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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.

Our experienced captains strive to provide not only a safe but comfortable ride through the Ten Thousand Islands waterways. It will take 15-20 minutes to get to the best shelling spots. There may be opportunities to stop to see wildlife along the way.

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 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.
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!

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