Island Kayak Tours

Island Kayak Tours owner & guide Scott Wright

Hi, I’m Scott, owner and guide at Island Kayak Adventures, Shell Key’s most popular kayak tour company. 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 more experience in Shell Key than any other kayak company. Kayaking is one of my favorite things to do. This 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 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.

  • 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

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    Tracy G.
    5 star rating
    10/25/2020 - Yelp

    We had a blast! I can't believe our whole family was able to go. I have a 6 year old and wasn't sure how this would work. It was amazing! My kayak team took a bit of a detour - we were able to stop and see dolphins. Which will... read more

  • tracyg776
    5 star rating
    10/25/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Experience that I will treasure! Wonderful experience! We had such a delightful time. The kayaking was relaxing! The dolphins were amazing to watch, I was elated! We were so close, I could hear the dolphins breathing. Thai was truly amazing to take his time to allow us to venture off to see these beautiful dolphins.... read more

  • NeverTravelEnough88
    5 star rating
    10/21/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing kayak adventure We had an amazing day with Scott, Karissa and Thai! They did everything possible to make it a great adventure for the entire group. They were also very accommodating to us. With being part of a large family coming from many different areas, Karissa fielded many questions and did whatever... read more

  • Kim N
    5 star rating
    10/18/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Great trip and very informative. We had a great time and Scott was so helpful getting me in and out of the Kayak because I have rheumatoid arthiritis.Hubby also enjoyed the tour and the history of your family ,thank you !!!The Beck's

  • hkistler
    5 star rating
    10/16/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing kayaking trip This was the most fun morning we have spent in Florida so far, and was super affordable! Lots of family time, out in nature away from busy streets. We saw a dolphin and a manatee on our trip, lots of birds, and found some really cool shells! Scott, Karissa, and... read more

  • tnrbarr
    5 star rating
    10/15/2020 - TripAdvisor

    Highlight of our vacation! Scott is a wonderful guide and we enjoyed the wealth of information he shared (and the humor!) What a great tour. So reasonably priced and worth every penny. Highly recommend!

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    Micki Schilling
    10/10/2020 - Google

    Wow..what a day we had today with it was amazing. I planned this trip as a surprise to my sister who is getting married soon, us 3 sisters and my daughter headed out on the three hour so much fun, it was a tough start for me... read more

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    Nancy Thao
    10/09/2020 - Google

    We had such an wonderful time kayaking with Scott, Karissa and Thai. They were informative and knew an impressive amount of knowledge on the surrounding area and wild life. They were friendly, personable, and everything you look for in a guide. Our highlight was definitely how thoughtful... 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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