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10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour

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Marco Island, United States
10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This hands-on shelling tour from Marco Island takes by boat to an uninhabited barrier island where you can go shelling in a place relatively undisturbed by visitors. Your naturalist guide will provide insights into individual shell animals and get expert instruction on how to shell, as well as tell you about the area's flora and fauna.
  • Hands-on shelling tour from Marco Island: Not a typical boat tour
  • Go shelling on an uninhabited barrier island
  • Opportunites to spot wildlife, from birds to manatees
  • Get shelling tips and tricks from your naturalist guide
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Florida Master Naturalist Guide
Explore an uninhabited barrier island on this exciting eco-tour
Take advantage of great photo opportunities while on a large, stable boat
See an amazing variety of birds and other wildlife
Bottled water
Gratuities
750 Palm Point Dr , 750 Palm Point Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, USA

This the Goodland Boat Park. Your phone's GPS will take you there. Please meet your captain under the covered picnic table pavillion. It is to the left of the Marina office as you are face the office.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please arrive 20-25 minutes before departure to park and use the bathroom facilities. The tour boards 5 minute before the departure time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 17 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Marco Island Boat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour .
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What is the policy on sanitization during 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour .
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What is the social distancing policy during 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by 10,000 Islands Excursion Small-Group 3.5 hour Dolphin & Shelling Boat Tour .

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star-5
Everglades Nature with Cpt Joyce
Roberta_A
, Jun 2022
We really enjoyed our 3,5h boat trip with Captain Joyce, who showed us beautiful Nature, dolphins playing along our boat, sting rays, all kind of birds. She took us also on a barrier island to shelling, giving us useful bags and descriptions to find and recognize the shells. We also stopped at Cape Romano to see the ruins of the Dome House in the sea! Beautiful time with our family and the best Captain for your trip!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so glad you had a great tour with us
star-5
Great family trip!!
rosa_y
, Jun 2022
Captain Joe, was amazing, very knowledgeable and made trip exciting. After reading some negative reviews that trip was too long I was concerned since I was taking my 6 years old boy but time went by quick and he was happy to see dolphins and go shelling!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so very much
star-3
The highlights of the...
Bruno_G
, Mar 2022
The highlights of the tour were good but it felt like there was not enough content for the 3.5 hours timeline. at times we just set at a point without any aim. should add more sites to see or shorten the tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Can you please contact me direcly? I would like to discuss the with you. It is not clear to me what you mean by "set at a point without aim". Please know that we have a two-hour tour, as well. In general, however, the longer that you are in the 10,000 Islands, the more opportunities you have to encounter wildlife.
star-4
Lots of time looking at the Mangroves
seabreezejewels
, Mar 2022
The boat trip was very interesting and we loved seeing the dolphins. There was one stop to a beach for shell collecting for one hour. We felt that two and a half hours looking at the mangroves was a little long. It would have been nice to have had a second shell collecting stop. We learned a lot about the area and the birds but nothing about shelling. A little disappointed by this trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you
star-5
Kim and Joyce were the best guys I’ve ever been with ever ever ever.
Richard_M
, Dec 2021
Kim and Joyce were the best guys I’ve ever been with ever ever ever. We learned so much and had fun got wet looked for shells had free time very very good trip educational and fun saw dolphins everywhere. And do you know how shells are formed?? We do. One more thing don’t forget bring your cooler bring your beer bring your beverages they’re very flexible here and lots of fun wear a hat. Bring a towel. Honestly there are many tours this one is worth every penny and it wasn’t that expensive these ladies are professionals.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank You, we are so happy you enjoyed yourselves, having fun while learning is what we want to give each an every person that comes on one of our trips.
star-5
Fun time!
Peter_C
, Nov 2021
The Dolphins were up close and personal. You have to bring your own water, drinks, and snacks. The captain and first mate were great. I would recommend this activity.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks Peter!
star-5
Captain Joe was great. He...
Tara_W
, Sep 2021
Captain Joe was great. He made the trip fun and informative. We enjoyed swimming in the gulf, shelling and experiencing many of the natural wildlife.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for doing a review. Capt Joe is great!
star-4
Informative and enjoyable boat tour
greg_b
, May 2021
Captain Ed and first mate Kim gave our tour an informative and enjoyable ride. We saw everything they said we might. Beautiful birds, dolphins and even a couple manatees. Very enjoyable!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for your review
star-5
Not a 3 hour tour 😂
Angela_B
, Oct 2020
Captain Seth was a great tour guide! We were extremely happy with his knowledge of the area, foliage, and wildlife! He did all he could to steer us out of a storm and got us back safely with an amazing adventure! We will do this again and highly recommend taking this tour
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thanks for taking the time for doing this review. We are especially grateful that you did not end up like Gilligan! We hope that we can host you again soon...
star-5
Great trip
DoveM
, Jun 2020
Wonderful shelling tour with Cap’t Chris, highly recommend. Spent time on two different islands and spotted Manatees, dolphins, many different birds and even sharks(!)
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks. Capt Chris is excellent

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