Island Kayak Tours

  • 5 star ratingWonderful - warrants repeat! We had a terrific time - the mangrove tunnels, the shell picking and watching cormorants dive for fish. We will do it again - with Scott and his family! Great business great people and the information and history Scott shared was absolutely awesome!

    Navigate73107
    9/21/2020

    5 star ratingAn amazing experience and must do We absolutely loved the entire experience, watching the cormorants dive for fish, the mangrove tunnels the ocean it’s self everything. Scott, Karissa, and Ty were completely awesome, Scott had really good story’s about growing up in the area he also was extremely attentive to all the people on the tour,... read more

    josephcastile78
    8/21/2020

    5 star ratingMust do for everyone visiting! We went kayaking with Scott and Karissa yesterday. It was an amazing experience. Karissa was so helpful with my 11 yr old and myself...both beginner kayakers. She stayed back with us to help. Shelling on Shell Key was one of the highlights. My daughter loved watching the Cormorants land beside... read more

    krit79
    7/24/2020
  • 5 star ratingA Must-Do! Man, oh man, this was fun! Kayaking at Shell Key Preserve. We went through mangrove tunnels, and felt like we were in another world, and got to explore the sandy island and found so many cool living things. The Cormorants loved to get behind our paddles... read more

    TNTAllen
    7/16/2020

    5 star ratingAwesomely Amazing Amazing.....Scott was very informative and funny super Nice had lots of fun and such a fun way to get that exercise. We also saw dolphins and found a bunch of . I would highly recommended to everyone and very inexpensive

    765feze
    7/16/2020

    5 star ratingBook now! $25/person (very reasonable) & 2-3 hour tour. Our time was moved twice, but for inclement weather. We had such a fun time! We saw 2 dolphins, lots of birds, crabs, fish, and a manatee was right under us! The tour guides showed us so many cool areas of the ocean.... read more

    AdelynSchlegel
    7/13/2020
  • 5 star ratingNature 50/50 Booked the Nature 50/50 tour to wrap up our family vacation. Scott was an amazing guide, took the time and wasn’t rushing everyone along. He was very knowledgeable regarding the area and the wildlife, sharing the history of the location as we paddled. Very affordable for any family. Great experience-... read more

    Mindy T
    6/18/2020

    5 star ratingBook your Tour NOW! Wow... we booked this tour at the suggestion of the office staff where we were staying and never even checked Trip Advisor. Upon return, I’m just now seeing their 118 (now 119) straight 5 star ratings!! I echo the reviews below. The entire 3 hours were completely enjoyable- nice Kayaks,... read more

    ginagrace
    5/27/2020

    5 star ratingBest Kayaking Trip Ever! As someone who has kayaked in multiple different places with multiple companies, Scott by far provides the best experience I have ever had! His prices are impossible to beat and the trip is well worth the money. If I am ever in the Tampa area again I wouldn't hesitate to... read more

    189shelbyd
    3/25/2020
  • 5 star ratingAbsolutely awesome! This is the only kayak tour that you need to take! Scott was an amazing guide, very informative and made sure everyone enjoyed themselves. It was wonderful to have a group of only 16 guests and it was incredibly affordable, which we greatly appreciated being a party of 5. We... read more

    shannon m
    3/22/2020

    5 star ratingThe only kayaking tour you need. Fantastic tour for a fraction on what everyone else charges. This is not a cheaper watered down tour. It’s an extremely affordable full on adventure through multiple mangroves, waterways, & even a mid trip stop at the beach with ample time to wonder, swim, & search for sand dollars. This... read more

    rob918nj
    3/13/2020

    5 star ratingOutstanding experience - fantastic hosts - great value. Scott and Karissa offer a great Kayak trip, are very knowledgeable of the area and wildlife and even add a stop at a beach to look for shells as well. My wife and I are in our 60s had no problems with the paddling. This is a... read more

    kkwood5
    3/11/2020
  • 5 star ratingMangroves, wildlife, and a good time, right price We looked at a number of available mangrove tour options and I can say this is decidedly one of the best value tours available. It is at least $30 cheaper than the next alternative, I assume largely because it's run and organized by a couple who have been doing it... read more

    U6679UPtylerk
    3/10/2020

    5 star ratingGREAT TRIP! This is arguably the BEST kayak tour in the area! Why? Scott grew up exploring these mangrove swamps- knows them like the back of his hand. He has a story for everything- the hurricane of ‘81, fishing at Radars house... the names of individual birds, where to hunt shells. Super... read more

    davidmJ8182ML
    3/04/2020

    5 star ratingIsland Kayak Tours This one is great! Scott and Karissa are friendly,knowledgeable,funny, and wonderful guides. The length of time paddling is just right; the sea shells on the island are beautiful and the mangrove tunnel is very cool. Affordable, fun and educational!

