Think of it as an aquatic Easter egg hunt. Scalloping is THE top thing to to in Crystal River during the summer. We even have guests that travel from out of state just to collect these tasty shellfish.
In three to six foot of water scallopers swim or float along the water’s surface searching for these delicious bivalves. Typically found sitting on top of the sea grass or in between the blades of grass. The hardest part can be spotting them as their shell coloration allows them to camouflage quite well. Often their “blue eyes" give them away. After spotting the first few guests usually have no issue with finding them. Once you’ve located one, simply dive down and grab it with your hand (or net) and place it in your mesh bag. If you find one there’s usually a few more nearby!
There's a lot to see on the way out to the scallop grounds. A mini Eco Tour! Expect to see Manatees, Dolphins, Turtles, Ospreys, Pelicans, Bald Eagles, and Cormorants on the ride out the River.
Once in the water be on the look out for Starfish, Seahorses, Sea Turtles, Conch, Stone Crabs, Octopus among the many species of fish hiding around the plants and corals.
Our season runs July 1st-September 24th. It's recommended to book early as this is the busiest time of year for us.
Daily bag limit is 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person.
Maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.
Scallop cleaning and gear provided!
(Max 6) Morning trips begin at 7am. Afternoon trips begin at 1pm.
It's recommended for guests to bring drinks, snacks, sunblock, hat, and sunglasses for their trip. If you have snorkeling gear you're used to absolutely feel free to bring it. Most bring a small cooler which is perfectly fine but we do have a 75qt YETI cooler on the bow for food/drinks. Alcoholic beverages are ok. Just no glass bottles.
Fishing license, Cressi masks, fins, snorkels, collection bags, nets, ice, and scallop cleaning.
Illegal drugs, GPS devices (yes phone is ok), glass bottles, spray sunblock, pets, bananas.
Check out our frequently asked questions page or submit your own!
If you have your own snorkeling gear then great! If not we have you covered. Quality Cressi snorkels, masks, and fins are provided. Sanitized after each trip of course. Collection bags and nets (if needed) as well.
We clean your scallops! Scallop cleaning can be costly if you don't know how to do it yourself. And if you do, you understand how time consuming it can be.
To our knowledge we are the only scalloping operation in town that includes scallop cleaning, snorkeling gear, and an in water guide for our scalloping trips! All at a reasonable rate!
Captain's legally cannot leave the vessel. Even to show guests what to look for in the water. This can be challenging for scalloping rookies. We bring along an in water guide to show you the ropes and assist you on your snorkleing adventure.
The summer heat out there can be brutal. Most boats lack much needed shade. But we have a large bimini top to put up when the sun starts cooking. We also have cushioned seating for the ride in and out. As well as a dive ladder to make going in and out of the boat easy.
With a faster boat we get you out to the grounds quickly. Giving guests more time in the water. We offer two 5hr trips a day. AM trips starting at 7AM and PM trips begin at 1PM.