Island Kayak Tours

  • 5 star ratingPhenomenol Experience! The kayak adventure with Scott and Karissa was exceptional from start to finish. The communication for booking was quick, efficient, and pleasant. Upon arrival, I was greeted warmly and by Scott and Karissa and introduced to the others that would be paddling with us. ... read more


    5 star ratingA Beautiful Morning Kayak Trip Lovely being on the water and enjoying the magnificence of the bay. We set off with a large group of paddlers...all ages mind you...and everyone seemed to love the experience. We paddled through the mangroves and then onward to Shell Key Preserve. The Preserve is really... read more


    5 star ratingBest kayak tour! Scott and Karissa are amazing! From the moment I booked the kayak adventure until the end, I was super impressed with their quick communications and flexibility. We loved the mangroves, Shell Key (we found sand dollars) where we watched a giant bird in a tree, eating a freshly caught... read more

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  • 5 star ratingNice 3 hour experience for all! Lovely paddle with enough time on Shell Island to appreciate it. We did a short paddle through the mangroves, (which I would have liked more of) but all is dictated by tides. The owners/ leaders, Scott and Karissa , are superb and very knowledgeable.


    5 star ratingAwesome experience, great for families Our half-day kayaking trip was one of the highlights of our FL vacation. Communication leading up to the tour was great, and upon arrival at the boat launch we were greeted with warmth and excitement by Scott and Karissa. Scott has been exploring the area since he was a kid... read more


    5 star ratingGreat Kayaking/Great Host Scott is a great host. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Has great stories of how he and his family are connected to the area. Makes the trip even more fun than it already is with all the beauty of the Shell Key Preserve area. ... read more

  • 5 star ratingGreat kayaking tour!!! Scott and Karissa are great hosts! We had a great day kayaking, learning some history and playing with our cormorant bird buddies!

    Great value and would have booked again the next day if they weren’t already fully booked!

    Thanks again guys!


    5 star ratingBest day out on the water- Beautiful, laid back, enjoyable for any age and any level of experience. Thank you Scott and Karissa for the wonderful day and those beautiful mangrove tunnels.


    5 star ratingKayak tour of Shell Island and Mangroves Absolutely loved this adventure! Scott and Karissa were very fun and professional. Scott was very relaxed and entertaining with all his fun facts about the area. Karissa was with different group so we didn't spend as much time with her once we left the shore. The right... read more

  • 5 star ratingKayak trip to Shell Key & Mangroves A wonderful kayak trip to Shell Key. The kayaks were comfortable, the guides (Scott & Karissa) were friendly & helpful. They split up to help those who needed it vs those who did not. Full of information. A perfect way to experience the beauty of the area. About three hours... read more


    5 star ratingAmazing tour with amazing people! This was the highlight of our trip south! Scott and Karissa are wonderful people and guides. They are so knowledgeable and friendly. We we had so much time to explore and watch the sunset. They never rushed us to get back even though it was getting chilly. Scott even took... read more


    5 star ratingKayaking and Shell Key Wonderful day with Scott and Karissa. They provided great local history and information and made our trip feel special.

  • 5 star ratingGreat Clear Kayak trip in Tierra Verde We did a clear kayak trip with island Kayak tours this morning. Our guide Raven was very friendly and knowledgeable. We paddled for about two hours at a moderate pace and got about 20 minutes on Shell Key. It was one of the highlights of our trip


    5 star ratingScenic and serene kayak ride among the mangroves of Shell Key Preserve My family and I went out with Scott and Karissa and had a wonderful time exploring the Shell Key mangroves and sand bank. So many beautiful birds and a truly gorgeous day. Thanks Scott and Karissa for a great experience! We will definitely be back.


    5 star ratingTierra Verde Kayaking Had a great time and our tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable of the area and kept the energy high. I would do this again.

  • 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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    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

    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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    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

    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
  • 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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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
  • 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

    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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.

    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.

    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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