Enjoy an approximately 20 minute boat ride out into the Ten Thousand Islands for your Marco Island Shelling Tour, where we will visit one of a handful of barrier islands and scout for a large variety of colorful shells in all shapes and sizes. This Shelling Cruise is run specifically by the tide for optimum shell exposure. We also offer different trip lengths to maximize you chance to find those once in a lifetime shells and make it a shelling trip to remember! Our Guide’s are all retired Florida Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer’s or Florida Master Natuaralist’s who strive to make every trip the best trip you have ever had. We know the waters like the back of our hands and work hard to make sure you are having the time of your life.
We want to maximize your Marco Island Shelling Tour experience, and will not use your time on other activities. The shelling cruise involves a quick boat ride to a barrier island within the 10,000 Islands where you will disembark the boat and be free to explore the island for the shells you are hunting. Your Captain will check in with you periodically to answer any questions you may have about the shells you’ve found; and will also talk about the local ecology of your surroundings. When the time is over you will get back on the boat for a quick ride back to dock we left from. If you are looking for information on the wildlife and surrounding area please consider a combo tour or one of our eco tours which go into educated detail about the living creatures in our unique eco system. Our Captains are all educated certified FLORIDA Master Naturalists, and our team is unmatched in its knowledge of the area.
Some of the treasures that our guests frequently collect on our Shelling Tour are Rose Petal Tellins, True Tulips, Banded Tulips, Apple Murexes, Lace Murexes, Alphabet Cones, Florida Cones, Dusky Cones, Flat Scallops, Cockle Shells, Wentletraps, Nutmegs, Lightning Whelks, Florida Horse Conchs, Semeles, Florida Fighting Conchs, Broad Ribbed Carditas, Crown Conchs (sometimes called a King’s Crown), Lettered Olives, the coveted Golden Olive, and the ever-elusive Junonia.