Dolphin Watching & Shelling

Option 1: Dog Island – St. George Island East End

Just need a day trip out? Then bring your picnic on this one because you will want to jump off the boat and enjoy beach and coastal hiking in the marshes and forests, plus hilly dune habitats covered in sea oats that provide photographers and sketch artists with natural, sandy beauty and year-round subject matter.

Dog Island stretches for six-and-a-half miles but is only three-quarters of a mile wide, over 1,800 acres. It is located east offshore from Carrabelle and owned by the Dog Island Conservation District.

Out here, shelling, crabbing and shore fishing can’t be beat and bird watching is an endless sport. Enthusiasts can get caught up on their Life List identifications of numerous shore species.

This feast of wing and flight is not limited to young osprey diving for fish, eagles nesting, sea gulls flocking, white pelicans catching bait and the seasonal migration of ducks.

There are only 100 homes on this recreational boating paradise that feature no-irrigation landscaping using native vegetation and fewer than 30 full-time residents.

There are no tourist amenities on Dog Island, but there are campsites on its far points, and more than a day’s worth of great outdoors, and beach loving fun.

Option 2: Little St. George Island – West Pass

Just need a day trip out? Then bring your picnic on this one because you will want to jump off the boat and enjoy beach and coastal hiking in the marshes and forests, plus hilly dune habitats covered in sea oats that provide photographers and sketch artists with natural, sandy beauty and year-round subject matter.

Look up, and shoot high, on this trip! Almost anything you find in the state of Florida you can see when it comes to birding in St. George Island State Park. Great blue herons reside here in abundance and oyster catcher populations are a common sight year-round. In addition, the landscape is chocked-full of canvasbacks, ducks and loons.

Island Hop

Bird Island sits on its Southern Gulf side that captures every serious birders interest with its seasonal bird migrations & breeding, including numerous Seabirds, White Pelicans, and more. The island is home to the Florida Alligator which at times can be viewed walking down the shoreline looking for that perfect sunning spot. At the East end, one can find everything from shelling to a short hike through the Refuges Piney Trails.

At various times of the year, over 200 species of buzz-worthy birds will move through the region including kestrels and harrier hawks. The area also has the largest over-wintering populations of snowy clovers and piping plovers on the Panhandle. Swallowtail kites, and Missouri kites, are favorites to watch swoon in the sky and the occasional solo falcon will appear.

Goose Island has two active eagle nests and a third is visible with or without a long lens between the primitive bayside campsites, and Marsh Island, where dolphins play. Underwater, be awestruck seeing stingrays on the flats and jumping mullet in the coves. Hopping over to Little St. George, and Marshall House, can be just how this trip ends with lunch or sunbathing on what feels like your own exclusive island.

Option 3: St. Vincent Island – Bird Island

Do you live the outdoorsman lifestyle? Then grab your gear and get aboard for a trip that will put you at the center of Old Florida History. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is only accessible by boat and Capt. Davidson’s boat has the versatility and capacity to support true, outdoorsmen’s hobbies.

The reserve is home to several endangered species and red wolves have been introduced into a breeding program. On this trip, you will be exposed to an ancient art form and way of life and return with a sense of how wild nature can become, when it is left undisturbed

Fishing on Islands

Bird Island sits on its Southern Gulf side that captures every serious birders interest with its seasonal bird migrations & breeding, including numerous Seabirds, White Pelicans, and more. The island is home to the Florida Alligator which at times can be viewed walking down the shoreline looking for that perfect sunning spot. At the East end, one can find everything from shelling to a short hike through the Refuges Piney Trails.

Pricing

Dolphin Watching & Shelling:
(Location Verify with Seasons provide by FWC)

Half Day : $350 / 3 HR (up to 4 People)
Full Day : $500 / 5 HR (Online Best Buy)
*Shelling Bags & Bucket Included*

Additional Hour : $100
Professional Photography Session : $150
Additional Person : $50.00

What’s Included

  • Hi-Res Group Photo
  • Bottled Spring Water
  • Hydration Drinks
  • Cooler with Ice
  • Nature Identification
  • Lite Snacks
  • Shelling Bags