Island Kayak Tours

Island Kayak Tours owner & guide Scott Wright

Hi, I’m Scott, owner and guide at Island Kayak Adventures, Shell Key’s most popular kayak tour company. We are a local family-owned kayaking company. We specialize in guided eco kayak adventures, and keep our tours at $28 per person because we believe in the pay it forward philosophy. Growing up here in St. Petersburg has given me more experience in Shell Key than any other kayak company. Kayaking is one of my favorite things to do. This 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 sit inside 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.

  • Isadora Fernandez Avatar
    Isadora Fernandez
    9/27/2020 - Google

    Great time we had with them!
    Scott was very knowledgeable, funny, outgoing, professional, great personality.
    His wife and son were there as well, sweet great people!
    We had the wonderful opportunity to have an encounter with 3 dolphins that passed right by our group. We spotted big jelly fishes, many birds, and...
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  • Navigate73107
    5 star rating
    9/21/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Wonderful - warrants repeat! We had a terrific time - the mangrove tunnels, the shell picking and watching cormorants dive for fish. We will do it again - with Scott and his family! Great business great people and the information and history Scott shared was absolutely awesome!

  • Roger Bombassei Avatar
    Roger Bombassei
    9/13/2020 - Google

    Good people took us on an enjoyable adventure.
    Lots of sun, fish, birds. Nice beach.

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    A Google User
    9/13/2020 - Google

    Good people took us on an enjoyable adventure.
    Lots of sun, fish, birds. Nice beach.

  • Kelsey Bonini Avatar
    Kelsey Bonini
    8/31/2020 - Google

    We had a great time this morning on our tour with Ty. We saw so much wildlife and learned a little about the area. Great value! Highly recommend!

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    A Google User
    8/31/2020 - Google

    We had a great time this morning on our tour with Ty. We saw so much wildlife and learned a little about the area. Great value! Highly recommend!

  • Dakota EOW Avatar
    Dakota EOW
    8/31/2020 - Google

    Nope your tour group likes to just come up and take a fishing spot with people fishing in. And say sorry but I have to put 22 kayak right here.which I said NO IM FISHING here, GOT Whole island and had to park your you kayaks in the... read more

  • josephcastile78
    5 star rating
    8/21/2020 - TripAdvisor

    An amazing experience and must do We absolutely loved the entire experience, watching the cormorants dive for fish, the mangrove tunnels the ocean it’s self everything. Scott, Karissa, and Ty were completely awesome, Scott had really good story’s about growing up in the area he also was extremely attentive to all the people on the tour,... read more

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    Beth B.
    5 star rating
    8/15/2020 - Yelp

    These guys are awesome! I was not very experienced, but the worked with me and trained me. Thank you so much! Had fun in the mangrove tunnels!

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    Evie N.
    5 star rating
    8/03/2020 - Yelp

    This is a family own and operate by husband, wife, and son. Had a great time on this kayak tour! Scott the tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable of the area and places around it. Scott grew up exploring these mangrove swamps- knows them like the back of his... read more

Our $28 50/50 Shell Key Tour adventure does not require any experience. Tours last approximately 3 hours. We provide all necessary equipment and paddle instructions if needed. Please book your reservation in advance as space is limited. 

Take a break from kayaking to collect shells.

Fast Facts

1. Yes, it’s really just $28 per person. We enjoy making our tours affordable for everyone.

2. No experience is necessary. Our tours are perfect for both first-timers and advanced kayakers. An easy to follow paddle instruction is provided.

3. We provide all necessary equipment, including kayak, paddle, life jacket, and signaling device.

4. All of our kayaks are high quality, comfortable, stable, sit inside kayaks with back rests.

5. We have both tandem (double) and single kayaks.

6. We have two guides on each tour for your safety, comfort, and convience.

7. Our tour times vary from day to day, depending on the tide.

8. Reservations are required. Contact us in advance to secure your spot.

9. There are multiple ways to contact us. You can call, text, or email us directly, or message us through Facebook Messenger.

10. We do not charge any booking fees, or require payment in advance for reservations made by phone or text.

Our $28 50/50 Shell Key Tour adventure does not require any experience. Tours last approximately 3 hours. We provide all necessary equipment and paddle instructions if needed. Keep in mind our adventures 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.

Magical mangrove tunnels on the Shell Key kayak tour.

50/50 Shell Key Tour

  • $28 per person
  • approximately 3 hours

The 50/50 Shell Key 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!

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.

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.

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