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Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

1. Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

Learn the fine art of shell collecting on the remote barrier island beaches of Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and escape the shelling hordes of Marco Island and Captiva. Make your own way to Goodland Boating Park to climb aboard a boat that will take you to remote beaches that have not been picked over by others. Few shell collectors know about - or can get to - the beaches of these islands, resulting in pristine shelling opportunities. Touring in small groups, you will be led by a shelling guide with decades of experience. Learn about the nuances of the tide, winds, and locations that affect shelling, and the life cycle and habitat of different species. Your guide even has the knack of finding the Gulf Coast's most prized shell treasure; the junonia!

Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

2. Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

Experience the natural world around Marco Island as you spot sea turtles and other local wildlife, collect shells, and admire the Cape Romano Dome Homes on this boat excursion. Begin with a boat tour among the Ten Thousand Islands. Take in the local wildlife and search for dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles with your naturalist guide. Encounter ospreys, bald eagles, ibis, roseate spoonbill, egrets, herons, and a large number of shorebird species. Enjoy commentary from your Florida Master Naturalist guide who will talk about the area's ecosystems, history, and culture. Next, explore a remote barrier island beach, an island only reached by boat. Learn about beach dynamics, stroll through the tidal flats, and wade the tidal pools. Collect shells, sand dollars, and other treasures on island beaches that are untouched. Learn about individual shell animals and how to shell from your naturalist guide. Have a hands-on experience, perfect for the young and old alike. From here, venture to the edge of southwest Florida, the Cape Romano, and the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you will see the well-known Cape Romano Dome Houses. Hear how they were once on the beach, but have slowly moved into the water over time. Snap some memorable photographs here.

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