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Sep
15

Hidden Treasures Found on Cayo Costa

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sea shell beach treasures

Finally. After weeks of calm, hot weather in Lee County waiting to see treasures wash up on our beaches… we found them in Cayo Costa on our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises.

beautiful shiny shells

Shellers were finding BANDED TULIPS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, PEAR WHELKS, NUTMEGS, FIGHTING CONCHS and the shiniest most colorful LETTERED OLIVES I have seen in a while.

rachelle and justins shells

And then there’s this… James from Kentucky found a big beautiful HORSE CONCH completely intact. Shellzam! What a find!

James Kentucky vacations in Sanibel finds big shell

Not only were there shells, we saw plenty of wildlife and beautiful scenery on our secluded island.

island beach bling

Our boat was filled with shellers from all over the world who got to know one another and share experiences AND share the shells they were finding.

boating to shell island

It was so much fun to meet beach explorers like Dominic finding treasures with his family from Ohio.

Cayo Costa cruise

And to see hawk eye shellers Rachelle and Justin again (they were on our May cruise too!) not only finding amazing shells but I think they gave away more than half of the shells they found. Shellers are awesome!

rachelle justin iloveshelling cruise

We were finding shells just at the water’s edge…Cayo Costa shell collecting

as well as on the beach and wading waist high.
collecting shells on cayo costa 4

Shelling Sister Susan and Jerry from Panama City were thrilled to find beautifully patterned double SUNRAY VENUS shells half buried in the sand.

Susan Jerry Panama City visit Sanibel for shells

Kathy from Tulsa was on our cruise too! She still has her lucky Margarita bucket but since this one is on its last leg, I guess more margaritas are on order- whoohoo! I’m positive the next bucket will be lucky too.

kathy from Tulsa with big bucket of shells

Its so much fun to hang out with other happy shellers and especially to see the excitement when there are lots of treasures piling up in all sorts of shell bags and buckets.

bucket of shells

And of course…. everybody on the cruise got an unbelievable $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress!!! Sealife By Congress thinks shellers are awesome too!

SLBC iLSPromo

Join us on one of our next Captiva Cruises to Cayo Costa on one of these dates…

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Or join us for other iLoveShelling shelling adventures CLICK HERE

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Aug
28

Welcome To A Paradise Shelling Cruise

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welcome to paradise sign

Welcome to paradise! Yes, we definitely had a paradise cruise yesterday as we boated from Salty Sam’s Marina on the Sight Sea-R boat through Estero Bay to Big Hickory island for a very happy shelling party. We had a gorgeous day for our iLoveShelling cruise!

shellers in calm water iLoveShelling

We had calm clear water perfect for Jerry to practice his snorkeling.
jerry snorkeling gulf of mexico

Perfect for combing the beach.

shells and beach bling on island off Estero Bay

Perfect for sightseeing. We were so fortunate to see MANATEES, DOLPHINS and all kinds of birds … especially several bright pink ROSEATE SPOONBILLS.

roseate spoonbill Estero Bay

Perfect for finding shells- Look at all of these WORM SHELLS Nancy found!collection of worm shells

But the best part of our whole shelling trip was hanging out with so many fun shellers. Seriously, it was a blast!  Joe and Joanne from Las Vegas found ALPHABET CONES, ROSE PETAL TELLINS and other shells … but do you notice Joe’s shirt? Omigosh!

Joe ad Joann love shelling sw florida coast

Yes, you read it correctly. LOL It says… ” I Heart Pam Rambo (and Super Sheller Clark too)”. Joanne made tee shirts for this shelling cruise and shaped a scallop shell into a heart!!!! hahahaha And she also made one for me (which felt that much funnier with me wearing a tee shirt with my name on it). I am not kidding, I can’t stop laughing. I’m still in stitches! They are so stinkin fun, they even had a tee shirt made for Clark too. Do you think he’ll wear it? LOL
i love Pam Rambo tee shirts joe and Joanne

But that’s not all… the whole day was so much fun. Diane From Tucson was on the cruise too! She is just as cute as a BUTTON SHELL and makes every moment feel very special when you are around her. Thank you Diane!

Diane from Tucson on shelling cruise

Jerry and Livy (KY) found some shells (SHARKS EYE, ANGEL WINGS, SAND DOLLARS) to fill their bags but it was priceless to see Jerry snorkeling the whole time enjoying the water.

Jerry Livy find seashells in Gulf Of Mexico on shelling cruise

Locals June and Colton were finding lots of WORM SHELLS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS and ANGEL WINGS for the first time.

June and Colton find seashells in Fort Myers Florida

Colton was the OLIVE and SAND DOLLAR king!

sand dollars found on shelling cruise fort myers

The first shell of the day for Cheryl from Puerto Rico was a beautiful LIGHTNING WHELK with a perfect heart shape cut into it. Love!

cheryl puerto rico finds heart whelk

Cheri and Mike from Saint Louis found oodles of different varieties of shells.Cheri Mike STL with seashells on FTB shelling cruise

These are just a few of their fave shells including yellow, orange, white, gray, amber and black JINGLE SHELLS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS and lots of wormies.

assortment of shell from Fort Myers island

Cathy (IL) and Sue (Sanibel local!) found some new shells for their collection….

 

Cathy IL and Sue SBL on Fort Myers boat cruise

… Like VARIABLE WORM SHELL, BROAD PAPER COCKLE, MOSSY ARK and a TURRID.

VARIABLE WORM CORAL FARGO

Tom was teaching me a little more about all the birds we saw as we were on the boat but Nancy is the awesome sheller. She found all of those WORM SHELLS in the sixth photo.

