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. 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.

  • Caleb Warner Avatar
    Caleb Warner
    2/16/2020 - Google

    Highly recommend and a definite must! Scott and Karissa are superb tour guides! Extremely knowledgeable and fun all the way around! Way worth more than the price, too! I will be coming back again and bringing more people next time I'm in town! Thanks again, I had a blast!

  • jbchruby
    5 star rating
    2/14/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Family Fun Kayaking and Shelling Super friendly and knowledgeable guides and a beautiful kayak tour in the Shell Key Preserve. Enjoyed shelling on the island and kayaking through the mangroves. Lots of fun even for us rookie kayakers from the Midwest.

  • Sandy B
    5 star rating
    2/13/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Best kayak tour Great 3 hour tour suitable for most casual kayakers. Easy paddles across shallow bayz to Shell Island and surrounding mangroves. Lots of birds, cormorants follow your boat and pop up right beside you! Very good value . Scott gives lots of local history and natural information .

  • 470crystalo
    5 star rating
    2/13/2020 - TripAdvisor

    kayak tour We had a great time with Scott and Karissa they are very patient and full of information about the Kayak tour and wildlife in the area.The water was very shallow and made it easy to get comfortable to try something new.This was a great experience and we would love to... read more

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    Steve Lasher
    2/12/2020 - Google

    Awesome experience! Scott was an excellent guide and has a lot of knowledge of the area and the wildlife. Both he and Karissa were very friendly and a joy to be with. The 50/50 was just the right amount of kayaking and exploring. Wonderful family friendly experience!

  • nettie22
    5 star rating
    2/11/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Best tour ever!!! Stop looking and book this tour today! Scott has so much knowledge and you won’t find a better value. We had a wonderful day, saw dolphins and kayaked through the mangrove tunnels. Can’t rave enough about how much we enjoyed this!!!

  • 25SteveR
    5 star rating
    2/05/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Kayak Tour Don't need to look elsewhere, they are the best. Friendliest and most knowledgeable.
    I have booked twice with them

  • AJK103
    5 star rating
    1/21/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Highlight of our trip We greatly enjoyed our 3 hour kayak trip. Scott was patient, humorous and knowledgeable about wildlife and kayaking in the shallow bay that took us to shell island and paddling under tunnels in mangrove trees.
    We saw dolphin, an eagle, herons and pelicans. It was a perfect evening watching the...
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  • 683erine
    5 star rating
    12/30/2019 - TripAdvisor

    50/50 Nature Tour - GREAT TIME My family really enjoyed this tour! My husband and our 18 and 19 yr old sons and I had a lot of fun. Scott and Carissa did a great job teaching us about the wildlife and nature in the area as we kayaked by on our way... read more

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    colleen nowak
    12/29/2019 - Google

    Our eco kayak excursion today was awesome! It’s sometimes difficult to appease every person in our family of five, but today’s adventure was a huge hit for each one of us! Scott was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Karissa was friendly and thorough, and she made the reservation process easy and... read more

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. 

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.

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

Available December – February

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 3100 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Vierde, Fl 33715 as your destination. Alternatively, you can enter the GPS coordinates 27.65202, -82.71698. 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.