimming in the ocean! We were lucky enough to have a group of dolphins hangout by our boat for quite a while when leaving Shell Island – it was definitely a fun experience for everyone on board!
We had an amazing time and the 3 people on the boat did amazing. They were so sweet and helpful! We definitely will be back next summer!
We had a great trip and the crew members were great!! Would definitely recommend to anyone going PCB..
Our fam of four had a blast snorkeling anddddd seeing the dolphins. It was well worth the money. Great music on board -- terrific drinks. The crew is amazing, and the captain made us feel safe. We saw neat fish and had fun. Priced right and we will be back!
Tristan did a great job as captain Sarah and Savannah were awesome hostesses. Highly recommend this trip! Cloud cover dampened the dust part but we saw multiple dolphins!
Had a great time relaxing on the catamaran, looking out for dolphins and snorkeling and paddle boarding. The staff was great! We saw quite a few dolphins and sting rays as well. Not many fish to see snorkeling, but it was still fun.
Heath and the crew were fantastic! They took care of everything. We all had a great time! They definitely deserve a big raise ?
This 3 hour tour was amazing! Captain made sure we saw the dolphins and even took us over the top of a shipwreck! Snorkeling on Shell Island was super fun and the kids loved it. Highly recommended for everyone no matter your age. ??
We did excursion to shell island and it was so much fun. The crew did a great job.Got to see lots of dolphins and found some cool wild life. Worth every penny!
Excellent trip. The captain and crew were friendly, informative and ready to assist.
We saw dolphin, snorkeled at Shell Island. My son took advantage of the slide and paddle board provided. The kids were even able to steer the boat on the way back.
Worth the money. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Snacks and drink were very fairly priced. Kids had great time as well as adults
For our girl’s trip to PCB we booked this excursion. The cat, the crew and the itinerary were all fabulous. Heath, Luke and Jonathan took such good care of us and we had a great day. The snorkeling was just okay, but the rest of the beach was beautiful. The drink variety was great; a few beers, High Noon's, and of course, their Island Smash!
The crew was great and made the experience a lot of fun! Would recommend this activity! Good for families.
Crew was excellent. They did everything we could to make sure we really enjoyed our time. Their music playlist had some great choices.
Everything was so easy, from booking, to online waivers and checking in. The boat was very comfortable and the captain and 1st mate were friendly and entertaining. Not the most interesting snorkeling, but for the $ this trip is worth it to see the dolphins and explore Shell Island!
My husband and I had a great time in this sunset cruise for his birthday. Two hours is more than enough time to see some dolphins and not too long. They have snacks and drinks on the boat at a good price. You can really tell the crew has a great time doing these they are pretty involved and are there to please you! They pointed out all the dolphins and we saw plenty! We also noticed that other cruises didn’t seem as relaxed and had everyone seated we also moved around a bit more trying to find the dolphins who which paid off. This cruise overall just seemed like the best in the area. It was beautiful and I will say this was a great experience for the price.
Our favorite part was the caption. He was so attentive and a delight. He made the cruise so enjoyable and relaxing as well as the crew. The beautiful sunset and the dolphins were amazing to watch. We plan on making this an ongoing event each time we visit Panama.
All around our experience was awesome the crew was amazing and the trip was what we expected thank you?
Great open-air experience, smooth ride. The crew was awesome and the rest of the passengers were really fun to be around.
Waited till 1hr before to book since weather was sketchy. We got a peek of the sun through clouds and no rain. Good amount of dolphin sightings and the captain Clay and deck hand Sarah were awesome. Plenty of drinks and snacks available. Clay was very insightful about the sea life and just overall very informative about the local area. Beautiful catamaran trip around St Andrews Bay while enjoying lovely island music. I would highly recommend this sunset dolphin catamaran cruise. In fact we loved it so much, considering booking the shell island day cruise with the kids.
This was wonderful, we will definitely be back! The crew was great, the atmosphere on the catamaran was great, and overall just a wonderful time. We got to watch a hermit crab crawl on the ocean floor and saw a ton of jellyfish!
