Island Kayak Tours

  • 5 star ratingFamily Fun Kayaking and Shelling Super friendly and knowledgeable guides and a beautiful kayak tour in the Shell Key Preserve. Enjoyed shelling on the island and kayaking through the mangroves. Lots of fun even for us rookie kayakers from the Midwest.


    5 star ratingBest kayak tour Great 3 hour tour suitable for most casual kayakers. Easy paddles across shallow bayz to Shell Island and surrounding mangroves. Lots of birds, cormorants follow your boat and pop up right beside you! Very good value . Scott gives lots of local history and natural information .

    Sandy B

    5 star ratingkayak tour We had a great time with Scott and Karissa they are very patient and full of information about the Kayak tour and wildlife in the area.The water was very shallow and made it easy to get comfortable to try something new.This was a great experience and we would love to... read more

  • 5 star ratingBest tour ever!!! Stop looking and book this tour today! Scott has so much knowledge and you won’t find a better value. We had a wonderful day, saw dolphins and kayaked through the mangrove tunnels. Can’t rave enough about how much we enjoyed this!!!


    5 star ratingKayak Tour Don't need to look elsewhere, they are the best. Friendliest and most knowledgeable.
    I have booked twice with them


    5 star ratingHighlight of our trip We greatly enjoyed our 3 hour kayak trip. Scott was patient, humorous and knowledgeable about wildlife and kayaking in the shallow bay that took us to shell island and paddling under tunnels in mangrove trees.
    We saw dolphin, an eagle, herons and pelicans. It was a perfect evening watching the...
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  • 5 star rating50/50 Nature Tour - GREAT TIME My family really enjoyed this tour! My husband and our 18 and 19 yr old sons and I had a lot of fun. Scott and Carissa did a great job teaching us about the wildlife and nature in the area as we kayaked by on our way... read more


    5 star ratingSuch a great experience!! Raysha, we had a great time out kayaking and getting to know your family. It makes us very happy to know you all had a great time. We will keep Fred and Lucy safe and happy until we see you again. We love the pictures! Thank you very... read more


    5 star ratingAwesome tour! Really great tour. 15 yr old son absolutely loved it and easy for beginners. Scott was the perfect guide. Very knowledgeable and interesting.

  • 5 star rating50/50 Kayak Eco system tour Weather was perfect and our guides were even better! Scott and Carissa took us on a great guided kayak tour with an hour stop on Shell Island and then thru the Mangroves. Very knowledgeable and we not only picked up whole sand dollars on the island, we were able... read more


    5 star ratingYou won’t regret this tour! Courtney, thank you so much for coming back out kayaking with us! It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed having you. Thank you very much for all the kind words and taking the time to write us a wonderful review. Friends like you are the reason we do... read more


    5 star ratingDo 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

  • 5 star ratingBonus 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

    Karen G

    5 star ratingGreat 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.

    Elisa D

    5 star ratingGreat Paddle We spent the morning on an awesome kayak trip with Scott and Carissa! It was a peaceful, easy paddle through beautiful mangroves and open preserve before arriving on Shell Island. Crystal clear waters made for a refreshing swim before the paddle back. Scott and Carissa clearly love what they do... read more

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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
  • 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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    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

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

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    Renee Lane-Wexell

    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

    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

    positive review 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
  • positive review 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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    Danielle Stogsdill

    positive review 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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    Brandon Simpson

    positive review 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

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    Russ Belk

    Scott and Karissa is a great dual. Scott is very informative and made every moment of the tour pleasant. I will definitely recommend, you won't regret it 🙂

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    Remonde Victor

    Scott and Karissa is a great dual. Scott is very informative and made every moment of the tour pleasant. I will definitely recommend, you won't regret it 🙂

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    Remonde Victor

    positive review We had a fantastic experience this morning. With Scott's extensive knowledge of the local wildlife and Karissa's excellent manatee spotting skills we were in excellent hands. We saw all manner of birds, leaping mullet and even spotted manatees and dolphins. Found some beautiful shells on shell island but the highlight... read more

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    Janet Smithson
  • positive review We had an amazing time today on the 50/50 tour. Would highly recommend to visitors and locals if the area.

