Guided 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.
Our 2-hour trips are generally available Monday- Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keep in mind, we may be unable to offer a tour on days when other school or group programs are scheduled. Additional days and times may be available, including early afternoon tours. Either way, trips fill up quickly, this time of year, so be sure to plan ahead! Please give us a call at 912-635-5032 to reserve your guided marsh tour!
2 Hour trip:
($65 per person)
($63 per person)
3 Hour trip:
($75 per person)
($73 per person)
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. Shoes must be worn at all times). 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 $65 per single kayak, or $ 126 per tandem kayak (two-people @ $63 each). The cost for a 3-hour trip (as available) is $75 per single kayak, or $146 per tandem kayak (two-people @ $73 each)- . If you have your own kayak, you can join one of our tours for a reduced price: $45 for a 2-hour trip or $55 for a 3-hour trip.
Reservations are required.
Please call (912) 635-5032 for trip times, reservations, or additional information.
Canoe and Fishing Kayak Rentals (on Tidelands Pond only)
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 $25 per hour or $50 for the day per boat.
Fishing Kayaks (available soon) may be rented for $35 per hour or $70 for the day
Our canoes can hold up to three people per boat — we provide paddles and life vests. Rentals are available during regular operating hours only.
Fishing Kayaks can hold one person, along with fishing gear.
To fish, please bring your own fishing/crabbing gear. (You may possibly rent gear for an additional $10 per rod if supplies available at time of your canoe or fishing kayak rental).
There is no fee to fish, and all normal Georgia fishing regulations apply. (GA fishing license required, along with salt water extension).
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 though advance notice is appreciated. Please call in advance to reserve fishing kayaks.
Please call (912) 635-5032 for more information or group program rates.