Loved this cruise! Waters were calm, and saw a ton of dolphins! The sunset was just beautiful over the water. They served drinks and snacks and the prices were very reasonable. All the staff were just amazing. I would recommend this tour. We went in March, and it did get chilly as the sun went down. Glad I brought a jacket.
We has so much fun! The music was great and the captain and his first mate were awesome. They were very welcoming and hospitable. We saw lots of dolphins. It was a great time and the two hour ride was well worth what we paid for it. I highly recommend.
Easy to book. Cruise left on time. Spacious, stable boat. Super friendly and helpful crew. Would have been nice to run totally under sail, but I think they wanted to option to quickly motor over to the Dolphins. Overall my group had a very good time.
The captain and crew were friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time collecting shells and scouting for dolphins. I think that was the best part for our kids. It was relaxing. The snacks and drinks were inexpensive.
Incredible experience! Been to PCB countless times but had never been on a trip like this. Crew was amazing, the sunset was BREATHTAKING, and we even got to see a full moon on the ride back to the wharf. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Great crew. Boat was clean. Just a great experience. Price was perfect. We were able to see dolphins and spent 1 hr on Shell Island
The crew was excellent interacting with everyone on board. Very surprised to see a deer on the beach! and saw some dolphin.
Great atmosphere on the boat -- food, drinks, dancing! The captain and crew were fun and friendly. We were able to see multiple dolphin pods. The weather was amazing for Oct. We were able to snorkel and paddle board for the first time. Highly recommend this experience.
I actually did this activity solo due to other members I traveled with having prior plans. It was amazing and the crew was fantastic and so welcoming. The three hour time period was just perfect.
Seeing the dolphins And paddle boarding for the first time the staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable
So much fun! We saw dolphins and had fun at shell island! The girls and the captain are so nice!
Got to snorkel also!!
This week we actually did the Sunset Cruise for the first time and also booked last minute on the Shell island snorkel tour. We’ve done the shell island tour several times already with Island Time and we just keep coming back. We love the hospitality, sailing, captain/mates, AND the rum punch. You’ll be happy you booked for the price, family time, and the experience. Support local!
This was the highlight of our vacation!! We saw dolphins, deer, and a wonderful sunset. I recommend them highly!!
The entire crew was awesome making sure the kids were having a good time and the adults too. We really enjoyed the entire experience and will definitely be planning another cruise on our next vacation! Beautiful views, seeing the dolphins playing was so cool! And the water and weather was perfect. Thanks for a great time!
Was an awesome time seeing Shell Island!! Crew was great and informative!! Would definitely do it again!
The crew was fabulous and the captain spotted several pods of dolphin within 15 minutes of departure and we watched the dolphins play for a long time. The only down fall was that there was another boat that was allowing passengers with snorkel gear to jump in the water, they started swimming toward the dolphin which scared them away. Once again, it was a different boat. The crew and passengers on our cruise were great!
This was the best part of visiting Panama City Beach, we loved going out on the Catamaran with Island Time Sailing. The staff onboard made you feel very welcomed. Olivia, and Grace, (I believe that was their names),were awesome, Olivia, even helped out a few times, by coming and holding the baby. We were able to see dolphins, and even though the water was still murky from the hurricane, we were still able to snorkel, find some cool shells, see some pretty fish, we even seen a stingray. My daughter even was able to help raise the sail up. The only thing that we were disappointed in, was that they didn’t have enough openings, for us to go,1 more time before leaving.
We ABSOLUTELY recommend this cruise to everyone!! We had a BLAST! Fantastic crew, fun music, snorkeling, sun, drinks, and all the fun! Just GO!! We’ll, absolutely, be back! ?
We always enjoy this cruise. The captain and staff are always personable, fun and they make this cruise an adventure. They engage with the people as tho they were family. They try to remember peoples names and things about them. The sunset cruise is our go to for visitors we have because it’s the perfect ending to a perfect Florida day. Thank you Island Time and we hope to see you soon!
