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↠ ABOUT THE TOURS ↞

Take an adventure to Shell Key Preserve or Tarpon Springs in a completely clear kayak – right in the Tampa Bay area! At Shell Key Preserve, you’ll weave through mangroves, enjoy white sand beaches and sandbars, and search for incredible wildlife. At Tarpon Springs, you’ll paddle through the historic bayous while searching for manatees. The tour stops in Spring Bayou, a warm water area with frequent manatee sightings!

↠ MEET OUR TEAM ↞

Jenna

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Jenna holds her degrees in environmental science and business marketing! She holds certifications in boater safety, high ropers, and belaying! She has experience working with Florida Fish and Wildlife educating others about the environment! Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours is seeing people get out of their comfort zones and thrive in the open water! She loves the reactions people have when she teaches them something about the plants and animals around them (especially when cormorants follow our boats)! A fun fact about Jenna: she loves backpacking and has completed 1,000 miles of the Appalachian trail thus far.

Chris

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Chris holds his degree in graphic design and began studying environmental science as well! He is a south Florida native who is absolutely in love with this tropical paradise he calls home. He loves that Shell Key Preserve is an ever-changing educational platform for both himself and our guests. He is naturally inquisitive, awed, surprised, and inspired by what he encounters on his tours. He truly enjoys seeing the excitement, smiles, and laughter his guests experience when they are introduced to the amazing environmental aspects and habitats of the area! Fun fact about Chris: he is a certified yoga instructor and avid runner!

Alessia

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Alessia’s passion for the environment took hold in her environmental science high school magnet program (JERFSA)! She now holds her degree in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University! She has a love for traveling and has done study abroad research in Ecuador, San Salvador Bahamas, and Ghana. After two years of guiding on Captiva Island, she has continued her passion here on Shell Key to share the wonders of these ecosystems with tourists and especially locals! Her favorite part of giving tours is getting to take people past the surface level of what catches their eye and show them how vibrant even a “quiet” day can be! Fun fact about Alessia is that she is a shell fanatic!

Raven

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Raven is currently studying environmental studies at the University of Tampa! She has experience conducting research on endangered species in the Bahamas! Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours is that each is unique, and she is always finding different wildlife each trip! A fun fact about Raven: she is an avid birder!

Charlie

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Charlie holds his degree in Environmental Studies and Economics with a minor in Coastal Management! He also has multiple years’ experience researching and paddling the waterways of Tampa Bay! His favorite things about giving kayak tours is allowing people the opportunity to safely interact with wildlife and continuing to learn about the environment. A fun fact about Charlie is that he loves to scuba and free dive!

Grace

Grace graduated from Eckerd College with a degree in Marine Science. She is passionate about public outreach and marine conservation. Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours is being able to spend her days immersed in nature educating guests on the unique ecosystems within Shell Key Preserve. Fun fact: she has swam with many different species of sharks including bull sharks, great hammerheads, black tip reef sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks.

Richard

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Richard is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in psychology! He has experience working as a lifeguard and providing zipline and paddle board tours in the Tampa Bay area! His favorite thing about giving tours is helping people become more comfortable in nature and around wildlife! A fun fact about Richard: he has surfed more than 30 beaches in Florida from Miami to Panama City!

Jack

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Jack is currently studying marine science at Eckerd College! He has previously interned with the Mote Marine Laboratory and has conducted marine life research in Cuba! His favorite thing about giving tours in Shell Key is being able to take his knowledge about marine science and teach others about the diversity of the ocean! A fun fact about Jack: he plays soccer and lacrosse in his free time!

TOP-RATED TAMPA BAY KAYAK TOURS
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Amazing

Jenna was an amazing tour guide. She paced the trip perfectly, keeping all of her guests close by - accurately assessing our paddling experience, and keeping us all interested in the ecosystems of the area! We got a beautiful evening and trip AND great insight into what goes into sustainability and why. It was clear that Jenna is an expert in the topic and she was great at sharing what she knows.We hope to go on this tour again, I know we'll see something new & different each time!

– Regina M. | Tripadvisor
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Loved It

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.

– Karina S. | Tripadvisor
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Great Adventure

While visiting from the Chicago area, my daughter, her boyfriend and I had an awesome kayaking experience with Raven. The weather was perfect and the water was calm. Raven always showed us as much as she could and knew a lot about the marine life and the history of the surrounding islands and waterways. Raven has a great sense of humor and is polite and super positive. It was a wonderful experience during our Spring break! Thanks!!!

– Jen G. | Tripadvisor
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Fantastic

We took the 430 p.m. tour and our guide was Raven. She was fantastic! Great customer service skills, friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I loved all the details she gave us about the wildlife and the mangroves importance to the area. I highly recommend this tour!

– SS. | Tripadvisor
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A Must Do!

I had a great kayaking tour with our guide Alessia. She made the trip interesting because she found many sea creatures and shared her knowledge about each of them. And just as the trip was ending the highlight of our tour were the dolphin and her baby swimming around our kayaks.

– Lori S. | Tripadvisor

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