Island Kayak Tours

  • 5 star ratingMUST DO!!! This is a MUST DO! If you are considering a kayak experience - this is the one! I am a Floridian and appreciate the local knowledge and history that Scott brings to the experience. He knows the area, its history and even the water birds (he’s named them) that... read more

    415terriep
    6/01/2021

    5 star ratingGreat tour with fantastic tour guides. Hands down the best morning of our trip. Met Scott and Karissa beside their fleet of well maintained kayaks, and found that we had some geography crossings and local Indiana restaurants patronage in common. The tour across the smooth shallow water to the mangrove forest was smooth and... read more

    K3385WMmichaeld
    5/31/2021

    5 star ratingGo ahead and book this tour now!! We arrived at the launch site about 30 minutes before our scheduled launch time. We met Scott and Karissa, the husband & wife owners/tour guides/local experts. Both are very personable and eager to know each person on the tour. We bonded with them over Pizza King pizza, Jerry’s Dairy Freezer... read more

    TortugaQueen
    5/29/2021
  • 5 star ratingThe best day! This was my favorite day of our vacation. The kids (teenagers) loved it and we got a good workout. Scott was very friendly, entertaining and informative. We saw lots of wildlife, paddled through mangrove tunnels and had plenty of time to swim and collect shells at the most beautiful beach!

    masonandloganvlogsl
    5/28/2021

    5 star ratingExploring Nature Great Time full of LOTS of nature information!! Well organized and a pace for all levels of paddlers. Loved going through the tunnels in the mangroves and learning the history of these local mangroves and surrounding area. Highly recommend!!!!

    sailtl
    5/26/2021

    5 star ratingHighly Satisfied Great tour by a great couple who went out of their way to please everyone. Although, as tourists, we came knowing nobody, very soon we got to know a lot of wonderful people, most of them tourists like us. The tour operators, made every feel welcome and this set the... read more

    Marrietta_Bon
    5/25/2021
  • 5 star ratingAMAZING AMAZING! Worth every penny, which the cost is not bad in my opinion at all. My husband and I came down to treasure island for our 5th anniversary trip and this is the only agenda I had! It did not disappoint, even my husband said it was amazing (over his... read more

    Emily K
    5/25/2021

    5 star ratingFantastic kayaking trip ! This was an absolutely wonderful kayaking trip. My husband, 18-year-old daughter and I had a fabulous tIme. Scott is a fantastic guide so not only do you get a beautiful day out on the water but you learn a lot about the area and nature surrounding you. The kayaking... read more

    Winwhite
    5/24/2021

    5 star ratingBest tour company for Shell Key kayak trip! Highly recommend Island Kayak Tours for a kayak trip to Shell Key! Scott and Karissa are the owners of the company, and also your tour guides. Scott is native to the area and is constantly sharing information about the area, along with plants and animals you will encounter.... read more

    FloridaDreamerinIowa
    5/23/2021
  • 5 star ratingMangroves and wildlife up close and personal Beautiful scenery in a clear kayak! Spiccolli (Matt) led us through a mangrove identifying birds, fish, and crustaceans with complete confidence and a great sense of humor. We went ashore on Shell Island for a relaxing walk/dip then returned amid hopping mullet and diving Isley - fantastic guide and a... read more

    Tntraveler6
    5/16/2021

    5 star ratingGreat day on the water What a great experience from start to finish Scott learned our names right away and personalized the tour for everyone. Our favorite part was the beach, it was great to be somewhere you can only get access to by boat. Definitely recommend this company

    joesD8741UJ
    5/16/2021

    5 star ratingSo Much FUN! Do not miss out on this tour! Our family (Kids are 9,7, and 5) had so much fun, and the couple who leads the tours are amazing. They are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient, and willing to calmly give aid and advice to participants who may have steered straight... read more

    jennifern145
    5/13/2021
  • 5 star ratingGreat trip! Very enjoyable with lots of good information too! Scott & Carissa are great guides! It was really peaceful and relaxing!

    Bckbhouse
    5/11/2021

    5 star ratingWe had the best time! If you enjoy outdoor activities, don't pass this one up! Kayaking, meets animal spotting, meets mangrove magic. Scott was the best guide too. Incredibly friendly and knowledgable. We already can't wait to come back!

    jenniferrI5628CK
    5/08/2021

    5 star ratingAmazing family kayak adventure All the positive reviews checked each of the boxes why we booked this adventure. The adventure with a 9 year old and 14 year old was perfect seeing and hearing there side of what they loved. Scott and Karissa had so much information about the area and were wonderful hosts.... read more

    ben_keyless_278
    5/06/2021
  • Great time! The sea shell preserve was great! Would recommend.

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    Brad Miller
    12/31/2020

    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

    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 ratingThis is a MUST DO! If you are considering a kayak experience - this is the one! I am a Floridian and appreciate the local knowledge and history that Scott brings to the experience. He knows the area, its history and even the water birds (he's named them) that... read more

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    Terrie M.
    6/01/2021

    5 star ratingScott gives a great kayak tour at great price. He provides a lot of information and history while paddling through some gorgeous waters. Local family run business. He is very personable and friendly.. We have been twice over the past year and will go again in the future. Highly recommend.

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    Ryan G.
    5/31/2021

    5 star ratingScott did an amazing job explaining everything to us, giving us plenty of time to explore, and spending time at a secluded beach! It was a PERFECT experience! Thank you for a beautiful day! Will definitely go back. We were visiting from Maine. Got to see... read more

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    Elaine L.
    4/29/2021
  • 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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    Christine Korte K.
    4/06/2021

    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.
    3/29/2021

    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.
    3/23/2021
  • 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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    Labrynth C.
    3/07/2021

    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.
    1/30/2021

    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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    Nicholas C.
    1/02/2021
  • 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.
    12/12/2020

    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
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