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

  • jennifern145
    5 star rating
    5/13/2021 - TripAdvisor

    So Much FUN! Do not miss out on this tour! Our family (Kids are 9,7, and 5) had so much fun, and the couple who leads the tours are amazing. They are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient, and willing to calmly give aid and advice to participants who may have steered straight... read more

  • Bckbhouse
    5 star rating
    5/11/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Great trip! Very enjoyable with lots of good information too! Scott & Carissa are great guides! It was really peaceful and relaxing!

  • jenniferrI5628CK
    5 star rating
    5/08/2021 - TripAdvisor

    We had the best time! If you enjoy outdoor activities, don't pass this one up! Kayaking, meets animal spotting, meets mangrove magic. Scott was the best guide too. Incredibly friendly and knowledgable. We already can't wait to come back!

  • ben_keyless_278
    5 star rating
    5/06/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing family kayak adventure All the positive reviews checked each of the boxes why we booked this adventure. The adventure with a 9 year old and 14 year old was perfect seeing and hearing there side of what they loved. Scott and Karissa had so much information about the area and were wonderful hosts.... read more

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    Elaine L.
    5 star rating
    4/29/2021 - Yelp

    Scott did an amazing job explaining everything to us, giving us plenty of time to explore, and spending time at a secluded beach! It was a PERFECT experience! Thank you for a beautiful day! Will definitely go back. We were visiting from Maine. Got to see... read more

  • mirandak09
    5 star rating
    4/28/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Very enjoyable experience. Scott was a wonderful guide and was extremely knowledgeable. He was very welcoming to all guests. Besides the experience being more than what we could have asked for, it was very affordable compared to the other kayak tours in the area.

  • Meggy4912
    5 star rating
    4/18/2021 - TripAdvisor

    A Must Do Activity! Highly recommend these guys! Scott provided so much information about where we were and kept us entertained the entire time! The whole trip lasted around 3 hours. We paddled to an island, had some time to walk around, paddled through mangrove tunnels, and back to shore. The pace that was... read more

  • D4521JStiffanys
    5 star rating
    4/13/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Top notch tour We have gone on several kayaking tours . This tour was one of the best. Our guides Scott and Karissa were genuinely kind people who both knew about the area, but the land as well. They had a great sense of humor and really wanted everyone just to have a... read more

  • G2538ORmichellea
    1 star rating
    4/10/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Unprofessional, Rudw The location of the launch site was changed last minute. A text was sent regarding this but it wasn't super clear as to the change as it still told me to go through the toll booth and park in the first lot, which I did. I finally got in touch... read more

  • Road274172
    5 star rating
    4/10/2021 - TripAdvisor

    My entire family said "that was so much fun!" 🙂 This was a great trip for my whole family, ages 12 to 78. It was a relaxing paddle with great views and wonderful guides that gave so much information about the plants, animals and area in general. Thank you, Scott and Karissa!

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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