Island Kayak Tours

  • This was our first time kayaking, Scott and his wife were amazing! The mangroves were beautiful. We got to see a pair of dolphins and several sand dollars! We had an amazing time and highly recommend booking a kayak adventure with them! They were also very knowledgeable and we learned... read more

    Andrea Avatar

    Great adventure for people of all levels. Scott is a great guide. Recommend for anyone!

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    This experience was so much fun! Scott was so friendly and shared so many great facts about the area. Highly recommend! We will definitely book this again if we come back to the area.

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  • Everyone should experience this, it was so beautiful and well worth the money. Scott was wonderful!

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    Highly recommend. Took my son out who has never kayak in salt water or through mangroves. Although it was a bit of a work out for him. He dis admitted to it being a great experience and he got to see his dolphin. It was a perfect day that truly... read more

    Richard Avatar

    Great tour! Learned a lot.

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  • Scott and Karissa were both welcoming and got to know everyone in the group. They made an effort to point out and education us on the local wildlife and history of the area. Highly recommend and we plan to do this tour again in the future!!

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    This is a must do experience!!!!

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    Scott and Karissa were amazing hosts. Lots of great information and friendly conversation. We got to see beautiful mangroves, birds, crabs and scenery and then take our time heading back. We highly recommend this tour.

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  • Very exciting and beautiful experience!

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    Great way to spend a few hours, learn about the area, and enjoy Florida’s splendid wildlife. We saw a manatee, dolphins, lots of birds. Scott is a great guide - extremely knowledgeable with a sense of humor. I’d definitely do this again. Highly recommended.

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    Both Scott and Karissa are so awesome!! Great stories from Scott that the kids loved. Dolphin siting, awesome shells, and the kids loved the birds diving for fish the entire way. HUGE tanks to Karissa for hanging with my 10 year old and I as we battled the wind in... read more

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  • Such a great experience and the highlight of our trip with our 19yo son. The Mangrove tunnels are magical! Now we’ve learned to kayak we want to go out on our own next time.

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    Had a great time! Scott clearly has a love of kayaking through the reserve and does a great job sharing that with his guests. He's also super prompt in answering any questions ahead of time.

    Brett Avatar

    Awesome trip. Hosts great, knowledgeable of area, Equipment good. So glad we did this. Can’t say enough good things

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  • 5 star ratingFantastic Kayak Trip! Went kayaking for the first time with the family. Scott and Clarissa were excellent guides! We went to Shell Island, which was absolutely gorgeous! Very affordable, fun morning on the water. Pleased to support a family business and I encourage others to do the same.

    Amy S

    5 star ratingShell Key Tour Scott and Karissa were awesome guides! Great tour and spent time on the beautiful beach. Even saw some dolphins on our trip! Great way to spend part of your day. They make the trip affordable for families and they are very knowledgeable.

    Mike O

    5 star ratingBeautiful Kayak experience with the BEST guildes. My sisters and I took our children(age 6-14 years old) on this wonderful kayak adventure. The guides were excellent, the mangroves were really cool, and Shell Key was wonderful. We were all beginning level kayakers, and while the distance was a little challenging, and we would of loved to... read more

    Alissa M
  • 5 star ratingGreat trip! We had a wonderful time on this trip! Scott and Clarissa were great! We collected a lot of shells and Scott was informative about the are and funny too! We will definitely go with them again. We highly recommend this trip. We went with our 15, 13, 4 year old... read more

    Holly P

    5 star ratingPerfect Just what we were looking for, an active adventure that the whole family enjoyed. Safe and priced right!

    Teagan A

    5 star ratingWonderful time!! My husband and I did this tour two years ago and this time we brought our kids with us. We had an amazing time! We have very little experience and are not in great shape but Scott and Karissa made us feel comfortable. They are knowledgeable of the... read more

  • 5 star ratingThis is a must do! This was the best kayaking tour ever! We saw so much wildlife, even a dolphin, learned more about shell key preserve, and the stout guides were both funny and insightful! We had time to explore an island and relax! So grateful for this experience!

