Island Kayak Tours owner & guide Scott Wright

Hi, I’m Scott, owner and guide at Island Kayak Adventures. We are a local family-owned kayaking company. We specialize in guided eco kayak adventures, and keep our tours at $25 per person because we believe in the pay it forward philosophy. Growing up here in St. Petersburg has allowed me the opportunity to find all the best kayaking spots and to accumulate the local knowledge to give you a true Florida experience, something other kayak companies just can’t do. I started this kayaking company to share these places with you. We launch from a public launch site in Tierra Verde, Florida, centrally located approximately 15 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg, and 10 minutes from St. Pete Beach. We combine the highest quality single & tandem kayaks, PFDs, and paddles with the best price for an experience that is second to none. We keep our groups small in order to give you the best, most personalized experience possible. Our goal is to share the natural beauty of the preserve with you in a safe and environmentally friendly way, just as we have for years. Help us make Island Kayak Adventures the most popular kayaking company in the Tampa Bay area. Come on out, make some new friends, and let us show you around this hidden gem! Get a sneak peek by checking out some of our photos.

  • Bianca Turner Avatar
    Bianca Turner
    8/03/2019 - Google

    This tour was the best part of my trip! Scott was so knowledgeable about the sea life and environment! The trip he took us on wAs beautiful, fun and informative for my 9 year old and I. So fun!

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    Steve Cobb
    8/01/2019 - Google

    Scott and his wife took our family of six on an incredible tour of the waterways and the Mangroves. Our stop at the sandbar gave us time to find lots of really cool shells and sand dollars. Scott went out of his way to engage with the kids and answer... read more

  • Lauren W
    5 star rating
    8/01/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Loved it- Scott was a great guide Had a great morning out on the kayaks, Scott was very knowledgeable & we enjoyed the stop at shell key, found lots of sand dollars.

    Thanks, we loved it & the 3 man kayak was helpful with our youngest son, being able to go in with dad & bro! Xx

  • Ida Grzybowski Avatar
    Ida Grzybowski
    7/30/2019 - Facebook

    we had a wonderful kayaking adventure today! Scott is very knowledgeable wit regards of the wildlife. We got to see a few dolphins swimming around! Huge bonus to our experience.

    The shell key was beautiful and we will definitely call Carissa and Scott for our next kayaking adventure. ...
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    Morgan Podorski
    7/29/2019 - Google

    Loved this tour! Scott is very knowledgeable and got to know everyone in my group. Definitely will be coming back!

  • Caron R
    5 star rating
    7/29/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Great kayak tour at a fantastic price Great tour that won’t disappoint. Within minutes we were lucky enough to see a dolphin that come close to the kayaks. Scott was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. We were accompanied for most of the trip by a bunch of cormorants fishing under the kayaks. The stop at the beach... read more

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    Cheryl D.
    5 star rating
    7/24/2019 - Yelp

    Our first kayaking experience we wanted a tour as opposed to going alone. We picked 50/50 tour with Island Kayaking.  Best choice ever.  Scott and Karissa were so informative and knowledgeable about the preserve they took us through.   I enjoyed the mangroves and open waters we went to in... read more

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    Cheryl D
    5 star rating
    7/24/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Best Kayak Tour Scott and Karissa are the best tour guides. It was our first time kayaking and we decided to take the 50/50 tour which was not just kayaking but exploring the preserve and mangroves which were spectacular to see. We also stopped at shell key a small beach area for about... read more

  • Sherri Anselm Avatar
    Sherri Anselm
    7/21/2019 - Facebook

    We kayaked with Scott and Karissa last week, and had a blast! Learned a lot about the mangroves and preserves , and had fun to boot! Thanks Scott and Karissa, for sharing with us. We’ll definitely be back! Please tell Desi, Lucy, Fred and Ethel we miss them!

  • Jeanine Luge Ramirez Avatar
    Jeanine Luge Ramirez
    7/18/2019 - Facebook

    Scott and his wife are great tour guides! Never felt rushed, and they explained everything thoroughly as this was our first time. Will definitely do it again! 🙂

Choose from two different $25 adventures; the 50/50 Nature Tour and our Sunset Tour. Our tours do not require any experience and last approximately 3 hours. We provide all necessary equipment and paddle instructions if needed. Please book your reservation in advance as space is limited. 

Choose from two different $25 adventures; the 50/50 Nature Tour and our Sunset Tour. Our tours do not require any experience and last approximately 3 hours. We provide all necessary equipment and paddle instructions if needed. Keep in mind our tours take place in a shallow saltwater preserve. There are no alligators, and most of the water is knee to waist-deep; perfect for both beginners and experts. Please book your reservation in advance as space is limited. Call or text (727) 490-8211 to schedule your adventure.

50/50 Nature Tour

  • $25 per person
  • approximately 3 hours

The 50/50 Nature Tour is 50% kayaking, 50% nature, and 100% ideal for people who want it all. You get an expert guide to show you through the mangrove tunnels (tide permitting) and time your adventure just right to give you the best possible chance at seeing dolphins & manatees who only visit the area at certain times of the day. You also get time to explore Shell Key, whether that means shelling, swimming, snorkeling, or simply enjoying the view. It’s truly the best of both worlds!

Island Kayak Tours sunset tour kayaking group

Sunset Tour

  • $25 per person
  • approximately 3 hours

Try something new; experience a sunset on the water. This adventure is the perfect end to a Florida day. Enjoy a beautiful, shallow water sunset paddle through Shell Key Preserve. Float through the mangrove tunnels (tide permitting) and watch the sunset across the water. There’s a good chance the dolphins and manatee will come join us, too. It is one you will never forget!

Watch our short video for a more visual description of what we offer. Visit our social media page and our photos page to see pictures from some of our past adventures.

If using GPS, please enter 2800 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Vierde, Fl 33715 as your destination. Alternatively, you can enter the GPS coordinates 27.658959, -82.721092. Please call first for reservations. This is a public launch site.

Why We Do What We Do

Here is a little backstory on me…I grew up in Pinellas County, and have been boating, fishing, and kayaking at Shell Key Preserve since I was a kid. Much of the county has been developed and built up, but the natural beauty and slow pace of the preserve have stayed the same. My mission is to share this beautiful ecosystem with you at a price that anyone can afford because I enjoy sharing the Florida I grew up with and making new friends. I look forward to giving you the best kayaking adventure in the Tampa Bay area.