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

  • Kelley Potter Avatar
    Kelley Potter
    4/18/2019 - Google

    Scott and his wife were very friendly and great! Scott was comical and entertaining. The kayaks were of great quality! A lot of these places buy the cheapest kayaks and if you are experienced you know how uncomfortable they can be and how they don’t track right. We did the... read more

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    5 star rating
    4/16/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Outstanding Bargain I was about to rent a kayak at Fort DeSoto until I saw this highly rated kayak tour. For less money, you get a very interesting guided tour by a local expert. Better equipment too, with clean sit-in single kayaks. Weather was perfect so we paddled through non-obvious mangrove tunnels,... read more

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    jacob flanagan
    4/14/2019 - Google

    The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun and friendly. Would definitely recommend and would be happy to do another tour!

  • MickJosa Avatar
    5 star rating
    4/06/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Perfect first time kayak tour in the mangrove forest Fantastic three hour kayak tour through the prestine mangrove forests of St.Petersburgh area in Florida. Scott the tour leader was great, friendly, helpful and informative. Two thumbs up.

    The tour included a stop on an island with possibility to swim in crystal clear water.

  • JustBeNice2 Avatar
    5 star rating
    3/27/2019 - TripAdvisor

    A Hidden Gem So much more than we expected and a great deal too! Whether you've kayaked before or never kayaked this trip is perfect! I highly recommend Island Kayak Tours, you won't be disappointed.

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    paulette barreca
    3/26/2019 - Google

    This was a great tour Scott was very knowledgeable and personable. I would recommend this company to anyone, experienced or not.

  • Sightseer497005 Avatar
    5 star rating
    3/26/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Island Kayak tours This was the best kayaking tour I have taken . Scott was very knowledgeable and friendly, as was his wife. Offered lots of information on the area, and also where to eat etc.. The Mangrove tunnels were so much fun! I would highly recommend.

  • Shali Bennett Avatar
    Shali Bennett
    3/25/2019 - Google

    This was a AMAZING EXPERIENCE, highly recommend, Scott and his wife are so sweet , knowledgeable and fun!! My daughter and I had such a great time , we had Dolphins right by us!!! Awesome right?! All around a great time and ONLY 25.00 you cant beat that... read more

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    Robin Morris
    3/23/2019 - Google

    The highlight of our trip! Fun, interesting, beautiful. A great way to get a feeling for the real St. Pete Beach. Scott is a wonderful guide and his obvious love for his home only enhances the experience.

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    Tim B.
    5 star rating
    3/20/2019 - Yelp

    We had a great trip with Scott.  He kept us well informed as the weather was a little suspect.  He told us it would clear and be great and it was.  Very knowledgeable, very friendly, great kayaking trip all the way around.

    Tim and Holley

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.