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Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area provided by Get Up And Go Kayaking - Tampa Bay

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Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area

Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Available languages
English
What to expect
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 173028P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Equipment including tandem kayaks, paddles, seats, and dry bags
  • Safety equipment including lifejackets and whistles
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • While we have bottles available, we HIGHLY encourage guests to bring REUSABLE water bottles!
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Billy's Stone Crab, 1 Collany Rd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA Please park in the dirt lot to the left of Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant. You will see Kayak Tour signs. Once you arrive - follow the wooden restaurant entrance ramp the front of Billy’s Stone Crab back to the docks where you'll see the clear kayaks + your guide!
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • For your safety, we have a weight limit of 250 lbs per guest, and a combined limit of 425 lbs for two people in a tandem kayak
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Equipment including tandem kayaks, paddles, seats, and dry bags
  • Safety equipment including lifejackets and whistles
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • While we have bottles available, we HIGHLY encourage guests to bring REUSABLE water bottles!
Departure details
  • Billy's Stone Crab, 1 Collany Rd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA Please park in the dirt lot to the left of Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant. You will see Kayak Tour signs. Once you arrive - follow the wooden restaurant entrance ramp the front of Billy’s Stone Crab back to the docks where you'll see the clear kayaks + your guide!
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • For your safety, we have a weight limit of 250 lbs per guest, and a combined limit of 425 lbs for two people in a tandem kayak
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Billy's Stone Crab
    1 Collany Rd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA
    Please park in the dirt lot to the left of Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant. You will see Kayak Tour signs. Once you arrive - follow the wooden restaurant entrance ramp the front of Billy’s Stone Crab back to the docks where you'll see the clear kayaks + your guide!
    See address & details
  • 1
    Shell Key
    Stop: 2 hours
    We'll get you checked in right when you arrive to allow for the most possible time on the water! Once you're all checked in, we'll give some basic paddle instructions and information about the tour ahead. We'll get you loaded up into your clear kayak and off we go! The paddle will last about 2 to 2.5 hours depending on the speed of our group and any wildlife we may see along the way. We will be sure to take plenty of pictures and give some awesome unique facts about the area on our several picturesque stopping points! There will even be a couple chances for you to get out and explore Florida's unique marine habitats! The first half of the paddle will be along side of the beautiful mangroves with our first stop being a mangrove tunnel (tide permitting), the second half will be a paddle across the blue waters to Shell Key where we will take time to enjoy the pristine sandbars and beach, finally we will paddle along the wildlife sanctuary to catch a glimpse of some native coastal birds! Be ready for lots of great local nature and wildlife along the way!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
2,395 reviews
Excellent
2,359
Very good
25
Average
5
Poor
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Terrible
5

Upali
1 contribution
Family
Went with multiple family members including kids one 5 and other 6 yo. Kayaks fit two people. Kids usually go in the front, they can paddle with half a paddle if they want. Its Florida so bring sunscreen and water. Our tour guide was great, her name is Raven, highly recommended. She was super helpful loading and unloading everyone at different stops including the kids. This was our first experience with get up and go kayaking and it was excellent. Everyone had a lot of fun. I don’t know if it’s because of inflation but overall I thought it was a bit pricey. I think of course the whole clear kayaks adds a bit to the price, they do a good job trying to keep the kayaks clear but personally i dont think it enhances the experience. The water is so clear that you could see everything on the side of the kayak anyway. Highly recommended overall.
Written July 16, 2022
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Wow! thank you for such a detailed review and recommendation! It's great to hear that Raven was a helpful guide and that your first experience with us was an excellent one. We hope to paddle with you again!
Written July 17, 2022
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Anthony B
1 contribution
Couples
My wife and I had an absolutely amazing experience following Chris around and exploring the beautiful views and wildlife of Shell Key. We learned so much from from Chris who was very knowledgeable about the history of the key and especially the wildlife that inhabits it. He kept a great pace that allowed everyone to keep up with minimal effort and we never felt rushed. He definitely encouraged us to take our time and enjoy the views as well as ask any questions we had. We wholeheartedly recommend this trip for anyone looking to spend a few hours together getting a little exercise and enjoying some pretty awesome views and wildlife. We will be back to try some of the other experiences that this company has to offer.
