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Willow Beach, United States
Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour
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icon4 to 5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the serenity of Emerald Cave, a picturesque natural attraction on the Colorado River. This kayaking tour takes a small group max of 15 people paddling up the river with a guide. Stop for snacks and swimming along the way. Round-trip hotel transport is provided from Las Vegas to Willow Beach in Arizona.
  • Kayaking tour on the Colorado River follows a gentle section to Emerald Cave
  • River guide ensures the safety of a small group limited to 15 paddlers
  • Kayak, paddle, PDF, snacks, and bottled water are provided for you
  • Transport is provided from Las Vegas hotels to Willow Beach Marina
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Snacks
Bottled water
Hotel Pick-up and Dropoff (if option selected)
Can choose between single (1 person) or tandem (2 person) kayaks
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Willow Beach Marina , 25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ 86445, USA

It is a 1-hour drive to Willow Beach Marina from the Las Vegas Strip. Launch times are 11:30am, 12:15pm or 12:45pm from Willow Beach. These are subject to change based on weather and season. The operator will let you know 24-48 hours in advance what time to meet them at Willow Beach Marina.

  • The Venetian Resort , 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Bellagio Las Vegas , 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
  • MGM Grand , 3799 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • This activity will end right where it started.Please keep in mind our launch times are: 11:30, 12:15, and 12:45 Pickup times vary, we try to pick up an hour and a half before your launch time :) If your hotel is not on the pick up list, please pick the hotel that is closest to your original hotel, if you are unsure on which hotel is closest for you, please give River Dogz a call!
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • We have the right to cancel a booking if there are not enough travelers
    • Please be advised we pick up from Las Vegas about an hour before the departure time
    • Most days our tours fill up but in the event we don’t have enough travelers to fill the minimum numbers your day we will offer another date or refund you 100 percent of your money.
    • Be advised that Emerald Cave is not a paddle through cave but more of a grotto style.
    • By booking a tour, you assume all risks of your participation in this Activity, whether known or unknown to you, including travel to and from the Activity or any events incidental to this Activity. You also agree to the release of images/video for River Dogz to use at their discretion
    • Weight limit is 260 lbs
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY River Dogz
    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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    How early before the Departure time will I be picked up for the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:Pickup from Las Vegas Strip Hotels begins at approximately 9:30 am. Pickup at the REI in Henderson is approximately 10:20 am. You will be contacted prior to your departure date to confirm your exact pickup time.
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    Where is the meeting point if we choose to meet at Willow Beach for the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River?
    A:If you are meeting us at Willow Beach, you can come directly to the Willow Beach Marina, Willow Beach Arizona.
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    Do I need kayak experience to enjoy the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:No - beginners are welcome, however, you must be in at least a moderate physical condition to complete the tour.
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    How far do we kayak during the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:Over the course of approximately 5 hours, we will cover a distance of 4 miles (6.4 km.)
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    What should I bring with me on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:We recommend packing light, but make sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, quick-dry clothing, appropriate shoes (no flip-flops), any medication you require, and a waterproof bag if you bring any electronics with you (Ziplock bags work well.)
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    What should I wear on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:Dress in light, quick-drying warm layers. Water shoes or sneakers are best. NO FLIP-FLOPS. Wear a long-sleeve shirt and long shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a large hat. You may also want to wear your bathing suit under your regular clothes.
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    Do I need to bring food or water with me on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:No - We provide bottled water and snacks for your convenience.
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    What happens if there is bad weather on the date of my Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:If the weather conditions are not conducive to an enjoyable kayak tour, we may cancel your reservation. If this happens, you may either reschedule or receive a full refund.
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    Are the guides knowledgeable on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:Yes! Our experienced guides have wilderness first aid and CPR certifications. They also have extensive knowledge of the history of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Lower Colorado River, geology, wildlife, and plants.
    Mar 2021
    Q:
    Is there a weight limit to participate in the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?
    A:Riders cannot exceed 280 lbs for single kayaks or 450 lbs combined weight for double kayaks.
    May 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour.

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    • "You’ll need water socks, hat, sunscreen, and be wearing your bathing suit under your clothes." See review
    • "I've done kayaking before, so this tour is fairly easy to go 2 miles upstream and 2 miles back." See review
    • "Pick up at your hotel which is great in this weather." See review

