What you'll do
We’ll meet at a designated location by Ocean Beach with free parking and hike down to the tidal area about an hour before low tide time with a maximum of 1.2 ft above sea level and search for 1.5 hours. I’ll point out and name the marine life and different shells as well as show you how to ensure there are no current residents in the shells you decide to take with you. In the interest of preserving the ecosystem and within this small space where you are allowed to take shells, I ask guests to be mindful and choose no more than 4 per person to ensure the creatures and shells continue to thrive on our coastline. I’ll answer any questions as well as give you a take home directions on how to clean your finds and preserve their beauty in your home.
I am a lifetime finder & seeker of extraordinary seashells & corals at beaches all around the globe, with an awareness & sense of how & where to find the beauties of my native Southern California coastline. Living in San Diego again for the past 4 years, my most cathartic & rewarding hobbies (at safe low tide) is finding untypical shells which have lured some less than enthusiastic friends to the beach at odd hours. When they get a glimpse of the edge of an abalone shell and dig it out, they’re hooked! I have a healthy respect for the ocean & prefer sushi on a plate not near my feet so this experience is within (unprotected) tidal zones and tide pools and a bit of shifting and moving of small rocks brought in by the waves at high tide and personally, doesn’t involve more than 6-8 in of water. Just my preference.
Gloves if you choose, to help grip any rocky spots we pass through
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Where you'll be
We’ll explore the tidal zones and pools, the shoreline, beachfront and caves in San Diego along the Sunset Cliffs.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 4 guests aged 13 and up can attend.
Take note of the start time as it does change each day due to the change in tide height. Also, the dates that are avail to book cant be changed due to height/time. More found at lower sea levels. If you have surf booties that’s best or just bare feet, no flip flops.
Rare Shell Collecting at Low Tide