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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
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Available languages
English
What to expect
Awards
Travellers’ 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
Need help booking?
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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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 sanitised between use
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised 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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Popular mentions

5.0
2,259 reviews
Excellent
2,224
Very good
25
Average
4
Poor
1
Terrible
5

ChristyLC5
Atlanta, GA16 contributions
Get up and go kayaking is a guided kayaking tour of the Florida mangroves in a clear bottom two person kayak. A guide takes you out and points out all kinds of birds and vegetation in the area.

We really enjoyed our tour and especially enjoyed our guide, Jenna. She was very friendly and personable and had a lot of information about the area. She made sure our group stayed together and even towed one kayak when they needed a break!

She provided a wet bag so you can carry your phone and she will even take pictures for you! She recommend taking your shoes off while in the kayak but having something to walk on a rocky beach if you want. If you’d like to tip her and don’t have cash you can ask for her Venmo!

I’d highly recommend get up and go kayaking for an afternoon or evening adventure!
Written 12 June 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your kind review!! We are so glad you had a great adventure on the water with Jenna. We appreciate your recommendation and hope you'll visit again soon
Written 14 June 2021
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Karen Schroeder
8 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
I highly recommend this tour. Our guide,Jenna, was awesome. She was very knowledgeable, kind and professional. Along the way she stopped to show and speak about the various sea creatures and birds we were seeing. She was also very patient with inexperienced first time kyackers like myself. I felt very safe and it was a wonderful day
Written 15 June 2022
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Grace K
Thank you for joining us on a clear kayak adventure to Shell Key! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful day on the water and felt safe as first timer with Jenna! We appreciate your recommendation!
Written 18 June 2022
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Todd M
Virginia Beach, VA14 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
What an incredible experience. My Wife and I had no prior kayaking experience, but our guide Matt did a great job of giving us a quick tutorial on how to paddle efficiently and not fall in the water. He was also a great guide once on the water...pointing out wildlife along the way making for some great photo ops. I also enjoyed the background he gave on the mangrove and gulf beach biomes.

I highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants to experience the nature of Tampa Bay. One more shout out to Matt...as a great steward of the environment he would collect plastic he found along the way. A true testament of an environmentally conscious guide and company.
Written 14 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your five star review! We are thrilled that you chose us for your first time kayaking and really appreciate your recommendation and share in your passion for the environment! We hope that you can join us again soon!
Written 19 April 2021
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Jill D
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Friends
We tried to go for a 4:30 tour with Charlie last weekend but unfortunately we were rained out. Charlie was incredibly professional in checking the radar to make sure we were safe and explaining rebooking protocol to us. That night, the owner called me personally to offer a refund or rebook us. We rebooked at 9am this morning for a tour with Jay. It was wonderful! Jay was professional and explained so much to us as we paddled through the mangroves and explored the beach. One of my favorite things I've done since living in the Tampa Bay Area.
Written 26 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We’re so sorry that Mother Nature didn’t cooperate the first time around, but are so glad that you were able to come out again! Thanks for leaving your kudos for Jay and for your flexibility to come out with us again when the weather was better! We’re also tickled to hear that it was one of your favorite things in the area! Thanks again!
Written 27 July 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Winter A
3 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
A must do if you’re traveling to the area. We loved seeing all of the different birds and a little swim at the sand bar. Hands down our favorite part was a paddle through the mangrove tunnel - it was serene and beautiful. We will be making this part of our next trip down here. We went for the 4:30 pm start and it lined up perfectly, not too hot, not too cold. It’s a must do experience!

If you have a chance to get Jenna as your guide, she’s the best! An upbeat, knowledgeable and fun guide that both of our kids really enjoyed!