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    star-5
    Try something different!
    Joanna_K
    , Aug 2022
    I loved just cruising down the bright emerald river with its beautiful backdrop. Paul was a great tour guide, sharing unique facts about Vegas and the Colorado River. Such a refreshing activity to do if you’re tired of the typical Vegas Strip scene.
    star-5
    Fun day outside of the city!
    jennstaples
    , Aug 2022
    Tyler was a great tour guide! My friends and I had a fun time kayaking, I wish I wore water shoes for the hiking part and applied more sun screen. The emerald Cave was such a cool experience! This is a great activity to do if your looking to see more than just the city!
    star-5
    Travel Guide , Weather and Scenice beauty made this experience a memorable one.
    Mojo_J
    , Aug 2022
    Ian was one of the best travel guide I have have being with. The Kayaking experience was awesome. If you are a newbie in Kayaking then donot worry to get your shoes wet. This tour has awesome trained Guides who will make your experience a Five Star experience. The view are breath taking and definitely you gonna say OMG!!
    star-5
    Kayaking on the Colarado
    Lisa_O
    , Aug 2022
    McKenna was our tour guide for the day. Pickup was on time and transfer to the Colarado River was in a comfortable minibus with ac with the tour guide pointing out areas of interest on the way. The kayaking was good fun and felt very safe and well organised. The cave experience was good fun. The very short hike taken up to a good viewpoint was brilliant. Snacks and water was provided as required by Mckenna. I was really pleased as Mckenna sent numerous great photos she had captured during the experience to myself a couple of hours after she dropped us back to the hotel at no extra cost to ourselves. The tour is good value for money and Mckenna was very friendly and knowledge of the river and surrounding area.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Adventurous!!!
    Felicia_G
    , Aug 2022
    Beautiful!!! We had a blast, a very nice family adventure. First time kayakers, it’s quite a workout
    star-5
    Crazy wind storm
    Diane_K
    , Aug 2022
    Our family of 5 (3 teenagers) were on vacation and decided to do this. A big wind storm blew in and totally disrupted the tour. We all had to hug the shore and wait for the wind to pass, never got to the cave, but had a great adventure!
    star-5
    A day out kayaking Emerald Cave
    Thomasita_J
    , Aug 2022
    Our tour guide Preston was so awesome and knowledgeable in his info. Everything ran smoothly and on time. We had such a great time! Thank you!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Good exercise for the body
    Christine_C
    , Aug 2022
    The view was beautiful. The guide was fantastic and informative. I was just disappointed with the caves. The pictures on your site make them look bigger and much more color.
    star-5
    Kayaking with McKenna
    Kimberly_P
    , Aug 2022
    We had a great time on our tour with McKenna. She was very patient with those (me 🤣) who had to get the hang of Kayaking. We can’t wait to do it again!!
    star-5
    Great Kayaking
    johna_h
    , Aug 2022
    I had a great time kayaking and our tour guide Adam was incredible! I would definitely recommend this excursion
    star-1
    Waste of $270
    Kelly_M
    , Aug 2022
    Waste of time. The cove is more of a scam than the casinos. The head guide yells at people for dragging kayaks or not zipping up your life vest. Our guide Jessica was great, but the rest was miserable. You’ll have more fun on a $200 gamble than this.
    star-5
    Birthday trip
    Rachel_G
    , Aug 2022
    Decided to take a solo kayak tour for my birthday and it was amazing. Our tour guide, Zack was super cool, informative and always made sure we were all safe and just having a great, relaxing time! Being a local to Vegas, I’m so glad I found this activity to do and will definitely be doing more! Thanks again to Zack for being so chill and a fun tour guide!
    star-5
    Relaxing, easy trip
    Marc_D
    , Aug 2022
    The weather was around 100 degrees and slightly overcast. The water was cold and refreshing. The kayaking was an easy, slow, leisurely pace with no rush. Our guide (Preston) did an excellent job and made a fun trip even better.
    star-5
    Kayaking Fun
    Dana_R
    , Aug 2022
    This trip was fantastic. Our guid Zach was awesome and took great care of everyone. He is very knowledgeable of the area. This trip was a highlight to our Vegas vacation. The fact that it it poured down rain on us, was awesome and made this a true adventure.
    star-5
    Book the trip! You will love it
    Jesse_W
    , Aug 2022
    Loved the trip, Our Driver/tour guide Preston was fantastic.. learned a lot on the way out to the River about Hoover dam and Boulder City. Really couldn’t ask for more out of a kayak trip 10/10
    star-5
    Preston was great! So...
    Morgan_Y
    , Aug 2022
    Preston was great! So patient, professional and light hearted. It was a great day on the river and I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking nature. The pickup and drop off on the Vegas strip was seamless as well. Kiddos all around for a great operation.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    The perfect orginized groupe
    Mark_B
    , Aug 2022
    Greatings from the the Netherlands roos and mark Perfect day Danny hope to see you soon again including the whole groupe
    star-5
    Excellent tour!
    Joselyn_S
    , Aug 2022
    This was an AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Paul- our tour guide grew up in Vegas and knew the in’s and out’s and history of Vegas. He did everything to make us comfortable and safe. He is an amazing tour guide.
    star-5
    A Must do adventure!
    Ann_M
    , Aug 2022
    The water was unbelievably beautiful. It was a very well organized trip and our guide, Michelle, was incredible.
    star-5
    Justin was informative and very personable. He made the experience better.
    Robert_H
    , Aug 2022
    Going into the cove and meeting some of the other tour members. Being on the river was very relaxing.

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