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Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion
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Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion

By Island Excursions
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At Island Excursions, we believe taking friends and family out into nature to relax and enjoy the beauty of our world is essential to the human experience. Our guests are given a private and comfortable tour through the calm waters of ten thousands islands, stopping at secluded beaches to gather sea shells and get your toes wet. The 2.5 hour trip is the perfect trip for families with children, with longer trips available for those interested.
from
€431.47
per group (up to 6)
from
€431.47
per group (up to 6)

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Ages 0-120
Duration: 2h 30m
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English
Features animals


  • Bottled water
  • Cooler filled with ice
  • Buckets and bags for your shells
  • Entry/Admission - Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
What's not included
  • Snacks
  • Parking fee is $10
  • Towels


Departure details
  • 750 Palm Point Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, USA We meet at the Goodland Boat Park next to the flag pole in front of the Ship store.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 350294P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion?
Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion price starts from €422.78. Discover and book Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion cancellation policy?
Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion?
Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion is hosted by Island Excursions. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Island Excursions on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 30m. Discover and book Private Shelling and Dolphin Excursion on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 350294P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    750 Palm Point Dr
    750 Palm Point Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, USA
    We meet at the Goodland Boat Park next to the flag pole in front of the Ship store.
    See address & details
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    Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    While experiencing the biggest mangrove forrest in the United States, guests can expect remote islands littered with shells, wild dolphins swimming by the boat, and learn all about the ecosystem and history of the area.
    Read more
  • You'll return to the starting point
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1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Family
Capt Nick was great with our boatload, which ranged in age from early teens to mid-20s. Knowledgeable and fun, he recognized different interests and led a great trip for all. Highly recommend!
Written 30 December 2022
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Brittany T
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Captain Nick was fabulous. We had three kids with us and he engaged with them wonderfully, while also making sure the adults had a great a experience. He was calm and relaxed and customized our trip for the tides, weather, and crowds at certain areas. His boat was clean and well taken care of. The price was extremely fair, considering a group trip would have cost our group of 6 about the same price. Private was 100% the way to go. He was super responsive before the trip, making sure everything was perfect for us. My kids have told everyone they see at the hotel to go see Captain Nick. I cannot recommend him more.
Written 2 August 2022
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Susan L
Jensen Beach, FL17 contributions
This was a wonderful shelling experience! Capt. As this was my first shelling experience, Captain Nick spent time teaching us the different types and the best place to search.
On our way home we found a family of dolphins, the captain turned the boat away from heading home and created a great wake for them to follow us and play in. The extra effort was greatly appreciated!
Written 16 August 2022
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Lisa E
Annapolis, MD101 contributions
I booked Nick’s tour very last minute. The tours are private so for just the two of us, it was quite and extravagance, but it was so worth it!
Nick was great about contacting us, communicating about weather and have clear instructions about where to meet. Despite cloudy windy day, we had the most amazing adventure-
Boated out to Dickman Island, went ashore and shell hunted. Nick provided us buckets, a brief presentation about what we might find and which shells would be rare and tips on where to look. We beach combed for about 90 minutes and collected some amazing shells and sand dollars!
Driving back Nick spotted some dolphins hunting and paused to allow us a view of the beach rush, mom and baby and a diverse population of birds.
Truly one of the best vacation excursions we have ever done!
Written 27 January 2023
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Steve P
Bloomington, IL1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Family
Really enjoyed our afternoon with Captain Nick. He gave us great information on shelling and the history of Marco Island. The island he took us to was loaded with shells and he made sure we returned to the dock with a great sampling. The dolphins were active. Captain Nick created a wake in the water and had the dolphins jumping and chasing our boat. Thanks for a great finale to our holiday trip. I highly recommend!
Written 6 January 2023
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Kelly S
Evansville, IN1 contribution
Captain Nick was very personable and was eager to satisfy what the group wanted to do. He was knowledgeable about the dolphins and the shells. He took us to a great beach for finding really good shells and showed us the specific types that are sought after and helped us find several. He also was great finding the dolphins. He was able to get in front of a group of dolphins and they swam right alongside our boat for over 10 minutes! It was an amazing experience. We will book with Captain Nick again!
Written 17 January 2023
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T1mmyC
Glasgow, UK1 contribution
Aug 2022
We had such a great tour seeing an array of wildlife in the most beautiful environment topped off by finding more than enough wonderful shells to fill out pockets up.

The captain knew the waters very well taking us to those beautiful spots that you can only get to by boat and with a good knowledge of the area. He was also a wealth of information as to all the types of shells and wildlife.

All in all a fantastic trip and I look forward to going out again.
Written 6 September 2022
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JuliaMB234
Norfolk, VA1 contribution
Aug 2022
It was our first time vacationing down in the area, and I am honestly so glad we found Captain Nick's tours! He was accommodating in helping us get scheduled in, and it was more than worth it! It's such a beautiful place and you get to explore islands full of gorgeous shells (yes you want to take them all with you!), plus some cool hidden gems of mangroves, etc. We even had the pleasure of dolphins coming up close to the boat! Honestly, it was amazing.
Captain Nick is very professional and extremely knowledgable about the wildlife, the area, and can basically name every shell. He's very good at what he does and I can't wait for us to come back again and do another tour!
Written 8 September 2022
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Travis
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Friends
Excellent day trip through the 10k Islands! Captain Nick is friendly and knowledgeable. Trips can be customized to your preferences. Nick can help find quality shells with his keen eyes and always has his eyes open to get you good views of dolphins, egrets, and more! The skiff is in great condition, clean, and a smooth ride. Captain Nick’s knowledge of the boat and sea make you always feel comfortable and at ease! Can firmly recommend this tour! You won’t be disappointed!
Written 22 January 2023
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Haley J
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Solo
This was my first shelling experience, and Captain Nick made it a great one! He was very knowledgeable about the area, and a great teacher for those wanting to get into shelling or learn more about it. He also made sure I was able to see dolphins on my way back! I highly recommend this excursion for anyone wanting a fun & safe trip. Best in Marco!
Written 20 December 2022
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