With its enticing canyons and caves, the Lower Colorado River that runs through Las Vegas draws huge numbers of kayaking enthusiasts throughout the year.
It may be better known as a hot-bed of hedonism, but Las Vegas is also a great place to visit if you’re a fan of high-energy adventure sports. One of the most popular activities in and around the city is kayaking, and there are a wide number of companies offering kayak tours here. Tp help you, we’ve done some research and picked out three of the best Vegas kayak tours currently available.
Emerald Cave Kayak Tour
Leave behind the buzz and bustle of Vegas and get up close and personal with the scenic Colorado River on this action-packed, half-day kayaking tour. Hop aboard your shuttle at the Mandalay Bay Resort, head to Willow Beach, and grab your life jackets and paddles to kick off your adventure. Then, set off on a gentle, 5-mile trip down the Black Canyon, complete with a visit to the majestic Emerald Cave. Safety gear, kayaking guidance, snacks and refreshments, and round-trip transit from the Las Vegas strip are all included in the tour price. From $96 per person.
Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak tour
Explore the stunning Black Canyon by kayak, paddle into the narrow channels of the Emerald Cave, and look out for native wildlife on this 4-mile expedition. Following a hotel pick-up in Las Vegas, you’ll be transported to Willow Beach to prepare for the day. You’ll paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon, and scour the banks for wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep and Bald Eagles, stopping to take in awesome views of the Colorado River as your guide explains the immense history of the river. Enjoy a complimentary snack before setting off for the mesmerising rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the start point. From $139 per person.
Full-Day Azure tour with helicopter trip
Take an amazing, adrenaline-fuelling helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon, before embarking on a half-day tour aboard a glass-bottomed kayak on this fun-filled adventure from Vegas. During the kayak leg of the trip, you’ll traverse the waters on your way to visiting such notable landmarks and attractions as the Emerald Cave and the historic River Gauger. For a more romantic experience, guests also have the option of enjoying a private gourmet dinner beneath the rim of the Grand Canyon. From $595 per person.
Twilight Kayak tour from Las Vegas
Discover fascinating historical sites and glorious natural landmarks on this half-day tour through the Black Canyon, complete with an atmospheric campfire dinner on the beach as night falls. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll be transported from Vegas to WIllow Beach where you’ll kayak for two miles, observing the native flora and fauna of this tranquil ecosystem as you go. You’ll then reach land and alight your kayaks to enjoy a delicious dinner cooked over an open fire on the beach, followed by toasted marshmallows as the sun sets below the horizon. On the return trip, your kayak will glow in the dark, illuminating the water below. All fees and equipment are included in the tour price. From $155 per person.
Shamrock Self-Guided Tour
If you’re a seasoned kayaker and are confident enough to head out onto the water independently, then this solo experience tour could be for you. By taking a one-of-a-kind crystal clear kayak/canoe hybrid boats out on your own, you can be the master of your own destiny, navigating at your leisure and as you please, while savouring the sights down below through the floor of your vessel. Everything you need to maximise the experience, including safety instructions and equipment, maps and gear, are included in the tour price. From $75 per person.