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Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

Activity provider: Everglades Area Tours

Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

Activity provider: Everglades Area Tours

From US$ 159.95 per person

Discover the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge by boat and experience dolphins in their natural habitat. Collect shells and sand dollars on an uninhabited island and see the famous Cape Romano Dome Homes on this boat trip.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Breath in the sea air as you search for manatees, sea turtles, sharks and rays
  • Collect beautiful shells and sand dollars on an uninhabited barrier island beach
  • See birds including egrets, herons, ospreys, pelicans, spoonbills, and skimmers
  • Experience playful dolphins jumping and surfing behind your boat as you cruise
  • Photograph the famous and fascinating Cape Romano Dome Houses
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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.

  • Naturalist Guide
  • Boat and safety equipment
  • Licensed Captain
  • Shell collecting bags
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Towels
  • Tips
  • 10 County parking fee
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The meeting location is the Goodland Boat Park, 750 Palm Point Drive, Goodland, FL 34140. Please meet your guides at the picnic tables, to the left of the building under the covered picnic pavilion. Please plan to arrive 20-25 minutes before your tour to get parked and use the bathroom facilities. Boarding is 5 minutes before the departure time. We suggest using Uber or Lift. There is a $10 parking fee.

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Water shoes
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Really nice experience

August 21, 2022

Product ID: 384114