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Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour

Willow Beach, United States
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From USD 115.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel Pick-up and Dropoff (if option selected)
  • Can choose between single (1 person) or tandem (2 person) kayaks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 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 10:15, 10:30, and 10:45 at 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.

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

**Please keep in mind that Nevada does observe the end of Daylight savings and there is an hour difference between AZ (MST) and NV (PST) Nov 5th, 2022 - March 12, 2023.** - 10:15, 10:30, and 10:45 are our LAUNCH TIMES, not pickup times! - Pickup times vary, we typically arrive at your hotel an hour and 30 mins prior to the launch time you choose. - If your hotel is not on the pick up list, please pick the one that is closest to your location. If you are unsure on which hotel is closest to you, please give River Dogz a call :)

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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Traveller Tips

You’ll need water socks, hat, sunscreen, and be wearing your bathing suit under your clothes.
I've done kayaking before, so this tour is fairly easy to go 2 miles upstream and 2 miles back.
Pick up at your hotel which is great in this weather.
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5 Star experience
Elizabeth_D, Jan 2023
Great day trip while in Vegas. Affordable and fun. Shuttle picked us up and staff were very friendly. There is a full day trip that we will plan to book during our next trip.
Justin was an amazing...
Margalit_F, Jan 2023
Justin was an amazing guide and the views were spectacular! They provided fruit and snacks and we had a great time.
A lot of history with...
Theresa_G, Jan 2023
A lot of history with beautiful views Amazing trip short distance to the cove cool to see the bottom of the river
Awesome Kayaking trip well worth doing......
David_B, Jan 2023
We had a fantastic experience our Guide Adam was terrific, helpful and caring at all times. Interesting tales about the history of the area. My boys and I loved the experience thank you. Emerald Cove really was special , we highly recommend this day out.
Bucket list item for sure
Steve_B, Jan 2023
Fantastic trip highly recommend one of the best times we’ve ever had coming to Vegas. Michel was our tour guide. She made the entire trip fun enjoyable experience for all..
Michelle was an awesome...
Kate_W, Jan 2023
Michelle was an awesome guide. We very much enjoyed the information she shared with us as well as the overall experience.
Amazing Michelle
Bill_M, Jan 2023
Michelle was the MOST AMAZING tour guide. She was very safety conscious, extremely knowledgeable, and just overall a great person to lead the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour. Not sure if it was River Dogz or her personally but she had a great assortment of treats AND fresh fruit for our stop to explore the old river gauging house foundation. Michelle shared her knowledge with excitement and even gave a mini-geology lesson on the way up to the foundation (very impressive for an old mining engineer like myself). We were so impressed with Michelle and the overall experience, my wife and I invited her to come visit us in Montana. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR. We did three in three days and this one was by far the very best. Bill Maehl
So much fun!
Scott_A, Jan 2023
Michelle was an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Met some fun and interesting people in the group. A bonus was getting close to some beautiful mountain sheep during our snack break
Great experience. Highly recommend
Dave_H, Jan 2023
We had a great experience. Beautiful scenery, river was calm, easy paddling, Michelle was our guide. She was excellent. Great personality, very knowledgeable about the area. She made the experience very enjoyable.
Great experience with...
Kozue_S, Jan 2023
Great experience with very relaxed time surrounded by great nature. It’s definitely memorable time in your life.
Emerald Cave is EXACTLY...
Dennis_H, Jan 2023
Emerald Cave is EXACTLY like the pictures but you have to see it to believe it. Great experience! Would recommend
Best dose of nature!
Carol_c, Jan 2023
Preston was an excellent tour guide! He is friendly, personable and responsible. He is extremely knowledgeable about the entire area, kayaking, wildlife and birds. We were able to see a herd of wild bighorn sheep! This trip was the highlight of my Vegas trip!
Loved every second of this tour!!!
Yebin_C, Jan 2023
Had a blast with my fiancé. Michelle was our guide. She was excellent in communicating, so pick up was very smooth. She is also a good driver, so i took a nap on the way there and coming back, which helped me alot with our other plans that day. Sometimes travel can get pretty exhausting, by it was nice to have a little rest. Her knowledge about the site made our tour very interesting and I loved the way she explained little details along the tour. Also she took many pictures of us and shared them right after. I'd love to come back for their hiking tour as well in near future!!
Vegas Vacay.
Patrick_V, Dec 2022
Ian our tour guide was awesome! This was one of our top highlights during our visit to Vegas. Would highly recommend this tour. Very professional and breathtaking.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for the review and we are glad you joined us on the river! :)
We had a lot of fun. The...
Yunping_M, Dec 2022
We had a lot of fun. The view is amazing from the water, the activity itself was really nice as well. We really liked our tour guy. Definitely recommend the half day tour, so worth it.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for the review, we are glad you joined us and hope to see you again in the future! :)
Beautiful, educational, wholesome activity!
Karen_B, Dec 2022
Kayaking trip is a must do, wholesome outing away from the strip! We learned a lot, beautiful scenery, Jessica was fantastic, great fun for the whole family!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for the kind review and Jessica is awesome! :)
Great trip
Tom_C, Dec 2022
Great guide , thank you Ian. Such a fun trip and Ian was so enjoyable to be around / made the beautiful views so enjoyable with his great personality . Saw bighorn sheep, grey Fox, amazing scenery and had best time kayaking my wife and I have ever had. Can’t say enough great things about this tour and tour guide . Except for the corniest jokes I’ve ever heard - best excursion I’ve eve been on . Thankyou Ian .
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We are so glad you enjooyed your trip with Ian and yes he has some amazingly corny jokes. :) We hope to see you again in the future!
Highly recommend!
Svitlana_K, Dec 2022
Jessica and Adam made this experience completely compelling and comfortable. Best kayaking with magnificent views!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We are glad you had an amazing time with Jessica and Adam, they are the best! :)
Pan_Z, Dec 2022
Phenomenal Experience! Super relaxing and peaceful on the water and perfect weather. Our tour guide Adam was super funny and an enjoyable person to spend the trip with. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Vegas!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for the review and we hope to see you in the future, we also do full day kayaking trips to the Hoover Dam and hiking tours at the Valley of Fire as well! :)
Emerald Cove kayaking
Kevin_B, Dec 2022
We had amazing weather for our December kayaking. Adam was amazing and made the experience great! Definitely would recommend.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Winter time is always one of the best times for a kayak tour on the Colorado River, we are glad you could join us! :) Thank you for the review!