Please feel free to call or email Captain Jeff or Captain Tammy at any time. Most days we will be out giving tours and won’t be available to answer calls so please leave a message. All calls will be returned by the next day.
Have you ever wanted to set off on an adventure where you can escape the pressures of daily life and get lost exploring uninhabited islands with the sounds of Ospreys chirping above you, sunshine on your face, waves coming to gently kiss your toes and miles of beaches to seek for treasures the ocean has given up for you? Come and spend the day with Treasure Seekers Shell Tours shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands Wildlife Refuge. which is located south of Marco Island, FL. These islands are only accessible by boat which makes your shelling experience out of this world! Many times you will be the only ones on these barrier islands which don’t receive the shelling pressure that many other famed shelling islands such as Sanibel, Captiva or Marco Island. During your tour with us you’ll have the chance to learn about the region’s marine life and see the ecosystem of mangroves, plus lets face it…the reason your here is to experience EPIC shelling days and that is what we intend to give you.
We will try to optimize your trip by only booking tours based on the best tides available during your stay here in SW Florida. These pristine islands are so special and to keep them that way we practice “Leave Only Your Footprints” ecotourism, so for this reason we do NOT allow smoking on our tours. We also ask that anything you bring with you will be brought back to the boat as well so we may dispose of it properly.
You will have an opportunity on our tour to find prized shells such as Rose Petal Tellins, True Tulips, Banded Tulips, Apple and Laced Murex, Alphabet Cones, Flat Scallops, Cockles, Wendletraps, Turbans, Nutmegs, Lightning Whelks, Florida Horse Conchs, Florida Cones, Jasper Cones, Semeles, Florida Fighting Conchs, Broad Ribbed Carditas, Kings Crowns, Lettered Olives (Golden too) and the famed Junonia!
The approximate 25 minute boat ride from the marina out to the barrier islands south of Marco Island is a wonderful time to see dolphins jumping in the wake of the boat or at low tides experience wading birds on mud flats such as the Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, White Ibis or on a truly wonderful day we will witness the spectacular pink plumage of a Roseate Spoonbill! During certain times of the year we may even see a manatee which is always a special treat!
15 Minutes Before Event Time. The boat will leave at the departure time with no exceptions! If you fail to arrive on time you will not be refunded the cost of the tour.
During your tour with Treasure Seekers you can expect to be treated to a unique outdoor experience in a ecosystem many never have the opportunity to witness. You not only will have the time of your lives finding magnifient shells, but we also hope you come away from the day feeling like you have made new friends. Our prayer for our guests is that you will be able to cast all your cares away, relax and see nature in a whole new light. Get on ISLAND TIME and smile! We want this to be the highlight of your vacation and a memory you can share forever. Like you, we can see the Lord’s divine handiwork everywhere around us. His creations are breathtaking! Some of the most spectacular of those creations are SEASHELLS. I’m sure you’ve all looked in awe and wonder at the intricacies of seashells just as we have. Their variety in shape, design, texture, pattern, and color is remarkable! It is little wonder that, through the ages, shells have been so valuable that they have been found buried alongside royalty in ancient tombs around the world. At times they’ve been used as currency, prized enough to quantify great wealth or be bartered for life’s necessities. You can expect a SHELLTASTIC day and make sure to bring plenty of shellbags/buckets because you will need them!
Captain Tammy is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the area. The boat is comfortable with plenty of room to move around, head, and freshwater rinse. Her mate keeps tabs with the group throughout the trip, offering cold water and even carrying your bag when it gets loaded down with shells. Add in a nutritious snack and a trip to the picturesque dome houses of Cape Romano and it’s a perfect day.
We had the pleasure of going on our first tour to Shell Island in August with Capt. Tammy & First mate Michelle.
Both were awesome and helpful with advise on where to look for shells & keeping us hydrated in our Florida heat.
They provided us with healthy snacks, tea & ice cold water so we didn’t need to bring anything with us except a shell bag and sun screen.
It was definitely a great experience, the shelling, seeing the Cape Romano Dome House and the 10,000 Islands.
We are already looking forward to our next trip in the Spring! Thanks for such a wonderful day!
My friends and I live 2 hours north of Goodland and have been following the Instagram account of this tour company for quite sometime. We kept mentioning how much we would love to go and finally booked our trip to celebrate my 50th birthday this week. We received a detailed message from Tammy addressing us all by our first names explaining everything about the tour, what to expect, bring etc. We arrived early to a beautiful boat ramp/park in Goodland and were warmly welcomed by First Mate Michelle. The boat was beautiful, Captain Tammy was awesome and knowledgeable and the entire experience was one I’ll remember forever. My friends and I enjoyed every moment that we had shelling on Kice Island, Michelle made sure we had enough water and was even kind enough to carry our heavy shell bags back to the boat so we could continue shelling. They also provided a wonderful snack at exactly the right time (almost like they’ve done this a few times, lol) After our shelling experience we cruised over to check out the dome house at Cape Romano and have wonderful pictures and memories of our day thanks to Dawn from Shell Key Photography being on the same tour. It really was the perfect way to spend the last day of my 40’s and we can’t wait to go shelling with Captain Tammy @treasureseekersshelltours again.
My husband and I went on a tour with Captain Tammy on March 26, 2018. It was fabulous. Tammy kept in touch via email and text prior to our trip. She was really helpful and so personable to talk with. Our trip was fantastic. We found a ton of beautiful shells and sand dollars. Her dad was the first mate and he was so nice and helpful. They both are very knowledgeable and super fun people. After shelling in the island we went to see the dome homes, Tammy even looped back so we could get some great video of the dolphins. She provided history of the area and snacks and drinks as well. I would highly recommend Treasure Seekers Shell Tours. Caption Tammy is the best. We will definitely be booking again and again and again!
My wife booked this trip for our family during spring break. I was skeptical when I saw what we would be doing. Once we met Captain Jeff and 1st mate Gary I realized this was going to be a great day. We arrived at the island after a nice boat ride. Gary was wonderful with giving us info about the surroundings. Once at the island Jeff and Gary gave us a quick class on what to look for and sent us on our way. This was one of the best things we did all week while in Florida. The dome homes were awesome to see. On our way back we got to see a very large sea turtle. We were treated with snacks and refreshment as well. Our two children had never been on a boat before and they absolutely loved it. Our two daughters have not quit talking about this excursion. They are looking forward to cleaning and getting all of their shells sorted. Our family would highly recommend Treasure Seekers to anyone. We just wish Tammy would’ve been feeling better that day so she could’ve joined us. VERY NICE PEOPLE
Thanks you so much.
The Burns Family