Was our first time kayaking and so glad we chose to go out with them. Very enjoyable friendly, knowledgeable couple. Would definitely choose them again if we don’t get our own. Very affordable too.2/14/2018
What a great adventure! My friend and I were on vacation and decided to look for a kayaking trip. Scott and his wife were awesome! They took the time to tell us about the preserve, show us things along the way, collect shells with us, and take a trip into the mangroves. We were like friends by the end of the morning. The most down to earth, knowledgeable, fun guides we could ask for!2/11/2018
My “Shell Sister” and I are always on the hunt for treasures. Shelling is one of our favorite hobbies. There’s nothing like vitamin sea! We made the trek from Clermont for the day, spent the morning trolling the shores of Fort Desoto then met up with Scott to rent a kayak. We originally thought we’d venture off on our own, but he offered to have us tag along through the mangroves then part ways to visit shell key! This untouched area is beyond beautiful and the treasures didn’t disappoint. (Only wish we had More time) Scott went above and beyond our expectations! He was Friendly and knowledgeable! He also kept safety in the forefront. He had his partner Crissia show us the best spot on shell key! We are both leaders working for the famous mouse so we know a thing or two when it comes to great guest experiences. This adventure is sure to impress! I totally recommend Island Kayak Adventures to anyone looking for fun! This is the best price for experience around! But don’t just take my word for it... go ADVENTURE2/09/2018
Scott was knowledgeable and friendly. Spent a generous three hours with our group. Tour was enjoyed by our kids (10, 12, 15, 16) and adults. Scott even recommended some nearby restaurants that our family enjoyed. Highly recommend.1/02/2018
My fiance and I rented a couple of kayaks for a self guided tour and it was the best kayak rental experience we've ever had anywhere! Scott and Karissa were incredibly friendly, informative, and helpful. The kayaks were very well maintained. The area was amazingly beautiful. We loved that we were able to extend our trip time with ease. We ended up spending 5 hours on Shell Key and paddling around the preserve. The map they provided was really nice to have. We will definitely book with them anytime we are in the area!12/31/2017
This was our first kayak experience. We were travelling with our 2 kids (13 & 9), and did not know what to expect. Scott and his wife made it so simple. They both are very sweet and paced according to us. The kids loved it! Scott is very patient and answered all our questions (sometimes all 4 of us asking the same thing at different times :-D). I would highly recommend this company for anyone who is looking for an amazing afternoon. You all are the best!12/01/2017
Very rarely do I feel I have received service worthy of a 5 star rating, but Island Kayak tours is the real deal. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary week in St. Pete and decided to spend our actual anniversary kayaking. While I had kayaked before, my wife had not and was very nervous. Scott and Karissa, the owners, made her feel very comfortable from the very start and spent extra time with her to teach her different strokes before we launched. While neither my wife nor I were fast paddlers we never felt rushed or compelled to paddle faster than we wanted to. Both Scott and Karissa are very knowledgeable about both the area and the wildlife and the commentary they provided along the way felt very organic and unrehearsed (a departure from other tours I have done). While we had originally signed up for a 50/50 tour so we would have some time to explore on our own, Scott and Karissa were so friendly and knowledgeable we did not even want to break away in the middle of the trip. On the return we saw a pod of dolphins which swam right around us to feed and even though we were coming up on the end of the time the tour was supposed to be over Scott and Karissa asked if we wanted to hang around for a while to watch the dolphins. The simple fact that they were willing to extend the tour by 30 to 45min at no additional cost to ensure we enjoyed ourselves proved to me that they are in the business for all the right reasons. The price for the 3(+) hour tour was more than fair and I would even go so far to say the price could be much higher given the value we felt we received walking away from the trip. I wish the owners much success and encourage anyone considering a kayak tour to give Island Tours a shot.11/30/2017
My friend and I stumbled upon this deal today, and we couldn't have been happier! Scott and Carissa really delivered an excellent, quality experience at a VERY affordable cost. I will definitely be back!11/04/2017
We had a chance to go out last week with Scott and Carissa. We loved every minute. They were very knowledgeable about the ecosystem and we learned a lot. We also got to see a shark, which was pretty cool! We made it home with some amazing shells too.10/23/2017
This was our first time kayaking and it was totally worth it. Scott is super friendly, helpful, and informative. He took us through a few mangrove tunnels and eventually to a gorgeous little beach (Shell Key) and gave us plenty of time to collect beautiful shells (Scott helped us find sand dollars), enjoy the beautiful blue water, all while offering interesting tips/knowledge. Towards the end we came across dolphins and Scott didn't rush anyone (although he stays aware of wind & tidal change so he would if the weather required).
