• 5 star ratingOutstanding Bargain I was about to rent a kayak at Fort DeSoto until I saw this highly rated kayak tour. For less money, you get a very interesting guided tour by a local expert. Better equipment too, with clean sit-in single kayaks. Weather was perfect so we paddled through non-obvious mangrove tunnels,... read more

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    HuNu2
    4/16/2019

    5 star ratingPerfect first time kayak tour in the mangrove forest Fantastic three hour kayak tour through the prestine mangrove forests of St.Petersburgh area in Florida. Scott the tour leader was great, friendly, helpful and informative. Two thumbs up.

    The tour included a stop on an island with possibility to swim in crystal clear water.

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    MickJosa
    4/06/2019

    5 star ratingA Hidden Gem So much more than we expected and a great deal too! Whether you've kayaked before or never kayaked this trip is perfect! I highly recommend Island Kayak Tours, you won't be disappointed.

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    JustBeNice2
    3/27/2019
  • 5 star ratingIsland Kayak tours This was the best kayaking tour I have taken . Scott was very knowledgeable and friendly, as was his wife. Offered lots of information on the area, and also where to eat etc.. The Mangrove tunnels were so much fun! I would highly recommend.

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    Sightseer497005
    3/26/2019

    5 star ratingBest experience ever!!! Found these folks online and hoped for the best. We were not disappointed. A super relaxing, laid back, informative, fun day. Guide/owner from the area and was full of information and facts about the area. We had a wonderful time! More

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    HPdeena
    3/05/2019

    5 star ratingBest part of my trip to Florida Our family all enjoyed our kayak tour. Our 13-year old was happy to have his own kayak and enjoy his own pace. Our 9-year old shared a double kayak with her dad which worked out perfectly as she could rest if she wanted to so she did not get tired.... read more

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    Manitobans365
    3/04/2019
  • 5 star ratingWonderful experience! We absolutely loved this tour! We took our 8 and 11 year olds and they loved it. Going through the mangrove trails was beautiful. We saw wildlife and learned so much. The price is very affordable and you are treated like family. More

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    Amy R
    2/24/2019

    5 star ratingAmazing!!! Hands Down Best Kayak Tour Around! If you are looking for an amazing Kayak Tour at a very reasonable price look no further. Scott was an awesome guide and very knowledgable and easy going. His tours are very safe, fun and exciting. This was the best activity we did while visiting St Pete Beach. I highly... read more

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    Boxerfan2
    1/28/2019

    5 star ratingVery fun, friendly experience We went out with Scott and his assistant on 1/25/19, with 4 in our group (father and 3 grown children), and a larger group of 7 others.

    Despite it being a pretty cold day, we had a great experience on the Sunset kayak tour. Scott is a very professional and...
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    NJTravelPro
    1/26/2019
  • 5 star ratingWonderful trip This was a fantastic trip! Highly recommend! We were a family of 5 with three children and one teenager. Great trip for all! More

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    Experience799444
    12/31/2018

    5 star ratingSand Dollars All Day... Scott and Carissa provide every opportunity for their guests to have a unique kayaking experience. They make a point of knowing the names of everyone in their group (12 guests) and making them feel very welcome. Scott provides as much educational information as a person asks for and does a... read more

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    ehemmel
    12/26/2018

    5 star ratingWonderful memories! Ya’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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    Kell98
    12/23/2018
  • 5 star ratingAwesome and a great value Scott led a fantastic kayak tour where we saw multiple amazing wildlife scenes. The mangrove tunnels were really cool as well. Cant believe it was only $25!

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    Road518772
    11/23/2018

    5 star ratinghighlight of our vacation - great kayaking trip with family Boris, thank you very much for the awesome review! We enjoyed having you and your family out kayaking with us and are so pleased that we were able to be the highlight of your vacation! It is especially nice when we are able to have the area all to ourselves.... read more

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    borkd
    11/12/2018

    5 star ratinghighlight of our vacation - great kayaking trip with family Scott 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... read more

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    borkd
    11/12/2018
  • Scott and his wife were very friendly and great! Scott was comical and entertaining. The kayaks were of great quality! A lot of these places buy the cheapest kayaks and if you are experienced you know how uncomfortable they can be and how they don’t track right. We did the... read more

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    Kelley Potter
    4/18/2019

    The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun and friendly. Would definitely recommend and would be happy to do another tour!

