Personal Scallop Picking Party - Private Tour up to 12 Passengers - Homosassa
- Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Homosassa, Florida
- Product code: Scallop12paxPVT
Searching for scallops is so much fun it has made Citrus County a world famous destination for this unique and satisfying activity. Our Master Captains will lead your group to the Gulf of Mexico for nearly 5 hours of salt water delight! Take a leisurely day out of your hectic vacation and relax with confidence on our comfortable boats. Feel the wind in your hair, smell the salt in the air and bask in the sunshine while we take care of the details!
Nestled in the shallow grass beds off the Homosassa River, scallops spawn in summer and then reach the end of their life cycle. These delicious morsels are just waiting to be someone's dinner! Like an Easter Egg hunt under water, you never know what wildlife you may see out there... dolphins, sea turtles, starfish and seahorses. Corals, remora, pufferfish and conch... what will you discover on this adventure? Our Captains and guides are highly qualified and experienced; you are in good hands and will have a phenomenal time!
This tour is perfect for a large group of friends or family who love to have adventures together! What a way to bond…..hunting for scallops in the Gulf of Mexico! Scallops are fun to find and delicious to eat, and just off the Homosassa River are some of the richest scallop grounds in the state. Two spacious boats will comfortably accommodate up to 6 passengers each. We take care of everything you need from licensing to gear ..... the details are taken care of in this all-inclusive tour!!
- Boats accommodates up to 12 people (6 people on each boat)
- Everything needed is included. License, mask & snorkel, fins and scallop bag all provided!
- Maximum harvest of 10 gallons per vessel (you have two vessels)
- Bottled water included (you may bring additional refreshments or snacks)
- Captains must remain onboard, but are happy to give instructions. Guides are available for an additional $65.
Departs at 7am & 12:30pm daily
Please call for booking if within 24 hours.
- This tour departs from our River Safaris location: 10823 W Yulee Dr, Homosassa FL 34448 map
ATTENTION: This Gulf adventure is recommended for STRONG SWIMMERS, the condition in the ocean can vary greatly and change quickly. The Gulf can get choppy and you may be scalloping in water anywhere from 4 feet to 10 feet in depth (depending on tides and local of scallops). Bring small children at your own risk. Small children can be accommodated, but you are ultimately responsible for your child while out scalloping. Infants (under the age of 3) will not be allowed on a group or semi-private tour. To bring a baby, one must upgrade to a private scallop adventure.
SCALLOP TOURS ARE DONE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO WHERE CONDITIONS ARE VARIABLE. THE BEST SCALLOPING CONDITIONS ARE ON SUNNY DAYS AT LOW TIDES…BEST CHANCES AT AVOIDING AFTERNOON STORMS WILL BE ON THE EARLY MORNING DEPARTURES. RAINFALL, WINDS, TIDES, MOON CYCLES AND SUNLIGHT ALL HAVE SIGNIFIGANT EFFECTS ON VISIBILITY AND ROUGH WATERS CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR SOME TO ENDURE. KEEP IN MIND WHILE BOOKING YOUR SCALLOP TOURS THAT WE CAN NOT CONTROL MOTHER NATURE, PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
TO BEST INFORM YOURSELF OF TIDES FOR OPTIMUM SCALLOPING AT THE TIME OF YOUR VISIT, FOLLOW THIS LINK…. tide tables
What to Bring on Your Scallop adventure.....
You are provided with all the gear that you need other than a bathing suit and towel. Bottled water is
provided and our Captain will have a cooler on board to keep your catch while on the boat. You will
need to bring a cooler to take your catch home with you. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, snacks....all a good
idea to take with you. ANYTHING THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET WET SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT
ONBOARD, BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY! You are welcome to bring beer or wine, but we ask that you do
not bring glass containers and dispose of your trash properly.
What to Expect From your Scallop Adventure.....
This is a HUNT! We snorkel at the top of the water and when you spot a scallop you must dive down to
retrieve it and put it in your bag. Being a strong swimmer is a good idea, and taking small children out to
scallop is not recommended. WE DO NOT ALLOW INFANTS ON OUR SCALLOP BOATS.
Ideal conditions would be clear shallow water, but during higher tides water can be 10 to 12 foot deep.This can be much more difficult to manage. NO ONE REACHES LIMIT EVERY SINGLE DAY AND IF YOU WANT THE CHEAPEST, MOST PRACTICAL WAY TO ACQUIRE SCALLOPS, THEN THE SEAFOOD SECTION AT THE LOCAL GROCERY STORE MAY BE THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU. IF YOU WANT GOOD TIMES AND ADVENTURE, THEN COME SEE US!
Your Captain will demonstrate how to clean the scallops and also have suggestions of where you can go to find someone who will clean them for you. Most people choose to do it themselves, it is truly part of the experience! Your car will be waiting for you when you return, so your group is free to go about your day at your own pace.