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Come join us on St Pete's best guided kayak tour to Shell Key! You'll get the finest kayaking experience around the Shell Key preserve mangroves from a Crystal Clear transparent kayak. You'll see more fascinating sights than you would from a regular kayak. Your professional guide will give you an interesting narration on the background and the biology of the 1,800 acre preserve. At Shell Key, you'' get an opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, rays, horseshoe crab, and a variety of shore birds. Island Ferry offers the finest kayaking tours in St Pete! 

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Our clear kayak tours to Shell Key can accommodate from 2 persons to 16 people, and are approximately 2 -1/2  hours long, depending on conditions, and the pace of the group.  The tours will 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. As a guided kayak eco-tour, our tour guides will provide narration to our guests, highlighting the natural beauty of the Shell Key preserve. Just as we do from our boat tours.



Island Ferry Tour guides have all of these traits and more. Above all else, our Tour Guides thrive on passing on their experiences to our customers, and helping create memories that will last a lifetime. They carry certifications in Wilderness First-Aid, River Rescue, and more.
  • Please be advised that kayaking is a physically strenuous activity. This tour is a 4-mile paddle, and you must at least be in moderate physical condition to complete the tour. Don't forget to bring water.

  • This is a tour of a nature preserve, away from civilization. If you are averse to mud, ants, insects, or wild brush, this tour is NOT for you.

  • Minimum age is 8 years old. Children 14 and under must ride tandem with an adult. 

  • Because of limited capacity of the kayaks, there is a weight limit of 250lbs (113k) per individual.

  • $54+tax per person.

  • Trips run 7 days a week, 2 daytime trips, and a sunset tour late in the day. Call ahead for exact departure times.

  • FREE parking at our launch site near Ft Desoto Park. ​

  • Trip duration is 2-1/2 hours.

  • You can purchase tickets online or by phone!

  • Cancellations: No refunds for cancellations less than 48 hours before your scheduled departure. No refunds for "no shows".  We give FULL refunds if Island Ferry cancels for inclement weather.

What To Bring
  • Bring plenty of bottled water.

  • Wear your swimsuit, or anything that is comfortable when wet.

  • Water shoes or flip-flops.

  • ​Ziploc bag for dry storage.

  • Sunscreen, hat, and glasses.

  • A towel to keep in your car for afterward.