Marco Island Dolphin, Birding, Shelling Tour
400 Ratings
Embark on a thrilling Marco Island Dolphin, Birding, and Shelling Tour led by a Florida Master Naturalist. Explore the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge and encounter manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of bird species.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS NWR - Consisting of two parts, The Dolphin, Birding and Shelling Tour is a wonderful experience for the whole family and a great introduction to the area. First a dolphin tour to search for dolphins and wading birds on a naturalist-led boating tour. Then a shelling tour to explore an uninhabited barrier island. You will learn about island’s beach dynamics and collect some of the wonderful shells on these remote islands.
What's Included
  • Professional captain onboard
  • All necessary safety equipment included
What's Not Included
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Under the guidance of a Florida Master Naturalist, we will securely lead you deep into the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge for a two-hour exploratory tour. Based on the season, you have the chance to spot manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, pelicans, rosette spoonbills, and a variety of species of fishes and shore birds.

750 Palm Point Dr
Palm Point Drive
Please meet to the left of the building under the covered pavilion.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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May 22, 2024
Fabulous! - The pair of dolphins playing in our wake - priceless. Our captain was great - well versed and fun to be with.
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May 20, 2024
Awesome - Our captain, Kate, was really engaging and knowledgeable about the local towns and wildlife! We had a blast seeing dolphins and shelling. Would definitely recommend.
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May 19, 2024
The Best Day!!! - We have a wonderful time. 5 min in and a dolphin was jumping and doing trick in the boat’s wake. Then another. That went on for 10+ min. Then we received education about the wildlife & ecology in the estuary. We finally arrived on Marco Island to shell, explore and swim. It was beautiful and wonderful. We got bags to keep and fill with anything we found. On the way back we talked about the “treasures” and were taught about those marine creatures. Couldn’t have been a better day!
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May 17, 2024
Perfect amount of time and super fun - Super fun! Our guide Joe was awesome. Very knowledgeable, learned all about the Florida gulf ecosystem and wildlife while seeing dolphins, birds, and collecting some absolutely gorgeous sea shells. Definitely recommended.
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May 11, 2024
Joe and Maddie were great tour guides - Joe and Maddie were great tour guides. Both were very knowledgable and Maddie was helpful on the beach showing us different types of shells and conchs. We saw dolphins on the way to the beach which was cool. I'd highly recommend the tour. It was very relaxed and casual.
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May 5, 2024
Great memory! - Captain Ed was very knowledgeable! Great day, didn’t feel rushed! Went out with only two other people and they didn’t cancel.
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May 3, 2024
Fun Boat Tour - Captain Thomas Schmidt was fun and knowledgeable. We saw four dolphins hanging out with the baby girl swimming close to the boat to check us out. Also had time for a bit of shelling as well. Highly recommend this private, personal experience
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Apr 27, 2024
Fun & educational! - Captain Ed and his first mate were great and made sure that we saw dolphins and beautiful birds. He shared interesting facts. They also provided bags for collecting seashells on the island. Highly recommend!
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May 16, 2024
Incredible Trip - Dolphins playing behind our boat was great. Manatees mating on the barrier island we were shelling on was something to see. The captain was knowledgeable. We would of love more time shelling.
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May 8, 2024
A nice morning on the water - This tour was a lovely morning on the water. Captain Keith was very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw a few dolphins, an albatross nest with babies, and many birds. The shelling was good but nothing special. Overall a pleasant morning but we didn’t see anything particularly impressive.
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up to 6 guests
1 Adult
July 2024