We were strolling by this store at johns pass minding our own business and an annoying guy stopped me and my children to show us a video playing of dolphins. I told him we had already decided to do shell key shuttle and he scoffed at that and told me it was a bad decision. That "dolphins only like his kind of boat, and that the boat stays with you and doesnt abandon you." Shell key shuttle drops you off and picks up at two times of your choosing. Well, we stuck with our choice of shell key shuttle that leaves from st. Pete. We paid $74 for two adults and two kids, and left at 10. Almost to the island, a pod of dolphins swam within 15 feet of our boat on all sides, soooo close and so cool! We walked a half mile down shell key and set up a private beach just for us using the umbrella shell key shuttle provided. And my girls and hubby snorkeled with the provided gear and found tons of sanddollars and shells which were also on the beach. My hubby found a 12 inch conch buried in the sand in two feet of water! Sooo awesome! I'm writing about the competing shelling and snorkeling tour because people may get sucked in to the annoying speech about this one being better, but there is an alternative that is friendly, more affordable and accommodating, fun, and doesnt push tips. We loved that the shell Key shuttle left us on the beautiful island paradise and we were not rushed to experience the island and snorkeling. We could stay as little or as long as we wanted. There are no restrooms on shell key, but everyone knows you can pee in the ocean. Some of these reviews said the crew was rude. I'd hate having what could be a special memory of a fun family day, ruined by a rude captain. Check out shell key shuttle, bring a picnic in a cooler, sunscreen, waters and beach towels, and have a great day on a private beach!
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