Kayaking in the Shell Key Preserve

Tierra Verde, United States

Experience hosted by Ross

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

For this guided eco kayaking adventure we will meet at a public launch site just North of Fort De Soto State Park. In order to provide a great experience for our guests, we focus exclusively on small groups (8 guests). We will provide all the necessary equipment, dry bags, and instruction before heading out. We use stable sit-inside kayaks which are more comfortable and easier to paddle than sit-on-top & clear kayaks. This allows us to explore more of the preserve at an easier pace and provides better wildlife viewing opportunities. Once we depart, we'll explore the various ecosystems of the Shell Key Preserve highlighting the beauty of this coastal habitat. We'll kayak through mangrove tunnels (tides permitting), over shallow seagrass meadows, and look for wildlife along the way. Once we reach Shell Island you will have time to swim, explore, look for shells, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of this uninhabited barrier island. The preserve is home to a variety of shorebirds, nesting sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and much more. It is a great way to get out and see the natural side of St Pete. Please note: alcohol and pets are not permitted in the Preserve.
Other things to note
Moderate physical activity required. We mainly use double kayaks, kids 3 and up are welcome with an adult for each child under 13. Kids under 13 must be in a double with an adult.
For this guided eco kayaking adventure we will meet at a public launch site just North of Fort De Soto State Park. In order to provide a great experience for our guests, we focus exclusively on small groups (8 guests). We will provide all the necessary equipment, dry bags, and instruction before heading out. We use stable sit-inside kayaks which are more comfortable and easier to paddle than sit-on-top & clear kayaks. This allows us to explore mo…

What's included

  • Equipment
    We will provided stable sit-inside single and double kayaks, fiberglass pad...

Meet your host, Ross

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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Hi we're Ross and Doug, owners of Coastal Kayak Charters, St Pete's top rated kayak tour company. Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor! We have been guiding kayak tours in the Shell Key Preserve for over 6 years and bring our passion for the local environment to every trip. As an Owner-Operated outfitter, our goal is to provide outstanding experiences for our guests. We focus exclusively on small groups (8 guests) & private tours. We provide stable sit-inside kayaks which are more comfortable and easier to paddle than sit-on-top & clear kayaks. Our guided tours are fun, safe, informative, and a great way to see the natural beauty of St Pete's coastal habitat. We are avid kayakers with over 20 years of experience ranging from Alaska to the Galapagos Islands and many incredible places in between. Come see our favorite local spot!
Hi we're Ross and Doug, owners of Coastal Kayak Charters, St Pete's top rated kayak tour company. Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor! We have been guiding kayak tours in the Shell Key Preserve for over 6 years and bring our passion for the local environment to every trip. As an Owner-Operated outfitter, our goal is to provide outstanding experiences for our guests. We focus exclusively on small groups (8 guests) & private tours. We provide stable sit-inside kayaks which are more comfortable an…
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Wed, 4 Aug
£28 per person
09:30 - 12:30
£28 per person
Wed, 4 Aug
£28 per person
10:00 - 13:00
Join 4 other guests
£28 per person
Thu, 5 Aug
£28 per person
09:30 - 12:30
£28 per person

Where you'll be

The Shell Key Preserve is an 1800 acre nature preserve at the mouth of Tampa Bay. It protects sensitive marine habitats and includes the county's largest undeveloped barrier island. Its' beaches provide important nesting grounds for sea turtles and it is designated as one of Florida's most important nesting and wintering areas for shorebirds.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 408 reviews.

Joellyn
July 2021
Kim did such an awesome job! She knew everyone’s name before we left for our adventure and had so many nice nuggets of information along the way. Thank you for a fun morning!
Ana
June 2021
It had been raining a lot the week of our vacation, but we got lucky and got sunshine for our kayaking experience :) My husband who is nervous around deep water, and my son who is overly adventurous but too young (10), and I had an amazing time!! Our guide was super knowledgeable and easy to relate to; we laughed, talked, and asked many questions. My son won't stop talking about our kayaking adventure, and my husband is so proud of himself for not falling into the water, lol. We even saw a dolphin pod while we were on Shell Island! I would definitely book again or if this is your first time in St. Pete, this is very fun to do!!
It had been raining a lot the week of our vacation, but we got lucky and got sunshine for our kayaking experience :) My husband who is nervous around deep water, and my son who is…
Heather
June 2021
This was our 2nd time booking with Ross & Doug, it was a great experience! We have 4 kids & they love learning about the wildlife & going through the mangroves. Shell Key Island is amazing & a perfect mid-trip break.
Morgan
June 2021
Our guide Kim was so amazing! Probably our top highlight of the vacation on the coast. If you’re looking at this as an option, stop looking and just book it. What amazing people in an amazing location!
Joylynn
June 2021
My husband and I booked this trip along with our 12 year old daughter - we hadn’t kayaked in years and Doug’s instruction was incredibly helpful! He was very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife, which was an added bonus. The excursion itself was breathtaking and peaceful. A number of things have gone wrong on our trip but this morning was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a kinder, more knowledgeable, or funnier guide! Thank you!
My husband and I booked this trip along with our 12 year old daughter - we hadn’t kayaked in years and Doug’s instruction was incredibly helpful! He was very knowledgeable about th…
Danielle
June 2021
We had a fantastic time, the tour was way more special than expected! For the price, you can’t beat it. The guide Kim was super nice and very informative about the wildlife. Meet up area was easy to get to. We got to see lots of animals like birds, fish, crabs, and even dolphins. We stopped for a swim and exploring on an island only accessible by boat and it was as if we had our own private beach. I couldn’t not recommend this tour enough!
We had a fantastic time, the tour was way more special than expected! For the price, you can’t beat it. The guide Kim was super nice and very informative about the wildlife. Meet u…

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    10:00 - 13:00
    Join 4 other guests
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    09:30 - 12:30
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    10:00 - 13:00
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Activity advisory

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable clothing

Bottled water