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Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup
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icon6 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Leave behind the bustle of Las Vegas—and get up close and personal with the beautiful Colorado River—on this half-day kayaking tour. Hop aboard your shuttle at the Mandalay Bay Resort, head to Willow Beach, and grab your life jackets and paddles. Then, set off on a gentle, 5-mile (8-kilometer) trip down the Black Canyon, complete with trips to the Emerald Cave. Snacks and water are included.
  • Enjoy an active way to explore the Colorado River and Black Canyon
  • Safety gear, kayaking guidance, and refreshments all included
  • Round-trip transit from the Las Vegas Strip makes logistics easy
  • This kayaking excursion is beginner- and family-friendly
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Shuttle pick up from the Mandalay Bay Hotel if you paid 119 USD per person
Self drive option (no shuttle pickup) if you paid 99 USD per person
Professional kayak tour guide
Single or double kayak and life vest
Snacks, banana, granola bar, water
Gratuities
National park entry fee $15/adult, free for kids or active military ID or NPS card.
National Park entry fee with self-transportation $25/vehicle
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
25804 N Willow Beach , 25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ 86445, USA

If you drive yourself to the launch site, please check in at our white Ford Transit with a kayak trailer on the designated paddle-craft area. Far left side of the beach! Las Vegas SUP Kayak Club.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino , 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119-1006
10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.IMPORTANT: Pick-up location is at the Mandalay Bay Hotel - Valet Pick-up area, Lower Level. Pickup is at 10:00AM, drop off is at 4pm. We send our customers a reminder message with all the details one day before the kayak tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Maximum weight limit is 300lb/person
  • It's a family friendly group activity, No Alcohol or Smoking Allowed.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Las Vegas SUP Kayak Club
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How do I arrange pickup for the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:The meeting location is the Hoover Dam Lodge on U.S. 93 in Boulder City or from the Mandalay Bay Hotel at the shuttle pick-up area on the lower level. Please specify your preferred departure location in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Aug 2021
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How early before the Departure time will I be picked up for the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:Meeting time (pick up) is between 9 and 10 AM at Mandalay Bay in the Shuttle & Tour Pick-up area. Be sure to call the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm the exact pickup details.
Aug 2021
Q:
Do I need kayak experience to enjoy the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:This tour accommodates all skill levels. You will be using top-quality kayaks with rudders for easy steering.
Aug 2021
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How far do we kayak during the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:This is a 5-mile kayaking adventure where you will spend approximately 3 hours on the water.
Aug 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:Please bring a hat, sunglasses, sunblock, water shoes, (no flip-flops!) and a great attitude.
Aug 2021
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What should I wear on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:Wear layered clothing and be sure to wear your swimsuit under your clothes.
Aug 2021
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Do I need to bring food or water with me on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:Healthy snacks, fruit, and bottled water are provided. If you have any specific snacks you'd like, feel free to bring them along with you. Note: Alcohol and smoking are not permitted on the tour at any time.
Aug 2021
Q:
What happens if there is bad weather on the date of my Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, the local operator will reach out to you to arrange a different date or a full refund.
Aug 2021
Q:
Are the guides knowledgeable on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:Yes. The guides have extensive kayaking history and are very knowledgeable in kayaking as well as the areas you will be visiting during the tour.
Aug 2021
Q:
Are there any additional fees for the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup ?
A:The National Park Services (NPS) Permit is not included and can be purchased upon arrival for $15 USD per person. Guests who are active military (with ID), NPS Passholders, or children under 16 are admitted for free.
Aug 2021
Q:
Is there a place to leave our personal belongings while we are kayaking?
A:You are welcome to leave your things on the shuttle while kayaking. For safety, please refrain from bringing any valuables on the tour with you.
Mar 2022
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup.

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  • "This can be physically challenging if you’ve never kayaked before (it’s a couple hours long) or if you encounter winds!" See review
  • "Our group had about 12 people, and we were all allowed to paddle at our own pace." See review

