Dolphin, Birding and Shelling Tour in Marco Island, FL

Everglades National Park Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour750 Palm Point DriveGoodland, FL 34140
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Discover an array of shore birds, dolphins, sea turtles and more on this small-group tour of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands Wildlife Refuge from Marco Island. Led by a Florida naturalist, this two-part tour includes a boating tour and shelling tour. You will have ample time to explore on one of the uninhabited barrier islands and collect some wonderful shells.

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.
  • 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 bag for your shells, a hat and towel.
  • Parking available at Goodland Boating Park for a nominal fee.
  • Max of 17 guests per tour.


from 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding and Shelling Tour
Embark on this two-hour Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour and explore the ecosystem and wildlife of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands refuge. This wonderful Marco Island excursion consists of two parts. First, you'll go in search for dolphins and wading birds on a naturalist-led boating/dolphin tour. Then, explore an uninhabited barrier island on a shelling tour. You will learn about the island’s beach dynamics and collect some of the wonderful shells on these remote islands.

In comfortable captain's style seating, you will be safely brought deep into the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge for a two-hour interpretive tour of the area led by a Florida Master Naturalist. Depending on the season, you can expect to encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, rosette spoonbills, as well as, numerous species of fish and shore birds.

The entire Everglades area, including Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge, is a wonderful place for wildlife, particularly manatees, dolphins, and wading birds. Marco Island is one of the largest and the westernmost of the 10,000 Islands. We will spend some time exploring and shelling on one of the other 9,999 Islands!

Bring your cameras, binoculars, snacks, favorite drinks, hats, sunglasses, and have a great time!!

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Frequently Asked Questions about 2-Hour Dolphin, Birding and Shelling Tour

Where is the meeting point for the Dolphin, Birding and Shelling 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 Ten Thousand Islands Everglades tour is not wheelchair accessible.

What should I bring?

Guests should bring sunglasses, hats, towels, sunscreen, a bag for your seashells, 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 (water shoes) that you do not mind getting wet. A light jacket is also recommended.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, this 2-hour Marco Island Everglades 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.

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.

Is there parking near the departure point?

Yes, there is a fee of $10 to park in a nearby parking lot.