My family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teenagers went on the cruise Aug 13, 2021. We were seeing dolphins in a matter of minutes! We also saw several crabs and a sea turtles while sailing. The boat was beautiful and the crew amazing. We did find some shells but didn't see anything at all while snorkeling. There is a hurricane moving in now so I expect that would effect what creatures would be around. Although it would have been fantastic to see some colorful fish to top off the adventure we were all extremely satisfied with the trip and will definitely book again next year!
We had a blast on our outing with Island Time Sailing. The captain and crew were friendly and helpful. We got to see lots of dolphins while sailing and enjoyed our stop to swim and snorkel. We found lots of good shells to take home. It was a fun and comfortable ride and our 4 year old loved it too.
My family and me enjoyed it very much. Loved the sail out at sea. We didn’t get to see a lot of the dolphins but while on the look out we enjoyed the beautiful weather and sunset.
Perfect activity for the entire family! Our family had 7 adults and 1 toddler and we all enjoyed the trip! Highly recommend!
We go every year for Mother’s Day and this year was wonderful as always. Of course we wish it were longer, but that’s just a given. We missed the hula hoop contest and dancing that they used to do, but in a Covid world we understand and we’re just grateful to be able to go. The captain, deck hand, and bartender were so great—don’t forget to bring tip money for their hard work!
We really enjoyed this excursion, the sunset was beautiful and there were plenty of dolphins to see. Great value for the price.
My husband, sister-in-law, and I went on the snorkel & dolphin cruise. It was an incredible trip and we had the most amazing time. When we arrived, we were a bit nervous as there were so many people waiting to board, but once on the catamaran, everyone had lots of space. The captain & the two sisters working that day were wonderful. It was very clear that they're a team and they enjoy their job & working together. The rum island punch that is their specialty is delicious & they aren't greedy with the alcohol. The water was absolutely beautiful that day. We saw several pods of dolphins and even a shark! As the water was pretty cold in the deep water, we didn't snorkel, but we got out and waded in the water and walked on the beach. When we come back again, we will definitely go on another trip. Next time, I'd really like to try the sunset cruise, but we'd love to do the snorkel trip again, too.
Dynamic atmosphere. Customer Service a 10. A must. Make sure you book a seat. Music, Fun, Dolphins, and more...
This was the highlight of my whole trip! We saw plenty of dolphins and the sailboat atmosphere was relaxing and fun! The entire crew was friendly and went above and beyond!
We had an amazing time!!! The crew was awesome and was there for whatever we needed! Definitely will be doing this every time we come!
Love Island Time❣️My favorite sailing company, we are return costumers, thank you for a wonderful time❣️
The trip was amazing! The boat ride was a nice, smooth ride. The sunset was perfect. Sighted lots of dolphins as soon as the tour started. The captain was very friendly and informative, his help/bartender Luke was awesome as well. Drinks were good and pretty affordable considering. Music was fun, was enjoyable for us adults and our toddler just alike! Bathrooms on the boat made for a comfortable, smooth ride. Would recommend 100x and will be going back every trip we take to PCB from now on! Highlight of our vacation!!! I never leave reviews, but this experience was so great that I just HAD to encourage others to try it too!!!
It was the highlight of our stay in Panama City Beach! We recommend taking the trip. The captain was friendly and lots of fun. You could tell he was very experienced and even in the high winds, we felt completely safe. The sunset was stunning!
Me and my wife's first time sailing and snorkeling. They Captain and crew were wonderful and very nice. The boat was great. We loved the rum punch. We saw several dolphins up close and loved the snorkeling. We had a great time and will do it again next time we visit Panama. Highly recommend it.
My family and I absolutely love this excursion! It is our favorite activity to do while in PCB. We do it every year and the crew never disappoints! Beautiful views and an awesome time.
The weather didn’t cooperate (cold and windy) but the guys still made sure we had a great time. We got to see plenty of dolphin activity, snorkel (water was warmer than the air temperature), search for shells, and enjoy several glasses of rum punch! I will definitely try this again if we come back.
Soooo fun. Two hours of boating, dolphins up close, great music, reasonable cash bar and snacks, sunset. Just do it, so worth it. One of the highlights of our trip. Our 5, 10, and 12 year old kids had a blast.
awesome staff and boat captain saw lots of dolphins had fun a little cold this time of year but other than that awesome time
We had an amazing time! The crew was wonderful. They were all very kind, attentive and helpful! We saw a pod of dolphins close up. It was a memorable trip for our entire family!
