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Shell Key Preserve Clear Kayak Tour

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Explore Shell Key Preserve on a Kayaking Tour near St. Pete Beach!

See crystal-clear water & diverse marine life while clear kayaking near St. Petersburg, FL

You’ll paddle along mangroves, enjoy white sand beaches and sandbars, and explore a secluded beach. As you kayak near St. Pete Beach within Shell Key Preserve, the water will get clearer as you approach the gulf. While paddling, remember to look through your clear kayak to see the underwater world below! Shell Key Preserve is located near St. Pete Beach in the Tampa Bay area.

Kayak with dolphins, manatees, pelicans, crabs, and more as you explore Shell Key Preserve

Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, manatees, pelicans, crabs, and more while enjoying the preserve’s picturesque mangroves, beaches, and sandbars.

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.

Learn about Shell Key Preserves wildlife and ecosystems from your knowledgeable eco-tour guide

TripAdvisor rated your tour as the #1 Nature & Outdoor Experience in the world in 2022.

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, 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!

Enjoy a unique St. Pete night kayak tour while your light up kayak illuminates the waters below

Enjoy a unique nighttime tour while your color-changing, waterproof LED lights illuminate the waters below your clear kayak.

Explore the waters of Shell Key Preserve while looking for wildlife, taking in the stars, and lighting up the water beneath you. Depending on the departure time, you may witness an incredible sunset. As dusk falls, you’ll turn on your lights to illuminate the water below. Your tour guide will lead the way on a true adventure through Shell Key Preserve. Plan on wearing long sleeves and/or long pants, with bug spray underneath your clothing to deter mosquitos.

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