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

  • Christine Thompson Avatar
    Christine Thompson
    7/15/2019 - Facebook

    Had a fantastic time with Scott and Karissa kayaking! Our little ones (8 and 3) enjoyed all the sea life and mangrove tunnels. Such a peaceful yet exciting outing. Definitely recommend! Thanks so much for a great family outing!

  • michigansharkhunter
    5 star rating
    7/09/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Turpening family vacation Recently my family and I spent the morning kayaking with Scott and his wife Chris on the 50/50 tour. I’ll tell you not only was the scenery spectacular these are two great, down to earth, family oriented people. Our boys had been wanting to do a kayak trip and while... read more

  • dreavis2018
    5 star rating
    7/06/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Fun itinerary! I liked the itinerary better than most kayak tours...short paddles, multiple tunnels and swimming or exploring Shell Key. The tour hosts are congenial and knowledgeable, and the kayaks were easier on my back than other rentals...they were a bit deeper. More

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    Jeanine L.
    5 star rating
    7/04/2019 - Yelp

    We just returned from a kayak tour with Scott and his wife. We had an awesome time! There were 10 of us...and we all had a great time! We saw starfish, a hermit crab, horseshoe crabs, and even a glimpse of dolphin while in the water. It was so much... read more

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    Angie Hatley Garms
    7/02/2019 - Facebook

    Fabulous tour! We had a party of six - ranging from 8-46 years old and we all had a great time (even though I was originally worried about whether it would be too difficult for some of us)! The mangroves and wildlife were amazing. Scott and Karissa were great guides.... read more

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    Benji Feldpouch
    7/01/2019 - Facebook

    we really loved this tour. Scott is super knowledgeable on everything out there. youll have some great views and see plenty of wildlife. Highly recommended!

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    Niccole Cornaghie
    6/30/2019 - Facebook

    Our family was in the area in early June & had the pleasure of taking a tour with the owners, Scott & his wife Karissa. I could tell immediately that Scott loved his job & was passionate about the sport. Island Kayak Tours came recommended from a local we met.... read more

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    Derrek H
    6/28/2019 - Google

    Best deal in Florida! Got to see some amazing wildlife and got to kayak in the mangroves. Scott did a great job at explaining the history of the area and wildlife.

  • Antelope2442
    5 star rating
    6/28/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Florida Must Do Tour If you are ever in the area south of Tampa and St. Petes or Treasure Island, you've got to book a kayak tour with this company that is run by a great tour guide and his wife. Scott and his wife are super knowledgeable about everything in the area... read more

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    Tim Alger
    6/26/2019 - Facebook

    This tour was amazing. These are the nicest people you’ll meet. Scott shared so much knowledge about the wildlife and the area. The cost is very modest for the experience you’ll have! Thank you from my family for being one of the highlights of our vacation!

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.