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Clear Kayak Tour Shell Key St Pete



We've created a guided kayak tour, centered on our transparent Clear kayaks, taking you for a fascinating look at the Shell Key Preserve, and its ecosystem of mangroves. Our professional tour guides provide an interesting narration of the local wildlife at Shell Key, and the amazing century-old mangrove tunnels. The entire clear-kayak tour operates within the protected waters and mangroves of the 1800 acre Shell Key Wildlife Preserve in Pinellas County. 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.


You will tour through the mangrove tunnels, and then pull your kayaks onto the beach of Shell Key. While there, you'll have the opportunity to step out and stretch your legs. It's also the perfect place to collect shells and sand dollars. Then we all get back into our clear kayaks and take a straight-line back to our starting point. In all it's approximately 4 miles of paddling through the Shell Key preserve on our clear kayaks.


  • Please be advised that kayaking is a physically strenuous activity. This tour is a 4-mile paddle, and you must be in at the least a 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 may NOT be for you. 

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


  • $59 per person on single kayaks

  • $54 per person on tandem kayaks

  • Trips run 7 days a week, but departures vary. Call ahead for exact departure times.

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

  • Trip duration is approx 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, and water shoes are preferable to flip-flops.

  • Bottled water.

  • Sunscreen, hat, and glasses.

  • A towel to keep in your car for afterward.

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