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    jacob flanagan
    4/14/2019

    This was a great tour Scott was very knowledgeable and personable. I would recommend this company to anyone, experienced or not.

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    paulette barreca
    3/26/2019

    This was a AMAZING EXPERIENCE, highly recommend, Scott and his wife are so sweet , knowledgeable and fun!! My daughter and I had such a great time , we had Dolphins right by us!!! Awesome right?! All around a great time and ONLY 25.00 you cant beat that... read more

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    Shali Bennett
    3/25/2019

    The highlight of our trip! Fun, interesting, beautiful. A great way to get a feeling for the real St. Pete Beach. Scott is a wonderful guide and his obvious love for his home only enhances the experience.

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    Robin Morris
    3/23/2019

    Loved it! Scott and his wife make everyone feel very welcome in the group. Very beautiful area! We saw a few dolphins and other wildlife and collected lots of beautiful shells. Very reasonably priced! Totally worth it.

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    Ruth Friedrich
    2/25/2019
  • Just go with Scott and Karissa, we had a blast with my family, no experience required. Excellent equipment, extended tour, wildlife, beach. Just enjoy and relax. It is the eco tourism how it should be.

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    arnold vitm
    2/22/2019

    This is a local company that is response and provides great customer service. Scott has a lot of knowledge about the area, wildlife, etc. that he is clearly passionate about and loves to share. $25 is a bargain for this tour.

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    Kim Richfield
    2/22/2019

    Island Kayak Tours is one of the best kayak charters I have ever taken. Scott and Carissa make kayaking easy and enjoyable for all levels of experience. I highly recommend them.

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    Darryl Beckett
    1/15/2019

    We had such an amazing experience with Scott and Karissa! They were incredibly knowledgeable about the area and animals! We were pretty lucky and able to see several dolphins and Karissa was awesome and got it all on video! Not a bad thing to say, and worth every penny! If... read more

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    Krystal Davidson
    12/06/2018

    It's an experience that you can only feel on the water with Scott and his Wife's Kayack touring company. Friendly knowledgeable and family run and always a great time out with them, when friends want to go an experience the Florida waters.

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    Anthony Rodriguez
    12/01/2018

    Great experience! I brought my 3 year old and even she loved it and we were so excited to see dolphins swimming so close to us while we were on the kayaks. Would definitely recommend.

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    Courtney Tallyen
    11/25/2018
  • We had such a wonderful experience on the 50/50 nature tour! I can’t wait to go back for the sunset tour. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area or locals looking for a fun outing with friends or date day. The tour was super relaxed and great for experienced or... read more

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    Ashlyn Cooper
    11/24/2018

    Scott 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... read more

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    Boris Dank
    11/13/2018

    Scott 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... read more

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    Boris Dank
    11/12/2018

    I cannot recommend Island Kayak Tours enough! I made a reservation for my group as part of a work event and IKT took care of everything and made sure everyone had a great time. Most of my group was new to paddling and this was their first time in a... read more

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    Rebecca Summer
    10/29/2018

    We were a group of 9 taking this tour and we all had a great time. Scott and Carissa were great guides with so much information to share about the area. Most of us are not experienced kayakers, but he makes sure you're comfortable and informed before you set out.... read more

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    Cindy Lojacono
    10/27/2018

    Where to start! First, you cannot beat the price for the amazing experience you get. Second, Scott and Carissa are wonderful! They made me feel like an old friend. Both are very knowledgeable about the area and super enthusiastic about giving us a great experience. They... read more

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    Aimee Stuyvesant
    10/21/2018
  • Awesome! We are local to the area, and these two impressed us. This is such a good day adventure. Highly recommend.

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    Kim G
    10/20/2018

    Great area to kayak. Nature all around. I loved all our bird friends that followed us the whole entire time..the cormorants!!

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    Denise Peters
    9/01/2018

    Highly recommend Island Kayak Tours. Scott guided us through mangroves which was cool and then to Shell Key Preserve where we walked around and looked for shells. Excellent experience. Thank you Scott and Karissa!!

