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

  • chrisbJ2719MW
    5 star rating
    1/17/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Great Clear Kayak trip in Tierra Verde We did a clear kayak trip with island Kayak tours this morning. Our guide Raven was very friendly and knowledgeable. We paddled for about two hours at a moderate pace and got about 20 minutes on Shell Key. It was one of the highlights of our trip

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    Nicholas C.
    5 star rating
    1/02/2021 - Yelp

    Great experience kayaking to shell key and back...Scott was a fantastic guide! Very knowledgeable, charismatic, and entertaining! He does a wonderful job of sharing his love of the area with his guests.

  • Guide528088
    5 star rating
    1/01/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Scenic and serene kayak ride among the mangroves of Shell Key Preserve My family and I went out with Scott and Karissa and had a wonderful time exploring the Shell Key mangroves and sand bank. So many beautiful birds and a truly gorgeous day. Thanks Scott and Karissa for a great experience! We will definitely be back.

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    Brad Miller
    12/31/2020 - Google

    Great time! The sea shell preserve was great! Would recommend.

  • Discover316106
    5 star rating
    12/30/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Tierra Verde Kayaking Had a great time and our tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable of the area and kept the energy high. I would do this again.

  • NJEben
    5 star rating
    12/29/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Must do for active families Excellent tour and experience! My family doesn't like to sit still so this was a great activity for us. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable and willing to work with advance to novice kayakers. My family (kids ages 15, 16, 20) really enjoyed this experience, but I can see younger... read more

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    Victoria R.
    5 star rating
    12/12/2020 - Yelp

    The couple that runs this place is so sweet! It is great for any level of kayakers. When one person in the group was struggling one of the guides stayed back with her the whole time. Highly recommend if you are a tourist or a local!

  • Salfriedman
    5 star rating
    11/29/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Great time! Great tour! The guide was so knowledgeable about everything, I learned so much. Also had so much fun kayaking and exploring Shell Key. Very reasonable price and we’ll organized, loved it!

  • Mare1000
    5 star rating
    11/06/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Best Kayak Tour Around! We had an amazing adventure out to Shell Key Preserve! Our guide, Scott, was a local native who is very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna in the region. We saw a wide variety of wildlife including many species of birds, fish, dolphins, several bonnethead sharks, and a... read more

  • napierh23
    5 star rating
    11/04/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Outstanding tour This was such a fun tour. The guide was extremely well spoken and knowledgeable on the area and wildlife. We went back and forth between the clear kayak tour offered in the area and this one, and this was definitely a great choice and half the price! However, be warned,... 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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