Our family had sooooo much fun on our cruise! The scenery during the sail is gorgeous! The music and vibe is super fun but not too party like- it’s totally family friendly! Shell island was unbelievable! We found a starfish, hermit crabs, and conch! The water was breathtaking and the island was so cool to explore. I wish the experience was longer...didn’t want to leave!
Beautiful sunset, friendly staff, great music, and loved seeing all the dolphins. Highly recommend to anyone in the 30A area!
Drinks on board were great too!
The boat was absolutely beautiful and the crew was wonderful! We really enjoyed this cruise. Even though it was foggy out and we didn't get to see the full beautiful sunset, seeing the dolphins was still a great experience. Just being on the boat and being out in the water was great!
Definitely recommend the sunset dolphin excursion! We waited to book until we got to PCB so we could pick the best weather day/evening. The crew and captain were awesome. We had several dolphin sightings, as well as jellyfish & some other marine life. I took two 13-year old boys and we all had fun!
My wife and I enjoyed our 16th anniversary sailing with this amazing crew. We actually seen alotttttt of dolphins and had a great time. The music was great and the drinks were amazing. Will definitely be going again, especially with the children next time. Thank you again great time!!!!
What an AMAZING EXPERIENCE! My bachelorette party weekend was in Panama City and we had book this event to do as a group. Very relaxing and easy going time, the fog didn’t stop our wonderful time. The boat has all of your snorkel needs and guides you through a great day on the Gulf of Mexico. The experience was family friendly but still a turn up vibe! Recommend to anyone traveling to this city!
The Crew was wonderful! The temp. was in the 50s but we had an excellent time anyways. I got shells and dolphins so I was so excited! We will definitely tell all of our friends to sail with you all.
Absolutely loved it. My 2 year old loved it as well. Had a blast.
Gorgeous sunset cruise! Great music! Dolphin watching! Kids activities! Good price. This was a win! We will definitely book this tour again! This makes for the perfect end to an awesome beach vacation. Make sure to take some pictures!
We had a group of 6 people and we all absolutely enjoyed this cruise!! It was amazing.. We got to see a beautiful sunset and several dolphins!! Would highly recommend this to anyone staying in Panama City!
We took this cruise in late October so it was chilly but that didn’t ruin anything about this cruise, everyone was so nice. We saw several dolphins, and the sunset was beautiful. We will definitely go again.
Fun girl trip - we were able to spot a lot of dolphins & enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The crew were courteous & fun.
Even though it was a misty/rainy time for much of the cruise, it was still awesome to be out on the water. Because of the weather, there were only 17 guests on our cruise which made the catamaran feel especially roomy. Unfortunately, it was not a day of a lot of dolphin activity (a few of us saw a pair swimming out in the bay when we were at Shell Island), but we enjoyed the pelicans and other water birds that flew with us as we sailed along. Crew was friendly, knowledgeable. Vessel was clean and the rum punch was fun! We would recommend this company.
We had a really great time. Will definitely go again when in PCB!! Weather was perfect. Saw several dolphins. Great adult drinks and a beautiful sunset!! Capt Brian and crew were awesome too. Was concerned about so many people lined up to get on the boat but there was absolutely plenty of room and no one felt crowded.
Such an amazing time! The crew were super nice and made the adventure enjoyable. At first the weather was not cooperative and we thought we had to cancel for our family of 17 but after the rain cloud passed we opted to go, best decision ever! Highly recommend the sunset cruise, it's worth it.
Never have I ever...
been on a sailboat, paddle boarded, snorkeled.
Not anymore!! We took a group of 8 out on an 11:30 cruise on July 4, 2020, and what a way to celebrate our independence. The captain as well as the ladies on the crew was amazing. They kept us informed, entertained and safe. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
awesome time from start to finish! From the dolphins to the sunset to the deer on the beach to the great staff! We highly recommend!!
Loved it! Take this tour ! Everything was perfect!
