Las Vegas

Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup

Badge of ExcellenceWillow Beach, United States

From $99.00

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


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 a visit to Emerald Cave. Snacks and water are included.
  • Enjoy an active way to explore the Colorado River, Emerald Cave and Black Canyon
  • Safety gear, kayaking guidance, and refreshments all included
  • Option of round-trip transit from the Las Vegas Strip makes logistics easy
  • This kayaking excursion is beginner- and family-friendly

What's Included

  • Shuttle pick up from the Mandalay Bay Hotel (if 'With Shuttle' option selected)
  • Professional kayak tour guide
  • Single or double kayak and life vest
  • Snacks, banana, granola bar, water
  • Gratuities
  • Round-Trip Transportaion (If Self-Drive Option selected)
  • National Park entry fee $15/adult, free for kids or active military (With Shuttle Option)
  • National Park entry fee $25/vehicle (only applicable for Self-Drive Option)

Meeting And Pickup

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

Meeting point

  • 25804 N Willow Beach
    25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ 86445, USA

    If you booked the 'SELF-DRIVE' option then you will drive yourself to the launch site. If you booked the 'With Shuttle' option we will pick you up at Mandalay Bay. We will send you a text message with all details a day before your kayak trip.

Pickup point

  • 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
    3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Meeting Place is at: Mandalay Bay- Valet Pick-up area. One level below the main entrance.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We will send you a reminder text message with the exact meeting time and all details one day before your kayak trip!

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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
  • What to bring? Hat, sunglasses, sunblock, water shoes, comfortable clothing, swimsuit (under clothes)
  • It's a family friendly group activity, NO ALCOHOL OR SMOKING ALLOWED
  • Only service animals are allowed on this tour with SELF-DRIVE option only
  • Please note that if you bring any electronics with you during the tour, it is highly recommended to bring a waterproof case
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

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 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.

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 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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

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Traveler Tips

This can be physically challenging if you’ve never kayaked before (it’s a couple hours long) or if you encounter winds!
Our group had about 12 people, and we were all allowed to paddle at our own pace.
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Came to Vegas just for kayaking!
Donna_D, Mar 2023
3/22/2023 Beautiful day!Wonderful tour guide and instructor Allen!First time kayakers!Loved it! The drive there was also beautiful and we learned a lot from Allen.
Magical. Beautiful. Thankful.
Julia_W, Mar 2023
A J was an amazing guide. I am an experienced kayaker but most of our group was not. He made sure everyone felt safe and comfortable during the paddle on the River. Such a beautiful place to visit. I highly recommend this trip and if you’re super lucky you will get A J as your guide.
The highlight of our trip
Michelle_M, Mar 2023
Wonderful tour with amazing scenery! Our tour guide Benjamin was fantastic and extremely helpful! Would definitely recommend doing!
A must!
Rachael_F, Mar 2023
Absolute must. Beautiful views and wonderful experience. Love everything about the trip. Tour guide was awesome.
Highly recommended!
rhonda_c, Mar 2023
Allen, our guide was very knowledgeable and fun. All the people on our tour were memorable as well. And the color of the clear river - OMGoodness - I'll never forget that! I will book this trip again with my husband the next time we visit your state.
Great activity
Brad_A, Mar 2023
We had a great time on the kayaking trip. Benjamin was an awesome guide -- informative, personal and nice. The scenery is beautiful and we loved the outing.
An amazing day
Katie_A, Mar 2023
We loved our day kayaking, Alan was very knowledgeable and good fun! Would recommend this trip to anyone, what a fantastic experience
Dennis_S, Mar 2023
Breath taking views!!!! Our guide was very nice and extremely helpful. The ride from Las Vegas strip to the river was not long . About 45 minutes. At the river there is a store for last needed items .
Shauna_S, Mar 2023
Excellent excursion-totally recommend! Our tour was delayed by one day due to weather and they rescheduled us for the following morning-could not have been easier! My husband, myself and our 4 kids loved it!
Good time. Great guides...
Phil_R, Mar 2023
Good time. Great guides and support. Best if you get a sunny day. Was cloudy for ours but still a good time.
A Perfect Day
Yvonne_s, Mar 2023
A perfect day on the water away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip. Ben, our guide gave an excellent mini lesson for beginners, and then we were off up the river to the cave. We even took a brief hike for amazing views of the river and had time to take a river plunge if brave enough! 👍👍
Beautiful landscape and...
Allison_S, Mar 2023
Beautiful landscape and wildlife were the highlights! Robbie and Matt were excellent guides!! Lots of information and beautiful water
Benjamin was a great...
AmmonH_P, Mar 2023
Benjamin was a great guide! Very personable with everyone. Lots of knowledge & patient. Had a wonderful time!
2023 Spring Break Adventure
Donna_S, Mar 2023
My 16 year old son and I spent a full day of Kayaking down the Colorado River. We had an amazing time!
Flawless Friday Kayak Tour
Brett_S, Mar 2023
Excellent tour thanks to Dave our guide. On time, professional, and knowledgeable about everything involved in this Colorado River trip. Not a single capsized kayak in our group on a very windy day. Great job!
What more could you want
Keeley_M, Mar 2023
Great Tour! Dave our guide was super interactive and really helpful when we were struggling gave us some great tips! Excellent views and great team building activity
It was beautiful and...
Stephanie_B, Mar 2023
It was beautiful and peaceful to me. The guide was very nice and knowledgeable about the history and area.
A nice experience in turquoise waters!
ROSA_B, Mar 2023
This activity is highly recommended for adults and children. In a safe environment, with an expert guide and great support, like AJ Sanez. The waters are turquoise and calm. It is an opportunity to admire the beauty of the area.
A perfect kayaking experience
Ben_D, Mar 2023
This trip was absolutely amazing and our tour guide, Alan, was equally fantastic! The time on the river was roughly 3.5 hours, and it was breathtaking. The emerald cave is certainly a highlight, but all the surrounding scenery is what made this trip so amazing. The water is crystal clear and if the sun shines just right you can see to the bottom in some spots. Alan offered all kinds of interesting details on the trip and his stories really supplemented the tour nicely. Do yourself a favor and sign up for this one!
Excellent trip! Highly recommend
Melanie_B, Mar 2023
Robbie is an amazing tour guide! The trip is well planned, beautiful and a great experience. Highly recommended! Beautiful views! Excellent trip!