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. 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.

  • Susan M. Avatar
    Susan M.
    5 star rating
    2/14/2019 - Yelp

    We were vacationing in Florida from Indiana. There were 3 couples (ages 62+).  Scott and Carissa gave a brief explanation on how to hold your paddle before we took off.  They both gave great explanations on local wildlife.  First we went through the mangroves and saw several different kinds of... read more

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    Boxerfan2
    5 star rating
    1/28/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing!!! Hands Down Best Kayak Tour Around! If you are looking for an amazing Kayak Tour at a very reasonable price look no further. Scott was an awesome guide and very knowledgable and easy going. His tours are very safe, fun and exciting. This was the best activity we did while visiting St Pete Beach. I highly... read more

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    NJTravelPro
    5 star rating
    1/26/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Very fun, friendly experience We went out with Scott and his assistant on 1/25/19, with 4 in our group (father and 3 grown children), and a larger group of 7 others.

    Despite it being a pretty cold day, we had a great experience on the Sunset kayak tour. Scott is a very professional and...
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    Darryl Beckett
    1/15/2019 - Google

    Island Kayak Tours is one of the best kayak charters I have ever taken. Scott and Carissa make kayaking easy and enjoyable for all levels of experience. I highly recommend them.

  • Erin S. Avatar
    Erin S.
    5 star rating
    1/09/2019 - Yelp

    Scott and Clarissa were fantastic guides on such a beautiful adventure! They had answers to all our questions and filled the 2.5 hours with countless interesting facts. Paddling through the mangrove tunnels and watching the sunset over the water was the highlight of our trip to Florida. I can't recommend... read more

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    Experience799444
    5 star rating
    12/31/2018 - TripAdvisor

    Wonderful trip This was a fantastic trip! Highly recommend! We were a family of 5 with three children and one teenager. Great trip for all! More

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    ehemmel
    5 star rating
    12/26/2018 - TripAdvisor

    Sand Dollars All Day... Scott and Carissa provide every opportunity for their guests to have a unique kayaking experience. They make a point of knowing the names of everyone in their group (12 guests) and making them feel very welcome. Scott provides as much educational information as a person asks for and does a... read more

  • Kelly J. Avatar
    Kelly J.
    5 star rating
    12/23/2018 - Yelp

    Ya'll, Scott and his tour is awesome! It was just the right amount of Kayaking for this inexperienced bunch! We had all age ranges in our party and everyone survived! Also, the Kayaks are very open and roomy! The kids had a blast collecting seashells on shell island. Make sure... read more

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    Kell98
    5 star rating
    12/23/2018 - TripAdvisor

    Wonderful memories! Ya’ll, Scott and his tour is awesome! It was just the right amount of Kayaking for this inexperienced bunch! We had all age ranges in our party and everyone survived! Also, the Kayaks are very open and roomy! The kids had a blast collecting seashells on shell island. Make sure... read more

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    Krystal Davidson
    12/06/2018 - Facebook

    We had such an amazing experience with Scott and Karissa! They were incredibly knowledgeable about the area and animals! We were pretty lucky and able to see several dolphins and Karissa was awesome and got it all on video! Not a bad thing to say, and worth every penny! If... read more

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 2.5 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 2.5 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.

Island Kayak Tours Nature Ecotour Mangrove tunnel

50/50 Nature Tour

  • $25 per person
  • approximately 2.5 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 2.5 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.