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We can’t wait to host you on a Treasure Seekers tour! Our tours are unique experiences that truly showcase Southwest Florida’s natural beauty. In preparing for your tour, please review the commonly asked questions and answers below to provide a better understanding of what to expect and how to prepare for your trip.

Morning Tours:

Report to 1845 San Marco Road (Engle Dentistry Building), Marco Island, FL 34145 to be shuttled to the boat ramp.
– The shuttle runs from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm daily.

– Upon your return, our shuttle will be ready to pick you up and transport you back to your vehicle. 
– Shuttle service is free.

Afternoon Tours:

All Tours leaving after 12:30pm drive directly to the Goodland Boat Park at 750 Palm Point Dr. Goodland, FL.
– There is a $10 parking fee that must be paid by credit card only.
– Place your receipt in clear view on your dashboard.
– If you have a Collier County Beach Permit, you do not need to pay for parking.
– Do not park in a spot marked “Trailered Vehicles Only.”
– Overflow parking is available nearby along the roadside.
– Uber, Lyft, or ride-sharing is highly recommended for afternoon tours.

Cancellation & Tour Change Policy

At Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, we understand that unexpected circumstances may arise, and we strive to be flexible and accommodating. We assess each situation individually to ensure the best possible experience for our guests.
– 72 Hours Notice: To avoid any charges, we kindly request a minimum of 72 hours notice if you need to cancel your tour.
– Less Than 72 hours Notice: If you cancel within 72 hours or fail to notify us, your credit card will be charged the full tour amount.
Private Tour Changes:
– For private tours, please provide at least 72 hours notice if you wish to change the length or cancel.
– Same-Day Changes: Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate same-day changes to private tour lengths for scheduling purposes.
– No Changes After Booking: Once your tour is booked, no changes can be made unless we receive a 72 hour notice.
– Rebooking is free if done at least 72 hours before the scheduled tour.
– Less Than 72 Hours: If rebooking is done less than 72 hours before the tour, a $35 rebooking fee per guest will apply.
– Price Changes: If pricing has changed, the new price will be charged at rebooking.
Late Policy:
– Prompt Departure: To optimize every guest’s experience, our boats will depart promptly at the scheduled time.
– Arrival Time:  Please arrive at least 30 minutes early, accounting for potential traffic.
– Tardiness: If you are tardy, the boat may need to depart without you, and a refund will not be provided.
– Rescheduling: In some situations, we may be able to reschedule your tour.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our policies as we strive to provide the best possible experience for all our guests.

Please see our weather policy.

Rain Showers
We do not cancel tours due to rain showers alone. Rain showers commonly occur in the summer in Florida so plan on possibly getting wet. If your gear isn’t waterproof, ask the crew to store it in the boat’s dry storage areas. Our Captains utilize mobile weather monitoring systems with active alerts throughout the tours to stay apprised of any developing weather conditions. Weather changes rapidly and storms often pass in a matter of minutes. If the storm is more than simple rain showers, tour launches may be delayed for a few minutes to let any rough weather pass, or we may change the destination and route to avoid the rough weather.

Lightning is very dangerous in Florida. We do not launch during storms with lightning. When there is lightning in the area we may cancel, reschedule, or delay the launch of tours. Our policy after a lightning strike is to shelter in place for 30 minutes and reevaluate after it has passed.

Small Craft Advisory (High Winds)
The National Weather Service issues Small Craft Advisories when high winds and rough waves are expected in the Gulf of Mexico. Such conditions make for an extremely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous boat ride. We adhere to all Small Craft Advisories and reschedule tours accordingly. If such an advisory occurs at the time of your scheduled tour, we will do our best to reschedule your tour or refund you.

Any and all weather-related cancellations are at the sole discretion of the Captain running the boat. Weather cancellations will be made by the Captain based upon if it is safe to take the trip and you will be notified as soon as possible. In the unfortunate event the tour gets cut short due to bad weather we will refund you the difference.

The boat ride to the best shelling spots in the Ten Thousand Islands, easily accessible from Marco Island, typically takes 15-20 minutes. Our experienced captains prioritize your comfort and safety while navigating the waterways. You might even be lucky enough to spot some wildlife on the way to these prime locations for finding seashells!

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to your unforgettable shelling adventure in Southwest Florida!

All of our islands are only accessible by boat and are uninhabited. This means that on the islands there are no docks and boarding may take place on the sand or in the water. While it is uncommon, be prepared to get up to your waist in the water if necessary.

Our tour requires you to be active and mobile. Guests will need to be able to get on and off a boat unassisted using a step stool.

