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From Marco Island: Ten Thousand Islands Hobie Kayak Tour

1. From Marco Island: Ten Thousand Islands Hobie Kayak Tour

Take a guided trip around the stunning Ten Thousand Islands off the coast of southwest Florida on a foot-pedalled Hobie kayak. Get up close with marine life and stop off at uninhabited islands along the way. Set off from Marco Island and navigate with your hands-free vessel. Look out for dolphins and manatees, which the quietness of the Hobie kayak allows you to get closer to without disturbing them.  Pass Shell Island and Curry's Island as well as Dickman's Island and Kice Island where you can watch turtles swim in the open waters nearby. Stop off on uninhabited islands with beautiful white sand and look for conches, starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, and unique shells, before heading back to Marco Island.

Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

2. Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

Learn the fine art of shell collecting on the remote barrier island beaches of Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and escape the shelling hordes of Marco Island and Captiva. Make your own way to Goodland Boating Park to climb aboard a boat that will take you to remote beaches that have not been picked over by others. Few shell collectors know about - or can get to - the beaches of these islands, resulting in pristine shelling opportunities. Touring in small groups, you will be led by a shelling guide with decades of experience. Learn about the nuances of the tide, winds, and locations that affect shelling, and the life cycle and habitat of different species. Your guide even has the knack of finding the Gulf Coast's most prized shell treasure; the junonia!

Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

3. Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

Experience the natural world around Marco Island as you spot sea turtles and other local wildlife, collect shells, and admire the Cape Romano Dome Homes on this boat excursion. Begin with a boat tour among the Ten Thousand Islands. Take in the local wildlife and search for dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles with your naturalist guide. Encounter ospreys, bald eagles, ibis, roseate spoonbill, egrets, herons, and a large number of shorebird species. Enjoy commentary from your Florida Master Naturalist guide who will talk about the area's ecosystems, history, and culture. Next, explore a remote barrier island beach, an island only reached by boat. Learn about beach dynamics, stroll through the tidal flats, and wade the tidal pools. Collect shells, sand dollars, and other treasures on island beaches that are untouched. Learn about individual shell animals and how to shell from your naturalist guide. Have a hands-on experience, perfect for the young and old alike. From here, venture to the edge of southwest Florida, the Cape Romano, and the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you will see the well-known Cape Romano Dome Houses. Hear how they were once on the beach, but have slowly moved into the water over time. Snap some memorable photographs here.

From Naples, FL: Marco Island Mangroves Kayak or Paddle Tour

4. From Naples, FL: Marco Island Mangroves Kayak or Paddle Tour

Hop on a kayak or paddleboard and experience the magic of Florida's natural mangrove formations. Follow your guide through the intricate tunnels that make up this unique coastal forest and head toward Marco Island for the possibility to spot dolphins, manatees, and seabirds. Begin your journey in Naples with a short briefing and immerse yourself in the maze of tunnels on your way to the island. Enjoy a relaxed experience surrounded by the saltwater and freshwater species that call the mangroves home. Rest assured there are no alligators or dangerous animals around. Weave your kayak or paddleboard through and under the branches, always accompanied by your guide. Find hidden coves and stop at Marco Island to discover the beautiful untouched habitat.

Marco Island: Boat Tour to Cape Romano and 10,000 Islands

5. Marco Island: Boat Tour to Cape Romano and 10,000 Islands

Find beautiful shells on this boat trip from Marco Island. Weave through the forgotten islands of the 10,000 Islands, sail along the coast of Cape Romano, and laugh at the dolphin's antics. Meet your captain on Marco Island and begin your shelling excursion. Head out into the sea and keep an eye out for dolphins and fish swimming alongside your boat. Sail along the coast of Cape Romano, marveling at the white sand beaches and the crumbling Dome houses. Continue to the Ten Thousand Islands and learn how to spot unbroken shells from your guide. Stop at some of the most secluded islands to hunt for prized and beautiful shells. As you sail, enjoy bottled water and, if you wish, bring some drinks or food of your own to put in the cooler.

Marco Island, FL: Private Nature and History Bicycle Tour

6. Marco Island, FL: Private Nature and History Bicycle Tour

Join a master naturalist guide on a private cycling tour of Marco Island, Florida. Pedal along paved pathways, keeping your eyes open for wildlife, and learn about the Calusa people who inhabited the sandy shores of Florida's southwest coast. Meet your guide and hop onto your bicycle to explore Marco Island. Cycle past the beautiful homes dotted around the affluent beach and boating resort, and marvel at rare tropical plants and trees. Keep a look out for the unique protected wildlife that calls the island home, including Burrowing Owls and Gopher Tortoises, and enjoy the rich birdlife, from eagles to osprey, to frigatebirds, pelicans, and other seabirds. Then, wind your way through the Caxambas area, where you'll stop for a short break. Listen as your guide explains the intriguing history of the fierce Calusa Native Americans. Visit the Otter Mound Preserve, walk among the ancient shell mounds, and admire views of Roberts Bay and Caxambas Bay.  Finally, make your way back to the meeting point, where your cycling tour of Marco Island comes to an end. 

Marco Island: Private Transfer to Fort Lauderdale Airport

7. Marco Island: Private Transfer to Fort Lauderdale Airport

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between your accommodation in Marco Island and Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Relax with a comfortable 1-way service directly to the airport. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you outside your accommodation in Marco Island. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigate the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Marco Island: Private Transfer to Southwest Florida Airport

8. Marco Island: Private Transfer to Southwest Florida Airport

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between your accommodation in Marco Island and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). Relax with a comfortable 1-way service directly to the airport. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you outside your accommodation on Marco Island. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigate the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Marco Island: Miami International Airport Private Transfer

9. Marco Island: Miami International Airport Private Transfer

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between your accommodation in Marco Island and Miami International Airport (MIA). Relax with a comfortable 1-way service directly to the airport. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you outside your accommodation on Marco Island. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigate the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

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4.7 / 5

based on 146 reviews

This was a blast! Wife and I booked this during our trip to Marco Island and kayaking through the Mangrove Tunnels was amazing. Victor was an amazing guide and kept us laughing throughout the whole trip. I highly recommend! But you better be in shape. Us oldens were making the youngens look old.

From the first minute of our skippers eco tutorial to our dolphin play, to the mangroves and to the shelling beach, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our two hour trip. We live here in Fort Myers and we will tell all of our friends to take the short drive to Goodland!!

We loved our tour! Joe is an excellent guide--very informative and knowledgeable! We had lots of fun and saw dolphins along the way and found some beautiful shells! Thank you Joe! The Flanagans

It was a great trip! We saw manatees and dolphins and were able to collect a lot of shells and sand dollars. Captain and crew explained everything very well and the group was pleasantly small.

Great ride to the 10K Islands and found some great shells! We also saw lots of pelicans, ospreys, egrets, and dolphins! Our guide was very knowledgeable! We enjoyed it!