Bonita Springs Shelling

Book a Shelling Trip!

Due to Ian, our Shelling Trips are temporarily postponed.

The beaches of Southwest Florida and Bonita Springs are perfect for shelling and beachcombing. The best times to look for shells are after a high tide, or especially after a storm when there’s been a lot of wave action. Florida is truly blessed with great shelling opportunities and Bonita Boat Tours would like to take you on your next shelling adventure!

Bring the whole family aboard and we’ll take you to some of the best shelling beaches you’ve ever seen – and maybe a secret spot or two. 🙂

Don’t forget -You can combine this shelling trip with other activities such as a dolphin tour, boat tour, or sunset cruising – customize your trip with Bonita Boat Tours and create lasting memories with your family!

Pricing starts at only $500 for 3 hours – up to 6 people!

Bonita Springs Shelling – Important Information

About This Trip

Walk on sugar White sandy beaches while shell collecting. Shells are abundant and you will often find clams, conch, scallops, oysters, cones, Sand Dollars, and much more!  Always inspect your shell to make sure it’s not occupied. No live shell taking is permitted. For shell collecting, be sure to bring a mesh bag. If you need one just ask!  

  • Up to 3 hour shelling trip
  • This activity can be combined with waterfront dining, a sunset cruise, private boat tour or dolphin tour.
  • Bonita Boat Tours is a locally owned and operated small business. We appreciate you choosing us!
  • This tour/trip can have a maximum of 6 guests

COVID-19 Safety

  • Boat sanitized between trips
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Departure\Return Details

  • Departing from the Cocohatchee River Park Marina. Visit the ‘Directions’ page for details
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup availability per request

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We suggest you bring: swimsuit, towels, sun protection, beverages
  • Guests must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Guests 17 and under must have a parent present
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Types of Seashells You May Find

The Ceriths, commonly known as horned shells are found on the beach and vary in size. The most common varieties include Varicose (with many small joints), Grass which is thick-shelled but has open pores to allow moisture out when needed; Fly Speck can be spiky or crested while Dark bears resemblance between a snail’s shell with no eyespots present at all atop its body.

Fighting conchs are the type of conch most commonly found on beaches. While alive, the seashell is a bright orange, but will fade under the bright tropical sunshine. 

Lightning whelks are large, distinctive sea snail with an interesting shell. They can grow up to 16 inches long and come in left-handed or sinistral shells! This species was used by early island natives for food and tools like lamps

Licensed & Insured USCG Captain

Welcome aboard the Nani Kai “Beautiful Ocean”

She is a new 22 ft. Bennington Tritoon. Made for luxurious comfort, offering shade and stability. Fully equipped with a first aid kit and life jackets.

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