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Kayaking in the Shell Key Preserve

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Kayaking in the Shell Key Preserve

208 reviews
Paused through June 14. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
kayaking

Kayaking in the Shell Key Preserve

kayaking

Kayaking in the Shell Key Preserve

208 reviews
Paused through June 14. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

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.

Your hosts

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!
Ross
Ross
Doug
Doug

What's included

Equipment
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.

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Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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

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Guest requirements

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 220lbs…

What to bring

Comfortable clothing

More tips

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 220lbs per person | 420lbs combined for Doubles. No alcohol is permitted.

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Kayaking in the Shell Key Preserve
208 reviews
From $38/person
208 reviews
From $38/person