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Shelling Tours

Our private shelling trips are the perfect adventure for those seeking a secluded escape to Marco Island’s hidden beaches, where a bounty of seashells awaits your discovery.

We prioritize tides and weather conditions in specific locations to ensure we give you the best chance of discovering that special shell!

Let’s go explore the islands in search of nature’s hidden coastal treasures!

10,000 Islands Shelling Tours

What to Expect

Our guests embark on a private shelling adventure from Goodland Boat Park! Explore the calm waters of Marco Island and Ten Thousand Islands, and discover hidden treasures on secluded beaches. Find sand dollars, vibrant Florida cones, and other unique shells like murex, hose conch, and more.

These four- or six-hour trips are the perfect tour for families, experienced shellers looking for that unique find, and beginners wanting to start their collection. 

“I absolutely love shells and this trip was such an amazing experience for the whole family.”

Ingela L.

While experiencing the biggest mangrove forest in the United States, guests can expect remote islands littered with shells and wild dolphins swimming by the boat. The trip can be customized based on your shelling interests. 

What’s included:

  • Bottled water

  • A cooler filled with ice. 

  • Complementary shelling buckets and bags for your treasures. 

  • Entry/Admission – Ten Thousand Islands  National Wildlife Refuge. 

  • Coast Guard-inspected boats equipped with radar and GPS for your safest Marco Island adventure.

(Up to 6 guests)

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What Our Customers Are Saying

Captain Nick made us feel very comfortable and took great care to make sure our experience was exactly what we wanted; we are experienced shellers and we greatly appreciated his taking us to the island that was most suited to our needs and turning us loose! This is not the first trip with Nick; he's been so amazing that we followed him when he started his own business and we will not be going out with anyone else: he is knowledgeable, professional, and, above all, tailors your experience to make sure that you get everything you anticipated or expected. For our money there's no one else!

Angela C.Perfect for beginners or "shelling snobs" like us 😉

We had the best time, we were celebrating our granddaughters 9th birthday. Great shelling. Our Captain Nick was the best! Nick was very informative and knows a lot about the the area. We would definitely book again when in the area. Thanks Nick!

Kathy A.Nick took us out and explored the beautiful waters, took us to a private island and got the best shells

This was a wonderful shelling experience! As this was my first shelling experience, Captain Nick spent time teaching us the different types and the best place to search. On our way home we found a family of dolphins, the captain turned the boat away from heading home and created a great wake for them to follow us and play in. The extra effort was greatly appreciated!

Susan L.Marco private boat tour done perfectly

Went out with capt. Nick and he showed me a great time on the water, getting a lot of awesome shells including some rare cone shells! Highly recommend.

Nick S.Great day shelling!


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Goodland Boat Park

750 Palm Point Dr.

Goodland, FL 34140

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At Island Excursions, we believe taking friends and family out into nature to relax and enjoy the beauty of our world is essential to the human experience.

Located in Marco Island, Florida we offer a variety of family-friendly, private tours of the 10,000 islands including shelling, eco dolphin, and fishing charters. 

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