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    Denise D'Agostino Peters
    9/01/2018

    I have taken this tour several times with Scott. Each time we visit a different site & I learn something new about the environment & the wildlife

    The tour is very affordable & family friendly. Scott includes everyone in the group & accommodates each skill level. I bring out of...
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    Theresa Wade
    8/26/2018

    This tour is more than worth the money, do not pass up on the opportunity! Scott was born and raised in the area, and is a complete wealth of knowledge regarding the ecosystem and its inhabitants. He's also very friendly, and makes an effort to speak individually with everyone in... read more

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    Charlie Elliott
    8/23/2018

    This trip has been the highlight of our vacation! I would HIGHLY recommend. What an amazing time.

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    Chris Ricci
    8/17/2018
  • Great experience with my family! Thanks Scott for the adventure!

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    Jason Michael
    8/09/2018

    Amazing adventure kayaking Shell Key Preserve to Shell island. Went from mangrove tunnels to the clearest white sand beach. Saw dolphins up close, jumping schools of fish, funny fishing birds, crabs, stingray, and lots of sand dollars:) Couldn’t have found a better tour guide than Scott, so friendly, knowledgeable, patient... read more

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    Tracy Cattoni Kennedy
    8/08/2018

    Amazing experience Scott knows the answer to everything you ask him. He is very good at teaching how to maneuver the kayaks. We will definitely be back

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    Camryn Sunailitus
    8/06/2018

    Great paddle! My wife and I went out on a tour with Scott, and we highly recommend him. He is friendly and informative, and obviously knows the area very well. Very well run tour.

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    Stephen Peeples
    8/04/2018

    We went out with Scott this morning on the 50-50 paddle. It was a lot of fun. Scott is skillful and informed. He told us a lot about sea birds, dolphins, fish, and the ecosystem. The equipment was in good condition and the paddle conditions were easy.

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    Helen Peeples
    8/04/2018

    Scott leads a great tour and is very knowledgeable of the area. Fun kayak trips and far more courteous to his guests than some competing companies. I would highly recommend for everyone from beginner to advanced.

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    Chris Pohlman
    7/30/2018
  • 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

    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.
    2/14/2019

    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.
    1/09/2019
  • 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.
    12/23/2018

    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.
    12/04/2018

    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.
    11/24/2018
  • 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.
    11/12/2018

    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.
    8/29/2018

    5 star ratingWe were looking for something adventurous to do in the St. Pete Beach area last minute. Instantly came across Island Kayak tours and was amazed by the five star reviews left - and now I know what everyone was raving about! Here's why you should do the tour:

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    Rebecca G.
    8/19/2018
  • 5 star ratingWe had a wonderful time on our tour!!

    Pros:

    -Scott was a super knowledgeable guide

    -beautiful scenery!! Mangrove tunnels, wildlife and seashell island were beautiful!

    -our 5 year old did a tandem kayak with my husband and loved it! Scott was so kind and patient with the kids.

    -price is super reasonable.

    Cons:

    -none. It was...
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    Amber H.
    4/11/2018

    5 star ratingLook no further, this is the place to go kayaking.  Great local knowledge and they answered all of our questions about the area, fish, mangroves etc.  We would do it again.  Also, the price is right.

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    Doug H.
    3/07/2018

    5 star ratingLook no further, this is the place to go kayaking.  Great local knowledge and they answered all of our questions about the area, fish, mangroves etc.  We would do it again.  Also, the price is right.

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    Doug H.
    3/07/2018
  • 5 star ratingFound Island Kayak Tours on Yelp around 830 on a Monday morning. Saw one excellent review then noticed seven more reviews that weren't recommended. Clicked and all those were excellent too. Not sure why they aren't all recommended because they were all spot on and inspired me to call to... read more

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    Clinton H.
    10/17/2017

    5 star ratingFound Island Kayak Tours on Yelp around 830 on a Monday morning. Saw one excellent review then noticed seven more reviews that weren't recommended. Clicked and all those were excellent too. Not sure why they aren't all recommended because they were all spot on and inspired me to call to... read more

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    Clinton H.
    10/17/2017

    5 star ratingScott and karissa are amazing in their services they provide.scotts vast knowledge of the wildlife and natural fauna added an educational component to the already wonderful trip.they are genuine people with a genuine love for the backbays of tampabay.

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    Charles C.
    10/01/2017