Our 25-foot Sea Pro boats include a flushable toilet onboard. When you arrive for your tour, we recommend you take advantage of the restroom at the boat park facility before departure to the islands.

Our tours include a stocked cooler of water and iced tea to drink. Guests are welcome to bring snacks on-board. If you should require significant cooler space to accommodate your personal food or drinks, please make note on your reservation so that we can advise and prepare accordingly.

  • Snacks (water and tea are provided complimentary by our crew but you are welcome to bring your own beverages)
  • Bag or bucket for shells (no grocery bags or Ziplocs). All fishing tackle and bait will be provided.
  • Water shoes (no flip flops)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Jacket/sweatshirt/towel (in the winter months the boat ride may be chilly)
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Gratuity has not been included in your booking fee. Please bring cash to tip your crew.

Visit our online store to add mesh shell bags to your tour! Purchase the bags in advance of your tour and we’ll have them ready for you when you board your boat. Additional recommendations include:

  • Sand Dipper: Easily scoop shells from the sand without bending
  • Shell Bucket or Bag
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen or sun protective clothing
  • Comfortable footwear: Expect to walk on uneven sandy ground, around tree stumps, roots, and through the mud for the duration of the tour. Please bring or wear sneakers, water shoes or sandals that are conducive to these conditions.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

The typical terrain seen when on a tour with the Treasure Seekers.Our knowledgeable guides travel with you on and off the boat to show you the best shelling spots. Shelling tours are all about walking to those hard-to-reach areas. Expect to walk on uneven sandy ground, around tree stumps, roots, and through the mud for the duration of the tour. You will be expected to walk a distance of at least one mile in such conditions.

If you are unsteady on your feet or have a physical disability, please consult with our office before booking so we may discuss how to best accommodate you on your adventure.

Our vessels have a weight limit; if someone in your party weighs more than 250 pounds, please contact our office before booking your tour.

Children six years old and younger are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while on the boat per Florida law. If you do not have your own, be sure to notify our office before booking your tour and one will be provided for your child.

Watch this video for tips on shelling at low tide and high tide and for a preview of the shells you may expect to find during a Treasure Seekers Shell Tour.

A Florida Master Naturalist is an individual that has received training on Florida’s natural world including ecosystems and wildlife. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP), developed by the University of Florida, educates participants about Florida’s natural resources and provides training on how to educate others about natural resources. Treasure Seekers Shell Tours is fortunate to employ some of the area’s finest Florida Master Naturalists as tour guides! Learn more about our team!

The Ten Thousand Islands are a shelling paradise, with a wide variety of shells to be found depending on the time of year and location. Here are some of the most common shells you might find on your shelling tour:

  • Conch Shells: These large, spiral shells come in a variety of colors and sizes. The most common conch shell in the Ten Thousand Islands is the Fighting Conch. You may also find Lightning Whelks and Knobbed Whelks.

  • Coquina Shells: These small, white shells are often found in large numbers and used by many beachcombers to create beautiful shell art.

  • Lettered Olives: These olive-shaped shells have a smooth surface with a glossy sheen and come in a variety of colors, including brown, yellow, and green.

  • Calico Scallops: These colorful scallops have a ribbed surface and a scalloped edge, most commonly found in shallow water.

  • Sunshine Mimosa: These small, yellow shells have a spiny surface and are often found in clusters.

  • Turkey Wing Shells: These large, triangular shells have a ribbed surface and are most commonly found in shallow water.

  • Florida Horse Conch: This long, slender shell has a distinctive spiral shape and is a favorite among shell collectors.

  • Junonia: This highly prized shell is known for its beautiful purple and orange colors and becoming increasingly rare.

  • Sand Dollar: These flat, round shells are a favorite among beachcombers. They are the test (skeleton) of a sand dollar animal, a type of echinoderm related to sea stars and urchins.

  • Nutmegs: These small, brown shells have a ridged surface and a pointed spire, named for their resemblance to nutmeg graters.

  • Shark Eye: These small, white shells have a distinctive spiral pattern that resembles a shark’s eye.

  • King’s Crown: These large, cone-shaped shells have a pointed spire and a spiny surface, named for their resemblance to a king’s crown.

  • True Tulip: These colorful shells have a long, slender body and a flared lip, resembling tulips.

  • Cockle: These heart-shaped shells have a ribbed surface and a pointed beak, coming in a variety of colors.

  • Cat’s Paw: These small, round shells have a spiny surface that resembles a cat’s paw and are often found in clusters.

