Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Island Time Sailing FAQ’s! Here you can find the answers to many of our common questions organized by topic. Have a question not listed here? Feel free to contact us and we will get you an answer right away.
- Dolphin Day Sail
- Dolphin Sunset Cruise
- Shell Island Snorkel & Sail
- Private Charters
- Dolphins & Other Wildlife
- Booking & Cancellations
General Trip Info
Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time.
No coolers are allowed.
We sell beer, wine, sodas, water, chips, candy, etc. However we do not offer lunch-type foods, so if you’d like to bring on sandwiches you may do so, just NO DRINKS, NO COOLERS.
We have a fully stocked bar, along with beer and wine, and all of our snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are just $1.50. We’re known for our famous “Rum Punch,” tropical music and entertainment including fun games and dancing after the sun goes down.
We recommend rubber, hard-soled shoes with good grip like boating shoes such as Crocs, Sperry’s, etc. We do not allow high heels as they may damage the boat.
No, for the safety and comfort of our guests we do not allow smoking on board.
The Shell Island Snorkel & Sail trip.
We are adding a second catamaran in Spring 2022 but right now we have just the Island Time.
Yes we do! You can purchase Island Time Sailing Gift Certificates on site at the Island Time Sailing office.
We are located at Treasure Island Marina across from Captain Anderson’s restaurant in Panama City Beach, Florida. Click here for Google Directions.
Yes. We do not require you get in the water and there are locations we visit where the water is fairly shallow and easily waded through. We also provide life vests and can get you fitted so you can enter the water if you choose.
Dolphin Day Sail
During the spring and fall months: Feb 15th – Apr 30th & Sept 1st – Oct 31st.
Dolphin Sunset Cruise
2 relaxing and fun-filled hours!
We begin in the calm waters of Grand Lagoon, past St. Andrew’s State Park and then we sail the beautiful waters around Shell Island.
Shell Island Snorkel & Sail Cruise
It is 3 hours of fun in the sun.
Yes. The price includes snorkeling gear.
Your bathing suit (although it is better if you wear it upon arrival), towels, hats, cameras, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Please no aerosol sprays.
Yes. Please call (850) 234-7377 and ask to speak to our manager for a quote.
We usually have groups of 30-60 people. Please call for larger groups.
Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate outings, church groups, senior trips, sailing parties, etc.
Dolphins & Other Wildlife
While conditions and such affect what we see, you could see baby dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and manta rays among many others.
Dolphins are wild animals in their natural habitat doing what they want to do. Our encounters observe them on their terms and depend on what they are doing and their mood. Encounters happen pretty often; however, there is no way that we can guarantee it.
We are bound by the laws of The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and subsequent amendments, in addition to the laws of the State of Florida. We are not allowed to feed or harass dolphins, so we don’t and are very strict about that. Thank you for understanding.
Booking & Cancellations
Online bookings must be made no later than 2 hours prior to the departure time. BUT, you can call (850) 234-7377 to see if there is any availability after that deadline.
We accept most major credit cards through our online booking apps; additionally we accept both major credit cards and cash on site.
If anyone in your group needs to cancel please call the office, we must be notified 24 hours prior to receive a refund. If you or anyone in your group does not show up you will not receive a refund and will not be eligible to reschedule.
If it seems a storm is approaching, the crew and office staff keep watch on the radar and discuss options. If you are nervous about inclement weather you can cancel and reschedule at any time, but cancelling the cruise is usually a last minute decision. It is highly recommended that you let the Island Time management make the call. If a trip is cancelled due to bad weather you will have the opportunity to cancel, reschedule, or be refunded.
We will first try and reschedule your trip. If you are unable to reschedule then we will provide a refund.