Small-Group Clear Kayak Tour in Shell Key

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We've created a fascinating kayak tour in St Pete, centered on our Crystal Clear kayaks, giving you a fascinating look at the sea life throughout Shell Key preserve, and Fort Desoto park. Our professional guides provide an interesting narration of the local wildlife and ecosystem. The tours can range from 2 persons to 16 people, and are approximately 2 to 2 -1/2  hours long.  The tours will primarily operate in the protected waters and mangroves tunnels of the Shell Key Wildlife Preserve in Pinellas County. An 1,800 acre preserve, these waters are well traveled by Dolphins, Manatees, Rays, as well as a variety of shore birds, including pelicans, egrets, herons, cormorants, osprey, and sometimes roseate spoonbills.

Please note: This activity is NOT suitable for the Elderly or the Obese, or people with back surgeries/issues, or with a history of other physical ailments. You must be physically fit for participate in this activity.



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Average 4.65 out of 5 stars based on 48 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Awesome small group kayak tour
Cynthia S, Mar 2023 Verified
This was absolutely wonderful! We have kayaked before but never w with a guide...Taylor and ?? we're so informative. It was also great to be in shallow waters of the keys. Taylor found an Upside down Jellyfish (yes that's a real thing!) and brought it up for us all to inspect... and the venture thru the mangrove tunnels was cool as well! She also took a picture of each kayak and emailed that with a map of the route we took with stats we paddled over 2.5 hours and burned over 800 calories haha! This was worth the time and money
Happiness802071, Mar 2023 Verified
We enjoyed a beautiful day and a relaxing kayaking tour with white beaches, clear water, interesting wildlife and mangrove forests! Taylor was our guide and she was very personable, patient and had lots of great information to share about the area and the wildlife!
lorettes2014, Feb 2023 Verified
This was a great experience exploring on the water with Olivia and Fraser guiding us and explaining lots to see. They are really friendly and helpful. The mangrove tunnels and the stop for 20mins on the island were amazing Tips are to bring water as you paddle quite away and a hat is good if hot and sunny as we experienced. You need to be reasonably but not super fit as you're paddling for a few long stretches. Great opportunity for photos so bring your phone but keep it safe and dry - I have a waterproof pouch for mine Olivia took some photos to email to us but we didn't receive ours - it's not a worry but tip is to take your own
briankristyweinberg, Feb 2023 Verified
This was our third time doing the clear bottom kayak tour with Island Ferry. We went out with Stephen and Raina (sorry if I spelled your name incorrectly). They kept our group safe and were very knowledgeable of the Shell Key Preserve. They answered our questions and helped our tour to be a fantastic experience. We saw a dolphin, cormorants, pelicans, and other water wildlife. Keep in mind that all wildlife sightings will vary from trip to trip. This tour continues to be a highlight of our trip every time we have visited the area. Definitely recommend it!Side note: be prepared to spend 2+ hours on the tour - mostly in the kayak (bringing water is required; sunscreen strongly recommended).
ChristyHP, Jan 2023 Verified
Dalton and Craig were great guides on our 20-person kayak tour to Shell Island. They were patient with such a big and diverse group, and knowledgeable about the area and ecosystem. It was the highlight of the weekend family reunion for many of us!
Christina R, Jan 2023 Verified
If you are looking for a fun adventure choose the kayak tour to Shell Key. This adventure brings a small group on a guided tour to Shell Key. Our guide Steve was very knowledgeable and patient with the group. We kayaked through shallow waters to Shell Key. Explored the island for about 20 minutes. On the island we saw beautiful shells, horseshoe crabs, a small shark and dolphins swimming. The island was very peaceful.After the tour of Shell Key we kayaked through mangroves. It was quite the adventure!Make sure you bring water shoes, load up on sunscreen and wear a hat. We brought our waterproof camera to take pictures of our adventure.I highly recommend this tour.
gratefulwoman, Dec 2022 Verified
Craig and Emily were friendly, knowledgeable, and easygoing and made everyone feel comfortable. We enjoyed going through the mangrove tunnels and spending time on Shell Key, even saw a King Conch. This kayak is a must if you are down in this area.
685kendrab, Sep 2022 Verified
Our guide Craig was great. Very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. Would definitely do in it again.
brandon_t, Sep 2022 Verified
Amazing, friendly tour guides who we enjoyed great conversation with. Had a fun time at Shell Key collecting shells and going in the water. Definitely worth doing on your vacation and has made our trip!
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Tia H, Aug 2022 Verified
We had a fabulous time celebrating with friends, enjoying the beautiful bay and exploring mangrove tunnels. Absolutely perfect way to start our day!

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