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 (6-8 guests) & private tours. 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.
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 5 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 (6-8 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!
We will provided stable sit-inside single and double kayaks, fiberglass paddles, PFD's, waterproof bags, and instruction.
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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.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 8 guests ages 5 and up can attend. Moderate physical activity required. We mainly use double kayaks, kids 5 and up are welcome with an adult for each child under 14. Anyone under 14 must be in a double kayak with an adult. Weight limit is 240lbs…
Moderate physical activity required. We mainly use double kayaks, kids 5 and up are welcome with an adult for each child under 14. Anyone under 14 must be in a double kayak with an adult. Weight limit is 240lbs per person | 420lbs combined for Doubles. No alcohol is permitted.
Kayaking in the Shell Key Preserve