You can expect a SHELLTASTIC day and make sure to bring plenty of shell bags/buckets because you will need them! The tour will start off with about a 15min boat ride through Mangrove islands towards our final destination. You will be landing on a white sand beach and then will be guided through the island by our amazing First Mates who will show you the best shelling spots and help you in any way they can to make your trip one of the best memories of your vacation! On the way back to the marina we will try to look for dolphins playing and many times they will follow our boat and jump and play in the wake!
Our tour requires you to be MOBILE and you will need to be able to get on and off a boat unassisted using a ladder. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO WALK SEVERAL MILES over rugged uneven terrain. We also have a weigh limit for safety on the boat, PLEASE if you weigh more than 250lbs you need to inform us as we need to make special accommodations.
It’s like an episode of Shelling Survivor or Naked and Afraid shelling! ( kidding!) Wearing a bathing suit is a good idea along with a long sleeve SPF shirt. If you find that you bleed easily it might be a good idea to wear leggings or pants as you can cut yourself on the mangrove roots that stick up all over the islands!
At several of our shelling locations you will be expected to walk far distances and over uneven, rugged terrain with mangrove roots sticking out, muddy slippery bottoms, and will need to sometimes climb over or under limbs and mangrove roots. Good water shoes are a must! You will also at times need to walk up to waist deep in water to reach shore if tides are too low for the boat to drop you off on the beach. Come prepared to get wet if need be. Many times the wading is where you might find some of the biggest treasures!
This is a physically challenging tour so if you have any limitations please let us know ahead of time so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. Call us at 239-571-2331. We depart from the Goodland Boating Park at 750 Palm Point Dr., Goodland, FL 34140. There is free parking available to the left of the parking lot in the paved spots (not the grass trailer parking for boats). There are restrooms there to use as well as a Ships Store to purchase last minute items. We pride ourselves on providing concierge service to our guests. Do you need help carrying bags or shells back to the boat? How about a cold beverage while your walking the beach? We will do our best to make sure your every need is taken care of. If you don’t already have a good waterproof/floating cell phone pouch we recommend DukGear pouches, www.dukgear.com. If you use the promo code SHELLS you will receive 20% off your purchase.