  • Alphabet Cone: These cone-shaped shells have a pointed spire and a smooth surface with markings that resemble letters. They can be venomous, so handle with care.

  • Worm Snail: These long, slender shells have a spiral shape and a pointed spire, named for their resemblance to worms.

  • Baby’s Ear: These small, pink shells have a smooth surface and a spiral shape, named for their resemblance to a baby’s ear.

  • Common Fig: These small, brown shells have a flattened shape and a rough surface, named for their resemblance to figs.

  • Keyhole Limpet: These oval-shaped shells have a hole near the apex, which resembles a keyhole. They are limpets, which are gastropods that attach themselves to rocks.

  • Lace Murex: These spiny shells have a long, slender body and a flared lip, covered in lace-like spines.

  • Florida Fighting Conch: This large, pink shell has a thick lip and a spiny surface. It is a close relative of the Fighting Conch, but lighter in color and with a more rounded shape.

  • Sundial: These large, flat shells have a spiral pattern of ridges that resembles a sundial. They are carnivorous snails that live in the sand.

The Ten Thousand Islands are home to shells like lightning whelks, alphabet cones, sand dollars, angel wings, paper figs, tulips, scallops, nutmegs, horse conchs and more! Watch this video for a tutorial of Southwest Florida’s most collectible seashells.

The Junonia shell, with its exquisite coloring and intricate patterns, is a prized possession for many shell collectors. But due to its deeper habitat, finding one can be a thrilling challenge. Here at Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, we’ve compiled some valuable tips to enhance your chances of discovering this coveted treasure:

Understanding the Junonia’s Habitat:

  • Deeper Waters: Unlike most seashells found along shorelines, Junonia shells typically reside in deeper waters,ranging from 95 to 400 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

Finding the Right Location:

  • Southwest Florida Shores: While uncommon, Junonia shells occasionally wash ashore on Southwest Florida beaches after storms or strong currents.

Timing Your Search:

  • Post-Storm Exploration: Following a powerful storm or hurricane, head to beaches known for shelling, like those in Marco Island or the Ten Thousand Islands, and keep a watchful eye for Junonia shells amongst the debris.

Joining a Guided Tour:

  • Expert Guidance: Treasure Seekers Shell Tours offer excursions led by experienced captains who understand the Junonia’s habitat and can navigate to areas with a higher chance of finding them.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled:

  • Shell Identification: Familiarize yourself with the Junonia’s distinctive features. It has an elongated spire, a glossy surface with a pale orange or yellow base, and reddish-brown markings.

Respecting the Ecosystem:

  • Live Shells: If you encounter a live Junonia shell, admire it but gently return it to the water to preserve the marine ecosystem.

Remember: Finding a Junonia shell can be a matter of luck and persistence. By following these tips and joining a knowledgeable guide on a shelling adventure, you’ll increase your chances of adding this rare treasure to your collection!

Watch our video to learn about the quest to find the rare Junonia shell!

Whether it’s brightening color, removing barnacles or getting the stink out, this video will show you all the tips and tricks for cleaning your shells.

Check out some of our favorite places while you are in the area. Whether you are looking for something to eat, something to do, or someplace to shop, we hope you will enjoy these treasures as much as we do.












Greetings, fellow shell aficionados! If you’ve ever pondered the optimal time for shelling on Marco Island, you’re in for a treat. As your local shelling expert from Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, I’m here to illuminate the nuances of each season, offering insights into the thriving shelling scene beyond the elusive Junonia shell.

Seasonal Delights:

Marco Island boasts a year-round paradise for shell enthusiasts, with each season presenting its unique treasures. Let’s delve into the seasonal highlights to guide your shelling adventures.

Late Spring to Early Summer (May to July):

As temperatures rise and crowds thin out, late spring marks the beginning of prime shelling season. The warm waters draw an eclectic mix of shells to the shores, creating an ideal environment for exploration. Join our Marco Island Shelling Tours during this time to maximize your chances of discovering a variety of shells, not just the coveted Junonia.

Key Activities:

Marco Island Shelling Tours:
Our expert-guided tours cater to all shelling enthusiasts, providing insights into the diverse world of shells that grace our shores during late spring.
Kice Island Shell Tour:
Explore the hidden beauty of Kice Island on our specialized tour. Known for its unspoiled landscapes, Kice Island offers a tranquil setting to collect a plethora of shells.
Ten Thousand Island Shelling Tours:
Embark on a journey through the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, home to a rich diversity of shells. Our tours promise an immersive experience for nature lovers and shell seekers alike.
Fall (September to November):

As fall sets in, the cooler temperatures bring a fresh wave of shelling opportunities. While the elusive Junonia may take a back seat, the island’s tranquility during this season allows for a more intimate and peaceful shelling experience.

