Island Kayak Tours

  • 5 star ratingBest Kayak Tour Around! We had an amazing adventure out to Shell Key Preserve! Our guide, Scott, was a local native who is very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna in the region. We saw a wide variety of wildlife including many species of birds, fish, dolphins, several bonnethead sharks, and a... read more

    Mare1000
    11/06/2020

    5 star ratingOutstanding tour This was such a fun tour. The guide was extremely well spoken and knowledgeable on the area and wildlife. We went back and forth between the clear kayak tour offered in the area and this one, and this was definitely a great choice and half the price! However, be warned,... read more

    napierh23
    11/04/2020

    5 star ratingExperience that I will treasure! Wonderful experience! We had such a delightful time. The kayaking was relaxing! The dolphins were amazing to watch, I was elated! We were so close, I could hear the dolphins breathing. Thai was truly amazing to take his time to allow us to venture off to see these beautiful dolphins.... read more

    tracyg776
    10/25/2020
  • 5 star ratingAmazing kayak adventure We had an amazing day with Scott, Karissa and Thai! They did everything possible to make it a great adventure for the entire group. They were also very accommodating to us. With being part of a large family coming from many different areas, Karissa fielded many questions and did whatever... read more

    NeverTravelEnough88
    10/21/2020

    5 star ratingGreat trip and very informative. We had a great time and Scott was so helpful getting me in and out of the Kayak because I have rheumatoid arthiritis.Hubby also enjoyed the tour and the history of your family ,thank you !!!The Beck's

    Kim N
    10/18/2020

    5 star ratingAmazing kayaking trip This was the most fun morning we have spent in Florida so far, and was super affordable! Lots of family time, out in nature away from busy streets. We saw a dolphin and a manatee on our trip, lots of birds, and found some really cool shells! Scott, Karissa, and... read more

    hkistler
    10/16/2020
  • 5 star ratingHighlight of our vacation! Scott is a wonderful guide and we enjoyed the wealth of information he shared (and the humor!) What a great tour. So reasonably priced and worth every penny. Highly recommend!

    tnrbarr
    10/15/2020

    5 star ratingGreat Way To Spend A Morning A perfect overcast morning. We were fortunate to see a dolphin with a baby, manatee, plenty of birds and fish. Collected some nice shells on the island too. Even learned some new things and got a good workout.

    MammaKat
    10/06/2020

    5 star ratingWonderful Amazing experience
    Wonderful service
    Just read email with directions before you go. We didn't and didn't have coins for toll way.

    873elzbietak
    10/04/2020
  • 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
  • Wow..what a day we had today with Islandkayaktours.com 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 tour..lol so much fun, it was a tough start for me... read more

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    Micki Schilling
    10/10/2020

    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
    10/09/2020

    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
    9/28/2020

    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
    9/27/2020

    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
  • 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.
    10/25/2020

    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.
    9/27/2020

    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
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