Tips for shelling on an Island

As you guys know, we’re pretty significant shelling sickos on this blog, and we frequently like sharing our tips on where to find the best ones. One angle we haven’t really attacked is shelling out on an island. 

Most people do the beach vacation thing – but one of the most popular destinations are island vacations – and truth be told – shelling there can be a little different than on the mainland. So today, we’re going to discuss some tips that make it easier for you to find the best seashells while shelling on an island. Let’s jump right in!

Beach conditions really matter

Islands are surrounded by water and as such – get pelted with quality shells just about everywhere. Naturally, low tide is going to be the best time to search for shells as that’s when they’re most likely to get washed ashore. However, also be aware that post-storm conditions can be 100% the best time to go. Why? Well for one, once the storm has passed people won’t be on the beach immediately and if you get out early enough, you can have the pick of the proverbial litter. On the other hand, Storms cause a substantial amount of churn in the ocean and certain shells that might not normally wash up on a beach will. So bad weather can be a boon for good shelling.

We also recommend using a tide tracker – as this can help you determine the best times to get out to the beach and beat any rush. 

Early and often

Really good shellers share two things in common: they get to the beach early and they go to the beach often. Like we said above – keep an eye on tide trackers and as soon as you can get to the beach – get there. Beat the crowd. Like we said-  you’ll have the first pick. 

That being said – there are days – and they happen more than you’d think – where you’re gonna come up empty. LIke absolute dud-days. Don’t get discouraged. They happen. Just head back – be persistent. Be consistent. 

Look in underrated spots

Islands have all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Places like tide pools, piers and the extreme ends of islands can collect a lot of interesting shells. Shells may get trapped in a tide pool, clatter up against a pier or end up caught in the rockier areas of a beach at the end of the island. In a way, places like these are almost natural, ocean nets for you. Take advantage because chances are – most others will not. 

Hopefully you found today’s blog helpful. If you’re a prolific shell crafter and are looking for bulk seashells for your next big project – give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help you out. Until then – good luck and happy shelling!