We had the best time last night on our sunset dolphin cruise. My girls (ages 6&7) have some reviews of their own. 6yo says “i didn’t like it.... I loved it!” 7yo gives 2 thumbs up and a huge smile. The crew was so amazing with them and the captain let them drive the boat! Bartender was great and the drinks were very inexpensive. We will definitely book again next time we are in town!
Great Captain and deckhands!! They helped to make the trip so much fun for our six year old's birthday!! In fact, we had so much fun we did the trip back to back! We did the 11:30 and the 3:00 cruise. 11:30 was better for seeing dolphins, but we enjoyed the snorkeling more on the 3:00. Each trip was special and memorable. Can’t say enough good things about the trips! We will definitely be back on our next trip down to PCB!!
Captain Clay, Savannah, and Grace were amazing! They were wonderful with our kids and were very down to earth which made the cruise well worthwhile!
Captain Clay and his crew are just the MOST AMAZING!!! My normally shy girls REALLY came out of their shell, with him. lol! This is the second time we have cruised with Island Time and we WILL be back! My husband was the biggest kid there. my kids, nieces and nephews found some GREAT starfish and crabs and the biggest sand dollar I've EVER SEEN! I found a sea urchin and FLIPPED OUT, but my hubs came to the rescue. Thanks again, y'all, for the BEST trip! You guys are SECOND TO NONE!!! OH,,and the rum punch is MUI BEUNO!!!
If you’re looking for a sunset cruise THIS IS THE ONE TO BOOK.
The sunset cruise is an absolute MUST if you’re visiting the area. The crew was outstanding, the drinks were top notch, and the views were breathtaking. We know Mother Nature can’t be controlled so we really weren’t going to be disappointed if we didn’t see any dolphin but we were fortunate enough to encounter several pods (or maybe the same pod several times) throughout our tour. We even encountered deer and large crabs along the island at the state park. The cruise itself was enjoyable with or without the wildlife but seeing the animals definitely added a special sense of wonder to the experience. The crew made us feel welcome and comfortable. After the sunset, the crew kept the passengers engaged with games and dancing, perfect for all ages. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend an evening. If I could give 10 stars I would. We will definitely be back every time we come to PCB. Can’t wait to go again!
We had a blast. It was our first vacation away from our kids and it was so beautiful! Can’t wait to take our kids next year on vacation ♥️
Had a great trip! Lots of fun and worth every penny! Seen all kinds of cool marine wildlife! We will definitely go again!! Very reasonably priced!
Our family always enjoy the sunset dolphin cruise and we have ventured out with Island Time Cruises everytime we are in PCB. We saw lots of dolphins and the sunset is beautiful on the water. The staff at Island Time makes the trip so much fun! Will definitely do this again! This cruise is well worth the money!!
We had a great experience with Island Time Sailing. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. You take about an hour of sailing and looking for dolphins, about an hour snorkeling, and then about an hour driving back into Panama City. They offer snacks and drinks for purchase on the boat. Reasonable price for what is included. Would recommend!
My daughter and I went May 2019 and it was the best money I have spent at the beach!!! A must for every trip to Panama City Beach for us!
We couldn't ask for a more perfect outing! Dolphins. Snorkeling, sailing, paddle boards, beverages and wonderful knowledgeable crew.
Absolutely wonderful! The crew and captain were so friendly. The captain was great, he would stop the boat each time he saw Dolphins. Would definitely take this trip again.
Took 5-15 year old girls on dolphin and snorkel cruise. Absolutely wonderful time! Easy to procure spots on-line, reasonably priced, plenty of shade while waiting for boat and once on boat, snacks/drinks, terrific captain and hostesses. Went above and beyond, particularly for younger children! Great spot to snorkel and pick up shells. We saw several pods of dolphins. Teenage girls loved the music and the slide off boat. One girl was not a swimmer and she was able to go off slide with life jacket and snorkel in shallow area boat docked. All in all perfect time and loved the picture of girls taken when boarding! Could go again and again and not be bored!
Awesome experience. Captain and bartenders were so nice. We seen beatiful sunset and dolphins and enjoyed ! Def.would be back!
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