Key Activities:

Fall Shelling Excursions:
Enjoy the serenity of fall shelling with fewer crowds and a chance to discover unique specimens along the shores.
Winter (December to February):

Winter unveils a different side of Marco Island’s shelling scene. While Junonias may be a bit elusive, the island’s beauty remains unparalleled. Winter shelling offers a serene escape for those seeking a quieter beach experience.

Key Activities:

Winter Beachcombing Adventures:
Revel in the beauty of winter shelling, exploring the shores and discovering the diverse array of shells that grace the island during this season. As the temperatures cool and winter takes its gentle hold on Marco Island, a different kind of magic unfolds along the shores—the enchanting Winter Beachcombing Adventures. While the elusive Junonia might take a brief respite, the island’s beauty remains unparalleled, offering a serene escape for those seeking a quieter and reflective shelling experience.
Tranquil Ambiance:

Winter brings a sense of tranquility to Marco Island. The beaches, with fewer visitors, become a canvas for peaceful strolls and unhurried exploration. The gentle lull of the waves and the crisp sea breeze create the perfect backdrop for a relaxing beachcombing adventure.

Unique Shell Discoveries:

While certain shells may take a seasonal hiatus, winter introduces a new cast of characters along the shoreline. Unique specimens, often not found during other seasons, reveal themselves. Exploring the winter beachcombing scene opens up opportunities to discover shells with distinctive shapes, colors, and textures.

Calm Waters:

Winter’s calm waters allow for clearer visibility, enhancing the pleasure of shell hunting. The reduced wave activity provides a better chance to spot and collect shells, creating a more immersive experience for shell enthusiasts.

Winter Beachcombing Tips:

Early Morning Excursions:
Winter mornings on Marco Island are crisp and tranquil. Consider early morning beachcombing excursions for the best experience. The soft sunlight casting over the shoreline adds a touch of magic to your shelling adventure.
Low Tide Exploration:
Check the tide charts and plan your beachcombing adventures during low tide. The exposed seafloor unveils hidden treasures, and you might stumble upon shells that were concealed beneath the waves during other times of the year.
Layer Up for Comfort:
While winter temperatures in Southwest Florida are mild, it’s always a good idea to layer up for comfort. A light jacket or sweater, comfortable shoes, and a shelling bag to collect your treasures will enhance your winter beachcombing experience.
Join Our Winter Beachcombing Adventures:

At Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, we invite you to embrace the beauty of winter beachcombing on Marco Island. Our experienced captains and knowledgeable guides are eager to accompany you on a serene exploration of the island’s shores. Revel in the tranquility, discover unique shells, and create cherished memories during this enchanting season.

Book Your Winter Beachcombing Tour: Visit our website at www.treasureseekersshelltours.com to explore our winter tour options. From leisurely strolls to immersive explorations, we offer a range of experiences tailored to make your winter beachcombing adventure unforgettable.

In conclusion, Marco Island provides a year-round haven for shelling enthusiasts. Whether you seek the thrill of late spring discoveries or the serene ambiance of winter beachcombing, Treasure Seekers Shell Tours is here to guide you through a captivating shelling adventure. Book your tour today and immerse yourself in the beauty of Marco Island’s shores! 🐚❤️ #MarcoIslandShelling #ShellingAdventure #TreasureSeekersShellTours

Welcome, fellow shell enthusiasts, to the ultimate guide on uncovering the hidden treasures of Marco Island! If you’ve ever wondered, “Where are the best shells on Marco Island?” – you’re in for an exciting journey. As your local shelling experts at Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, we’re here to unveil the prime shelling spots and guide you through an unforgettable adventure.

Unraveling the Best Shelling Spots:

Marco Island is a haven for shelling, offering a variety of spots where you can discover a diverse array of seashells. Let’s explore the top destinations that promise an abundance of treasures waiting to be found.

1. Tigertail Beach: The Sheller’s Paradise

Tigertail Beach is a gem on Marco Island, renowned for its rich deposits of seashells. As the tides recede, the shores transform into a sheller’s paradise. Venture here during low tide for optimal shelling opportunities, and you’ll be amazed by the variety of shells that grace this pristine stretch of sand.

