Las Vegas

Kayak Emerald Cave Deluxe (includes shuttle + lunch)

Las Vegas, United States

From USD 179.99

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


Go kayaking on the Colorado River and visit the Emerald Cave during this half-day tour from Las Vegas. Set off from Willow Beach Marina on a three-mile paddle to the Emerald Cave. Kayak through volcanic canyon walls that tower over 900 feet in height during the tour. A healthy lunch and complimentary shuttle service from Las Vegas are included.
  • Explore beyond Las Vegas with a kayaking adventure
  • Paddle along the Colorado River to the Emerald Cave
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife like eagles and falcons
  • Complimentary round-trip transportation is included

What's Included

  • Catered lunch on a remote beach
  • Complimentary bottled water, juice, & snacks
  • Certified river guide
  • Touring kayak (specify single or tandem), paddle, Life-vest (specify sizes)
  • Emerald Cave
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

10:00 am

Pickup details

Venetian (Pick up: 8:10 am PST) Outside the main valet Bellagio (Pick up: 8:20 am PST) Uber/Ride-share area; Lower level Mandalay Bay (Pick up: 8:30 am PST). Shuttle/Tour bus lobby on the beach level

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Operated by Evolution Expeditions

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.

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 can I arrange hotel pickup for the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:Once your reservation is confirmed, please contact the local operator directly using the phone number on your ticket to coordinate your exact pickup time and location.

Sep. 2021

Q:How far from Las Vegas is the departure point for the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:It generally takes a little over an hour to get from Las Vegas to Willow Beach. Please be sure to confirm your pickup details by calling the local operator at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Sep. 2021

Q:How much is the National Park Entrance fee?

A:Entrance into the park is $25 per vehicle (This is waived for National Park Pass holders and military with ID), however, this is included in the tour package price, unless you choose to self-drive to Willow Beach.

Sep. 2021

Q:Can I participate in the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour if I've never kayaked before?

A:You may start as a beginner, but you will likely end the trip as a confident kayaker! Many guests are first-time paddlers. You will use a lightweight, fast kayak equipped with rudders for easy steering and receive safety rules and instructions.

Sep. 2021

Q:What kind of distance do we kayak during the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:This tour is approximately 6 miles (9.6 km) round-trip on smooth, mostly flat water.

Sep. 2021

Q:What should I wear for the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:Wear water shoes or sneakers that can get wet. Dress according to the weather, ideally in athletic / outdoor-type clothing that dries fast. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. Also, bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Sep. 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:You should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Bring a towel if you plan to swim.

Sep. 2021

Q:Will I be in a single or a tandem kayak during the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:You may choose between a single or tandem kayak (based on availability), but any requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If you have a preference, please list it in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Sep. 2021

Q:Will I get wet during the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:Yes. You will definitely get wet (at least up to your knees.) The river is 53°F/10.5°C year-round. It is refreshing during the heat of summer, but too cold for winter swimming. Bathing suits are recommended if you wish to swim.

Sep. 2021

Q:Can I bring my young child with me on the Kayak Emerald Cave Lunch tour?

A:Nevada law requires minors to be 8 years of age or 80 lbs to ride on the complimentary shuttle. If your little ones do not meet these requirements, you are always welcome to self-drive and meet the group at the launch site.

Sep. 2021

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Featured review
Our guide Burton was such a gentleman! He thought of everything to make the day so special and fun!! The lunch was amazing!! The views were spectacular!! One of the best trips ever!!!


