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 kayaking with Island Kayak Adventures one of the most popular things to do 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

  • Deb L. Avatar
    Deb L.
    5 star rating
    10/14/2021 - Yelp

    Had an amazing time kayaking out to Shell Island. Scott is very knowledgeable and made it fun for everyone. He took us into the mangrove tunnels which were very cool. Would highly recommend!!

  • Connie N
    5 star rating
    10/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Terrific Kayak Trip Scott is a terrific guide while Karissa is a wonderfully patient sweep. The trip is great for beginners and experienced alike with a wonderful break on Shell Key to break up the paddling. Price is very fair and the entire experience is a great way to start the day

  • Deb L
    5 star rating
    10/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Fantastic kayak tour Had a fantastic time on kayak tour. Scott was very knowledgeable and took us through the mangrove tunnels. Shell Key was beautiful and had a chance to see manatee. Would highly

  • Amy Harlow
    5 star rating
    10/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing experience I Highly recommend this adventure for your family! Knowledgeable and personable guides. A perfect balance of kayaking and exploring Shell Key Preserve & Island...Scott and Carissa, our guides, were

  • Excursion3244
    5 star rating
    10/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing Kayak Tour We had an amazing trip with Karissa and Scott. The tour was great fun for us and our 10 year old daughters. The mangroves were awesome and we were lucky enough to see manatees on Shell Key. The kayaking was the perfect combination for novice and experienced... read more

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    Billi I.
    5 star rating
    9/20/2021 - Yelp

    Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and personable. It was such a fun day. We kayaked through mangroves and out to shell island and got so many shells and sand dollars. The scenery was so beautiful. We learned about cormorants and the habitats for dolphins and manatees, although we didn't see... read more

  • Jeanetta W
    5 star rating
    9/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Beautiful day This tour was so much fun. My first time kayaking in the mangroves and I really enjoyed it. The island is beautiful! Tour guide was very knowledgeable about wildlife and local

  • Miki
    5 star rating
    9/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing Time Kayaking in Nature Our tour-guides, Scott and Karissa, gave us an absolutely superb experience of the local wildlife and the mangroves. My wife and I didn't know what to expect, but we had such a great adventure spending a few hours getting good experience in with the kayaks, while viewing various birds,... read more

  • Sheri A
    5 star rating
    9/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Awesome time Highly reccommend. Scott and karissa are always great to deal with and this adventure is so

  • Krystal B
    5 star rating
    9/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    A must do Every time we are in the area we try to book a kayak tour with these two phenomenal guides. Scott and Karissa truly are a one of a kind, down to earth couple that love what they do and they share it with all. Every trip is different and we... read more

  • Melinda M. Avatar
    Melinda M.
    5 star rating
    8/26/2021 - Yelp

    Scott was extremely knowledgeable of the path, scenic views, wildlife, and island. He was easy to chat with and engaged with all the guests on the tour. Our tour ran a little longer, not a compliant!!! It shows that they take time with their guests to ensure knowledge,... read more

  • Amy S
    5 star rating
    8/15/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Fantastic Kayak Trip! Went kayaking for the first time with the family. Scott and Clarissa were excellent guides! We went to Shell Island, which was absolutely gorgeous! Very affordable, fun morning on the water. Pleased to support a family business and I encourage others to do the same.

  • Amy S
    5 star rating
    8/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Fantastic Kayak Trip! Went kayaking for the first time with the family. Scott and Clarissa were excellent guides! We went to Shell Island, which was absolutely gorgeous! Very affordable, fun morning on the water. Pleased to support a family business and I encourage others to do th

  • Mike O
    5 star rating
    7/24/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Shell Key Tour Scott and Karissa were awesome guides! Great tour and spent time on the beautiful beach. Even saw some dolphins on our trip! Great way to spend part of your day. They make the trip affordable for families and they are very knowledgeable.

  • Andrea Avatar
    Andrea
    7/01/2021 - Airbnb

    This was our first time kayaking, Scott and his wife were amazing! The mangroves were beautiful. We got to see a pair of dolphins and several sand dollars! We had an amazing time and highly recommend booking a kayak adventure with them! They were also very knowledgeable and we learned... 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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