    MacKenzie R

    5 star ratingMUST DO!!! This is a MUST DO! If you are considering a kayak experience - this is the one! I am a Floridian and appreciate the local knowledge and history that Scott brings to the experience. He knows the area, its history and even the water birds (he’s named them) that... read more


    5 star ratingGreat tour with fantastic tour guides. Hands down the best morning of our trip. Met Scott and Karissa beside their fleet of well maintained kayaks, and found that we had some geography crossings and local Indiana restaurants patronage in common. The tour across the smooth shallow water to the mangrove forest was smooth and... read more

  • 5 star ratingGo ahead and book this tour now!! We arrived at the launch site about 30 minutes before our scheduled launch time. We met Scott and Karissa, the husband & wife owners/tour guides/local experts. Both are very personable and eager to know each person on the tour. We bonded with them over Pizza King pizza, Jerry’s Dairy Freezer... read more


    5 star ratingThe best day! This was my favorite day of our vacation. The kids (teenagers) loved it and we got a good workout. Scott was very friendly, entertaining and informative. We saw lots of wildlife, paddled through mangrove tunnels and had plenty of time to swim and collect shells at the most beautiful beach!


    5 star ratingExploring Nature Great Time full of LOTS of nature information!! Well organized and a pace for all levels of paddlers. Loved going through the tunnels in the mangroves and learning the history of these local mangroves and surrounding area. Highly recommend!!!!

  • 5 star ratingAMAZING AMAZING! Worth every penny, which the cost is not bad in my opinion at all. My husband and I came down to treasure island for our 5th anniversary trip and this is the only agenda I had! It did not disappoint, even my husband said it was amazing (over his... read more

    Emily K

    5 star ratingHighly Satisfied Great tour by a great couple who went out of their way to please everyone. Although, as tourists, we came knowing nobody, very soon we got to know a lot of wonderful people, most of them tourists like us. The tour operators, made every feel welcome and this set the... read more


    5 star ratingFantastic kayaking trip ! This was an absolutely wonderful kayaking trip. My husband, 18-year-old daughter and I had a fabulous tIme. Scott is a fantastic guide so not only do you get a beautiful day out on the water but you learn a lot about the area and nature surrounding you. The kayaking... read more

  • positive review Today we had an amazing experience kayaking with Scott and his wife. They are so kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. Scott pointed out a lot of neat things and explained everything. Going through the mangroves was very cool and my favorite part! It looks like something you would see on the... read more

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    Laura Neubert Smith

    positive review Great experience with Scott and Karissa! Scott's love for the area and knowledge are amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Island Kayak Tours to anyone! Perfect size group and the price can't be beat!

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    Jessica Carneiro Mazzaccaro

    positive review I can’t articulate enough how much I recommend this experience!! Scott and Karissa were phenomenal and made the experience that much more meaningful. Only my second time kayaking and nervous of the water but they made me feel secure. The mangroves were adventurous!!! We even saw dolphins on the beach.... read more

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    Linsy Thomas
  • positive review Scott & Karissa are very passionate about their job. Excellent tour guides. Very knowledgeable about the area and super friendly customer service. Highly recommend checking out Island Kayak Tours, LLC!!!

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    Kyle Morales

    positive review Highly recommend these guys! Scott provided so much information about where we were and kept us entertained the entire time! The whole trip lasted around 3 hours. We paddled to an island, had some time to walk around, paddled through mangrove tunnels, and back to shore. The pace that was... read more

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    Megan Burns

    positive review Scott and Karissa are the best! We had a great time on our tour with them. Would highly recommend! The mangroves are fun to kayak through. Shell Island is the perfect destination. You won’t regret taking this adventure.

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    Melissa Thiel Collar
  • positive review We all had a wonderful experienceandwoukd highly recommend.

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    Susan Bangert-Wood

    positive review What a great tour! Would definitely recommend to others.

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    Jennifer Trainer

    positive review Great guide. Friendly and knowledgeable

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    George W McDaniel
  • positive review Awesome trip this morning, couldn’t have asked for a better time or tour guides. Scott was a huge hit with our 2nd grader, he wanted to stay close to him the entire time. Loved the chance to get out and relax on Shell Key for a while, going through the... read more

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    Deron Jimmerson

    positive review Scott and Karissa were awesome, great value. Very responsive and attentive. Fun trip.