For first time kayakers I definitely recommend going in a swim suit or anything you don't mind getting damp...if you ride tandem (2 in a kayak) the person behind might get a lil more damp sitting in the back (although I could just be a terrible kayaker).
Highly recommend it as it's super fun and we will be doing this again the next time we visit St. Petersburg.10/23/2017
Amazing experience and tour guides - thanks Scott and Karissa! Can’t wait to come back with the kids �10/22/2017
Great tour! I would absolutely recommend!! We saw dolphins and a beautiful sunset. Can't wait to book another tour 🙂 this was by far the best experience we've had on any kayak tours!10/22/2017
Scott and Carissa were able to fit us in for a lovely spur-of-the-moment trip on a holiday weekend. The kayaking was relaxing and filled with an abundance of area wildlife - gulls, sandpipers, manatees, dolphins, stingrays, jellyfish, etc. We loved it. We took a break from kayaking for a walk along the sandy beach to gather shells and sand dollars. It was a welcome respite in the middle of a busy weekend, and the price can't be beat. We'll be back for sure!10/12/2017Linda Teresi10/08/2017
Exceptional and friendly tour service provided by Scott and karissa. Their knowledge of the mangroves and ecosystem of Tierra verde is unmatched!10/02/2017
Scott and partner were great! I booked the self guided kayak the day before for a small group of us and he provided me all the information I needed. He has his $25 special and up to three hours, which was the perfect amount of time to go exploring. He text me the drop-off location and we met him a little later than expected, but it didn't cut into our time. He is very knowledgeable about the area and provided us with a points of interest map that he found himself. We got to see dolphins up close and almost touched one, sting Ray's, and a rare sea turtle sighting! This was a great little half day trip that was definitely worth the price!8/22/2017
We did a guided tour with Scott and Clarissa it was amazing! Thank you so much for making my sisters bachelorette weekend great!8/04/2017
Such a fun and relaxing tour! We took a guided tour and learned so much about the local marine/wildlife. Loved the swim time at the island. We would definitely recommend this company!!8/04/2017
We were visiting on vacation with family and wanted something for all ages to enjoy. Considering that my family members ages' spanned from 4 yrs old to 70 yrs old, it was a tall order to please everyone. Scott & Clarissa went above and beyond our expectations! Everyone came away RAVING about the great time. We loved the experience so much, that we went again for the sunset trip!7/31/2017
If you are considering booking, do it now. First time kayaking trip with Island Kayak and it won't be our last. Scott and Clarissa were beyond patient with us and gave our littlest some extra encouragement as she found her way. We saw dolphins (not more than ten yards away), so many beautiful birds, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, and mullet fish jumping out all around us. We learned so much. Made some lifelong memories last night. Many thanks, Scott & Clarissa! �7/29/2017
My family took the guided kayak tunnel tour last week and loved it! Even though the weather was iffy, Scott worked around the morning showers to provide us with an amazing tour of Shell Key Preserve. We had no previous experience with kayaking, so we were given a quick lesson before we began. All along the way, the guides provided us with information about the preserve, the wildlife, and points of interest in the surrounding area. We will definitely do it again if we have the opportunity!7/11/2017
Found Island Kayak Tours on Yelp around 830 on a Monday morning. Saw one excellent review then noticed seven more reviews that weren't recommended. Clicked and all those were excellent too. Not sure why they aren't all recommended because they were all spot on and inspired me to call to see if they had any Monday tours. They had a tunnel tour starting in 30 minutes! Let's go!
We met up on a public roadside where some people and other outfitters were putting into the water. Scott got us hooked up and off we went. It was beautiful from the start. Scott told us about all the wildlife. This area is sacred for him as he's been coming to the Shell Key Preserve since he was five. Tons of knowledge. He was able to answer every question I had.
The mangroves were sweet to kayak through. The sun sparkled through holes in the canopy and it was cool to learn how nature was at work all around us.
We stopped at a beach and hung out for a while at the halfway point. My wife found a whole sand dollar for the first time ever. Dreams came true that day.
I highly recommend their service. Call them now.10/17/2017