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star-5
Brianna was great!!
Alexa_M
, Jun 2022
Lots of facts and information with the beautiful landscape and water. Brianna was fun, considerate and sweet.
star-5
Amazing experience! I...
Zakiyah_R
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience! I would do this again 100000%. It was my first time and it was super easy once you got the hang of it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Honestly couldn't recommend this enough
Urszula_S
, Jun 2022
Great tour! The guide was incredible. The river and the views were just breathtaking. Definitely worth the money, by far one of my favourite trips ever. I have never seen water that green before. You're provided with snacks (bananas and granola bars) and unlimited water. You also stop at the beach and go for a dip, and go for a little hike. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very interactive, with lots of little facts about the plants and the area.
star-5
Amazing Trip with an amazing guide
James_P
, Jun 2022
This was hands down the best part of our Vegas vacation. Scenery was amazing and Dave our tour guide was the best! Highly recommend!
star-5
Gorgeous day on the Colorado River!
Diane_L
, Jun 2022
We had a great time and our guide Captain Guy Morgan was amazing! He went above and beyond to make it a wonderful experience. The cave itself, although beautiful, is very small. Still, we had so much fun on the river I would recommend the tour to anyone who loves the outdoors and a little adventure!
star-5
Worth it
Carolyn_B
, Jun 2022
What a great day we had at Emerald Cave. The pick up was well organized and our guide, Jacob was full of local knowledge, provided fun conversation, ensured everyone was well taken care of and was even able to get us a big horned sheep sighting to finish the day on a high. It was a great day overall and a welcome break from the busy Las Vegas Strip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Kayak adventure
Matt_B
, Jun 2022
Just meeting really nice people, it was a great group. Our guide was absolutely awesome. The day was long, but went by quickly. I hadn't kayaked since I was a kid, my dad and I went often, so it took me back down memory lane. Great memories too.
star-5
The fruit being tossed...
Ernesto_G
, Jun 2022
The fruit being tossed from the kayak!!! What a fun kayak experience though!!! The water was also the perfect temperature!!!
star-5
Great!!
Garrett_D
, Jun 2022
It was just laying in the water and relaxing with nature. I wish the caves were more but it wasn’t too disappointing
star-4
Go for the kayaking not the cave
Maurice_H
, Jun 2022
Kayaking on the river was awesome. The emerald cave not so much. We could have skipped the cave and the hour long wait to enter and it would have been 5 stars.
star-5
Beautiful, great experience
Robin_K
, Jun 2022
Jacob, our tour guide was excellent & made the experience even better! The best thing we have done while visiting Las Vegas. Was above our expectations!
star-5
10/10 would recommend
Megan_B
, Jun 2022
Omg! Such an amazing experience Russ our tour guide was so informative and so funny! He really made the experience so much fun and the time just fly. He really new his stuff and you could tell that this wasn’t just a job for him, that he really had a passion for education about the plants and nature all around us! My husband and I being fellow history and nature enthusiasts ourselves loved that. The company really showed they cared about are well being by contacting us and informing us of a wind advisory and explained it wasn’t best for new timers and children to take this trip due to the high winds that were predicted to happen for our trip. They offered a full refund or the option the reschedule. We all decided we were all up for the challenge and decided to still go. They moved our trip from 10am to 9am to beat the high winds. Russ gave us all such great tips, that going down to emerald cove would be easy but going back we would get hit by the winds. He was very much correct but he told us to always keep a steady Patel and to not stop and loose the momentum we have, and boy did that help me! I’m sorry for the long spew of words and I’m not normally a writer but I just so loved this trip and wanted to give a good review. 10/10 would recommend and do again Russ thank you so much again for the wonderful day!
star-5
Great time!!
Jasmine_T
, Jun 2022
Would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a fun outdoor adventure. We had Allen as our tour guide and he was amazing. We went on a day that was pretty windy. It helped us on our way to the cave but it was brutal coming back. And if it wasn’t for Allen helping us get back I don’t know what would’ve happened lol. So just check the weather for your date and if you aren’t up for a windy challenge don’t go when there’s winds. Other than that amazing experience!
star-5
Great experience!
Victoria_F
, Jun 2022
Our guides were very knowledgeable of the history of the area. Rus and Brianna were both positive and encouraging! The views were incredible. Highly recommend.
star-5
Amazing day!
Kristin_W
, Jun 2022
We were picked up right on time at Mandalay Bay. Our tour guide, Jacob was friendly, professional, and fun! He gave us information of the surrounding area on the way to the beach and then made sure everyone was safely in their kayaks. The views along the river were gorgeous! Jacob took pictures of everyone along the way. We stopped after getting to the cove for a short hike, snack break, and more pictures before kayaking back to the beach. It was an amazing day!
star-5
Emerald cove was beautiful
Tina_W
, Jun 2022
It was a beautiful adventure! Our guide was very knowledgeable! He explained a lot of past native Indian plants and there uses. He took group pictures for us. He was great!
star-5
Incredible
Cydni_B
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide (Dave) was absolutely amazing! This was absolutely incredible experience. This was our first time kayaking and we had a blast.
star-5
Russ our guide was...
frank_j
, Jun 2022
Russ our guide was awesome and did a great job during our tour. The water was beautiful and the scenery was outstanding
star-5
The scenic views and...
Sodan_M
, Jun 2022
The scenic views and water were beautiful and our tour guide was amazing. My friends and got to experience something beyond the typical Vegas scene on our visit and it was definitely worth the time.
star-5
An Honest Review
dianeski
, Jun 2022
The trip was amazing. Despite the heat the trip was an 11/10. Our guide Benjamin was phenomenal. He was funny, kind, knowledgeable and kept us safe. He told us stories about the river and the people who used to live there, and he took us on a brief hike to show us some history. I would highly recommend him. The owner of the kiack company, Bali, was so helpful. He made the whole process easy and comfortable. I would recommend calling and talking to him about booking directly through him. However Viator was also very helpful and gave continuous updates. Overall, we are highly satisfied and cant wait to comeback!

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