10000 Islands Shelling Trips!

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Recently there have been many people/companies attempting to copy our “Shelling in the 10,000 Island’s” trip.

It is very important that you be a well informed consumer and learn the truth that is hidden from you as the other’s attempt to copy our very special trip. On the bottom of this page please take the time to read our caution to consumers which reveal’s the truth about those attempting to copy us as well as the important differences between our trips and theirs. Thank you for taking the time to visit our sight and my wife Bonnie and I hope to win your trust and business. Capt. Jesse and Bonnie Karen





Reel Kind Fishing and Tours is proud to offer the finest shelling boat trip in Collier County. Our unmatched knowledge of the 10,000 Island’s and the Everglade’s gives us an “unfair advantage”. We take you to pristine, nearly untouched barrier islands on the SW Florida coast to comb for treasures.


Horse Conchs, Junonias, Scotch Bonnets,Tulips, Murex, Alphabet Cones, scallops and more are waiting for you to un-earth them from their sandy resting place. Look at trip advisor and see what others have said after taking our trip. There is no other boat tour like it.




1. No more than 6 people per boat. We have three boats and can accommodate parties up to 18.

2. You may take anything you find as long as it is not “ALIVE”.

3. Any age is comfortable on this trip but we recommend no one younger then 2. The boat ride is only 15 minutes and is mostly in CALM WATERS. You must be able to climb in and out of a boat and will get wet feet.

4. All trips depart from the Goodland Boat Park. A Collier County Marina. 750 Palm Point Dr. Goodland FL 34140

5. While we can accommodate up to 6 people on each boat our boats also have weight limits. Please notify us if you think your party may exceed the boats weight limit so we can make appropriate accommodations.

6. Some of the locations are so full of shells you may need to walk long distances on soft sand or shallow water. If you have any handicap issues and need special assistance please notify us before the trip so we can arrange for the appropriate help.


 Any and all additional questions or comments are welcome. Please email us here


The 1.5hr shelling trip is not an ECO TOUR. It’s a short, affordable and fun beach-combing trip. This trip is a quick boat ride to a barrier island part of the EVERGLADES eco-system where you and your guide look for shells and other spectacular beach finds. This is not a narrated Eco Tour but you will learn a great deal of information about the surrounding eco-system and you can certainly ask as many questions as you like. Since the trip is short at only 90 minutes we make an effort to maximize your time to comb the beach. If you are looking for history, wildlife or ecology based trips we recommend you look at one of our eco-tours or call us to discuss other options. We also offer longer shelling trips, combo eco and shelling tours and combo fishing, shelling and eco-charter’s!

Our longer shelling trip is not much more expensive. Most who have taken the short trip report back that they wish they got the extra hour or more. We customize trips to your needs. We mix together trips to get the full experience of the Everglades and 10,000 Island’s eco-system. Tell us what you want to do and let’s do it together!



We are the originator of the “Shelling in the 10,000 Island’s” trips. Recently several companies have copied us but one in general has gone so far as to nearly copy every one of our marketing efforts and even stealing our slogan trip name but simply adding “Northen” to avoid a complete theft of the name. First of all, there is no such thing as the “NORTHERN 10,000 ISLANDS” they do not exist. There is only one 10,000 Islands wildlife management area. It’s un-inhabited, a critical part of the Everglades eco-system and there is no where in North America remotely like it.


This company has recently offered a 3 hour shelling tour on GROUPON in the so called NORTHERN 10,000 Islands. The price is low and the trip is as well.



Firstly our small boats are intimate and shallow drafting allowing small groups of 4 to 6 people to get to places at any tide when most other boats can not. There boat is a large vessel with 30+ people on board that goes to the same beach on every trip. Keywadin Island is not only limited in size, it is inhabited. People live there, 100’s of boaters go there every week and every weekend a big raucous party of boats is held there. Fighting for your small piece of beach among large groups of people offers a recipe for frustration and takes away the intimate 1 on 1 service we provide. The beach with us is all yours and so are we!



Secondly, we have marine based educations specific to this Everglades coastal eco system and have been avid shell collectors our entire lives. They are not.

Thirdly “The Scenic cruise they claim in their trip description is mostly homes, boats and docks. And while their trip seems to be twice as long it is in some senses. The very long boat ride has several slow speed zones and the trip to the island takes nearly an hour leaving the shelling time on the beach about the same as ours. Our boat time is 10 to 20 minutes max enabling you to maximize your shelling time.



Lastly if the above information isn’t enough their trips go at the same time on specific days. We always try to schedule our trips on the lowest tide possible and we run everyday. Low tide changes every day it’s about 45mins later than the previous day. We research this information every day and always offer the best time available to those who book earliest as low tide is limited we are limited to a first come basis HOWEVER our locations vary and some of our secret locations can only be reached at higher tides therefore we always insure the best shelling experience for your hard earned money.




Please call us as there are some many custom options and trips we can design for you. This business is our families life and we depend on it’s success. We will go the extra mile to ensure your satisfaction. You can’t always make everyone happy….but we will try. Thank you for you business and please visit TRIPADVISOR.COM to review our customer’s experiences with us.

Warm wishes from Florida and hope to see you soon.

Capt. Jesse and Bonnie Karen.


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