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 $25 per person because we believe in the pay it forward philosophy. Growing up here in St. Petersburg 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 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 peak by checking out some of our photos., and

  • Robin Morris Avatar
    Robin Morris
    3/23/2019 - Google

    The highlight of our trip! Fun, interesting, beautiful. A great way to get a feeling for the real St. Pete Beach. Scott is a wonderful guide and his obvious love for his home only enhances the experience.

  • Tim B. Avatar
    Tim B.
    5 star rating
    3/20/2019 - Yelp

    We had a great trip with Scott.  He kept us well informed as the weather was a little suspect.  He told us it would clear and be great and it was.  Very knowledgeable, very friendly, great kayaking trip all the way around.

    Tim and Holley

  • HPdeena Avatar
    5 star rating
    3/05/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Best experience ever!!! Found these folks online and hoped for the best. We were not disappointed. A super relaxing, laid back, informative, fun day. Guide/owner from the area and was full of information and facts about the area. We had a wonderful time! More

  • Manitobans365 Avatar
    5 star rating
    3/04/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Best part of my trip to Florida Our family all enjoyed our kayak tour. Our 13-year old was happy to have his own kayak and enjoy his own pace. Our 9-year old shared a double kayak with her dad which worked out perfectly as she could rest if she wanted to so she did not get tired.... read more

  • Ruth Friedrich Avatar
    Ruth Friedrich
    2/25/2019 - Google

    Loved it! Scott and his wife make everyone feel very welcome in the group. Very beautiful area! We saw a few dolphins and other wildlife and collected lots of beautiful shells. Very reasonably priced! Totally worth it.

  • Amy R Avatar
    Amy R
    5 star rating
    2/24/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Wonderful experience! We absolutely loved this tour! We took our 8 and 11 year olds and they loved it. Going through the mangrove trails was beautiful. We saw wildlife and learned so much. The price is very affordable and you are treated like family. More

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    arnold vitm
    2/22/2019 - Google

    Just go with Scott and Karissa, we had a blast with my family, no experience required. Excellent equipment, extended tour, wildlife, beach. Just enjoy and relax. It is the eco tourism how it should be.

  • Kim Richfield Avatar
    Kim Richfield
    2/22/2019 - Google

    This is a local company that is response and provides great customer service. Scott has a lot of knowledge about the area, wildlife, etc. that he is clearly passionate about and loves to share. $25 is a bargain for this tour.

  • Susan M. Avatar
    Susan M.
    5 star rating
    2/14/2019 - Yelp

    We were vacationing in Florida from Indiana. There were 3 couples (ages 62+).  Scott and Carissa gave a brief explanation on how to hold your paddle before we took off.  They both gave great explanations on local wildlife.  First we went through the mangroves and saw several different kinds of... read more

  • Boxerfan2 Avatar
    5 star rating
    1/28/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing!!! Hands Down Best Kayak Tour Around! If you are looking for an amazing Kayak Tour at a very reasonable price look no further. Scott was an awesome guide and very knowledgable and easy going. His tours are very safe, fun and exciting. This was the best activity we did while visiting St Pete Beach. I highly... 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. 

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

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 2800 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Vierde, Fl 33715 as your destination. Alternatively, you can enter the GPS coordinates 27.658959, -82.721092. 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.