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 peek by checking out some of our photos.

  • Ally B. Avatar
    Ally B.
    5 star rating
    9/28/2019 - Yelp

    Booked this tour after finding it online. Scott was great! He's a local who grew up here so really knows his stuff! We did the Nature 50/50 tour. You start just outside Fort de Soto, and kayak through mangroves tunnels. You end up on a beautiful island where everyone just... read more

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    Renee Lane-Wexell
    9/25/2019 - Facebook

    We had an awesome experience and Scott is an absolute hoot!

  • Jackie Tu Avatar
    Jackie Tu
    9/17/2019 - Google

    We chose this tour as one of the tours for our honeymoon. I have checked the other kayak tours in the area and they were all charging around $39-$100 per person and only for 2 hours. This tour is 3 hours long and costs way less!! Scott and Karissa only... read more

  • Jackie Tu Avatar
    Jackie Tu
    9/17/2019 - Facebook

    We chose this tour as one of the tours for our honeymoon. I have checked the other kayak tours in the area and they were all charging around $39-$100 per person and only for 2 hours. This tour is 3 hours long and costs way less!! Scott and Karissa only... read more

  • mrjackietu
    5 star rating
    9/17/2019 - TripAdvisor

    Do this tour!! We chose this tour as one of the tours for our honeymoon. I have checked the other kayak tours in the area and they were all charging around $39-$100 per person and only for 2 hours. This tour is 3 hours long and costs way less!! Scott and Karissa only... read more

  • Danielle Stogsdill Avatar
    Danielle Stogsdill
    9/13/2019 - Facebook

    We had a wonderful experience out on the water! The guides were super knowledgeable, kind, and helpful! This is a fun trip for all ages!

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    Brandon Simpson
    9/10/2019 - 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

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    Russ Belk
    9/03/2019 - 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 G
    5 star rating
    9/03/2019 - 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 D
    5 star rating
    9/02/2019 - 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.

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.