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

  • Terrie M. Avatar
    Terrie M.
    5 star rating
    6/01/2021 - Yelp

    This is a MUST DO! If you are considering a kayak experience - this is the one! I am a Floridian and appreciate the local knowledge and history that Scott brings to the experience. He knows the area, its history and even the water birds (he's named them) that... read more

  • 415terriep
    5 star rating
    6/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    MUST DO!!! This is a MUST DO! If you are considering a kayak experience - this is the one! I am a Floridian and appreciate the local knowledge and history that Scott brings to the experience. He knows the area, its history and even the water birds (he’s named them) that... read more

  • Ryan G. Avatar
    Ryan G.
    5 star rating
    5/31/2021 - Yelp

    Scott gives a great kayak tour at great price. He provides a lot of information and history while paddling through some gorgeous waters. Local family run business. He is very personable and friendly.. We have been twice over the past year and will go again in the future. Highly recommend.

  • K3385WMmichaeld
    5 star rating
    5/31/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Great tour with fantastic tour guides. Hands down the best morning of our trip. Met Scott and Karissa beside their fleet of well maintained kayaks, and found that we had some geography crossings and local Indiana restaurants patronage in common. The tour across the smooth shallow water to the mangrove forest was smooth and... read more

  • TortugaQueen
    5 star rating
    5/29/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Go ahead and book this tour now!! We arrived at the launch site about 30 minutes before our scheduled launch time. We met Scott and Karissa, the husband & wife owners/tour guides/local experts. Both are very personable and eager to know each person on the tour. We bonded with them over Pizza King pizza, Jerry’s Dairy Freezer... read more

  • masonandloganvlogsl
    5 star rating
    5/28/2021 - TripAdvisor

    The best day! This was my favorite day of our vacation. The kids (teenagers) loved it and we got a good workout. Scott was very friendly, entertaining and informative. We saw lots of wildlife, paddled through mangrove tunnels and had plenty of time to swim and collect shells at the most beautiful beach!

  • sailtl
    5 star rating
    5/26/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Exploring Nature Great Time full of LOTS of nature information!! Well organized and a pace for all levels of paddlers. Loved going through the tunnels in the mangroves and learning the history of these local mangroves and surrounding area. Highly recommend!!!!

  • Marrietta_Bon
    5 star rating
    5/25/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Highly Satisfied Great tour by a great couple who went out of their way to please everyone. Although, as tourists, we came knowing nobody, very soon we got to know a lot of wonderful people, most of them tourists like us. The tour operators, made every feel welcome and this set the... read more

  • Emily K
    5 star rating
    5/25/2021 - TripAdvisor

    AMAZING AMAZING! Worth every penny, which the cost is not bad in my opinion at all. My husband and I came down to treasure island for our 5th anniversary trip and this is the only agenda I had! It did not disappoint, even my husband said it was amazing (over his... read more

  • Winwhite
    5 star rating
    5/24/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Fantastic kayaking trip ! This was an absolutely wonderful kayaking trip. My husband, 18-year-old daughter and I had a fabulous tIme. Scott is a fantastic guide so not only do you get a beautiful day out on the water but you learn a lot about the area and nature surrounding you. The kayaking... 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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