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Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve

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Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover St. Petersburg's undeveloped Shell Key Preserve on this exciting kayak excursion. Join a small group and gear up for your adventure through mangrove tunnels and shallow seagrass meadows. While you paddle, observe local wildlife like sea turtles and seabirds and stop at Shell Island to collect seashells or go for a swim.
  • Soak up the warm Florida sun while you paddle
  • All kayaking equipment and instruction is provided
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
  • Choose from several tour times to suit your schedule
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All Equipment including waterproof bags. Your guide will also provide kayak instruction.
**Weight Limit** 250lbs per seat | 450lbs combined for double kayaks.
*Ages 3+ | 3-12 must be in a double kayak with an adult or older child.
*Please arrive to launch site 15min early, there are no public facilities available at site.
*Gratuity for your Guide*
2800 Pinellas Bayway S , 2800 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA

We will meet at a public launch site just before the entrance to Fort De Soto State Park. (The Pinellas Bayway Kayak & SUP Launch on google maps.)

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Coastal Kayak Charters
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
Great trip!
Ed_J
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour. Saw dolphins, a small (harmless) shark, jellyfish, and had many cormorants as kayaking companions. Good lessons about wildlife, kayaking and the local area. As cheap or cheaper than renting kayaks by the hour and you get to try the hidden mangrove tunnels. Well organized with quality gear. Would go again!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks Ed, we truly appreciate the fantastic review and hope to see you again soon! Safe travels.
star-5
Make sure you take this tour.
Nathan_D
, Apr 2022
Great trip, knowledgeable guides. Would do it again. Well worth the time and money. Shell key was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks Nathan, we are happy to hear you had such a great time kayaking with us. We hope to have you out for another trip soon!
star-5
Best excursion in the area!
Heather_N
, Apr 2022
This was about a 3 hr excursion which includes 30 minutes on a beautiful beach at Shell key. I went with my husband and 2 teenage daughters. They offer single or tandem kayaks. End up paddling 4.5 miles but was not difficult, mostly go at a leisurely pace. Tour guide was so nice and knowledgeable. Overall amazing experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Heather, we truly appreciate the wonderful review! We are thrilled you enjoyed the kayaking adventure out to Shell Key and hope to see you again on your next visit:)
star-5
Awesome kayak tour
Trish_K
, Apr 2022
Second time doing this tour. beautiful setting awesome guides. Highly recommend this tour, ,a lot of fun , easy paddle for all ages and shell key preserve is breathtaking
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks Trish, we truly appreciate the wonderful feedback! We are thrilled to hear you have had such a great time kayaking with us. We look forward to another adventure soon:)
star-5
Coolest experience in FLA
Jason_B
, Mar 2022
Spencer was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable of the eco systems and all the wildlife that inhabit the area. We saw some dolphins and even a shark while we were exploring the island at shell key. Winding through the mangroves was super cool! Overall great experience.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks Jason, we really appreciate the great review and we are happy to hear you had such a great time kayaking with us! We look forward to another adventure on your next visit:)
star-5
Was an amazing trip the...
Caitlin_R
, Mar 2022
Was an amazing trip the tour guide was great. Also got to see dolphins! The island you stop at has tons of shells. Would do this trip again.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Caitlin! We had so much fun kayaking with you all. Thanks for the great review, we hope to see you again soon.
star-5
An awesome experience!
Trisha_C
, Mar 2022
I love kayaking and have been to many different locations around the country, in the Caribbean, and Mexico, and this one was one of my favorite locations. I love that we were able to kayak the open waters and through mangrove tunnels. We were even able to stop at a beach and explore and collect shells. The tour guide was amazing as well. He was knowledgeable about the wildlife and a lot of fun. I would definitely do it again!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks so much Trisha, we are absolutely thrilled you loved the kayak trip! We really appreciate the fantastic review and hope you join us again soon.
star-4
Mangrove kayaking