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    Heather Desper

    positive review Great day for a tour. Scott and Karissa provided an exciting but low key trip. Lots of birds to be seen and a brief manatee sighting as well.

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    Kathy Glass

    This tour was the best part of my trip! Scott was so knowledgeable about the sea life and environment! The trip he took us on wAs beautiful, fun and informative for my 9 year old and I. So fun!

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    Bianca Turner

    Scott and his wife took our family of six on an incredible tour of the waterways and the Mangroves. Our stop at the sandbar gave us time to find lots of really cool shells and sand dollars. Scott went out of his way to engage with the kids and answer... read more

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    Steve Cobb

    positive review we had a wonderful kayaking adventure today! Scott is very knowledgeable wit regards of the wildlife. We got to see a few dolphins swimming around! Huge bonus to our experience.
    The shell key was beautiful and we will definitely call Carissa and Scott for our next kayaking adventure. ...
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    Ida Grzybowski

    Loved this tour! Scott is very knowledgeable and got to know everyone in my group. Definitely will be coming back!

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    Morgan Podorski
  • positive review We kayaked with Scott and Karissa last week, and had a blast! Learned a lot about the mangroves and preserves , and had fun to boot! Thanks Scott and Karissa, for sharing with us. We’ll definitely be back! Please tell Desi, Lucy, Fred and Ethel we miss them!

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    Sherri Anselm

    positive review Scott and his wife are great tour guides! Never felt rushed, and they explained everything thoroughly as this was our first time. Will definitely do it again! 🙂

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    Jeanine Luge Ramirez

    positive review Great experience and very affordable. Definitely recommend for anyone wanting to spend time in nature and learn quite a bit.

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    Alyssa Fauble

    positive review Went on a 3.3 mile kayak tour today! Fell in twice! 🤷🏼‍♀️ We saw some dolphins and I had a manatee right at the nose of my kayak! 🤗 although they were a little camera shy, it was a great experience and the local couple that took us on the... read more

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    Mercedes Lynn Fauble

    positive review Scott and Karissa were very knowledgeable of the whole area and was able to answer any question we asked. It was a beautiful tour with plenty to see and explore! We were able to see lots of wildlife and find lots of gorgeous shells! Also very affordable. I highly recommend... read more

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    Denna Fauble

    positive review My daughter's and I loved this tour. Scott and Carrisa are very knowledgeable and wounder people!

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    Brandi Fauble
  • 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.

    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 me, I live... read more

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    Jenny L.

    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.
  • 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.

    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 went to in... read more

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    Cheryl D.

    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.
  • 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.

    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.

    Tim and Holley

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    Tim B.

    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 different kinds of... read more

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    Susan M.
  • 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.

    5 star ratingYa'll, Scott and his tour is awesome! It was just the right amount of Kayaking for this inexperienced bunch! We had all age ranges in our party and everyone survived! Also, the Kayaks are very open and roomy! The kids had a blast collecting seashells on shell island. Make sure... read more

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    Kelly J.

    5 star ratingAwesome experience!
    We cannot recommend Scott and his tours enough. We did our second tour with him and both were wonderful.
    Everyone in our party absolutely enjoyed it.
    He and and his wife are great people that know everything about the area.

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    Craig D.
  • 5 star ratingScott did a great job with the group and it was very very good tour...we absolutely enjoyed it. We had a 3 year old with us and Scott/Clarissa made sure everybody was safe the entire trip and being able to watch dolphins jump 20 feet in the channel was amazing.... read more

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    Thomas P.

    5 star ratingScott and Carissa were amazing tour guides.  I was particularly impressed by their love for nature and how much they enjoyed doing the tour.  They grew up in the area and know everything about it.  What was most impressive is the serenity of the area as we were the only... read more

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    Boris D.

    5 star ratingOur family was looking specifically for an "eco kayak tour" after having enjoyed them on other vacations. We called Island Kayak Tours and spoke to Carissa who was very welcoming over the phone.  They had availability for their next tour and it lined up with our day's plans so we... read more

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    Woody W.