South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island brings its world-class shelling for guests to a new level with the introduction of a Shelling Concierge. Leading guided beach walks each week, the Shelling Concierge is a complement to additional eco-friendly offerings at the on-site Sanibel Sea School that range from marine conservation classes to birding tours.
Both novice and serious collectors can discover the shelling paradise on the walk each week along the resort’s two-and-a-half miles of beaches. Shellers can learn about basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many seashells wash up on the resort’s shoreline and even learn secrets on where to look for the most coveted shells. Among the many species guests may expect to find include Conch, Lightning Whelk, Cockle, Scallops, Murex and Coquina. The shelling concierge will even assist with tips to find the Junonia, perhaps the island’s most elusive shell of all, considered the pinnacle of the shelling quest. The prized shell is yearned for because of its rarity and beauty.
With more than 250 species of shells, Captiva Island, the island on which the resort is located, has earned its reputation as one of the best spots in the world for shelling. Geography is the main contributor to the rich bounty of shells scattered across its sugary sands. Unlike other barrier islands, Captiva is unique in that it lies east to west rather than north to south acting like a shovel scooping up the shells the Gulf of Mexico imports from the Caribbean and other southern seas. The “Captiva Crouch” has even been dubbed for the frequently seen stance shell-seekers make as they parade along the sands in a bent over position to uncover a treasure.
The Shelling Concierge’s beach walks will be offered once each week, based on optimal shelling conditions. The fee is $20 per person. In addition, guests can stop in to learn more about shelling anytime during Sanibel Sea School’s operational hours. For more information on Sanibel Sea School, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org. For more information on South Seas Island Resort, please call 1-800-533-5553 or visit www.southseas.com.
About Sanibel Sea School
Sanibel Sea School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. Dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems, they offer students an opportunity to touch, feel, and interact with South Seas Island Resort’s unique natural surroundings. Visit www.sanibelseaschool.org to learn more.
About South Seas Island Resort
A 330-acre destination beach resort and wildlife preserve, South Seas Island Resort is located on Captiva Island, just off the Florida Gulf Coast. With two and a half miles of exclusive white-sand beaches, the resort is designed to take advantage of its renowned location, offering a destination rich in recreation and surrounding native wildlife. The resort boasts 471 accommodations ranging from guestrooms and suites, one to three bedroom condominiums, and private home rentals, all featuring balconies or lanais to enjoy water views and wildlife. The resort features an array of activities for guests of all ages with 20 swimming pools, beachfront golf, tennis, full service spa, waterfront dining options, children’s programs, watersports and boutique shopping. In addition, guests delight in world-class shelling, eco-cruises and nature tours, epic fishing, fitness center and yoga studio, an on-site photography studio, painting classes and special event and meeting space. For more information, please visit www.southseas.com.