2. South Marco Beach: Where Shells Meet Serenity

South Marco Beach, with its picturesque setting, is another hotspot for shell enthusiasts. The gentle waves bring in an array of shells, offering a serene backdrop for your shelling adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for unique specimens that wash ashore, creating a memorable experience for every collector.

3. Kice Island: Discover the Hidden Gems

For those seeking a more secluded shelling experience, Kice Island is a hidden gem. Accessible by boat, this unspoiled island is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Join our Kice Island Shell Tour for an exclusive journey to a pristine landscape where unique shells await discovery.

4. Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge: Nature’s Shelling Showcase

Embark on a journey through the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge for a shelling experience immersed in nature’s beauty. Our Ten Thousand Islands Shelling Tours provide a unique opportunity to explore this refuge, home to a diverse array of shells against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes.

Embark on a shelling adventure with Treasure Seekers Shell Tours and unlock the secrets of Marco Island’s best shelling spots. Book your tour today and immerse yourself in the beauty of our shores! 🐚❤️ #MarcoIslandShelling #ShellingAdventure #TreasureSeekersShellTours

Marco Island, nestled along Florida’s southwest coast, beckons shell enthusiasts with its pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of marine treasures. But amidst the abundance, one elusive find reigns supreme, sparking a thrill akin to discovering buried pirate booty: the Junonia shell.

The Jewel of the Seashore:

Imagine a shell sculpted from the sunset, ablaze with fiery orange, vibrant crimson, and soft pinks. Its spiraling form, adorned with delicate knobs and ridges, whispers tales of ancient oceans. This is the Junonia, a masterpiece of nature and the undisputed champion of rarity on Marco Island.

Why the Majesty?

Unlike common shells carried in on gentle tides, the Junonia prefers deeper waters. Only storms or powerful currents can dislodge it from its sandy haven, sending it on a rare journey to the shore. Even then, its small size and fragility make it easy to overlook amidst the beach’s bounty. This captivating combination of beauty and elusiveness fuels the Junonia’s legendary status.

The Thrill of the Chase:

Finding a Junonia isn’t just about luck; it’s about dedication and meticulous observation. Keen eyes scan the tideline after storms, scrutinizing every glint of orange amidst the usual suspects. Knowledge of its preferred habitats, like areas near seagrass beds, becomes your secret weapon. The reward? An unparalleled sense of accomplishment and a shell unlike any other, a testament to your perseverance and the island’s magic.

Beyond the Junonia:

While the Junonia reigns supreme, Marco Island’s shelling adventures offer endless possibilities. Lace Murex, with its spiky crown, and the delicate Alphabet Cone, etched with mysterious symbols, are just a few of the rarities waiting to be discovered. And for those who prefer grandeur, the majestic Horse Conch, Florida’s state shell, promises a breathtaking find.

Join the Treasure Seekers:

Unearthing the secrets of Marco Island’s shores is an experience best shared. Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, with their expert guides and intimate knowledge of the island’s hidden gems, will elevate your shelling adventure to new heights. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your bucket, don your explorer hat, and let the hunt for the rarest shell begin!

Visit our website or contact us today to book your Treasure Seekers Shell Tour and embark on your own shelling adventure!

The pristine shores of Marco Island whisper secrets of the sea, each grain of sand and every seashell a testament to its vibrant marine life. But for many visitors, the sheer abundance of seashells begs the question: why are there so many treasures scattered along this paradise? Buckle up, shell-ebrates, because we’re diving deep into the reasons behind Marco Island’s shell-tastic reputation!

1. Gulf of Mexico’s Gentle Embrace: Unlike the rough Atlantic coast, Marco Island basks in the calm embrace of the Gulf of Mexico. Its shallow continental shelf creates a vast underwater playground for mollusks of all shapes and sizes. With minimal wave action to break or bury them, these shells gently accumulate, waiting to be discovered by eager beachcombers.

2. A Feast for Filter Feeders: The warm Gulf waters teem with microscopic plankton, the perfect buffet for many shellfish. From tiny clams to majestic conchs, these filter feeders strain the water, feasting and leaving behind their beautiful homes as they grow. This constant cycle of life and shell-ebration ensures a steady stream of treasures washing ashore.

3. Currents: Nature’s Delivery Service: Don’t underestimate the power of the ocean’s currents! They act as nature’s delivery service, gently nudging shells from offshore reefs and sandbars closer to the shoreline. This means you might find shells from deeper waters mixed with the local bounty, adding to the excitement of your Marco Island shelling adventure.

