Crystal River Scalloping Charters
5 Hour Adventure
7:00 AM & 12:30 PM Daily
Small Groups limited to no more than 6 per boat!!
$75.00 per person, all snorkeling gear included
Lets Go Scalloping!
Scalloping in Crystal River, FL is an annual family adventure that draws tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country, and beyond. Beginning on July 1st, and running through September 24th, the clear, shallow, coastal waters of Crystal River and Homosassa come alive with scallopers of all ages. Take a scenic boat ride down the beautiful Crystal River into the Gulf of Mexico to the shallow clear water grass flats of our unspoiled, preserved and protected coastline where the scallops are abundant. Snorkel in the clear waters among the amazing sea life as you seek out these delectable morsels in what some say is like an Easter Egg hunt but in the water. Don’t be surprised to see some amazing critters such as starfish, dolphin, sea turtles, fish, rays, seahorses, manatees and many other interesting creatures that make their home in the clear and shallow waters of our Nature Coast.
Water depths for this scalloping adventure generally range from 4ft to 6ft making harvesting scallops a leisurely and fun adventure with minimal physical exertion for those who are comfortable in the water. This trip is semi-private and limited to a maximum of 6 guests per boat, giving you the comfort of lots of room on the boat to move around and relax, and even more importantly, MORE SCALLOPS to take home with you. Scalloping is considered a form of fishing by the State of Florida and as such, the state requires you to have a fishing license and also imposes daily bag limits on harvesting scallops. We provide your fishing license for the day at no additional cost to you. The State scalloping bag limits for 2018 are as follows: 2 Gallons Per Person with a maximum of 10 gallons per boat (regardless of how many people are on a boat, a boat may only keep a maximum of 10 gallons total for everyone). As an example, a party of 5 or more will be able to keep up to the maximum of 10 gallons, a party of 3 may keep 6 gallons. Our small group trips means more scallops for you! Our captains are focused on guiding you to your limit!
What we provide:
- Safe, comfortable boats with expert licensed master captains
- More scallops for you! Our Semi private trips are limited to a maximum of 6 on a boat. You can only keep 10 gallons of scallops even if there are 20 people on the boat. Imagine having to share most of the scallops you worked so hard to get with other people.
- All Snorkeling Gear – Mask, Fins, and Snorkel at no additional
- State of Florida Fishing License at no additional charge
- Cold Bottled Water on ice, included
- Cooler Space with ice for your drinks and snacks
- Free Scallop cleaning instructions
- Underwater Camera Rental Available ($29.95) w/ Included USB Thumb Drive so you can take your pictures home with you.
What you should bring:
Bathing Suit, Towel, Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses (polarized are best), Drinks, Snacks/Lunch if desired, Small cooler in your car to transport your scallops home. Bringing an extra t-shirt to wear while in the water will help protect your back from the sun.
There are several restaurants here in town that will cook your scallops to your liking, and provide your meal with side dishes all for a reasonable charge. Your captain can provide you with more information on these establishments. We love The Seafood Seller, tell Jimmy and Sue that we said hi and whatever you do, DON’T let Jimmie take your fork!.