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Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get out on the water and see Tampa Bay from a new perspective with this kayaking tour. Ride in a clear kayak—which has the advantage of greater visibility of the underwater world. Along the way look out for coastal birds, marine life, and the beautiful mangroves. No need to worry about missing out on photo opportunities—the trip includes photo stops and a break at Shell Key to enjoy its beach and sandbars.
  • Go paddling in a clear kayak to admire the underwater world
  • Travel light—all the kayaking equipment you need is provided
  • Access great views of Tampa Bay's nature spots and wildlife
  • A safe kayaking experience—life jackets and whistles are provided
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Equipment including tandem kayaks, paddles, seats, and dry bags
Safety equipment including lifejackets and whistles
Gratuities
Bottled water
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!

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Get Up And Go Kayaking - Tampa Bay
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure location for the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:We meet for this tour at Billy’s Stone Crab, 1 Collany Rd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Apr 2021
Q:
How many people can participate in the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:Our fleet is small (5 kayaks) so expect an exclusive experience (no more than 10 people at a time).
Apr 2021
Q:
What will I see during the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:The tour has several stops along the way where you will hear about local wildlife, marine life, and plant life! You will be able to get up close to Florida’s natural mangroves and to hop out on a sandy shoreline or sandbar based on the tide!
Apr 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle and a towel.
Apr 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:We recommend wearing a swimsuit or clothing that can get wet, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my child with me on the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:Children are allowed but required by law to wear life jackets at all times if under 6 years old. The child must sit in a kayak for the duration of our tour. If your child is under 30 lbs, please bring an appropriate life jacket as sizing is specific.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area if I am not an experienced kayaker?
A:Our tours are made for any skill level to participate. We will have basic tips and tricks to help you maneuver the waterways. Some paddling may be considered intermediate but we try our best to paddle at a pace that is convenient for every paddler!
Apr 2021
Q:
Will I be sharing a kayak during the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:All of our kayaks are tandem (made for 2 paddlers). However, the seats are removable and if you have an odd number of paddlers in your party we are able to accommodate the kayak as a single.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there a weight limit to participate in the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:Our weight limit is no more than 250 lbs per person and no more than 425 lbs per kayak. All of our kayaks are double kayaks. Keep in mind, the same 250 lb per-person weight limit still applies even if taking a kayak as a single.
Apr 2021
Q:
"Is the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area handicap accessible?"
A:Due to the nature of kayaking, all guests must have upper-body mobility and the capacity to walk up and down steps to enter/exit kayaks.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area.

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star-5
Beautiful views going...
Svetlana_N
, May 2022
Beautiful views going through the tunnels and the shell beach was amazing. A little bit of work out was nice too.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for joining us on a clear kayak adventure! We are happy to hear you had beautiful views your entire trip! We hope to see you again!
star-5
Amazing
Edita_S
, May 2022
Our tour guy Rick was great! Very informative and knowledgeable as we learned many new things about natures creatures. The shell beach water was gorgeous and definitely the highlight of the tour. Thanks again for an amazing kayak experience!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for joining us on a clear kayak adventure! We are delighted to hear you learned plenty of new things about the critters in Shell Key Preserve! You're welcome and we hope to have you back!
star-4
Potential was there but company ruined it!
Tracey_C
, May 2022
Our guide, Ben, was great but we booked two reservations and we’re made to go tandem because there were not enough kayaks. The company overbooked and we paid the price. My husband and I are experienced kayakers and DO NOT like tandem. Will not use this service again for that reason. Bait and switch. Book carefully.
star-5
Memoriable
Liza_N
, Apr 2022
Shell beach was amazing. Our tour guide was Charlie and he really made our visit spectacular. Charlie explained everything and stood with us the whole way through. I would definitely recommend this tour. Next time I want to go at night.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so happy you enjoyed Shell Key!! We agree, the beach really is beautiful. We can't wait to have you back on a night kayaking adventure!
star-5
Clear Kayak Fun!
Lindsay_B
, Mar 2022
The kayak trip was such a fun experience! It was a beautiful day. We got to see lots of birds, a dolphin, crabs, fish, jellyfish, etc and learn about the wildlife and history of the area.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Wow, it sounds like you saw a ton of local wildlife on your kayak adventure!! We are delighted to hear you had such a great experience. Come back and visit us soon!
star-5
Do it!
Shannon_S
, Mar 2022
My family had such a great time, even my 3 year old! It was a very unique experience and Raven was an awesome guide!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are glad to hear that everyone in your family had such a great time with Raven! Thank you for paddling with us, we hope to see you soon!
star-5
Once in a lifetime
Jay_e
, Mar 2022
Richard our guide was great. Shared so much knowledge. Breathtaking beautiful. Highlight of our trip.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for your five star review! We are thrilled to hear that Richard was great and that you thought the preserve was beautiful! We hope you can join us again one day soon for another clear kayak adventure!
star-5
Hands down this was my...
Marisa_M
, Mar 2022
Hands down this was my favorite experience while vacationing in St. Pete’s! Tour guide was great and super knowledgeable about the creatures and the waters we were traveling through. I loved that the kayaks were clear and we could see everything. Shell island was also super cool to stop at and explore.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We are thrilled to hear your clear kayak adventure was such a highlight on your trip!! We are grateful for your kind review and hope you'll join us again the next time you're in town!!
star-5
Fantastic Experience!
Kari_B
, Mar 2022
This trip was AWESOME! Less was a great guide! She was so knowledgeable of the preserve, I appreciated her information about the wildlife. Would highly recommend this adventure!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your review!! We are so happy to know Alessia was able to make your tour so wonderful. We really appreciate your recommendation and hope you'll join us again soon!
star-5
Awesome Kayak adventure
Diane_W
, Mar 2022
Jenna was a great tour guide. We had a blast and came home with a bag of shells and sand dollars. We saw birds, a dolphin and even had a shark swim by us.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your 5-star review!! We're thrilled you were able to see so much wildlife and even experience a shark sighting!! We're so appreciative of your thoughtful words for our guide, Jenna.

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