Take an excursion to remote barrier island locations for some of the best shelling in Florida!
The beaches surrounding the barrier islands throughout Naples are accented with some of the most beautiful seashells in Florida. Travelers from around the world seek out southwest Florida for shelling tours and excursions. Now, Pure Naples has an all-new shelling experience!
Seashell seekers can board our M/V Naples Explorer every Wednesday and Saturday for an adventure out to the Northern Ten Thousand Islands to enjoy some of the best shelling in the area. Led by knowledgeable and experienced Captains and naturalists, shell-lovers and collectors will visit remote areas within the 100 plus barrier islands that make up the Southwest Florida coastline.
The excursion lasts approximately 3 hours; taking guests down the Gordon River in Naples, through Naples Bay and toward the famous shelling spot, Keewaydin Island. Our expert guides find multiple remote locations to provide our guests with the best shelling experience possible.
It’s very common to see beautiful Naples wildlife including dolphins, ospreys, bald eagles, and other amazing animals native to southwest Florida. The Gordon River, itself, is a masterpiece of Florida Wildlife with miles of life-sustaining estuaries surrounded by beautiful Mangroves.
Common Shelling "Finds" in Naples, Florida:
Mollusks: The most abundant shell found on excursions; species whose skeletons exist on the outside of their bodies as a form of protection.
Sand Dollars: Popular on many Florida beaches, washing up on the shore during certain months of the year.
Starfish: Technically a predatory animal, not a fish; Starfish are known for their characteristic 5-pointed shape.
Sea Urchins: Known for their common appearance as a ball of spines; sea urchin shells are beautiful and can be found in a variety of colors.
Horseshoe Crabs: Arthropods that live in shallow ocean waters in soft sand or mud, feeding on mollusks.
Rates and Times:
The M/V Naples Explorer will leave the docks of Tin City at 9:30 am or 1:30 pm daily for a three-hour adventure.
Tickets are $49 for adults and children 12 years of age and younger 1/2 price.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and water-friendly footwear for exiting and boarding the boat at the shelling locations. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are all recommended.