FAQs About Shell Island Watersports

What is snorkeling?

Snorkeling is swimming along the surface of the water with a dive mask, snorkel, and fins. The mask lets you see clearly underwater, while the snorkel is a tube that rises above the water to allow you to breathe with your face in the water. Because you are floating face-down and relaxing with no struggle to breathe, snorkeling is considerably easier than swimming. All snorkel equipment is included in a Shell Island Shuttle snorkel tour.

Can I wear contact lenses while snorkeling?

You can wear contact lenses but you should be aware that you may lose your contacts if your mask floods. If that happens, it will be just like swimming with your lenses in. Purchasing a prescription lens dive mask is a good alternative to wearing contacts underwater.

Is snorkeling safe?

Snorkeling is safe and easy for people of all ages. One of the best things about Shell Island is that the calm shallow water behind the jetty is the perfect place for first-time snorkelers to try the sport.

Is Shell Island worth visiting?

Absolutely! Shell Island is a gem along the Florida coast. With its pristine beaches and clear waters, it's a slice of paradise for snorkelers, beachcombers, and nature lovers. Think of it as nature’s own theme park, minus the admission fee.

Can you drink alcohol on Shell Island?

While Shell Island invites you to indulge in its natural beauty, it's important to remember that it's part of a state park. This means that alcohol is not permitted, ensuring a family-friendly atmosphere where the wildest spirit you'll find is the playful dolphins.

Where do you use the bathroom on Shell Island?

Shell Island keeps it au naturel with no facilities, so plan ahead. The shuttle services typically offer restrooms, or you can use facilities at the docks before and after your visit. It's all part of the island's untouched charm!

Is Shell Island crowded?

Shell Island is a popular spot, but thanks to its size, it's easy to find a quiet space to plant your umbrella. It's like having a VIP pass to your own private beach, especially if you go early or late in the day.

What is the best time of day to visit Shell Island?

Early morning or late afternoon are golden. You'll beat the peak sun and the peak crowds. Plus, the lighting is perfect for that golden hour selfie with nature.

What time should you look for sand dollars?

Low tide is the treasure hunter's prime time! The receding water reveals the ocean's hidden gems, making it the best time to scout for sand dollars. Just remember to leave the live ones to tell their sea stories.

Can you swim at Shell Island?

Definitely! The waters are as inviting as a friend with a boat. Just remember, there are no lifeguards on duty, so swim smart and keep an eye on the little ones.

Is it OK to take empty shells from the beach?

Collecting empty shells is a go, as long as they're truly vacant. These souvenirs are Mother Nature's keepsakes, so taking a few is like snagging a free sample at nature's bakery.

How long is the shuttle to Shell Island?

The shuttle is a quick hop, skip, and a boat ride away – typically about 15-20 minutes. It's the shortest cruise you'll ever love!

Do you have to pay to visit Shell Island?

The island itself is free, but getting there usually isn't. You'll likely pay for the shuttle service or boat rental. Think of it as buying a backstage pass to nature's best show.

How long does it take to get to Shell Island from Panama Cit


It's a swift journey – you can get to Shell Island from Panama City Beach in about 30 minutes by boat. It's like teleporting to paradise, only with more seagulls.