Island Kayak Tours

  • 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.

  • 5 star ratingMust do for active families Excellent tour and experience! My family doesn't like to sit still so this was a great activity for us. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable and willing to work with advance to novice kayakers. My family (kids ages 15, 16, 20) really enjoyed this experience, but I can see younger... read more


    5 star ratingGreat time! Great tour! The guide was so knowledgeable about everything, I learned so much. Also had so much fun kayaking and exploring Shell Key. Very reasonable price and we’ll organized, loved it!


    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

  • 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


    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


    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

  • 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

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    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


    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!

  • 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.


    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.


    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!

  • 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 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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    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... 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... 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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