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Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area
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Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area

By Get Up And Go Kayaking - Tampa Bay
Recommended by 99% of travelers
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$73.00
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$73.00
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Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-120, max of 10 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
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Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022

  • Equipment including tandem kayaks, paddles, seats, and dry bags
  • Safety equipment including lifejackets and whistles
What's not included
  • 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!
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 173028P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area price starts from $73.00. Discover and book Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area on Tripadvisor
What is the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area cancellation policy?
Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area is hosted by Get Up And Go Kayaking - Tampa Bay. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Get Up And Go Kayaking - Tampa Bay on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 173028P1

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
    Your guide will welcome you and provide brief paddling and safety instructions. Then, you’ll be off on an adventure as your tour guide leads the way around the mangrove islands, through the shallows, and to the beach. If the tide is high, your guide will lead the way through a hidden mangrove tunnel. You’ll also take a break at Shell Key's beach, where you can collect shells, take in the views, and be surrounded by nature. Your guide will be happy to take photos and make sure you have fun along the way! Be on the lookout for a manatee or the beautiful pink Roseate Spoonbills in the summer months. White Pelicans call the sandbars of Shell Key Preserve their home during the winter months! Throughout the year, dolphins frolic in the crystal-clear waters and cormorants love to swim alongside your kayak. Chances are that you’ll see a variety of wildlife, but sightings are random and not guaranteed.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

