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

  • 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.

  • 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
    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

  • Camille Avatar
    6/29/2021 - Airbnb

    Great adventure for people of all levels. Scott is a great guide. Recommend for anyone!

  • Jordan Avatar
    6/28/2021 - Airbnb

    This experience was so much fun! Scott was so friendly and shared so many great facts about the area. Highly recommend! We will definitely book this again if we come back to the area.

  • Mindi Avatar
    6/28/2021 - Airbnb

    Everyone should experience this, it was so beautiful and well worth the money. Scott was wonderful!

  • Richard Avatar
    6/25/2021 - Airbnb

    Highly recommend. Took my son out who has never kayak in salt water or through mangroves. Although it was a bit of a work out for him. He dis admitted to it being a great experience and he got to see his dolphin. It was a perfect day that truly... read more

  • Kathryn Avatar
    6/25/2021 - Airbnb

    Great tour! Learned a lot.

  • Ariana Avatar
    6/25/2021 - Airbnb

    Scott and Karissa were both welcoming and got to know everyone in the group. They made an effort to point out and education us on the local wildlife and history of the area. Highly recommend and we plan to do this tour again in the future!!

  • Amanda Avatar
    6/24/2021 - Airbnb

    This is a must do experience!!!!

  • Amanda Avatar
    6/24/2021 - Airbnb

    Scott and Karissa were amazing hosts. Lots of great information and friendly conversation. We got to see beautiful mangroves, birds, crabs and scenery and then take our time heading back. We highly recommend this tour.

  • Nathalie Avatar
    6/23/2021 - Airbnb

    Very exciting and beautiful experience!

  • Gina Avatar
    6/23/2021 - Airbnb

    Great way to spend a few hours, learn about the area, and enjoy Florida’s splendid wildlife. We saw a manatee, dolphins, lots of birds. Scott is a great guide - extremely knowledgeable with a sense of humor. I’d definitely do this again. Highly recommended.

  • Summer Avatar
    6/22/2021 - Airbnb

    Both Scott and Karissa are so awesome!! Great stories from Scott that the kids loved. Dolphin siting, awesome shells, and the kids loved the birds diving for fish the entire way. HUGE tanks to Karissa for hanging with my 10 year old and I as we battled the wind in... 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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