Metal Detector Recommendations

For Beach, Sand, & Saltwater Metal Detecting

Treasure Hunting at the beach for gold & silver jewelry, coins and artifacts off ancient shipwrecks from centuries ago sounds like a lot of fun! I can personally tell you that it is a lot of fun and it can be very lucrative too! This is something you can do by yourself, with friends or even with your family on vacation!

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However, when it comes to metal detecting at the beach in the wet salt sand or shallow saltwater…… just any metal detector will not do! The reason for this is because saltwater amplifies normal ground mineralization which causes a lot of metal detectors to be very unstable, noisy and provide false signals. Let me tell you right now before we go any further! If you don’t have the right metal detector for this type of hunting, then it turns out to be very frustrating and your chances of finding something good decrease drastically …. which equals not a lot of fun and not very lucrative at all!

But don’t worry … if your reading this, then you are in good hands! I do this for a living and have years of experience. I have personally tested all the metal detectors listed below and they are Treasure Mountain Detectors certified beach and shallow water metal detectors. Guaranteed to find tons of treasure… ahem... I mean increase your chances of finding tons of treasure! On a serious note though, these metal detectors listed below are the absolute best for beach and shallow water metal detecting and yes, they will increase your chances of finding good targets versus other metal detectors.

These metal detectors are completely waterproof, and they are true multifrequency metal detectors that that will get you the best performance in wet salt sand and saltwater!

1. Minelab CTX 3030

minelab ctx 3030

Features & Pricing

Multi-frequency at its best ~ CTX 3030 operates on an FBS 2 Technology which is multi-frequency and operates on 28 different frequencies ranging from 1.5khz to 100khz! The CTX 3030 also has a feature called Smart Find 2 which analyzes the targets Ferrous and Conductive properties on a full color LCD screen! What this means is it’s going to give you the most information about what is in the ground before you dig it than any other detector on the market!

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2. Minelab Equinox 800

minelab equinox800

Features & Pricing

Multi-IQ which is the newest multi frequency technology from Minelab! You have the ability to choose between different set frequencies or run a true multifrequency! Recovery and target separation is phenomenal on this machine…super-fast! This means when you’re in those areas that are iron infested or extremely trashy you will find stuff that other detectors will not have the ability to see due to the masking! This detector is supposed to be deep too… definitely a detector to keep your eye on since it is new on the market!

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3. Minelab Excalibur II

minelab excalibur2

Features & Pricing

A VLF Type of detector ~ A little different from your normal type of VLF detector that operates on 1 or 2 frequencies and has a lot of discrimination options. The Excalibur II operates on BBS Technology which is multi-frequency and operates on 17 different frequencies ranging from 1.5khz to 25.5khz! You can also get this metal detector customized to interchange search coils with a waterproof connector. The Excalibur II is a serious beach machine whether you’re in dry sand, wet salt sand or 200ft deep in the ocean!

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These metal detectors are not waterproof… just the coil is waterproof, so you are fine in the wet salt sand and shallow water. Just do not get the control box wet! These metal detectors are very effective for all types of beach hunting whether it be shallow water, wet salt sand or even dry sand. Optional aftermarket coils can increase the performance of these metal detectors greatly!

1. Minelab Sovereign GT

minelab sovereign gt

Features & Pricing

Unfortunately, Minelab discontinued this model, so they can only be purchased used now.

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2. Minelab E-TRAC

minelab etrac

Features & Pricing

When it comes down to it the E-TRAC will locate valuable metal objects in a variety of mineralised ground conditions such as extremely salty soils, seawater, wet beach sand and highly magnetic ground conditions.

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3. Minelab Safari

minelab safari

Features & Pricing

With its High Trash Density setting, Target Ids and audio tones are updated when sweeping over closely spaced targets fast! This improves the recovery of deeply buried high conductivity targets in a trashy environment and allows you to more accurately identify the type of target found.

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These metal detectors are completely waterproof, and they DO NOT discriminate out unwanted trash. This means that these metal detectors have minimal to no discrimination and you will basically dig everything! Now… these metal detectors are VERY EFFECTIVE and will detect EXTREMELY DEEP Targets! I highly recommend these metal detectors for areas that are in the water or areas that may contain artifacts from ancient shipwrecks!

1. Whites Surfmaster Dual Field PI

whites surfmaster

Features & Pricing

Designed for difficult beach grounds, the Surfmaster Dual Field combines turn-on-and-go ease with the extreme depth and sensitivity of pulse induction detection – especially in salt water and mineralized ground. This detector is surf-ready and completely waterproof to a depth of 100 feet. Its 12” dual-field search coil has near neutral buoyancy, so it won’t push away from the water or try to sink. 

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2. Garrett ATX

garrett atx

Features & Pricing

The Garrett ATX is the ultimate multi-frequency detector for all terrains and extreme conditions (highly mineralized ground, saltwater, etc.). It features advanced pulse induction technology, a durable design that meets military specifications, and a new DD coil design for extreme and uniform sensitivity.

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3. Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II

garrett seahunter

Features & Pricing

Microprocessor Controlled, Pulse Induction - Operating System - Automatic Cancellation of Salt and Ground Minerals - Frequency 750 Pulsation Per Second (PPS) - Submersible to 200 Feet (65 Meters) - Full Range Discrimination - Audio Target Alert Indicaiton - Submersible Underwater Headphones

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