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Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour
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icon4 to 5 hours  (approx.)
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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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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
Please keep in mind that our kayaks are first come first serve since we have a limited supply :)
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
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 11:30am, 12:15pm or 12:45pm from 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.

  • The Venetian Resort , 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Bellagio Las Vegas , 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
  • MGM Grand , 3799 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • This activity will end right where it started.Please keep in mind our launch times are: 11:30, 12:15, and 12:45 Pickup times vary, we try to pick up an hour and a half before your launch time :) 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

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

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

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

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    • "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

    5.0
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    star-5
    Emerald Cove is...
    Kimberly_B
    , Jun 2022
    Emerald Cove is beautiful. Weather was great. Scenery fantastic. Also, Paul was a fantastic tour guide!!
    star-5
    Scenic, Recreational, Educational, and Meaningful
    Aaron_N
    , Jun 2022
    The actual experience of kayaking in such a beautiful place is the best part of this tour, but having a friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating tour guide (Ian) was a big plus, as well as sprinkling in a brief nature hike and some history.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review! Happy to hear Ian made all the difference! :)
    star-5
    First kayaking experience
    Scott_M
    , Jun 2022
    It was a new experience for us. We've never been kayaking before. Our guide McKenna gave us instructions and tips which made us pretty confident in what to do. The scenery was beuttiful. We really had a great time. Our guide was wonderful and made adjustments as needed with all the other group out there.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear McKenna was able to make your new adventure a great one to remember :)
    star-5
    Ian, our guide did a...
    Cherie_B
    , Jun 2022
    Ian, our guide did a great job. It was an awesome day!! The water was beautiful and it was a great to be out in nature.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review! Happy to hear Ian was great! :)
    star-5
    Glory be to The Lord and His Creations
    Kristina_A
    , Jun 2022
    Leisurely Floating down the river… perfect temp with cold water to sprinkle into and cool off while enjoying the magnificent sights The Lord created!!! Glory be to Him 🌟
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review! Love to hear that the temp was perfect and the water was lovely! Truly is a beauty! :)
    star-5
    Highlight of my Vegas Trip (June22)
    Jesse_B
    , Jun 2022
    It was a perfect day with my daughter! Thank you for the memories. We had the best guide ever!!!! The weather was super hot but the water was the great equalizer! It was clear and super clean❤️
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review! Love that you put the date you went on the tour and had the best guide. If you remember their name, we would love to shout them out! :)
    star-5
    Great Day
    Lisa_C
    , Jun 2022
    Our guide was the best. As a beginner it was a great experience. The scenery was beautiful. Our guide took pictures of the entire group, we have many great memories of the day.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear your guide was the best and you had a great experience! If you remember their name, we would love to shout them out? :)
    star-5
    Great experience- must go!
    Debbie_G
    , Jun 2022
    We had such an amazing time with our tour guides Adam and Jessica. A great escape from the hecticness of Las Vegas. It was truly a breathtaking experience! Everyone was super friendly. Jessica gave us great advice on where to go eat afterwards. We went to Boulder City and ate at a magnificent diner called southwest. Adam had a deep knowledge/passion of the area too. He gave us very educational explanations of the environment in the area. They were Both very patient with us as a family too, we were comfortable taking our time and didn’t always feel pressured to keep up. A once in a lifetime experience and so thankful we found them!!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your tremendous review and recommendation. Glad to hear Adam and Jessica really went the extra mile to make it a once in a lifetime experience! :)
    star-4
    Good workout
    Thomas_S
    , Jun 2022
    Tyler was great guide. Wait at cave wasn't really worth it. Outside of that enjoyed teenage kids and I enjoyed experience.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Glad to hear Tyler was great. We regret to hear your trip to the cave wasn't as enjoyable as intended. We would love to make this right for you. Please contact us at 702-325-5851 at your convenience! :)
    star-5
    Kayaking Fun In the Sun
    Mariaelena_C
    , Jun 2022
    Had an excellent time with my two teenagers and my husband on the water. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this trip!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review and recommendation! Happy to hear your guide was friendly and knowledgeable. If you remember their name, we would love to shout them out? :)
    star-4
    Adam and Nacho
    michael_s
    , Jun 2022
    I had two grandchildren with me. The 11-year-old had a panic attack and was afraid to take off. Both Adam and Nacho we're very kind and patient with him. They made accommodations so he could go tandem with me. It took almost an hour for him to calm down and then he had a very positive experience thanks to both of them.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. I am happy we were able to make this a positive experience. We appreciate you communicating with us about your review and we thank you for updating this to a 5 star review to reflect the stellar customer service Adam & Nacho provided! :)
    star-4
    Kayaking day with River Dogz
    Laura_B
    , Jun 2022
    Family time! Enjoying the beautiful Colorado river and scenery Our guide, Adam, was kind and knowledgeable about kayaking and the area. The only reason I can’t give 5 stars is because Brooke wasn’t in the group picture in the cave. That is a bummer
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you had a great family trip. Adam really is a wonderful guide. I am sorry Brooke was missed from the photos. Please contact us at 702-325-5851 so that we can make this right for you! :)
    star-5
    Great Fun Filled Day!
    Janet_G
    , Jun 2022
    Ian and McKenna were great guides. Lively, fun and informative. Scenery was amazing. We loved our adventure!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you had a lovely time with Ian and McKenna! :)
    star-5
    Awesome!
    Dwayne_T
    , Jun 2022
    Had a great time! Beautiful scenery! Both guides were incredible! Ian was knowledgeable and McKenna was hospitable.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Glad to hear Ian and McKenna really balanced each other out to give you the best tour! :)
    star-5
    Paul was the best guide I...
    Trevor_O
    , Jun 2022
    Paul was the best guide I have had the pleasure of kayaking with. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable in his craft.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you had the best time with Paul! :)
    star-4
    It was beautiful and our...
    Alondra_T
    , Jun 2022
    It was beautiful and our guide was great! Swimming was fun ( and cold ) we saw lizard and long horns!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. We really appreciate it. Based on your review, I was unable to determine where the 4 star may have stemmed from and want to ensure we our holding ourselves to our 5 star reputation. Please contact us at 702-325-5851 for any suggestions. :)
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great guide and fun tour
    Roneice_B
    , Jun 2022
    Nacho was an amazing guide. We had a really good time and the cave was beautiful. I will recommend to friends and family.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review and recommendation. Happy to hear you had a really good time with Nacho! :)
    star-5
    Learning how they gauged...
    MICHAEL_R
    , Jun 2022
    Learning how they gauged the water depth and the fishery. Kayaking with my son for his graduation trip. Would do it again next time I'm out here
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. What a great graduation gift for your son! Can't wait to have you back! :)
    star-5
    Amazing Afternoon Adventure
    Andrew_P
    , Jun 2022
    My girlfriend and I explored a beautiful stretch of the Colorado River with our tour guide Jessica. She did an amazing job showing us around and made us feel comfortable with our surroundings! Despite the long wait to get into Emerald Cove, it was an a wonderful afternoon adventure! This trip is ideal for anyone looking to explore beyond the Las Vegas Strip. We will definitely do this again on our next visit to the Vegas area!!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear Jessica made you feel comfortable and you had a wonderful adventure. Can't wait to have you back! :)
    star-4
    Great, But...
    Samantha_V
    , Jun 2022
    Really wonderful experience, but the tour guide was a bit obnoxious. Worth the trip, loved the views.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. We regret to hear that your experience with one of our guides was not as pleasing as intended. Please contact us at 702-325-5851 so that we can make this right! :)

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