Panama City Beach Jet Ski Rentals & Tours

Explore Shell Island and surrounding waters on one of our brand new jet skis! At Dolphin Seafari, we offer guided jet ski tours as well as unguided jet ski rentals to add some thrill to your vacation. We’d love to see you!

Glide the Waters Near Shell Island!

Shell Island is well-known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant wildlife. How you can experience all Shell Island has to offer up-close by jet ski. Who knows, maybe an infamous bottlenose dolphin will come up to greet you!

Individuals & Groups Are Welcome!

Whether you’re riding solo or with a group, everyone is sure to enjoy the bay on their own jet ski. Our guided tours are great for those looking to see the sites and experience wildlife face-to-face. And our unguided rentals give you the freedom to explore on your own!

Two jetskis with one parent and one kid on each jetski.
woman on a jetski

Say “Hello!” to Dolphins, Sting Rays, and More

On our eco-focused jet ski tours, you’ll be able to see a vast array of wildlife. Explore the grass flats and waters below, with dolphins, seagulls, sting rays, sand dollars, and other creatures just meters away.

Book Your Jet Ski Rental Today

Looking for jet ski rentals near Panama City Beach? You’ve come to the right place! Rent one of our brand new Sea-doo GTX-130 jet skis today. Perfect for individuals, couples, or the whole family!

3 people maximum per jet ski, up to 400 lbs total. Prior experience required.

1 Hour Jet Ski Rental

Book individual jet skis by the hour!

Cost: Starting at $140 + tax per jet ski
We offer 3 time slots daily. Please inquire for more information.

Half Day Jet Ski Rental

Visit Shell Island by jet ski with our Half Day option.

Cost: Starting at $140 + tax per jet ski
We offer 3 time slots daily. Please inquire for more information.

Guided Jet Ski Tour – 2 Hours

Ride your own jet ski while our professional guide takes you to see hidden gems around Shell Island! Spot local wild dolphins, sting rays, birds, and more as you glide over beautiful emerald green waters. No prior experience required!

Our guided jet ski dolphin tour is a 2-hour, 22 mile trip that explores inland waters along St. Andrews Bay. Whether you’re new to jet skiing or an experienced rider, your guide will give detailed instructions so you feel comfortable operating the jet ski.

Trip Features

Suitable for Groups Up to 20
Fun for All Ages
Fuel Included
Easy to Operate
No Experience Required
Safety Equipment Provided
Detailed Area Map

Dolphin Seafari is committed to keeping our tours as safe as possible for everyone. You must be 21 years of age or older to operate a jet ski. Maximum 3 people per jet ski, up to 400 lbs total. Children are welcome to ride along with an adult.

We Get Lots of Love!

We had a great time! Brad was awesome! They know where to take your group for the best experience possible! Can’t wait to visit again!  – Kelly
Man on a jet ski
Image of Dolphin on the side of a rented Pontoon boat saying hello to the group
woman on a jetski
Jet ski shored on Shell Island Florida

FAQ – Panama City Beach Jet Ski Rentals

We’re excited to offer safe and enjoyable jet ski rentals near Panama City Beach! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below for information about our rental requirements, safety measures, and more.

Are jet skis safe?

Jet skis are safe when operated responsibly and with proper experience. Like any watercraft, they come with risks that can be minimized through adherence to safety guidelines, such as wearing life jackets, maintaining a safe distance from other vessels, and obeying speed limits and navigation rules.

However, accidents can still occur. Always be aware of your surroundings to mitigate any risks. Our goal is to ensure a safe experience for you and for others! For your safety, you must be 21 years of age or older to operate a jet ski. Children are welcome to ride along with an adult.

Who can rent a jet ski?

You must be 21 years of age or older to rent a jet ski. A credit card and photo ID that includes date of birth are required for all jet ski rentals.

Customers will be asked to complete the Boaters Safety Course >prior to arrival.

If you were born in or after 1988, you must have a Boater Safety License to operate a Jet Ski. Guests born in or after 1988 who do not have a Boater Safety License may operate the Jet Ski if they have a photo I.D. and meet ONE of the following criteria:

      • They have a Temporary Florida Boater Certificate
      • They are riding with someone born before 1988
      • They are riding with someone born in 1988 or after who does have a United States Boater Safety License

Guests born before 1988 are not required to have a Boater Safety License to operate a Jet Ski.

Do I need to have previous experience to operate a jet ski?

Riders who plan on renting a jet ski and will NOT be participating in a guided tour are required to have prior experience. This is for the safety of the rider and anyone else on the water.

If you are renting a jet ski as part of a guided tour, you do not need prior experience; your guide will instruct you on how to operate the jet ski safely.

How many people can ride on a jet ski?

Each jet ski can accommodate up to 3 passengers or 400 lbs.

What’s included with my jet ski rental?

All jet skis are equipped with a wrist safety lanyard and fuel. We will also provide you with a map of the area and make sure you are comfortable navigating our local waters.

Do I need to bring my own life jacket?

No. We will provide life vests for everyone, including children.

What is your cancellation policy?

No refunds will be issued 48 hours before your tour or reservation time. You cannot cancel or reschedule your booking within the 48 hours. We are holding the jet skis for you and/or your group.

Refunds will only be issued if the weather does not allow us to operate. We will not run your tour in lightning or bad weather.

Are there any additional costs?

All customers will be required to complete 1 of 2 options for jet skis only:

  1. purchase a $25 damage waiver
  2. or place a refundable $500 damage deposit on a credit card upon arrival

All rentals/tours include renters insurance in order to cover potential damages and liability. This will be included in your total cost.

How does pricing work?

Prices are per jet ski and start at $140 per jet ski. You can ride by yourself or bring 2 additional passengers, not to exceed 400 lbs total.

What should I bring on the day of my tour?

Be prepared to get wet on your excursion with us! You will need to bring your photo I.D. and fully charged cell phone. We will have waterproof cases available for purchase at the marina. There is a storage hatch on the front of the jet ski but we cannot guarantee everything will stay completely dry.

Got questions? For more information,
call us at: 850-252-7209