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Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

4.7 / 5

24 reviews

Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

From US$ 79.95 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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  • 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 of no more than 6 people, 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!
  • 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
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Boats launch from Goodland Boating Park, 740 Palm Point Drive, Goodland, Florida 34140 Driving instructions from Marco Island: At the intersection of Collier Blvd. and San Marco Road, take San Marco Drive to the Goodland Drive turnoff at the base of the bridge. Don't go over Goodland Bridge. Stay on Goodland Drive through the mangroves into Goodland. Goodland Drive sweeps to the right. Stay on Goodland Drive until you come to the Boating Park. Look for the kayak trailer Driving instructions from North Naples/Fort Myers via I-75: Take exit 101. Go south onto 951/Collier Blvd. Continue south through the US 41 (Tamiami Trail) intersection for 7.5 miles, and go over Jolly Bridge. Make a left on Barfield Drive (2nd left after the bridge). After 1.5 miles, make a left on San Marco Road and proceed for 3 miles to Goodland Drive turnoff at the base of the bridge. Don't go over Goodland Bridge. Stay on Goodland Drive until you come to the Boating Park. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Drinks
  • Water shoes

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

4.7 /5

based on 24 reviews

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We had a wonderful time shelling with 10,000 islands. Our captains were so incredibly knowledgeable and kind! It was so informative and we saw a lot of wildlife on the boat as well! I am so glad we decided to go with 10,000 islands for a shelling tour. The island we were on was very big and spacious and had tons of shells. We had a lot of time on the island itself as well as on the boat watching dolphins.

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December 28, 2021

There were six adults in our party and we loved this experience. The Captain and his assistant made us feel welcome. Our captain pointed out wildlife, landmarks, and helped with finding shells. We recommend this trip for families and adults. It was two hours long and the time flew by! The boat was in good ship and we felt safe at all times. It was a wonderful experience for us all.

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June 1, 2021

We had originally booked a shelling only tour. We received a text that morning that it would be a dolphin/shelling tour. It was not a problem for us, so we went anyway. I'm glad we did! Seeing the dolphins swim and jumping in the wake of the boat was great. We had never seen dolphins up close before and jumping!! The captain and first mate were very personable. I would recommend this tour. My only regret was my picture taking abilities!!

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May 29, 2021

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