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    Jeanne Minnix

    positive review We loved our kayak tour with Scott and Karissa! they were very helpful, knowledgeable and fun. it was all so beautiful! shell key preserve was incredible with seeing dolphins, starfish and so many beautiful shells! Highly recommend!!! we did this with our two kids which we rode tandem with. ... read more

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    Lisa Holm
  • positive review We had the best time today on this Kayak tour! Scott and Karrisa were wonderful, knowledgeable and very friendly guides!
    The tour was a great mix of kayaking, free time for walking the beach on Shell Key and awesome conversations. The price point is very affordable, which makes it...
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    Allison Sherwood

    positive review We had the best day here on 2-23-20. Scott was so pleasant, fun and full of information. We kayaked to a beach and walked around then headed through some mangrove trees. The wildlife was amazing. Sorry we had to exit so quickly at the end because our Uber was coming... read more

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    Carol Santo Domingo

    positive review Wonderful trip with awesome guides. Shared history of area, nature facts, saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed walking around shell key. Three teenage boys with us and they enjoyed as well. highly recommended.

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    Peg Rafferty
  • This was easily the best $28 a piece we spent on our trip to Treasure Island. We love kayaking and meandering through the mangrove tunnels was awesome. We saw dolphins less than 5 minutes into the trip so close I could have touched it with my paddle. ... read more

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    Paul Rice

    We completed the 50/50 Shell Key tour today with Steve and it was incredible!! We saw a pod of dolphins within the first few minutes of leaving the shore, marveled at the mangrove tunnels and enjoyed a refreshing dip in the ocean at the Shell
    key beach while hunting for...
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    Natalia Kreinbring

    This is a MUST DO! If you are considering a kayak experience - this is the one! I am a Floridian and appreciate the local knowledge and history that Scott brings to the experience. He knows the area, its history and even the water birds (he’s named them) that... read more

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    Terrie P
  • Scott and his wife are the best! My wife Diana and I have been several times and will continue to go back to them. Great personalities and very knowledgeable. Beautiful scenery is hard to match anywhere! We are so thankful that we have met this wonderful... read more

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    Brian Culver

    I can’t articulate enough how much I recommend this experience!! Scott and Karissa were phenomenal and made the experience that much more meaningful. Only my second time kayaking and nervous of the water but they made me feel secure. The mangroves were adventurous!!! We even saw dolphins on the beach.... read more

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    Linsy Thomas

    Great time! The sea shell preserve was great! Would recommend.

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    Brad Miller
  • Wow..what a day we had today with it was amazing. I planned this trip as a surprise to my sister who is getting married soon, us 3 sisters and my daughter headed out on the three hour so much fun, it was a tough start for me... read more

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    Micki Schilling

    We had such an wonderful time kayaking with Scott, Karissa and Thai. They were informative and knew an impressive amount of knowledge on the surrounding area and wild life. They were friendly, personable, and everything you look for in a guide. Our highlight was definitely how thoughtful... read more

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    Nancy Thao

    i have done kayaking in the past, but my first time with a tour guide, Scott his wife and son where excellent, my girlfriend loved it, they make the trip fun and engaging, it is a must to go recommended. For first timers i think is great.

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    David Ramos
  • Definitely the most fun, cost effective and well organized kayak tour I’ve been on. This husband, wife and son trio make up for a rockstar team. With their help we were able to navigate through tricky mangroves and experience a private beach on this amazing tour!

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    Sahil Gupta

    Great time we had with them!
    Scott was very knowledgeable, funny, outgoing, professional, great personality.
    His wife and son were there as well, sweet great people!
    We had the wonderful opportunity to have an encounter with 3 dolphins that passed right by our group. We spotted big jelly fishes, many birds, and...
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    Isadora Fernandez

    Good people took us on an enjoyable adventure.
    Lots of sun, fish, birds. Nice beach.

