Kayak Tours

Join us for a guided kayak tour in the salt marshes around Jekyll Island!  Our guided kayak tours offer you a crab’s-eye view of Jekyll’s tidal creeks. As you paddle you might see herons, egrets, and wood storks feeding along the banks, diving pelicans and terns, and fiddler crabs by the thousands. Dolphins are frequently sighted, as well as the occasional manatee. Our guides are experienced naturalists who will share the secrets of the ecology of this fascinating environment.

Covid-19 update: We currently have a limited schedule for our guided kayak tours. Our 2-hour trips are generally available Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Trips fill up quickly, as we have a smaller group size than usual. Due to staff limitations, we may be unable to offer a tour on days when school group programs are scheduled. Please give us a call at 912-635-5032 to reserve your guided tour of the marsh!

2 Hour trip:

$60 single

$116 tandem

3 Hour trip:


$70 single

$135 tandem


Our trips are suitable for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Each trip includes orientation and basic paddling instruction. All equipment is provided. All you need to bring is water to drink and shoes that can get wet. (Expect your feet to get wet as you enter and exit the boat.) We also recommend a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Please dress comfortably for your on-water excursion.

Kayak trips are offered year-round. The cost for a 2-hour trip is $60 per single kayak, or $ 116 per tandem kayak (two-people @ $58 each). The cost for a 3-hour trip is $70 per single kayak, or $135 per tandem kayak (two-people @ $67.50 each)- currently unavailable.  If you have your own kayak, you can join one of our tours for a reduced price: $40 for a 2-hour trip or $50 for a 3-hour trip.

Reservations are required.

Please call (912) 635-5032 for trip times, reservations, or additional information.

Fishing and Canoe Rentals

Enjoy fishing or relaxing on Tidelands Pond, a 17-acre saltwater pond adjacent to Tidelands Nature Center. A variety of species of saltwater fish and marine invertebrates are located in the Tidelands Pond.

Watch as mullet jump high out of the water, fiddler crabs scurry along the banks, blue crabs crawl on the bottom, and schools of spot feed just beneath the water’s surface.

Canoes may be rented for $20 per hour or $40 for the day per boat.

Our canoes can hold up to three people per boat — we provide paddles and life vests. Rentals are available during regular operating hours only.

To fish, you must bring your own fishing/crabbing gear.
There is no fee to fish, and all normal Georgia fishing regulations apply.

Tidelands Pond is also home to many birds, including nesting ospreys, egrets, and herons in summer, while mergansers, cormorants, and bufflehead ducks visit in winter months. Gas-powered boats are prohibited on Tidelands Pond. Kayaks and canoes are welcome.

No reservations are required to rent canoes.

Please call (912) 635-5032 for more information or group program rates.