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Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day

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icon4 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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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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Transportation from select hotels on the Strip, park entrance fees included with Hotel PickUp option
Snacks
Bottled water
Air-conditioned vehicle
We have 2 styles of life jackets available, a wide range of top brand kayaks to fit your needs, light fiber flex paddle and amazing professional guides who will take great care of you.
Can choose between single (1 person) or tandem (2 person) kayaks
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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Self Drive to Willow Beach
9/8/2021 - 11/2/2022
Monday - Sunday:11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hotel Pick-up
9/8/2021 - 11/2/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Please arrive 1 hour 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.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.
  • 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.

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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 Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day?
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 Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day?
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 Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

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

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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Tour was great-lots of...
Kylie_S
, Oct 2021
Tour was great-lots of history and the kayak trip was go at your own pace. Perfect October day to kayak down the Colorado, plus the tour guide provided water and snacks. Would recommend to anyone, and if I were in town again I would possibly try the longer, 13 mile day tour.
star-5
The views were...
Diana_O
, Oct 2021
The views were magnificent! Our guide was excellent his knowledge of the area made this tour even better!!! I highly recommend this experience!
star-5
AMAZING
Mirandaandtyler
, Oct 2021
It was amazing! Our guide Antonio was awesome! Super laid back and gave us awesome info about the area! We will def be doing this everytime we come out that way!
star-5
Don't do the tandem kayak! Still an excellent time, though!
Tanor_B
, Oct 2021
The kayaking trip was great! I would focus more on enjoying kayaking in a beautiful place rather than being stoked about the cave like I was. We got to see the cave but as you can tell from the photo, we arrived too late so it didn't have any sunlight hitting it which resulted in the water just looking black instead of green like in the photo used. If I could make a recommendation to this tour- I would suggest heading straight to the cave and then doing the little hike on the way back to guarantee you see the cave in the sunlight! I would also let folks know the tandem kayaks are more difficult than the single ones! Overall though, still an awesome experience, very glad we signed up for it! Our tour guide was very nice!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun day
Laura_J
, Oct 2021
We had a great time kayaking! Beautiful scenery and great weather.. Tony was a fun tour guide. Wish we would have brought our cameras/ phones!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous kayak trip!
James_D
, Oct 2021
Josh and Ian were both wonderful guides and very responsive to everyone’s needs. And the trip and scenery are gorgeous
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
A wonderful day
Kit_L
, Oct 2021
I really enjoyed kayaking up the Colorado river. We did feel a little rushed kayaking… my friend and I wanted to go at a more leisurely pace and chit-chat along the way. The emerald cave was disappointing. The “Cave” is 20 ft deep at best… It’s more like a hole in the wall. There was a long line to wait to get into the cave. We did stop along this one spot which has a good overlook point of the Colorado river. I would recommend renting the all day kayak for $85 and go on my own next time. I feel I would have gotten more out of the experience.
star-5
Great river trip!
Laura_W
, Oct 2021
Nick was a great guide! Gorgeous weather and nice folks along the way. The cavern isn’t really much to speak of, but the river was great. Boats were in good shape and everything went very smoothly.
star-5
Colorado River Kayaking to the Emerald Cave
Susan_B
, Oct 2021
Great experience Kayaking the Colorado River on a beautiful sunny day, while enjoying the amazing rock formations, learning history of the Hoover Dam, outdoor paddling exercise with a friend and a little hike. Less than an hour from the Las Vegas Strip. Our guide Tyler did a great job driving us there, providing us with a snack and water, sharing history of Boulder City and the Hoover Dam and Kayaking with our group. Kudos to him for towing a beginner member of the group who could not paddle for herself and helping a woman at the end of the trip who was very fatigued. People need to know that this is 2 hours of active up River ( against the current) paddling and one hour downstream. Only disappointment was that it took two hours to get to the Emerald Cave, which is rather small and did not have sunlight when we got there to reflect the green algae. Still, beautiful sites and good day on the River!
star-5
Amazing
Joshua_T
, Oct 2021
Antonio was an excellent guide the sites and experience was amazing and enjoyable. I would definitely repeat the tour in the future.

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