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    Roger Bombassei
  • Good people took us on an enjoyable adventure.
    Lots of sun, fish, birds. Nice beach.

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    A Google User

    We had a great time this morning on our tour with Ty. We saw so much wildlife and learned a little about the area. Great value! Highly recommend!

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    A Google User

    We had a great time this morning on our tour with Ty. We saw so much wildlife and learned a little about the area. Great value! Highly recommend!

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    Kelsey Bonini
  • 5 star ratingScott was extremely knowledgeable of the path, scenic views, wildlife, and island. He was easy to chat with and engaged with all the guests on the tour. Our tour ran a little longer, not a compliant!!! It shows that they take time with their guests to ensure knowledge,... read more

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    Melinda M.

    5 star ratingThis is a MUST DO! If you are considering a kayak experience - this is the one! I am a Floridian and appreciate the local knowledge and history that Scott brings to the experience. He knows the area, its history and even the water birds (he's named them) that... read more

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    Terrie M.

    5 star ratingScott gives a great kayak tour at great price. He provides a lot of information and history while paddling through some gorgeous waters. Local family run business. He is very personable and friendly.. We have been twice over the past year and will go again in the future. Highly recommend.

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    Ryan G.
  • 5 star ratingScott did an amazing job explaining everything to us, giving us plenty of time to explore, and spending time at a secluded beach! It was a PERFECT experience! Thank you for a beautiful day! Will definitely go back. We were visiting from Maine. Got to see... read more

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    Elaine L.

    5 star ratingExcellent! Scott & Karissa are top notch!!! Very knowledgeable and professional. Our entire group loved every minute of it. We even got to see some dolphins and a small shark. A must do when in the area.

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    Christine Korte K.

    5 star ratingScott and Karissa did a great job!! My family enjoyed our time with them this morning. Scott shares his great knowledge of the area's wildlife and land to make the trip interesting along with the beautiful scenery. Saw two separate pods of dolphins, so many jumping fish and the amazing... read more

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    Ben R.
  • 5 star ratingThis was a wonderful day kayaking with Scott and Karissa. They are very experienced and Wonderful tour guides. I thought that maybe the tour was going be too long at 3 hours but it was perfect. We went through the mangroves and in between paddling the shallow inter coastal area,... read more

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    Tracy F.

    5 star ratingHad a second trip with these guys and loved it as much as the first. Tide was higher this time and we got to hit the mangrove tunnels. These two have a love of paddling and it definitely rubbed off on me. As a newbie I appreciate... read more

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    Labrynth C.

    5 star ratingWent out this AM with them as a last minute trip. Thought this might be something I was interested in getting in to and going out with a group to get a feel seemed to be the way to go. Scott and his wife were awesome. A lot... read more

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    Labrynth C.
  • 5 star ratingGreat experience kayaking to shell key and back...Scott was a fantastic guide! Very knowledgeable, charismatic, and entertaining! He does a wonderful job of sharing his love of the area with his guests.

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    Nicholas C.

    5 star ratingThe couple that runs this place is so sweet! It is great for any level of kayakers. When one person in the group was struggling one of the guides stayed back with her the whole time. Highly recommend if you are a tourist or a local!

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    Victoria R.

    5 star ratingWe had a blast! I can't believe our whole family was able to go. I have a 6 year old and wasn't sure how this would work. It was amazing! My kayak team took a bit of a detour - we were able to stop and see dolphins. Which will... read more

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    Tracy G.
  • 5 star ratingMy partner and I had the BEST time with Scott, Karissa, and Ty! We got a little confused getting to the launch site (which I would now recommend to anyone else attending this tour to leave about 15m earlier than planned and make sure you don't have "avoid tolls" selected... read more

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    Crystal G.

    5 star ratingThese guys are awesome! I was not very experienced, but the worked with me and trained me. Thank you so much! Had fun in the mangrove tunnels!

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    Beth B.

    5 star ratingThis is a family own and operate by husband, wife, and son. Had a great time on this kayak tour! Scott the tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable of the area and places around it. Scott grew up exploring these mangrove swamps- knows them like the back of his... read more

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    Evie N.
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