4. Barrier Island Bonanza: Marco Island, like many coastal jewels, sits nestled amidst a chain of barrier islands. These natural landforms act as wave buffers, protecting the mainland from powerful storms and creating calm lagoons. This sheltered environment fosters diverse marine life, leading to an even greater variety of shells gracing the beaches.

5. Sandy Symphony: The composition of Marco Island’s sand plays a pivotal role in its shelling paradise. The fine, white quartz sand is easily shifted by waves, exposing hidden treasures and making it easier to spot those pearly gems nestled beneath the surface. So, don’t just admire the sand; sift through it and let the symphony of seashells serenade you!

Beyond the Bounty:

The abundance of seashells on Marco Island isn’t just a pretty sight; it’s a testament to the healthy ecosystem thriving in the Gulf of Mexico. Each shell whispers a story of life, resilience, and the delicate balance of nature. So, as you collect your treasures, remember to be responsible stewards of this coastal paradise.

Treasure Seekers Shell Tours:

Ready to embark on your own shell-ebration in Marco Island? Treasure Seekers Shell Tours is your oyster! Our experienced guides will lead you to the hidden gems, teach you about the fascinating creatures that create these wonders, and ensure you have an unforgettable shelling adventure. So, contact us today and let’s turn the tide on boredom and discover the magic of Marco Island’s seashells!

#MarcoIslandShelling #ShellingParadise #GulfOfMexicoTreasures #FloridaShelling #TreasureSeekersShells

Marco Island shimmers with the promise of exquisite seashells waiting to be discovered. But for the savvy beachcomber,timing is everything! Here’s your key to unlocking the best shelling hours on Marco Island:

The Magic of Low Tide: When it comes to Marco Island shelling, low tide reigns supreme. During these times, vast stretches of beach are exposed, revealing a treasure trove of shells hidden beneath the waves. Aim to hit the beach an hour before or after low tide for the most expansive shelling area.

Early Bird Gets the Shell: Not only does low tide expose more ground, but it also means you’ll be there before the crowds. Morning hours offer the additional perk of cooler temperatures, making your shelling adventure more enjoyable.

Bonus Tip: Follow the Moon Phases: While low tide is king, consider planning your shelling trip around new or full moons. These lunar phases often lead to stronger tides, potentially unearthing a wider variety of shells.

Unveiling the Power of Storms: While you can’t predict them, keep an eye out for strong windstorms. These energetic events can churn up a remarkable collection of shells, offering a chance to find unique treasures.

Shelling Success at Your Fingertips: By following these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to a successful shelling expedition on Marco Island. Remember, consult local tide charts to pinpoint the ideal low tide windows and embrace the tranquility of early mornings for an optimal shelling experience.

Calling all shelling enthusiasts! Embark on an unforgettable shelling adventure with Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, your gateway to the pristine beaches and hidden gems of Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.

Why Choose Treasure Seekers Shell Tours?

  • Expert Local Shell Guides: Our passionate and knowledgeable Master Naturalists will guide you to the most productive shelling spots and help you identify your finds.
  • Unwind and Explore: Leave the planning to us. We offer private charters for a personalized experience or join a small group tour to meet fellow shelling enthusiasts.
  • Focus on Discovery: Our shallow-water capable boats grant access to secluded islands teeming with seashells.
  • Comfortable Amenities: Relax and enjoy the ride on our 25-foot center console boats, featuring comfortable seating, a restroom, and a cooler stocked with refreshments.
  • Eco-Friendly Adventures: Become a steward of the environment. We are members of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism and prioritize responsible shelling practices.

Plan Your Dream Shelling Tour:

  • Marco Island Shelling Tours: Explore the diverse shelling grounds around Marco Island, including Kice Island and Dickmans Island, renowned for their abundance of Junonia shells, Florida Horse Conchs, and more!
  • Sunset Shelling Tours: Combine shelling with a breathtaking Southwest Florida sunset, creating lasting memories.
  • Ten Thousand Islands Shelling Adventure: Venture deep into the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for shelling and wildlife observation.
  • Family-Friendly Shelling Tours: Create unforgettable family memories with a fun and educational shelling adventure.
Ready to embark on your shelling adventure?

Book your tour today and discover a world of seashells and unforgettable memories with Treasure Seekers Shell Tours!

Uncover the Enchanting Beauty of Kice Island

Kice Island, a captivating gem nestled within the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Sanctuary, beckons nature enthusiasts and shell aficionados alike. Here at Treasure Seekers Shell Tours, we’re thrilled to share the island’s rich history, diverse seashells, and captivating beauty.

