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 peek by checking out some of our photos.
- Brandon Simpson9/10/2019 - Facebook
What an adventure! Scott runs this tour with the ease of a local veteran! We even saw a manatee while hanging out on the beach. By far, the best $25 we've spent on any vacation. My only tip to the tourist is leave your phone in the car or only... read more
- Russ Belk9/03/2019 - Facebook
This is the tour you want if you’re looking for a relaxing, good time for a few hours. Scott knows his stuff and throws in plenty of jokes to go with it. I don’t think we could have picked a better duo to show us around the Shell Key area.... read more
- Karen G9/03/2019 - TripAdvisor
Bonus dolphin sighting. What an amazing paddle. We are 4 girls visiting from Ontario. Steve and Carissa were both informative...funny...and safety minded. Our trip started at 1130...a little cloudy but that was good . The cormorant birds followed us along our trip. Then came the jumping fish...kinda cool. Off to Shell key island... read more
- Elisa D9/02/2019 - TripAdvisor
Great Kayak Nature Tour Really enjoyed the kayak tour. The cormorants, fish jumping, tropical birds and the dolphin that swam right by us. Shell Island was very beautiful and everything was so peaceful. Appreciate the nature break and getaway. Also, want to note the tour was the perfect amount of time too.
- TraceyRay8/25/2019 - TripAdvisor
Great Paddle We spent the morning on an awesome kayak trip with Scott and Carissa! It was a peaceful, easy paddle through beautiful mangroves and open preserve before arriving on Shell Island. Crystal clear waters made for a refreshing swim before the paddle back. Scott and Carissa clearly love what they do... read more
- sgabbard658/25/2019 - TripAdvisor
GREAT time kayaking with Island Kayak Tours We had such a great time kayaking with Steve and Karissa. He is very knowledgeable about the surrounding wildlife, mangroves, keys, and islands. Even though we knew NOTHING about how to kayak, we weren’t left behind. . It was a trip we will remember forever and will recommend... read more
- Blackfish958/19/2019 - TripAdvisor
Fantastic way to be one with nature, away from the crowds with awesome local guides Scott and his partner are true locals who care about the environment and love sharing their knowledge with their guests. This is THE kayaking experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Scott knows every secret mangrove tunnel and lots of great stories about growing up in the area.... 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 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!
- $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!
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.