Written September 6, 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your great review!! We are thrilled to know you and your wife had such a fun time on the water with Chris. We really appreciate your recommendation. We can't wait to have you back!
Written September 13, 2021
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Jye Foreman
2 contributions
Couples
Highly recommend this tour! I booked the 7:30am time slot, and it was absolutely worth waking up before sunrise on a Sunday. Chris was knowledgeable about the wildlife; consistently affirmed us as newbie kayakers; took amazing photos of us; and had a cool, easygoing personality. 10/10 recommend.
Written September 7, 2020
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Thank you so much for your recommendation! We love starting the day off with our guests bright and early at the Preserve! Thank you again for paddling with us, and we hope to have you join is again one day soon! We also have nighttime tours if you want to sleep in next time!
Written September 7, 2020
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Ted C
1 contribution
Wanted to take my son on the nighttime glow up tour; arrived for tour and guide was taking boats out of the water. Apparently I'd accidentally booked the morning tour, not the evening glow tour. Since we scheduled time was past, they offered no refunds or discounts for a reschedule. "There's nothing we can do" was all they would say. Horrible experience, don't recommend.
Written June 30, 2022
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getupandgotampabay
Hello Theodore, We're sorry that you were unable to make your originally scheduled tour with us. As you stated, you had booked our 7:30am tour for your travel date and despite 1 confirmation email at the time of reserving, 1 reminder email the day before, and a text message the morning of with the correct time and date, you still did not show up to your scheduled tour. Our guide was on site for your 7:30am tour and had all the equipment set up and ready to host you and your son - they even called you and left a voicemail the morning of the tour. Had you realized the mistake in your reservation before the tour took place, we may have been able to accommodate a reschedule to the tour you preferred but we did not have advance notice. Additionally, our booking policies are very clear when you reserve with us - that guests that no-show for their tour forfeit the cost of their tour, as we still incur costs regardless of whether you are in attendance or not. We do our best to ensure guests are aware of the time and date of their tour by sending multiple emails and texts and ensuring our website is easily usable for making reservations. We're sorry that you were unable to join us and wish you the best in the future.
Written July 2, 2022
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Melissa S
1 contribution
We had a wonderful time on our tour. We had a variety of ages our youngest being 4 and the oldest being recently retired. Our tour-guide Jenna kept everyone involved, including having squirt guns for our littlest to "cool off" the other family members who were paddling. It was one of the most memorable parts of our family trip and highly recommend checking them out if you are in the area.
Written November 2, 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your great review!! We’re so thrilled to hear Jenna helped make you and your family’s kayak experience so wonderful. We hope you’ll join us on another adventure soon!
Written November 7, 2021
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Karla
Miami Lakes, FL1 contribution
Everything was breathtaking! Jenna our guide was always checking in on everyone and always offered tips to improve paddling. There were also many birds hunting for food nearby and they were "playful" by swimming underneath the both and besides us. It was a fun experience, make sure to do it in the morning or sunset time where the sun isn't at it's strength if in the summer. Hope you have a wonderful time and a guide as amazing as Jenna! :)
Written June 6, 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your kind words about Jenna!! We're so happy you enjoyed your clear kayak adventure and we hope you'll join us again soon!
Written June 7, 2021
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Karina
1 contribution
Our experience on the clear kayak tour was amazing! We saw dolphins, shorebirds, jellies and more. The experience of kayaking in a clear bottom kayak around the mangroves made the price 100% worth it. it was so cool to see all the critters and life right through the bottom of the boat. Grace was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and friendly! Best to go with a friend or a partner so you can share the work of paddling the kayak :)
Written November 15, 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your great review!! We're so glad you enjoyed your clear kayak adventure with Grace. It sounds like you got to see lots of wildlife on the water!! We hope to see you again soon!
Written November 21, 2021
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Shawna H
1 contribution
Family
We had a great sunset tour even though Mother Nature did not deliver the sunset! Our guide, Raven, was very informative and personable. She interacted with the adults and children in our group, knew all of our names, explained in advance what we were most likely to see or not see, and took the extra effort to show us where to look for sand dollars (something we had missed earlier in our vacation). It was a great way to end our spring break trip!
Written April 3, 2022
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getupandgotampabay
Thank you for joining us for a clear kayaking adventure of Shell Key Preserve! We're thrilled to see you had a great experience paddling with Raven and found sand dollars along the way! Hope to have you join us again in the future!
