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Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve provided by Coastal Kayak Charters

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Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve

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Join Coastal Kayak Charters for a small group guided kayak tour of the Shell Key Preserve. We are St Pete's top rated kayak tour company and focus exclusively on small groups (6-8 guests) and private tours. Our trips offer more personalized service and better wildlife viewing opportunities while out on the water. We will explore hidden mangrove tunnels (tides permitting), shallow seagrass meadows, and stop on Shell Island for time to swim, look for shells, or just relax and enjoy the beach. Our tours are designed for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Come explore with local professionals who love what they do and see the difference for yourself.
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2800 Pinellas Bayway S
2800 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USAWe will meet at a public launch site just before the entrance to Fort De Soto State Park.
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    Shell Key
    Stop: 3 hours -
    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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2800 Pinellas Bayway S
2800 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USAWe will meet at a public launch site just before the entrance to Fort De Soto State Park.
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Departure Point
2800 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Instruction and Guide, Kayaks and Paddles, Life Jackets (PFD's), and Waterproof Bags for personal items.
  • **Weight Limit** 240 lbs | 420lbs combined for double kayaks.
  • *Ages 5+ | 5-13 must be in a double kayak with an adult.
  • *Please arrive to launch site 15min early, there are no public facilities available at site.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Matt G wrote a review 1 Sep
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Doug and Ross are true St. Pete legends. They are knowledgeable on just about every subject in the area. You will hear great stories, laugh a ton, and gain a perspective on the mangroves most will never get. I have gone through the tour three times and something new happens
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from CoastalKayakCharters, Owner at Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve
Responded 2 weeks ago
WOW, Matt thank you so much for the incredible review! We always love having you guys out kayaking with us. We can't thank you enough for your support. We hope Joy absolutely love her first trip with us and we look forward to our next outing with the family. Thanks again and safe travels, Ross & Doug.
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Debbie R wrote a review Aug 2020
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We were first time kayak adventurers. Doug was our guide. He was very informative, and extremely knowledgeable. It was such a cool tour, going through the mangrove tunnels. The Shell Key Preserve was spectacular. We all had a phenomenal experience.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from CoastalKayakCharters, Owner at Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve
Responded 3 weeks ago
Debbie, It was honestly our pleasure having you all out for a kayaking adventure to Shell Key. We are so happy to hear everyone loved the trip. We absolutely look forward to another excursion with the group. Safe travels & happy paddling!
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MLeon wrote a review Aug 2020
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Today was the third time we go out with Coastal Kayak and every time it gets better! Our guide was Brian, and he did a fantastic job teaching us about the key, the mangroves and sea life. We even spent some time with a dolphin and her calf! Would definitely recommend, no need to
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from CoastalKayakCharters, Owner at Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve
Responded 15 Aug 2020
Thank you so much for the wonderful review Maria. We always love having you all out with us for some kayaking in St Pete. We are happy we were able to show you guys a different area this time as well. Thank you again for joining us and taking the time to write such a nice review. See you next time!
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Tony R wrote a review Aug 2020
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Ross was fun and patient with us. He’s a good guide and very knowledgeable about the whole ecosystem.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from CoastalKayakCharters, Owner at Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve
Responded 13 Aug 2020
It was great having you guys out for a kayak trip. Thanks again for joining us and taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again on your next visit. Safe travels.
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Lauren wrote a review Aug 2020
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My family and I had a wonderful experience! Ross (a self-proclaimed bird nerd) was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and was lots of fun!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from CoastalKayakCharters, Owner at Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve
Responded 13 Aug 2020
Lauren, Thanks you so much for joining us for some kayaking here in St Pete! We really appreciate the great review. I hope your vacation was just what you needed. See you next time, Ross & Doug.
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735daniellei
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Awesome Tour for Locals and Visitors
Had a great time today with Ross and the team. While I have been a resident of St Pete for 23 years I saw a whole n
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MakenzieR3
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Tour guide Doug
While on our Momcation my friend and I booked a tour! We had Doug as our tour guide. Doug was an awesome guide! He
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kamick
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Kayak mangrove tour/Shell Key
We kayaked with our guides, Ross and Doug through the mangrove tunnels and out to Shell Key. It was an amazing day!
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MrsLaBour2020
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Dolphin Daze
Awesome trip through a mangrove forest and a stop to look for shells and swim. What made it perfect was seeing two
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Trek294418
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Awesome kayak excursion
This trip was everything promised. I would highly recommend this company. They were well organized and knowledgeabl
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brookedanbury
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Kayak Adventure!
We had a great time on our Kayak tour. The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend!
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ElizabElli
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Awesome Kayak Adventure!
After a wonderful welcome by Ross and Doug, we began our fabulous kaying adventure to Shell Island. The weather co
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Kerry B
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Loved this trip!
This tour was everything I wanted it to be. We got exactly what we came for. You can’t beat the guides, they know e
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bmorris111
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Coastal Kayaks
We just came back from a great kayak tour with Brian. He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. And, we got to see
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H2120NXraymondc
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awesome trip
Last year the dolphins swam with us, this year we were able to get lots of sand dollars. Don’t hesitate they know t
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MEB1971HK
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Loved it!
We had s superb experience kayaking with Ross on the Shell Island KayakTour! Both Dough and Ross are very nice and
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FineDiner66
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Fantastic Paddling Adventure!!!
We had s super morning paddling with Ross on the Shell Island Preserve KayakTour!! While we are very inexperienced
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zk2154
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Highlight of my trip!
I went on the kayak trip to Shell Island and had an excellent time. Our guide, Ross, was kind and catered the trip
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Maricela D
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Kayak trip to bay, Shell Island, Mangroves
Our kayak trip with Ross was amazing! This was definitely the highlight of our FL vacation. We saw several dolphins
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kcworkingmom
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Best part of our 10 day visit!
We were so fortunate to book this tour on the last morning of our 10 day stay at Treasure Island. On the phone, Do
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  • Duration: 3h
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