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

  • Ajay M Avatar
    Ajay M
    5 star rating
    5/21/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Awesome day Me and life went on the 50/50 tour and it was great!!! The owners are great and very knowledgeable about the area. We will definitely do this again. Highly recommend for both locals and visitors.

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    Justin Schlueter
    5/13/2019 - Google

    Scott and Karissa were very friendly, informational and gave a great tour. We would definitely take this tour again. We got to see a Dolphin, birds and the Mangroves. Super cool tour and would highly recommend Island Kayak Tours

  • Krista S Avatar
    Krista S
    5 star rating
    5/09/2019 - TripAdvisor

    We loved it! Great for Families or Singles. Good for Any Skill Level. This was a great tour and Scott is an awesome guide. Comfortable kayaks. Half the price of renting your own. Kids picked up quickly on how to paddle in the tandem kayak. Shell Key is beautiful and the mangrove tunnels were really cool. Everyone enjoyed the Cormorants that followed... read more

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    Brittany Brown
    5/08/2019 - Google

    This tour was the highlight of our vacation! Honestly, for the experience we had they should be charging so much more than they do! We will ALWAYS come back for a kayaking adventure anytime we're back in Florida. Don't question it, just sign up and go. It is worth it!

  • LoveVirginIslands Avatar
    5 star rating
    5/07/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Great Tour! My husband and I recently did his tour while in town. Definitely worth it! We aren’t tour kind of people with a kayak, since we own one and are familiar with how to get around on our own. But we happened upon this tour and saw it hadn’t amazing reviews... read more

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    Keri Estridge
    4/29/2019 - Google

    We're new to paddling and were nervous at first, but Scott and Karissa made everything perfect. Great equipment, peaceful location, and beautiful weather made for a great trip. Thank you guys for the great morning. Can't wait to go again!

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    Kelley Potter
    4/18/2019 - Google

    Scott and his wife were very friendly and great! Scott was comical and entertaining. The kayaks were of great quality! A lot of these places buy the cheapest kayaks and if you are experienced you know how uncomfortable they can be and how they don’t track right. We did the... read more

  • HuNu2 Avatar
    5 star rating
    4/16/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Outstanding Bargain I was about to rent a kayak at Fort DeSoto until I saw this highly rated kayak tour. For less money, you get a very interesting guided tour by a local expert. Better equipment too, with clean sit-in single kayaks. Weather was perfect so we paddled through non-obvious mangrove tunnels,... read more

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    jacob flanagan
    4/14/2019 - Google

    The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun and friendly. Would definitely recommend and would be happy to do another tour!

  • MickJosa Avatar
    5 star rating
    4/06/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Perfect first time kayak tour in the mangrove forest Fantastic three hour kayak tour through the prestine mangrove forests of St.Petersburgh area in Florida. Scott the tour leader was great, friendly, helpful and informative. Two thumbs up.

    The tour included a stop on an island with possibility to swim in crystal clear water.

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.