There are few little pleasures in life as rewarding as going shell hunting. Picture it — while you're collecting unique mermaid treasures, the salty breeze is waving your hair and your toes are digging into the wet sand. It's simply beautiful. If you're looking for fun things to do in Florida, this shelling cruise where you can find huge shells is a day trip you need to check out.
Shelling trips can be one of the best ways to experience true Florida. At some beaches, you can go hunting for rare specimens, while on others you'll find some of the most colorful ones you've ever seen.
However, there are not many cruises that offer a chance to search for big conch shells exclusively.
Odyssey Cruises is a unique experience located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, less than an hour north of Tampa.
They specialize in a variety of cruises, including dolphin viewing, sunset, and island sightseeing trips. The Shelling Only Trips, as they call them, are relatively new.
The trips cost only $28.99 per person. The cruise departs at 8:00 a.m., and you'll be searching for marine treasures for two and a half hours.
Are you ready for a truly unique experience?
If you take a peek at the Odyssey Cruises' Instagram page, you'll see that in almost every photo, someone is holding a giant shell. They even find marine creatures that are always sent back home to the sea.
The best part is that they claim they're "the only tour out of Tarpon Springs with a certified naturalist on every cruise." That way, nature is fully respected, and all the details about the creatures and shells are explained in full, offering an escape with a little education.
The cruise is an excellent experience for people of any age, and they are open to book special occasion excursions such as corporate events, birthdays, weddings, graduations, or even anniversaries.
Instagram user @pwebster310 shared her experience on the shelling trip, saying, "The Odyssey shelling trips are great! We are usually the first people on the island, the sun has just come up, and shells are everywhere."
"The island beach is different every time we go as the storms, winds, and tides move the sand. You never know what you are going to find! And of course, Captain Mike and Naturalist Rick are there to identify shells. And as a group, we always pick up any trash to keep Anclote as pristine as nature intended," she adds.
Another customer, Brandon Habera, told us this was an "experience of a lifetime." He went on a first date here in July 2019, and although it started pouring rain during his tour he said it was "nothing short of magical and really added to the once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Whether you're looking for a new adventure or are already an avid sheller, there's nothing quite like finding treasures with a view.
Odyssey Shelling Day Cruise
Price: $28.99 per person.
Address: 776 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL
Why You Need To Go: Take home giant and gorgeous shells on this cruise that offers shelling trips in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.