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 $25 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.

  • Evie N. Avatar
    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

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    Cindy H.
    5 star rating
    8/02/2020 - Yelp

    I came across Island Kayak Tours when I was looking at possibly taking a ferry from Fort de Soto to Shell Key. Kayaking sounded much more fun and was the same price! Other kayak tours were double the price, and traveling with 5 people we really appreciated the affordability! I... read more

  • Tamara A. Avatar
    Tamara A.
    5 star rating
    7/16/2020 - Yelp

    Man, oh man, this was fun! Kayaking at Shell Key Preserve. We went through mangrove tunnels, and felt like we were in another world, and got to explore the sandy island and found so many cool living things. The Cormorants loved to get behind our paddles... read more

  • Mindy T
    5 star rating
    6/18/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Nature 50/50 Booked the Nature 50/50 tour to wrap up our family vacation. Scott was an amazing guide, took the time and wasn’t rushing everyone along. He was very knowledgeable regarding the area and the wildlife, sharing the history of the location as we paddled. Very affordable for any family. Great experience-... read more

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    tony burtron
    6/17/2020 - Google

    The tour was great. Kayaks were great for big man like me. No problem navigating. Scott had many informative local facts along the way. Scott even arranged for two manatees to swim by on shell island while we were shelling. Not sure how he did... read more

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    Christine Rasch
    6/09/2020 - Google

    Great tour with Scott and his wife. He made it a fun time. They are both friendly and full of knowledge. I recommend this tour for anyone, especially first time kayakers.
    The prices are the best you will find anywhere!

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    Jeffrey Wolfe
    5/31/2020 - Google

    This was our third trip with Scott and Island Kayak Adventures. I don't know what more to say except that we will be back again next year. Scott is personable, helpful, and very knowledgeable about the area and the local ecosystem. It is pretty much the same... read more

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    Justine Colella
    5/27/2020 - Google

    We had a great time kayaking with Karissa! She was very nice and knowledgeable about the area. It was a peaceful tour through calm waters, we explored three mangrove tunnels, and concluded the trip on a little island on Shell Key Preserve. A three hour tour for $25! Highly recommend!

  • ginagrace
    5 star rating
    5/27/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Book your Tour NOW! Wow... we booked this tour at the suggestion of the office staff where we were staying and never even checked Trip Advisor. Upon return, I’m just now seeing their 118 (now 119) straight 5 star ratings!! I echo the reviews below. The entire 3 hours were completely enjoyable- nice Kayaks,... read more

  • 189shelbyd
    5 star rating
    3/25/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Best Kayaking Trip Ever! As someone who has kayaked in multiple different places with multiple companies, Scott by far provides the best experience I have ever had! His prices are impossible to beat and the trip is well worth the money. If I am ever in the Tampa area again I wouldn't hesitate to... read more

Our $25 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 $25 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.

Our $25 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

  • $25 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.