Island Kayak Tours

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 $28 per person because we believe in the pay it forward philosophy. Growing up here in St. Petersburg has given me a lifetime of experience and knowledge in Shell Key Preserve. This has allowed me the opportunity to find all the best kayaking spots 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

  • Getaway744559
    5 star rating
    4/07/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Phenomenol Experience! The kayak adventure with Scott and Karissa was exceptional from start to finish. The communication for booking was quick, efficient, and pleasant. Upon arrival, I was greeted warmly and by Scott and Karissa and introduced to the others that would be paddling with us. ... read more

  • ShannonC341
    5 star rating
    4/06/2021 - TripAdvisor

    A Beautiful Morning Kayak Trip Lovely being on the water and enjoying the magnificence of the bay. We set off with a large group of paddlers...all ages mind you...and everyone seemed to love the experience. We paddled through the mangroves and then onward to Shell Key Preserve. The Preserve is really... read more

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    Christine Korte K.
    5 star rating
    4/06/2021 - Yelp

    Excellent! Scott & Karissa are top notch!!! Very knowledgeable and professional. Our entire group loved every minute of it. We even got to see some dolphins and a small shark. A must do when in the area.

  • Darcy B
    5 star rating
    4/03/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Best kayak tour! Scott and Karissa are amazing! From the moment I booked the kayak adventure until the end, I was super impressed with their quick communications and flexibility. We loved the mangroves, Shell Key (we found sand dollars) where we watched a giant bird in a tree, eating a freshly caught... read more

  • sueflyone
    5 star rating
    3/31/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Nice 3 hour experience for all! Lovely paddle with enough time on Shell Island to appreciate it. We did a short paddle through the mangroves, (which I would have liked more of) but all is dictated by tides. The owners/ leaders, Scott and Karissa , are superb and very knowledgeable.

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    Ben R.
    5 star rating
    3/29/2021 - Yelp

    Scott and Karissa did a great job!! My family enjoyed our time with them this morning. Scott shares his great knowledge of the area's wildlife and land to make the trip interesting along with the beautiful scenery. Saw two separate pods of dolphins, so many jumping fish and the amazing... read more

  • sarahsarah1027
    5 star rating
    3/25/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Awesome experience, great for families Our half-day kayaking trip was one of the highlights of our FL vacation. Communication leading up to the tour was great, and upon arrival at the boat launch we were greeted with warmth and excitement by Scott and Karissa. Scott has been exploring the area since he was a kid... read more

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    Tracy F.
    5 star rating
    3/23/2021 - Yelp

    This was a wonderful day kayaking with Scott and Karissa. They are very experienced and Wonderful tour guides. I thought that maybe the tour was going be too long at 3 hours but it was perfect. We went through the mangroves and in between paddling the shallow inter coastal area,... read more

  • 624kentg
    5 star rating
    3/18/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Great Kayaking/Great Host Scott is a great host. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Has great stories of how he and his family are connected to the area. Makes the trip even more fun than it already is with all the beauty of the Shell Key Preserve area. ... read more

  • thatecocouple
    5 star rating
    3/12/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Great kayaking tour!!! Scott and Karissa are great hosts! We had a great day kayaking, learning some history and playing with our cormorant bird buddies!

    Great value and would have booked again the next day if they weren’t already fully booked!

    Thanks again guys!

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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