A Treasure Trove of Seashells

As you explore Kice Island’s pristine shores, keep your eyes peeled for these fascinating finds:

  • Lightning Whelk (Busycon contrarium): This iconic shell boasts a unique left-handed spiral and intricate ridges,a true marvel of the seashell world.
  • Conch Shells: Various conch species can be found here, showcasing nature’s artistic design in their large, spiral shapes.
  • Tulip Shells (Fasciolaria spp.): These elongated beauties come in a variety of colors and patterns, adding to the island’s seashell collection.
  • Junonia Shells (Scaphella junonia): A rare gem, the Junonia’s distinct coloring and intricate patterns make it highly sought after by collectors.
  • Cockle Shells: These heart-shaped shells come in various sizes and colors, contributing to the island’s charming seashell bounty.
  • Murex Shells: Look for these with their spiky exteriors, often boasting intricate patterns and vibrant colors.
  • Florida Fighting Conch (Strombus alatus): Recognizable by its ribbed surface, these shells come in a range of colors, from pale pink to vibrant orange.
  • Scallops: These fan-shaped shells contribute to the diverse marine life, with intricate patterns and various sizes.

Join Treasure Seekers Shell Tours and discover the captivating world of seashells on Kice Island!

A Journey Through Time

Kice Island boasts a rich history intertwined with indigenous tribes, early settlers, and legendary pioneers. Today, it’s not privately owned but meticulously preserved as part of the wildlife sanctuary.

  • Historical Roots: Named after Captain John Kice, a prominent 19th-20th century pioneer, the island’s history is etched in his legacy.
  • Indigenous Presence: Before European settlers, the Calusa and Seminole tribes thrived here, leaving their mark through shell mounds and artifacts.
  • Evolving Landscape: Over time, explorers, traders, and adventurers all played a role in shaping Kice Island’s unique heritage.
  • Current Ownership: Today, the island falls under the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Sanctuary, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dedicated to conserving wildlife habitats.

A Protected Paradise

As part of the sanctuary, Kice Island remains a protected natural treasure. This ensures its historical and ecological significance is preserved for future generations.

  • Preservation Efforts: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tirelessly manages the island’s ecosystem, protects wildlife, and educates visitors on responsible exploration.
  • Treasure Seekers Commitment: When you explore with us, you can be confident you’re supporting responsible practices that safeguard Kice Island’s beauty.

Exploring Responsibly

In our pursuit of beautiful shells, let’s remember the vital role live shells play in the ecosystem. Here’s how you can help:

  • Collect Only Empty Shells: Leave live creatures undisturbed to maintain the island’s biodiversity.

Protecting Kice Island

As stewards of nature, be mindful of the following:

  • Report Issues: If you encounter debris, pollution, or environmental concerns, contact the appropriate authorities.
  • Leave No Trace: Pack out everything you bring in, leaving only footprints behind.

Plan Your Kice Island Adventure

Ready to experience the magic of Kice Island firsthand? Treasure Seekers Shell Tours offers unforgettable excursions led by passionate guides.

Explore, Respect, and Cherish

Let’s tread lightly and appreciate the delicate balance of nature. Whether you’re a shell enthusiast, history buff, or nature lover, Kice Island promises an unforgettable experience.

Join us to explore, respect, and cherish this hidden gem of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Shelling is a delightful way to connect with the ocean and discover hidden treasures on the beach. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a curious beginner, these ten proven shelling tips will help you maximize your next beachcombing adventure:

  1. Choose a Prime Shelling Location: Not all beaches are created equal. Research online or consult local experts to find beaches renowned for their shelling bounty. Look for destinations with barrier islands, strong currents, and inlets, as these factors tend to concentrate shells.

  2. Gear Up for Success: Pack a mesh bag for easy shell drainage, a hat for sun protection, comfortable shoes for navigating terrain, sunscreen, and water to stay hydrated. Consider bringing gloves for handling delicate shells and a small trowel for sifting through sand.

  3. Time Your Trip Wisely: Low tide exposes the most shoreline, revealing a wider area for exploration. Plan your shelling adventure for one hour before or after low tide for optimal results. Early mornings also tend to offer better finds before beach activity picks up.

  4. Target Your Treasures: Familiarize yourself with the types of shells found in your chosen location. Research their shapes, colors, and sizes to help you identify them during your search.

  5. Master the Sanibel Stoop: This technique involves walking slowly with a hunched posture, keeping your eyes peeled close to the ground for hidden shells partially buried in the sand.

  6. Respect Live Shells: Remember, seashells are homes for many creatures. Only collect empty shells and return any live mollusks you encounter to the water gently.

