Water activity

Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

4.6 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Everglades Area Tours

Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

Activity provider: Everglades Area Tours

From US$ 89.95 per person

Discover beautiful shells on the remote barrier island beaches of Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and start your shell collecting hobby with colorful shark eye moon snails, tulip shells, and even junonia. Go to shell collecting sites unknown even to locals.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Search for beautiful shells on remote barrier island beaches
  • Learn about the flora and fauna of the 10,000 Islands
  • Discover the conditions that affect shelling, and become a shelling pro
  • Keep your eye out for the rare and prized junonia
  • Start, or add to your shell collecting hobby
  • Explore the different shell habitats
Full description

Learn the fine art of shell collecting on the remote barrier island beaches of Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and escape the shelling hordes of Marco Island and Captiva. Make your own way to Goodland Boating Park to climb aboard a boat that will take you to remote beaches that have not been picked over by others. Few shell collectors know about - or can get to - the beaches of these islands, resulting in pristine shelling opportunities. Touring in small groups, you will be led by a shelling guide with decades of experience. Learn about the nuances of the tide, winds, and locations that affect shelling, and the life cycle and habitat of different species. Your guide even has the knack of finding the Gulf Coast's most prized shell treasure; the junonia!

Includes
  • Florida Master naturalist guide, certified by the National Park and licensed by the US Coast Guard
  • A wealth of information on the colorful history of the area, and its wonderful wildlife and flora
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide 20 minutes before departure at the picnic tables to the left of the marina store.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • There is a maximum of 6 participants per tour
  • Please dress for the weather and bring any sun protection you feel is necessary
  • All tours are fully customizable. Please contact the tour supplier for further details after booking
  • Tips, food and drinks are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 39 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Our tour could not have been better. Our guide, Jeff, arrived early as he had anticipated that we would like to be out shelling as close as possible to low tide. We saw dolphins on our way out and viewed gorgeous scenes on our way back. But the best part? We found great shells! Our guide was attentive and patient about identifying shells we were picking up. We had the best time and would love to go again. And again.

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October 24, 2022

From the first minute of our skippers eco tutorial to our dolphin play, to the mangroves and to the shelling beach, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our two hour trip. We live here in Fort Myers and we will tell all of our friends to take the short drive to Goodland!!

June 12, 2022

If this will be your first trip to southern gulf-side FL and in search of seashells you will enjoy the tour guides, the boat ride and shelling. If you have previously been shelling on some of the islands it may be less of an adventure, but still enjoyable. The shelling location is shared by other tour companies so shell availability may depend on who has been there first.

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April 15, 2022

Product ID: 48832