Shelling TripsShelling Trips: Most all our shelling trips take place on the island of Cayo Costa. This island is the farthest island to the north of Sanibel, is uninhabited and is only accessible by boat. During the trip we try to get dolphins around the boat so you can get some pictures. Sometimes they will play with us, and sometimes they won't. Cayo Costa is absolutely beautiful; the best way to describe it is to compare it to Gilligan's Island. There are miles of white, sandy beaches, and the water is crystal clear most of the year. We find a lot of Sand dollars, Olives, Tulips, Whelks, Jewel Boxes, and Worm shells just to name a few. All the shelling that we do is beach shelling, so you can expect to get wet from the knees down if you wish to venture into the water.

Snorkeling TripsSnorkeling Trips: Cayo Costa is also where we do our snorkeling. You can look at the varieties of fish that our waters offer or you can hunt for shells. You can even start your snorkeling adventure right from the beach (there are no sharp drop-offs, so it is very child-friendly). We provide shelling bags, mask & snorkel, and even a cooler full of ice on the boat for snacks and beverages. Visit our Rates page for more information including prices and trip lengths.Fishing Trips

Fishing Trips: Royal Shell Saltwater Fishing Team
Captain Joe and Joey head up the fishing team and both are on the tournament circuit. All the fish targeted are seasonal, listed below from largest to smallest:


Tarpon-Tarpon: We start with these silver kings in late march - mid July with late May and early June being prime time. Tarpon average around 120 pounds in weight. A small Tarpon is around 80 pounds, while a large can weigh as much as 200 pounds! We normally use 40lb. tackle and on average it's about a 40 minute fight depending on the size of the fish. We can accommodate two anglers for these kings and adjust the tackle accordingly.

Snook-Snook: New here's a fish that is the most sought after fish in these waters. It provides and excellent meal and is a proven opponent on the other end of the rod (we've caught some as large as 35 pounds!). Snook are the type of fish that when you think you've figured them out they make you look like an idiot. This fish is usually on the top of the list at all the tournaments in South West Florida. Snook have a slot size limit of 26-34 inches if you want one for the take. We can accommodate two anglers to target these fish and the tackle ranges from 12-20lb. class depending on where we are fishing. The best time of the year for Snook fishing is March, April and September. Snook season is closed May through August.

Redfish-Redfish: Here's my favorite. Redfish are around all year and are usually in abundant supply. They average 8-12lbs. and make an excellent meal. We catch these fish in two feet of water on 10lb. class and can accommodate four anglers.

Trout-Trout: Here's the fish that everyone can catch. Excellent table fare, lots of action, keeps the kids busy, and great fun on light tackle. Four anglers can make the trip for these fish.

We Also Shark Fish!
Shark Fishing Available
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