10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat in Goodland, FL

Marco Island Boat Tours750 Palm Point DriveGoodland, FL 34140
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Go off the beaten path and discover a place teeming with untouched coastlines! This Marco Island shelling tour will take you to remote beaches in the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge for great shelling. The tour, led by a master naturalist, is limited to six people and offers an opportunity to see dolphins and other wildlife during the cruise.

up to 2 hrs 2 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Goodland Travel Experts
  • This Ten Thousand Islands shelling tour is led by a certified master naturalist.
  • Experience great shelling and the opportunity to see dolphins, an array of birds and other marine life on the cruise out to the island.
  • Tour duration is approx. 2 hours. Please arrive 20-25 minutes before your departure time.
  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and protective footwear.
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat and towel.
  • Small-group size with a maximum of 6 guests.


from 10,000 Islands Shelling Boat Tour
The 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge, adjacent to Everglades National Park, is inaccessible except by boat. This tour is led by an experienced sheller and certified master naturalist, will whisk you to a remote barrier island within the Refuge. While barrier islands such as Sanibel or Captiva offer great shelling, these islands rarely have a footprint on the beaches.

Not only can you experience great shelling in a remote location, but the 10,000 Islands Shelling Boat Tour provides the opportunity to see dolphins, possibly sea turtles or manatees, and a multitude of birds such as ospreys, eagles, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, and the like while cruising to your island.

While shelling, learn about the nuances of tides and currents and how it affects sea life. Your captain/guide can make your tour a family learning experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions about 10,000 Islands Shelling Boat Tour

Where is the meeting point for the 10,000 Islands Shelling Boat Tour?

The tour departs from Goodland Boating Park, located at 750 Palm Point Dr, Goodland, FL 34140. Meet your guide 20-25 minutes before departure at the picnic tables to the left of the marina store. The boat boards 5 minutes before your tour's departure time.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

What should I bring?

Guests should bring sunglasses, hats, towels, sunscreen, and water bottles. Binoculars and field glasses are also a good idea. You can bring your own food and drinks as well.

What should I wear?

Please dress comfortably and according to the weather, and wear protective footwear that you do not mind getting wet. A light jacket is also recommended.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, the tour is suitable for all ages.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! There are a ton of great photo opportunities for you on the trip.

Can I bring my pet?

Only service animals are allowed on this tour.

How many guests are allowed per tour?

Each tour can accommodate up to 6 guests.

What can I see on this trip?

Most days, you can see ospreys, various breeds of herons and egrets, pelicans, and numerous species of shorebirds. Manatees are typically spotted from the boat during most tours in the warmer months. However, guests commonly see dolphins, rosette spoonbills, bald eagles, hawks, white pelicans, owls, sea turtles, kites, and black vultures. The Everglades Area is famous for alligators. However, the alligators are not a problem as they keep a safe distance away.