    Janeoo
    2/28/2020
  • 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
    9/27/2020

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

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    Roger Bombassei
    9/13/2020

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

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    A Google User
    9/13/2020

    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
    8/31/2020

    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
    8/31/2020

    Nope your tour group likes to just come up and take a fishing spot with people fishing in. And say sorry but I have to put 22 kayak right here.which I said NO IM FISHING here, GOT Whole island and had to park your you kayaks in the... read more

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    Dakota EOW
    8/31/2020
  • Had such a great time on this kayak tour! Scott the tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable of the area and places around it. A very unique experience and only $25!! Would definitely recommend and will definitely do this tour again next time we come to the area!!

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    Ashley Moore
    7/20/2020

    Had such a great time on this kayak tour! Scott the tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable of the area and places around it. A very unique experience and only $25!! Would definitely recommend and will definitely do this tour again next time we come to the area!!

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    7/20/2020

    The tour was great. Kayaks were great for big man like me. No problem navigating. Scott had many informative local facts along the way. Scott even arranged for two manatees to swim by on shell island while we were shelling. Not sure how he did... read more

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    tony burtron
    6/17/2020

    Great tour with Scott and his wife. He made it a fun time. They are both friendly and full of knowledge. I recommend this tour for anyone, especially first time kayakers.
    The prices are the best you will find anywhere!

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    Christine Rasch
    6/09/2020

    This was our third trip with Scott and Island Kayak Adventures. I don't know what more to say except that we will be back again next year. Scott is personable, helpful, and very knowledgeable about the area and the local ecosystem. It is pretty much the same... read more

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    Jeffrey Wolfe
    5/31/2020

    We had a great time kayaking with Karissa! She was very nice and knowledgeable about the area. It was a peaceful tour through calm waters, we explored three mangrove tunnels, and concluded the trip on a little island on Shell Key Preserve. A three hour tour for $25! Highly recommend!

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    Justine Colella
    5/27/2020
  • Me and my boyfriend had the absolute best time out with Scott as our guide. So knowledgeable about the area and made this a trip that we wont forget! If you're ever in the Tampa area, this trip is totally worth it! We wouldn't hesitate to kayak with these guys again!

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    Shelby Dry
    3/26/2020

    Fantastic day for the family! This is one of the best things we did during our trip to the area. This was a no stress, no rush trip. It was very relaxing, but nonetheless it was a good workout. Scott, the owner and veteran, is a super... read more

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    J D
    3/18/2020

    Took the trip over Christmas vacation (writing review has been on to do list). It was great. Scott was real knowledgeable and informative. Has the right people person chat ability.
    The kids absolutely loved it. Highly recommend

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    Andrew Motley
    3/17/2020

    Fantastic tour for a fraction on what everyone else charges. This is not a cheaper watered down tour. It’s an extremely affordable full on adventure through multiple mangroves, waterways, & even a mid trip stop at the beach with ample time to wonder, swim, & search for sand dollars. This... read more

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    Rob Gaydos
    3/13/2020

    This is arguably the BEST kayak tour in the area! Why? Scott grew up exploring these mangrove swamps- knows them like the back of his hand. He has a story for everything- the hurricane of ‘81, fishing at Radars house... the names of individual birds, where to hunt shells. Super... read more

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    David Mable
    3/04/2020

    This is arguably the BEST kayak tour in the area! Why? Scott grew up exploring these mangrove swamps- knows them like the back of his hand. He has a story for everything- the hurricane of ‘81, fishing at Radars house... the names of individual birds, where to hunt shells. Super... read more

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    A Google User
    3/04/2020
  • Absolutely fantastic!!! I have only wonderful things to say about this tour. There were 6 in our group, all at different skill levels. Scott and his wife were extremely patient and made all of us feel just great. My husband and I are in our late 70's and had only... read more

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    Corinne Michels
    2/21/2020

    My husband and I went on this tour yesterday. It was fantastic...the highlight of our beach vacation! Scott gave us the perfect balance of cool nature info and fun. The birds and jumping fish were entertaining but the best part were the dolphins that swam around us...a playful pair only... read more

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    Linda Goff
    2/20/2020

    Highly recommend and a definite must! Scott and Karissa are superb tour guides! Extremely knowledgeable and fun all the way around! Way worth more than the price, too! I will be coming back again and bringing more people next time I'm in town! Thanks again, I had a blast!

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    Caleb Warner
    2/16/2020

    Awesome experience! Scott was an excellent guide and has a lot of knowledge of the area and the wildlife. Both he and Karissa were very friendly and a joy to be with. The 50/50 was just the right amount of kayaking and exploring. Wonderful family friendly experience!

