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“Shelling Adventure”
Review of Captiva Cruises

Captiva Cruises
Ranked #1 of 17 Tours in Captiva Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Took a cruise to Cayo Costa, a quiet undeveloped island for a super shelling experience. We saw sea turtles, dolphins, sting ray and eagles on the way to the island. We spent about 2 hours wading in the water and searching the beaches for shells. It was an amazing trip!

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We were visiting Sanibel Island in early July for a week and decided to take a cruise with this company on recommendation from some people we met a Pinocchios Ice Cream shop in Sanibel. We found a 50% discount coupon in one of the island booklets and called. I wanted a cruise that would allow for some snorkeling time and was advised that the Cayo Costa Beach and Shelling cruise or the Useppa Island Cruise would be good. We decided on the Useppa as we had shelled early morning and at dusk most days of our vacation so shelling was not on the agenda for that day. The drive to South Seas Island Resort at the top of Captiva was pleasant, parking was close and reasonable at $5 and our tickets were ready when we arrived at the booth, however as soon as we arrived that early morning the clouds opened up and it poured. It unfortunately rained for most of our cruise to Cabbage Key, where we dropped of some passengers for their "Jimmy Buffet burger" experience and then onto Useppa Island, which was very small, but quaint where we debarked and were ushered off to the Collier Inn for the first seating for lunch. While the lunch was pleasant, the tour of the main floor of the Inn was more interesting as was the History Museum on the island. However, the water was not nice at the island, certainly not for swimming or snorkeling. While my daughter was disappointed and my husband annoyed as he had carried all of the equipment all day, we did enjoy the day. The captain and the cruise director were awesome, very entertaining and knowledgeable about the islands and its history. The highlight of the cruise was the encounters with the beautiful dolphins that jumped and frolicked in the wake of our ferry to and from the islands. However the most amazing experience was swimming in the channel between Captiva and North Captiva Island after our cruise in the clearest water I found on the islands and of course the magnificent and mysterious manatees that slowing glided along past us close to shore almost bumping into me on their route likely back to the marina. That was the highlight of our trip!

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Floating trainwreck of a poor excuse for a boat is nothing like that represented on the website, covered up with lame excuses and explanations after we were underway, narrator gave us a real estate tour of wealthy folks houses, the underlying wood frames, and damage done by H. Charlie in 2004. Dont recall signing up for a real estate cruise where Im told about the wealthy dead geniuses that found this or that island, bored princesses that started museums, or who paid $1M for their home or who owns the north tip of the island and the out buildings used for staff. What a complete rippoff, waste of time, and huge disappointment. Be warned! Shop around!

3  Thank Mas S
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had a beautiful day visiting Cayo Costa. We were lucky enough to see a dolphin with her calf in the harbor even before we left. The staff was great, knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed looking for shells. We found more that we had to leave behind because they were still alive. Met some nice people on our cruise. Had another chance to see a pod of dolphins up close near our boat on the way back. Way a fun day.

Thank Terrie3566
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Lovely afternoon, nice and sunny, small breeze on deck, and heading to Captiva Island. Unfortunately we forgot the kids' snorkeling gear, but non the less, they really enjoyed themselves in their (& our) search for the best shells. They sell some softdrinks onboard! Shame we couldn't bring the shells home (custom restrictions...)

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