  7. Embrace the Elements: Be prepared for the weather. Pack rain gear if necessary, and avoid peak sun hours if heat sensitivity is a concern.

  8. Consider a Shelling Tour: Local guides can take you to secret shelling hotspots and share their knowledge about the local marine life and seashells.

  9. Make Multiple Visits: Shelling is an adventure, and success can vary depending on tides and weather patterns.Schedule multiple shelling trips throughout your beach vacation to increase your chances of finding unique treasures.

  10. Practice Responsible Shelling: Only collect what you intend to keep. Leave abundant shells behind to ensure a healthy ecosystem for future generations of shellers to enjoy.

By following these tips and using your beachcombing spirit, you’re well on your way to a successful and enjoyable shelling experience!

Keewaydin Island: A Shellcomber’s Paradise Awaits

Calling all adventure-seeking families and nature enthusiasts! Have you ever dreamt of exploring a hidden barrier island where the whispers of the sea unveil a world of captivating seashells? Look no further than Keewaydin Island! Nestled just off the coast of Southwest Florida, near Naples and Marco Island, Keewaydin Island beckons with the promise of an unforgettable family experience.


Island Paradise Steeped in History

Keewaydin Island boasts a rich history dating back to the early 1900s. Once home to the Keewaydin Club, a renowned inn for wealthy visitors, the island now offers a glimpse into the past with the Keewaydin Club building standing as a testament to a bygone era. It’s even listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

Where Nature’s Bounty Meets Adventure

Keewaydin Island, accessible only by boat, stretches for eight miles and boasts a mere half-mile width. This unspoiled paradise is best known for its pristine beaches, teeming with an abundance of seashells. But that’s not all! Here’s why Keewaydin Island should be your next family adventure:

Shelling Paradise

Considered one of the best shelling destinations in Southwest Florida, Keewaydin Island offers a treasure trove for shell collectors of all ages. The island’s west coast, facing the calm Gulf waters, is renowned for its shelling bounty. Keep your eyes peeled for everything from common Coquina shells to the prized Junonia, with its vibrant orange and purple hues.

Best Spots for Shelling on Keewaydin Island

While the entire west coast of Keewaydin Island offers excellent shelling opportunities, some areas consistently produce a wider variety and higher quantities of shells. Here are a few hotspots to target on your shelling adventure:

  • North End: This area is known for its abundance of large shells, including Fighting Conch (Strombus pugilis). These mollusks are herbivores, using their muscular foot to graze on algae and seagrass. They reproduce sexually, with females laying large egg capsules that hatch into free-swimming larvae. Unfortunately, Fighting Conch fall prey to a variety of predators, including crabs, octopus, and some fish. Look for these treasures after a strong storm or during low tide when the waves recede further, revealing more beach area.
  • Middle Beach (Center of the Island): This stretch of beach is a favorite among families due to its calm waters and easy access. Here, you’ll find a good mix of smaller shells like Lettered Olives (Oliva sayana). These carnivorous snails feed on other mollusks, using a specialized radula to drill a hole in their prey’s shell before extracting the soft body. Lettered Olives reproduce sexually, and their shells can be quite common, especially in the middle beach area. They do, however, have predators of their own, including crabs and fish.
  • South End (Closest to Marco Island): This area can get crowded, but it’s still worth a visit for its diverse selection of shells. You might find smaller treasures like Cat’s Paw Shells (Chlorostoma foveolatum). These herbivores graze on algae and can be identified by their unique spiral shell with a textured surface. They reproduce sexually and can be abundant in the southern part of the island. However, they are not immune to predation by crabs and certain fish species.

Beyond the Shells

Shelling may be the main event, but Keewaydin Island offers a plethora of other activities to discover the wonders of this barrier island:


Embark on a kayaking adventure to explore the island’s hidden coves and mangrove forests, teeming with a variety of marine life.


Cast a line and experience the thrill of catching fish in the island’s rich waters. You might encounter snook, redfish, or even tarpon.


With its diverse avian population, Keewaydin Island is a haven for birdwatchers. Look out for pelicans diving for fish, osprey soaring overhead, and a variety of shorebirds flitting along the water’s edge.

Unforgettable Memories Await

A visit to Keewaydin Island promises more than just beautiful shells. It’s an opportunity to connect with nature, create lasting memories, and instill a love for environmental stewardship in the next generation. As you explore this hidden gem, remember to respect the delicate ecosystem and practice responsible shelling. Happy shelling, and may your adventures on Keewaydin Island be filled with discovery and wonder!