Sandbar Paradise

Take an adventure through Shell Key Preserve or Tarpon Springs in a completely clear kayak in the Tampa Bay area! At Shell Key Preserve, you’ll paddle along mangroves, enjoy white sand beaches and sandbars, and search for incredible wildlife. Depending on the time of year, we see a variety of wildlife. In the summer months, keep your eyes peeled for a manatee or the beautiful pink Roseate Spoonbills. During the winter months, White Pelicans call the sandbars of Shell Key Preserve their home! Throughout the year, dolphins frolic in the crystal-clear waters of the preserve, and cormorants love to paddle alongside our tours. Even though we love showing our guests the wildlife within the preserve. Sightings are random and not guaranteed. Our Shell Key Preserve Clear Kayaks Tours take place in Tierra Verde, FL, right near St Pete Beach. We also offer an evening Glow Tour of Shell Key Preserve. Our glow tours a unique nighttime adventure where you paddle through the preserve while our color-changing, waterproof LED lights illuminate the waters below your clear kayak. At Tarpon Springs, you’ll paddle your clear kayak through the historic bayous while searching for manatees. This tour is offered seasonally during the winter months. The tour starts at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club and winds through the bayous, near Victorian-style mansions, passing by the picturesque Craig Park. You’ll then paddle into Spring Bayou, a warm water area with frequent manatee sightings! Keep your eyes peeled for manatees as they surface for air while you float alongside! You’ll also see the historic “Golden Crescent” while in the Spring Bayou Area. Along the way, your guide will keep an eye out for other wildlife including dolphins and a variety of birds. You’ll also hear about Greek Culture and the famous Sponge Docks!

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