Written April 4, 2022
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Julia Szatmari
4 contributions
Couples
The only available time left for the day when I tried to book was 6pm and I was thinking it's kind of late, but I'm glad we went that time. The sun was still up and hot, but still better than during daytime, don't forget sunscreen.
Our guide was Matt, who was very friendly, funny and professional. He was also very knowledgeable, we learned a lot on this trip and had a great time. My husband was skeptical at first going, but he really enjoyed the trip so glad we went. We also met some very nice and friendly people who came in our group, I would very much recommend this activity to everyone.
Written June 6, 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
We're so glad you ended up enjoying the evening kayak trip!! Thank you for your recommendation, we hope you'll be back soon!
Written June 7, 2021
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Karla and Mike W
Saint Paul, MN4 contributions
Family
What a lovely experience! Our family of 4 (kids 9 and 6) had such a wonderful afternoon of kayaking with Alessia. We knew from the reviews that we were in for a promising experience. And yes the experience delivered all what the previous reviews advertised. Alessia our tour guide was just cool, encouraging, chill, shared her skills and knowledge. It was the little details that elevated the trip even more. The locking up stuff we didn't take on the kayak, but providing dry bags for the stuff we did take in the kayak, to the simple and concise kayak instructions, to the offering of water bottles, to Alessia taking photos and video of our group and then sharing those with us, promptly. As parents of two young kids, to have a few photos of us documented on the trip is priceless. Each trip out will produce different animals and sights to see but it's evident that the service level and commitment to a stellar customer experience remains constant. Book your trip.
Written November 9, 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your kind review!! Okay e are so happy to hear you and your family had such an amazing experience kayaking with Alessia. We’re grateful for your recommendation and thoughtful words about our staff!
Written November 14, 2021
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tombnguyen
tombnguyen
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Thorough Fun Tour
We were first time kayakers. Ben was very thorough in guiding us. The tour was a relaxed tour. We stopped in numero
284deannaf
284deannaf
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Great Glow Tour Experience!
Ben was great! The mangrove tunnel was very cool and the overall experience was enjoyable. Highly recommend!!
stephennole
stephennole
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Excellent evening excursion.
Excellent night tour with Ben. He was friendly, funny & very informative. The whole experience was extremely cool &
R8196XWnicoleb
R8196XWnicoleb
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Awesome
We had a great time and Charlie was a great tour guide! The wildlife and sunset were amazing! I would totally recom
541analizaa
541analizaa
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Awesome!!
Jada was a fantastic guide!! She was very informative about the environment and was interactive with the group. Boo
jweaver4288
jweaver4288
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Clear kayaks
Beautiful, calm water and a knowledgeable guide. We even saw a dolphin and a shark. Thanks, Richard!
926kristier
926kristier
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Beautiful Views
Had a great time! Beautiful views, cool animals, and the tour guide (Richard) was very informative on the local wil
861audreyh
861audreyh
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Amazing!
Chris was an amazing guide! You could tell he had a passion for his “job” and was eager to teach and answer everyo
jacobspeabody
jacobspeabody
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Fantastic glow tour!
Jenna was a fantastic guide and was very knowledgeable about every creature that we saw on the trip.
822eldarc
822eldarc
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Clear Kayaking
The tour was amazing Chris did a good job making sure we all had what we need and were safe out there. The clear ka
morgancQ1129GG
morgancQ1129GG
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Awesome!
Was absolutely amazing! Richard did an amazing job with the tour. He had so much knowledge to share!
michellezJ7027LF
michellezJ7027LF
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amazing tour amongst the mangroves
absolutely dope!! jenna was an incredible guide - so knowledgeable about the mangroves, ecosystem and wildlife. she
thomas0664
thomas0664
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Must do kayaking adventure.
Jenna was very knowledgeable. We had so much fun learning about all the wildlife. Saw dolphins up close
amandatR8120JE
amandatR8120JE
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Fantastic!
We had Jenna as our guide for our second trip…she was knowledgeable and amazing! Thank you so much for a fantastic
janet k
janet k
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Brilliant!!
Just beautiful. Only 5 kayaks-seems this is max- guide ( Richie) knew a lot about the area and wildlife. Highly rec
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