473 reviews
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Book now! You won’t regret it!
Christi_S, Apr 2023
Our guide Burton was such a gentleman! He thought of everything to make the day so special and fun!! The lunch was amazing!! The views were spectacular!! One of the best trips ever!!!
Fun until it wasn’t
Esther_M, Feb 2023
All kayakers where asked their skill level at the beginning of the adventure. We announced we had never kayaked before; however, we were among a group of experienced kayakers. The instructions were fast and furious. Damned to us being inexperienced. The first part, to Bob’s house, was fine. I told Jared that my daughter has anxiety and some of the water movements were making her anxious. We kept falling behind and were asked and then told to catch up to the group. Remember we are inexperienced. We missed a lot of the narratives being given… because we were behind. Then it really became less fun when Ryan started putting time limits to when we needed to be at a certain point. It was a lot of contradiction. One point they said it was okay, the next it wasn’t. Jared offered to help us get back to the beach and hooked us to his kayak. We asked if he needed our assistance rowing. He said no. Ryan rows by and tells us we need to help him row so we can get back. In the end, telling us we needed to go faster and catch up to the group made the experience stressful for me. I was more concerned about my daughter’s anxiety than how fast we were going. It was supposed to be a relaxing experience but it became stressful as hell. Experiences are supposed to cater to the people who paid for them, not some damn time limit Ryan had because he needed to leave by a certain time “to beat traffic.”
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Esther...Thank you for taking my call yesterday and I'm glad we were able to communicate. The customer experience and safety are our #1 priorities, so I am grateful you gave us the opportunity to go over our mission. We strive to be the best outfitter on the river and I appreciate you coming on tour with us. We look forward to a future visit with your family.
Best thing to do while in Vegas.
Raquel_M, Oct 2022
We had a great time. Kurt was our guide and he was exceptional. The views were beautiful and Kurt gave us the history of the area, which was intriguing. I’ll say you have to be able to hold your own in a kayak. It was all worth it, I’d do it again. You can tell Kurt loves what he does. Kurt was informative, knowledgeable and most of all very courteous. He made the trip all that much more memorable. Thank you again Kurt.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Raquel, Kurtis truly loves showing guests the magic of the canyon. Thanks for joining us on the river.
Your Adventure Rocks
Jose_L, Oct 2022
The attention was excellent also the communication. Everything were perfect. Our tour guy was the best. She has the most amazing history to tell.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks Jose for the kind words. We make sure we provide the best experience for our guests while out on the river.
Loved it!
lagreatrix, Oct 2022
Absolutely beautiful scenery and very, very worth the 1 hour drive from Vegas. I’d go again in a heartbeat! Very well-organized with a helpful, funny, and knowledgeable guide.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
The Black Canyon is so close to the LV strip, people are often stunned by it being located a simple drive away. It is the perfect excuse to break away from the hustle and bustle of the casinos and spend the day surrounded by unique mountainous beauty.
Fantastic Kayak Trip
John_D, Oct 2022
What a great day kayaking the Colorado River. Chanjira was a great guide! She was fun and told us a lot about the area.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
John...Chanjira is great with her guests. Thank you for posting a review.
Stephanie_B, Sept 2022
Great guides, Jake and Curtis. Wonderful views!! Just awe inspiring. The weather was perfect, any more wind it would have been harder to come back toward pock up point.
Great fun
Andre_W, Sept 2022
One of the most incredible experiences of my life. To be in nature and kayaking along the Colorado River was something to behold. Our guides Caitlyn and Xavier were phenomenal and ride to the river was fun (Caitlyn kept us entertained — sorry we didn’t hear one of your jokes!). I would do it again in a heartbeat!
It was an awesome trip!...
Elizabeth_S, Sept 2022
It was an awesome trip! Sooo beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Tyler was our guide and he is fantastic and made the trip sooo much fun. We had a blast with our group. Highly recommend!
Kayak Tour at Black Canyon - Colorado River
Patrick_N, Aug 2022
The kayak tour with included lunch was a great way to spend the morning / afternoon. Tour guide "Jonny" was top notch !!! - Pat & Audrey Neglia
Beautiful Day for All!
Jennifer_W, Aug 2022
Charlie was absolutely amazing! What a great well planned day! Thanks to Evolution Explorations for providing a great excursion!!
I got all my moneys worth out this experience
Victoria_N, July 2022
You definetly gonna get your moneys worth. It was fun but definitely an arm workout. I recommend to try this if you are an athletic fit person. If your not an athletic person then get the doubles.
Fun in the Sun
Jennifer_A, July 2022
To start, our guide Missy was awesome!!! The experience with our friends, the view, the wild animal sightings and the water gun fights were just a few of our favorite things!!! Can’t wait to come back!!
A great getaway
Marc_A, July 2022
An easy and totally enjoyable kayak trip up the river and back for a great getaway from my normal daily life at work. My sons were surprised that I had done it, lol. I guess I need to do more like this.
Highly recommend
Raul_D, July 2022
Very good customer service are guiede Chanjira was amazing very knowledgeable i definitely recommend this experience..
Book this now!
Ellen_C, June 2022
Such a beautiful day trip away from the strip!! Katelyn was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable & had the best energy. Lunch on the beach was great & it was so refreshing to get some swimming time. Highly recommend this excursion!!
Response from Host, July 2022
Hi Ellen...our lunch tour really adds to being out in the canyon. It is the perfect amount of time to make it an event. Kaytlyn is incredible with endless energy. Glad you loved your experience.
Wonderful experience!
Ghislaine_A, June 2022
Excellent for beginners and experienced kayakers. Jake provided great safety instructions and a wonderful experience. Would tour with this team again.
Response from Host, July 2022
We often have beginners and most end up feeling like pros when they are finished. The tour is great for everyone.
Peaceful cruise down the river.
Catherine_H, June 2022
Beautiful experience and our guide was warm and upbeat! The whole trip was very organized from pick up to drop off.
Great outdoor trip with a beautiful view
Andrew_M, June 2022
Hope you're ready for a good wholesome workout outside. Beautiful view the whole time. Bring a hat and sunscreen.
Our guide was absolutely...
Kelly_A, June 2022
Our guide was absolutely wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile pointing out other amazing stops. She shared Hemenway Park with us. Where the big horn sheep roam. The stop there was amazing and an absolute bonus.

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