Island Ferry Eco-Tours
198 Madonna Blvd
Tierra Verde, FL  33715


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Come join us on St Pete's best guided kayak tour! You'll get the finest kayaking experience around the Fort Desoto and 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. You'll see dolphins, manatees, rays, horseshoe crab, and a variety of shore birds. Island Ferry offers the finest kayaking tours in St Pete! Click here to scroll right down to our Sunset Kayak Tour.



Our tours can accommodate from 2 persons to 16 people, and are approximately 2 -1/2  hours long.  The tours will primarily operate in the protected waters and mangroves 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. During periods of high tide, we'll also be able to explore the mangrove tunnels.
As a guided kayak eco-tour, our tour guides will provide narration to our guests, highlighting the natural beauty of the St Pete Beach / Fort DeSoto area. Just as we do from our boat tours.


Our Sunset Kayak Tour takes you out to the sunset over the Gulf, and our lighted kayaks brighten up the sea floor. The colors in the St Pete sky are amazing before and after the sunset.


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.

  • 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. 

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

  • $54+tax per person (already includes 10% gratuity).

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

  • Water shoes or flip-flops.

  • Bottled water.

  • ​Ziploc bag for dry storage.

  • Sunscreen, hat, and glasses.

  • A towel to keep in your car for afterward.