Happy paddling! 😎
Written 24 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for the 5-star review!! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience on the kayaks with Jenna! We would love to have you join us again in the future.
Written 25 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Karina S
Covina, CA2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Richard was a great tour guide for our kayak ride. He made the ride very trustworthy and fun, I even took off my life jacket as he made me feel very confident about the ride. The sunset experience was the best part of this kayaking ride - breathtaking indeed.
Written 29 March 2022
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Grace K
We are happy to hear Richard made you feel confident out on the water and that your experience was breathtaking! Thank you so much for joining us, we hope to see you soon!
Written 1 April 2022
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Jane W
2 contributions
Feb 2022
Raven was incredibly knowledgeable about the habitat, birds and sea creatures we found and others we might see. She frequently got out of her kayak to pull one up for us to see and handle (if we wanted)! Shell Island had a wonderful variety of shells for us to see and the largest full conch shell I have ever seen. She was terrific at helping us in and out of the kayaks (especially as some of us were seniors) and keeping us safe. We highly recommend the clear kayak Shell Key Preserve trip!
Written 16 February 2022
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your kind review! We're so happy to hear that Raven helped make your tour so special and that you were able to see so much wildlife. We appreciate your recommendation!
Written 20 February 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Karen E
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We loved this adventure with the clear kayaks. Although the day was cloudy, the water was warm and calm to row and clear enough to see the vegetation under water. Charlie was our tour guide and he was friendly and explained in advance how the wind was behaving so we were aware on what to expect while getting around. He gave a quick review of the basics for the unexperienced kayakers. He also took pictures for our groups. He was quick at telling us about marine animals popping up next to us. We got to see herons and some dolphins. We will definitely do this again.
Written 31 July 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your kind review!! We are so glad you had a great tour with Charlie and also got to see some dolphins! We can't wait to have you join us on another adventure.
Written 1 August 2021
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Jamie C
2 contributions
Our guide, Chris, was very informative, laidback, and friendly. He was knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. The route was easy to paddle, even for beginners like my family, and Chris was awesome, telling us exactly what to expect—which direction, oncoming currents, how to navigate the tunnels—and giving breaks when needed. The groups are small, so you can ask the guide questions or point out interesting things for everyone to see. The clear kayaks are incredible to see everything—including the cormorants who dove right under our kayaks. We went through mangrove tunnels, shelled on an island, saw numerous sea and birds species, and spotted dolphins at the end of our trip! Amazing trip and family memories (Chris took a few photos for us too)—highly recommend. If Chris is your guide, ask about his dolphin call and video!
Written 11 November 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your great review!! We are so happy to hear you were able to see so much wildlife on your trip with Chris. We really appreciate your kind words about our guide!
Written 14 November 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sherri E
1 contribution
Sep 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our kayaking experience this past Saturday. The tour started right on time, and our guide, Grace, was fabulous. She explained exactly how the tour would go and gave every participant clear instructions as to the correct way to use the paddles for an effective and enjoyable ride along the water. She was also very engaging throughout the 2-hour tour, stopping to share fun facts and all of her knowledge about the areas we were kayaking through, as well as the marine life we passed. I would highly recommend this experience for couples or families. We all had a wonderful time and would definitely do it again!
Written 28 September 2021
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Getupandgokayakingtb
Thank you for your great review!! We're so happy to hear you were able to learn more about the wildlife and preserve along your tour with Grace. We can't wait to have you join another adventure!
Written 3 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Get Up And Go Kayaking - Tampa Bay
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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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donnadQ3804RE
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Awesome evening kayak
We went on a sunset kayak in clear/see through kayaks. We used a duo kayak. It was clear and had lights. We could s
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richardhZ6141NU
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Shell key kayak trip
We had a great time kayaking out to shell key. Richard was our guide and he was very accommodating and informative
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Global03983435493
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The most amazing 2 hours you will ever experience. Blue waters, white sand, and sealife.
This was an amazing experience for my family. Our guide Jenna was so kind, and patient. Her knowledge of the area,
TimmiR3
TimmiR3
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Best kayak tour in St Petersburg
My tour guide Alicia was excellent. She kept the group at the same pace and very engaged. The View was spectacular
E1813ZXbeatrizm
E1813ZXbeatrizm
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Fun and informative adventure
What an adventure..Jenna, our guide, was great..explained the ecosystem and an incredible tour guide. HIghly recomm
379cc
379cc
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Wonderful!
What are you waiting for? Glide on clear waters. Watch creatures under your boat. Swim in the fabulous waters. Lear
nathaliecaumartin
nathaliecaumartin
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Very nice eco tour! But I would recommend single kayak to this tour.
Very wonderful eco tour! But recommend single kayak. Shell key beautiful a lot of shells sand dollars to pick up. D
strommie
strommie
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Fun
This is a very fun and relaxing experience. We had Richard as our guide. I know he was training someone, but I fo
37saget
37saget
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Beautiful & unique adventure!
Wonderful adventure! Really fun and unique opportunity to see the estuary & mangrove habitats at night! Sunset was