baylers
baylers
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Shell Island Kayak Tour
Jada was a great guide! We had so much fun. Helped us learn a ton about shell key and was kind and accommodating! W
carolrH3351JN
carolrH3351JN
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Kayaking at any Age
Alessia did a great job. She explained the mangroves well and also how hurricane Irma changed the landscape and mad
Derrick B
Derrick B
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Beautiful day on the Bayou
Jenna was great. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely capable guide. Will definitely recommend her and Get
martharc
martharc
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Great experience!
Great day!!! Jenna was a fantastic guide. Friendly, knowledgeable and patient. She explained the Tarpon Bayou the h
curlyb2023
curlyb2023
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Great time!
We went kayaking on 1/17/23 with Jada and had so much fun! The weather was perfect and she was so knowledgeable! We
11darians
11darians
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10/10
Jenna was awesome!! She was so knowledgeable and a great guide. She was super easy to talk to and you could tell sh
seansL6239WI
seansL6239WI
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Wonderful Sunset/Glow Tour with a Green Flash
Wonderful Sunset/Glow tour with perfect weather and Jenna - a superb and very knowledgeable guide. We really enjoye
reneeeb2023
reneeeb2023
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Awesome tour
Les was an awesome tour guide. Beautiful views and everything was very explained. Would do again. 10/10 recommend
Cathy K
Cathy K
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Great day on the water
We had an excellent clear kayak tour to Shell Key today. Alessia was a terrific guide! She was extremely knowledgea
TravelandYogaGirl
TravelandYogaGirl
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Fun adventure.
Incredible trip! Very educational. Jayda, our guide, was awesome! Everyone had a good time. Thank you
sarahfP4770SB
sarahfP4770SB
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Amazing kayak tour!
Bria was an expert during the tour. I loved the tour. I highly recommend others to experience this tour!
Linda-Haase-Cohen
Linda-Haase-Cohen
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Interesting and unique experience
Jenna was a knowledgable guide whose enthusiasm for Florida’s flora, fauna and wildlife was infectious. The island
Odyssey438857
Odyssey438857
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Do it !
Jenna was such an amazing tour guide ! She was ever knowledgeable and helpful ! I would definitely recommend this a
Samanta R
Samanta R
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Must do
First time doing a clear kayak experience and Jenna was amazing. Suitable for all experience levels!
N2291WBaprilb
N2291WBaprilb
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Great tour!
This was a 5 star experience! Our guide Chris was very informative regarding the tour. He was very helpful and frie
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Sandrax W
1 contribution
Jan 2023
The whole experience was awesome. Less was very knowledgable and friendly. I recommend that you know you most likely get wet so wear clothes that can dry quickly. Sit on the life jacket - it is more comfortable. Unless your camera can take good pictures through a plastic case/bag leave it locked in your car or the locker at the dock. Keep your eyes open there is so much to see. We saw Pelicans, multiple types of Heron, Ibis, lots of shell animals, other birds and the best - 2 Dolphins that accompanied us for quite awhile - they were entertaining!
Written January 19, 2023
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getupandgotampabay
Thank you for joining us for a clear kayaking adventure! We're thrilled to that you had such a great time paddling with Alessia through Shell Key Preserve and encountered so much wildlife along the way! We appreciate your review and hope you can join us again in the future!
Written January 22, 2023
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Upali
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • 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
Aug 2021 • 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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Ted C
1 contribution
Jun 2022
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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John a
2 contributions
Aug 2022
booked tour, tour gets canceled by tour guide but rescheduled for later in the day. took 10 minutes or so to get out of the loading area in the water. get into bay area and then sat around 10 minutes while tour guide called manager about weather conditions. manager said proceed with the tour, tour guide decided no we will cancel. headed back which took 20 minutes due to inexperience kayak users that need tour guide assistance which i dont mind others not knowing what they are doing but the time is the important part here since they are considering our hour tour into this time frame and said i got an hours worth out of the tour. After that i was told 50% of my money will be refunded because we used an hour. if you consider making your way out of the bay area and then floating in one spot 1/4 into the tour while waiting for your tour guide to finish talking on the phone and then heading back to the dock worth the money then this is a tour for you. we got nothing out of this tour that would be worth half the money spent. if our first tour wasnt canceled earlier in the day due to their employee being exposed to COVID our tour wouldnt have been canceled due to weather which never got bad like the manager told them. this should have been a full refund for sure if the company cared about returning customers or good business. So i recommend another company for this tour for sure. poorly handled by all parties involved in this so called tour we got. if you want to pay this money to see a small group of dolphins in the distance and birds and birds, oh the same birds , then this tour is worth the 50% and the right one for you. It was a waste of our vacation time and money.
Written September 1, 2022
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getupandgotampabay
We are sorry to hear your experience with us did not meet your expectations. We will always prioritize the safety of our guests and tour guides whether it's an illness or predicted inclement weather. Additionally, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality customer service and will take another look at this situation. We appreciate your honest feedback.
Written September 5, 2022
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Jye Foreman
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • 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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Dannah P
1 contribution
Jan 2023
The clear kayak tour was absolutely incredible! The view was serene, and it is an experience that you will not soon forget. I loved being able to see to the bottom of the water while journeying to Shell Key Preserve. Chris is knowledgeable of the wildlife, the migratory patterns, and many other facts about the area. We were fortunate to have Chris as our tour guide, as he was also able to recommend a few other places for us to check out while we were visiting the area. We were hoping to see manatees during our tour, but given that I live in Wisconsin, I wasn't familiar with their migration pattern. It turns out that Get Up and Go Kayaking offers a tour in Tarpon Springs which would allow you to see these sea cows in the winter months, though! Despite booking our tour outside of the manatee season, we still saw a ton of wildlife. I suppose we will just have to schedule another tour with Chris in the summer months so we can see the rest of what Shell Key has to offer!

If you're looking for a fun adventure and something unique, I definitely recommend booking this tour!
Written January 13, 2023
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you very much for your detailed review! We're so pleased to hear that your tour of Shell Key was incredible and picturesque, while Chris was able to share some of his insight and knowledge along the way. We hope to see you again for another adventure come summertime!
Written January 15, 2023
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Melissa S
1 contribution
Oct 2021
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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Vicki L
4 contributions
Nov 2022
Chris was amazing with our VERY inquisitive children. He made sure (to the best nature allowed) that everyone got to see the wild life they hoped to see. He even spoke directly to the local dolphins to bring the closer to our kayaks. He took all the time he could to explain which animals we were seeing & explain the habitat, behaviors & attributes of each. He thoroughly described the importance of the mangroves to the animals, people & general environment of the coastal region. It was a trip of a lifetime. We will definitely go again.
Written November 6, 2022
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your detailed review! We're delighted to hear that Chris was able to show your group so much of what makes Shell Key unique and that he was able to share his knowledge while keeping things fun. We can't wait to see you back for another adventure in the future!
Written November 7, 2022
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Karla
Miami Lakes, FL1 contribution
Jun 2021
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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