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    Steve Lasher
    2/12/2020

    Our eco kayak excursion today was awesome! It’s sometimes difficult to appease every person in our family of five, but today’s adventure was a huge hit for each one of us! Scott was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Karissa was friendly and thorough, and she made the reservation process easy and... read more

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    colleen nowak
    12/29/2019

    Scott and Carissa were fabulous tour guides as we kayaked through the mangroves and to Shell Key. We learned about the area, saw dolphins, birds and even collected some sand dollars! I highly recommend this sunset tour, so glad we booked it!

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    Suzanne Croisdale
    12/08/2019
  • I cannot say enough good things about Scott and Island Kayak Tours! He was easy to contact and had quick response times in booking. He recommended a particular day based on wind and weather patterns and it was perfect! We saw countless birds, and also experienced a pod of dolphins.... read more

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    mrn
    12/04/2019

    We had a wonderful 3-hour paddle with Scott out to Shell Key and back through the mangroves. Definitely would recommend.

    The area paddled is quite shallow (2-3 feet) and sheltered, so even novice kayakers should have a great time.

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    Christopher Hunter
    12/02/2019

    Wonderful time was had by all, including the 15 yr old who is hard to please! Scott and Karissa were so friendly and knowledgeable about the area and gave a great tour. Perfect for beginners.

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    Leslie
    11/28/2019

    Fantastic experience, route was great, and the staff members were professional, kind and shared a lot of interesting information about the area. Definitely recommend!

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    Josh West
    10/20/2019

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

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    Renee Lane-Wexell
    9/25/2019

    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

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    Jackie Tu
    9/17/2019
  • 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.
    8/15/2020

    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.
    8/03/2020

    5 star ratingI came across Island Kayak Tours when I was looking at possibly taking a ferry from Fort de Soto to Shell Key. Kayaking sounded much more fun and was the same price! Other kayak tours were double the price, and traveling with 5 people we really appreciated the affordability! I... read more

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    Cindy H.
    8/02/2020
  • 5 star ratingMan, oh man, this was fun! Kayaking at Shell Key Preserve. We went through mangrove tunnels, and felt like we were in another world, and got to explore the sandy island and found so many cool living things. The Cormorants loved to get behind our paddles... read more

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    Tamara A.
    7/16/2020

    5 star ratingWhat a great trip. We were 2 older ladies and we were a bit slow. But they were supported us the whole way. Because we were so far back the birds joined us. We had a great time. We plan on doing it again. The couple are a great team.... read more

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    Dyan C.
    3/16/2020

    5 star ratingOur kayak trip with Island Kayak Tours was amazing today! We are a family of 5, all teenagers (17, 15, and 14), and we all loved it! Scott and Carissa were great guides. Both friendly, and Scott shared so much information about the area and wildlife..... yet allowed us to... read more

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    Lisa G.
    12/26/2019
  • 5 star ratingHands down, best water tour/excursion I've ever done. My friend was visiting St. Pete for the first time and she said this was the highlight of her trip. I look forward to bringing other friends and family on the 50/50 Nature tour in the future. Luckily for... read more

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    Jenny L.
    11/01/2019

    5 star ratingScott's tour by far was the highlight of my entire Florida experience. Hearing him talk about how the area has changed over the years was really cool and his knowledge of the wildlife in the area was exceptional. Shell key was breathtaking and true to the name there was an... read more

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    Rachael G.
    10/20/2019

    5 star ratingBooked 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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    Ally B.
    9/28/2019
  • 5 star ratingOur first kayaking experience we wanted a tour as opposed to going alone. We picked 50/50 tour with Island Kayaking. Best choice ever. Scott and Karissa were so informative and knowledgeable about the preserve they took us through. I enjoyed the mangroves and open waters we... read more

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    Cheryl D.
    7/24/2019

    5 star ratingWe just returned from a kayak tour with Scott and his wife. We had an awesome time! There were 10 of us...and we all had a great time! We saw starfish, a hermit crab, horseshoe crabs, and even a glimpse of dolphin while in the water. It was so much... read more

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    Jeanine L.
    7/04/2019

    5 star ratingGreat tour! Scott and Karissa answer all your questions are funny and keep the pace reasonable.
    Can't wait to bring the whole family on one of their tours! Thanks for a great afternoon!!!

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    Robert D.
    6/06/2019
  • 5 star ratingWe 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.

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    Tim B.
    3/20/2019

    5 star ratingWe were vacationing in Florida from Indiana. There were 3 couples (ages 62+). Scott and Carissa gave a brief explanation on how to hold your paddle before we took off. They both gave great explanations on local wildlife. First we went through the mangroves and saw several... read more

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    Susan M.
    2/14/2019

    5 star ratingScott and Clarissa were fantastic guides on such a beautiful adventure! They had answers to all our questions and filled the 2.5 hours with countless interesting facts. Paddling through the mangrove tunnels and watching the sunset over the water was the highlight of our trip to Florida. I can't recommend... read more

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    Erin S.
    1/09/2019
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