Shelling is fun for the whole family! Wiggle your toes in the sand while you learn about the ocean’s creatures and collect gifts for friends back home while you take in the spectacular view. Reserve a shelling charter today.
Why Go Shelling with Caloosa Charters?
Instead of driving to a beach with a crowded parking lot, why not visit more secluded spots like Cayo Costa and North Captiva that are only accessible by boat? We at Caloosa Charters know the best spots for shelling, and can take you to beaches that haven’t been picked over by as many people. You’ll find more shells and have more beach to yourself.
Cayo Costa and North Captiva
The islands of Cayo Costa and North Captiva are some of top shelling destinations in the world. They’ve been popular since the Native American Calusa first gathered shells on them hundreds of years ago. Now, tourists from all over the world visit these unique beaches to collect ocean treasures they can’t find anywhere else.
Frequently Asked Questions
What seashells can I find?
Our guests often find cockles, clams, coquinas, sand dollars, starfish and dozens of other shells. Captain Patrick will take you to the spots where you’re likely to find the best shells.
Can I keep the shells?
Where can I find shells?
We can take you to Cayo Costa or North Captiva. If you don’t know the area, we’ll help you pick a destination.
You’ll get expert guidance from Captain Patrick, who knows this area well. He’ll help you find and identify the best shells and put them in bags for you to take home. Read more about Captain Patrick’s experience.
How many people can I bring?
Our boat can accommodate 1-4 guests. If your party is larger, we’ll use multiple boats.
Can I bring the family?
Of course! All ages are welcome.
Do I need any experience?
Not at all! Captain Patrick is a friendly teacher, so even complete beginners have a great time finding shells.
What should I wear?
We recommend a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, polarized sunglasses, a rain jacket (in the summer), and tennis shoes or boat shoes. Please don’t wear shoes with dark soles, as they leave marks on the boat.
What should I bring?
Sunscreen, bottled water, and snacks are the three most important things. You may also want to bring a camera, insect repellent, and motion sickness pills if you need them.
Does your boat have a restroom?
No, but we’ll usually be within 15 minutes of a restroom.
What kind of boat and gear do you have?
Read more about Our Boat & Equipment.
When do your shelling charters start?
Morning shelling charters usually start 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., depending on the tide and time of year. Afternoon charters start at 12:30 p.m.
Where do your charters depart from?
We have multiple departure locations to choose from, including Punta Rassa in Fort Myers, The Green Flash on Captiva, and Pineland Marina on Pine Island. See maps of our locations.
4 Hour Shelling Charter
We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. If you pay by credit card we’ll add a $10 processing fee.
A nonrefundable $75 deposit secures your reservation. Your deposit will be credited toward your charter.
Canceling a reservation requires 24 hours of notice. If you don’t give notice, you’ll owe the entire charter cost.
“The family had the best time ever and Captain Patrick has become a must-do experience for us on every trip to Florida!”Chase H.