Tom and Nancy Fort Myers shelling cruise

She also found so many other varieties of beautiful shells like several GAUDY NATICAS, NUTMEGS, SHARKS EYES, CONCHS, WHELKS, MUREXES and some gorgeous pieces of CORAL.

white bucket of seashells

Also with all that fun, Sealife By Congress generously gave everybody on the boat a $25 gift certificate for a seashell pendant. They love shellers and will continue the giveaway for iLoveShelling cruises through February- WOW! Thank you Sealife By Congress!

Sealife By Congress seashell jewelry on Sanibel Island Florida

But wait, that’s not it… After our exshellent four hour cruise pulled up to the dock, I realized I was famished. Since I didn’t have anything else scheduled for the day (very unusual), I asked if anybody else happened to be staying for lunch at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill right there at the marina. Yes! Joe, Joanne, Diane, Livy, Jerry and I got a table together and continued our shellebration with a shellicious lunch. It was truly a special day.

pam rambo with shellers at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

I hope you get to join us for one of these spectacsheller adventures in the future. Check out the dates and reserve your spot now CLICK HERE

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Aug
15

Snorkeling For Sea Urchins On Cayo Costa

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Finding Sea Urchins in Sw Florida

Look at all of the stunning purple SEA URCHINS shellers were finding on Cayo Costa yesterday on our iLoveShelling cruises to Cayo costa with Captiva CruisesI’ve never seen so many people finding these fragile treasures like I did yesterday. Wow! Amy and her daughter Rachel (IL) started snorkeling in the calm clear water as soon as they go to the island then hit a honey hole to fill up their shelling bag with these beauties.

Snorkeling for shells in southwest Florida

Lynda and her Aunt Rhonda were having the same luck while snorkeling. These SEA URCHINS are so cool!

Lyndy with her Aunt Rhonda snorkeling in SW Florida

The SEA URCHINS were such a treasure but then I was really amazed when I saw Rhonda pull up this huge double ANGEL WING. Yes! Both sides were still together! Shellzam!

double angel wing found snorkeling

Lauren, John, Valerie and Jessica from Maryland found lots of beautiful empty FIGHTING CONCHS as soon as we got off the boat.

Lauren John Valerie Jessica from Maryland find seashells in SW Florida

They are such a shelling family, I don’t think they were going to miss a thing… They found all of these SEA URCHINS too.

Sea Urchins found on island off Sanibel

Holly (OH) and her mom Karen (FL) not only looked like rock stars in their cutie petutie cover-ups on (heehee)…

Holly (OH) and Karen (FL) find shells on island off Sanibel

They found oodles of double SUNRAY VENUS clams, COCKLES and found a SEA URCHIN too.

Sea Urchin with Cockles and Sunray Venus shells

Lisa from Atlanta joined us again on another shelling cruise! I met her on last years cruise when she found an Arrowhead Sand Dollar.

Lisa collects shells on island off Sanibel

This year she found lots of different shells… and showed me her picture perfect display of her fave treasures. Love it!

shells found on island off Sanibel

Judy B was on the cruise too!  I can’t tell you how fun it is for me to see people I feel like I know from conversations on my blog. She is always so helpful with comments in my posts and has such a happy attitude all the time. It warms my heart.

Judy B with shells from Cayo Costa

She was excited to find a SPECKLED TELLIN (they are fairly uncommon to find on Sanibel and Captiva), EGG COCKLE and ALTERNATE TELLIN.

Judy fave shell finds

So this is how amazing this world is… Judy is the person who gave me my SAND DOLLAR charm from Sealife By Congress that I wear on my DOSINIA shell. She gave this to me last year on an iLoveShelling cruise- I’m not sure why she gave it to me but I loved it, still love it and am grateful she thought of me.

seashell necklace with silver charm

When we met last year we both had the same silver Queen Conch shell from Sealife By Congress (that she wore yesterday) so maybe she knew I had lost mine (in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba- since queen conchs aren’t a local shell maybe it wanted to go back to the Caribbean- heehee).

Judy B with shells from Cayo Costa

So this is kinda one of those “Pay it Forward” stories.

Fast forward to this year…. Yep! These are the same charms that you will receive on every featured iLoveShelling cruise in the form of a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress . You can choose your fave shell!

SLBC iLSPromo

Isn’t that awesome? So Judy received one of these certificates yesterday on the cruise to get another charm or pendant for the one she gave me. And everybody else got one too! Yay! Thank you Sealife By Congress!

$25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress

So not only did we have a blast shelling on one of the most beautiful islands in the world…

Abbie and Cooper from Colorado find shells in Florida

We all found different shells…Andy from Colorado finds a white crested Tellin shell in Florida

Greg PA finds cockle shells on shelling cruise

Coby and Mady find shells in southwest florida

Donna from Gainsville FL finds worm shell on Cayo Costa

We found fabulous BEACH BLING like this COQUINA LIMESTONE.

coquina limestone Drusilla and Linda Canada

We made wishes on the shell tree for more perfect days like this.

Nancy from Ohio makes a wish on the seashell tree

We saw lots of healthy creatures…live fighting conch sw florida

…living their lives in such a beautiful habitat.
Live periwinkle shells in Florida

baby starfish from iLoveShelling cruise

live starfish on the beach

As we watched DOLPHINS and MANATEES playing around us…

McCarthys marina manatees on Captiva

In calm clear waterMcCarthys marina manatees on Captiva

I hope you get to join us for one of these special events with Captiva Cruises…

Captiva Cruises Playtime shelling boat

Check out our new upcoming dates and call 239-472-5300 to reserve your spot.

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And check out all of the iLoveShelling Shelling Adventures…

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