Gregory_V
, Mar 2022
Tour guide was great. Enjoyed seeing local sea creatures. Kayaking through Mangrove tunnels was the best part. Was expecting shelling on Shell Key but there were no shells.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks Gregory, we are happy to hear your family enjoyed the kayak trip to the island. Unfortunately we have no control over the amount of shells on the beach. We hope to have you join us again on another visit. Safe travels.
star-5
The guides that own this...
Casey_C
, Mar 2022
The guides that own this spot are awesome! They were very informative and super friendly! We would 10/10 recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks so much Casey! It was great having you both out kayaking with us:) We hope to see you guys again for another adventure...
star-5
Great tour!
ROBIN_B
, Feb 2022
Spencer, Doug and all the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful paddle out to shell key and interesting nature facts about the mangroves and creatures! Thank you
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you Robin! We really appreciate the fantastic review and are absolutely thrilled you had such a great time kayaking with us. We hope to see you again soon:)
star-5
Wonderful nature experience
Denise_M
, Feb 2022
Great experience kayaking with family and guide Brian. Only 7 people in our group and the weather was perfect. Brian was very knowledgeable about Shell Key’s marine life and other components of the Tampa Bay Area. Booking was incredibly easy. Will do this again
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you Denise! We are pleased to hear you had such a fantastic time. We greatly appreciate the wonderful review and we hope to have you join us again sometime:)
star-5
Fun on the water!
William_H
, Feb 2022
We had a very enjoyable and educational kayak tour with a friendly and personable guide, Spencer. The weather was wonderful even though a bit windy. A fun excursion and workout!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks so much William, we are thrilled you had a great time kayaking with us! We hope to see you again soon, safe travels & happy paddling.
star-5
Spencer did a great job...
Michael_H
, Jan 2022
Spencer did a great job ensuring we were ready to kayak and then lead us out to the islands. He was very informative of the birds, fish, and fauna that we saw. The trip was very enjoyable and not overtaking for any in our group. I would recommend this trip as a great way to spend an afternoon on the water.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much Micheal! We are excited to hear you had such a great trip with us. We hope to have you out again soon for some more kayaking on your next visit.
star-5
So much fun highly recommend
Aaron_A
, Dec 2021
10/10 experience . Great way to spend the day . What an adventure ! Highly recommend . Our tour guide was great ! The shell island was beautiful. Kayaking through the mangrove trees was super cool
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much Aaron! We are happy to hear you had such a great time kayaking with us! Safe travels till the next time:)
star-5
Wonderful experience, would do it again
Skip_M
, Aug 2021
Excellent experience. Doug, our guide, was very personable and informative during our trip. Worthwhile
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks so much Skip! We hope to see you again soon.
star-5
Dolphins!
Dana
, Aug 2021
Great paddle!!! Excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the wildlife and area. Dolphin sightings and lots of other sea creatures and birds!!! I highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dana it was a pleasure having you join us for a kayak adventure. Thanks again!
star-5
Worth it
Anna-C
, Aug 2021
Lovely outing! Spencer was very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. Would return if in the area again.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks Anna, it was our pleasure. We hope to see you again when you're back in St Pete!
star-5
Kayaking Therapy
Roberr_W
, Jun 2021
Great time! Very knowledgeable guides. Relaxing. I would recommend to my family and friends. The wildlife showed up throughout the trip.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed your trip with us! Thanks again:)
star-5
Shell Key Kayaking
Aaron_H
, Jun 2021
The guides were very knowledgeable and made the experience well worth it. I really enjoyed touring the mangrove tunnels and relaxing in the sand bar.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We are thrilled to hear you had such a great time kayaking with us! Thanks again:)
star-5
Outstanding Time
Harold_H
, May 2021
Excellent time, great guide and amazing place. Doug was extremely knowledgeable about the area and a great guide.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks so much Harold, we are thrilled you had such a wonderful time kayaking with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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