Scallop-a-looza on the Nature Coast

SCALLOPING SEASON STARTS JULY 1st

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Scallop Trips in Crystal River and Homosassa, FL

Join Native Sun Tours for Scallop-a-looza, our summertime scallop trips in the clear Gulf waters of Crystal River and Homosassa. Led by Coast Guard certified Master Captain Russ Holliday, our family-friendly scallop charters are focused on small groups of 2 – 6 passengers — no big production line tours here. Over the years, Captain Russ has learned how to expertly spot scallops and can help you learn to snorkel and spot scallops, as well. You get personal attention and guidance whether you’re a beginner or returning scalloper. That makes scalloping a great family summer vacation.

Enjoying Your Scallop Trip

While we’ll be focused on finding scallops, we invite you to slow down, relax, and take in the view as we travel to and from our scallop grounds. We’ll be on the water in the St. Martin Aquatic Preserve, where you might spot dolphins and a variety of birdlife, all while viewing the beautiful mangrove islands scattered throughout the preserve.

The clarity of the water makes scalloping great, but it also allows you to enjoy the underwater habitat, including sea grasses, stingrays, sponges, brain coral, and a variety of fish. Many of our scallopers enjoy the view as much as the scallops. (Captain Russ can provide details on any of the plant and animal life you see along the way.)

Another Family Vacation Idea:  Fishing Charters

We also offer family fishing charters geared for the whole family to enjoy a day on the water. The idea is to introduce the younger members to fishing  while  educating them on the different species and focusing on safely interacting in the surrounding environment. Charters can be scheduled anytime of year and kids must be at least 6 years old.