Las Vegas

Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pick up

Las Vegas, USA
Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

From $99.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 6 hours
  • 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, Active Military,Veteran ID ("With Shuttle" Option)
  • National Park entry fee $25/vehicle free for kids, Active Military,Veteran ID ("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 one 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Launch times change throughout the year based on season. 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

For this Emerald Cave kayak tour, either meet at the designated meeting location in Willow Beach or reserve super easy pickup from the Mandalay Bay valet pick-up area in Las Vegas. This tour is ideal for travelers who’re staying in Vegas but want a little break from the bright city lights and excitement.

Once you arrive in Arizona and check in and get with your group, get assigned to a kayak for this day tour. At checkout, you can book a single or double kayak, depending on your preference. This is a small-group tour limited to just 12 kayakers, making it an intimate tour.

A guide leads you on the 5-mile (8-kilometer) kayaking trip down Colorado River to the Black Canyon and Emerald Cave. Make a stop at a historical outlook for a short hike before getting back on the water to make your way to the cave for more impressive views.

Your kayak tour ends back at Willow Beach.

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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 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.

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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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Bali was an amazing guide and kayak mentor! We throughly enjoyed our trip and didn’t realize how time went by. The cave was beautiful and the green crystal clear water was a sight to behold! Definitely highly recommend! Bali was humorous as well which was added plus. He was pretty knowledgeable and kept us entertained.


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Super fun
Aria_J, Mar 2024
Super fun! I really appreciate for your professional guide. Also kind and gentle. Unforgettable memory thanks
Brilliant day out
Stephen_F, Mar 2024
An absolutely fantastic day. If you’re going to Las Vegas for a vacation you’d be silly to miss this adventure out. The service is brilliant and our guide Johnny was very knowledgeable and helped and spoke to everyone all day long. Get it booked if your out there
Louis_V, Mar 2024
Johnny was a great guide, knowledgeable and motivated. Beautiful views and good exercise. Highly Recommended
Great day out
Debbie_F, Feb 2024
Perfect family day out and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Our kids 6&8yo absolutely loved it and didn’t want the day to end. So relaxing and chill after a weekend of vegas. The scenery was stunning and our tour guide Dylan was very knowledgeable.
Rob the guide. Truly...
Dawn_C, Feb 2024
Rob the guide. Truly likes the job and his charisma is infectious. Knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend the half day kayak 100%. As the wind May pick up on the return paddle not a bad idea to get a double if your on holiday mode.
Fun kayaking tour
Mike_J, Feb 2024
Trip was really fun. The scenery was beautiful. Our guide guide was knowledgeable and fun. The entire process from pick up to drop off went really smooth.
Worth it
judi_K, Feb 2024
Saw lots of wildlife due to the keen eyes of our excellent guide Robby. He has great knowledge about the natural history, flora and fauna of the area. Nice relaxing kayak to Emerald Cave, shimmery green water. Worth the trip.
Perfect get away from Las Vegas
viral_v, Feb 2024
Fantastic, serene, easy paced 3 hours (4 miles round trip) kayaking at beautiful lake Mohave (reservoir on the Colorado river 7 miles from Hoover dam) to emerald cove and back. Our guide, Robby was friendly, personable and had some fun stories/ sense of humor. He went through the safety tips and we were on our way. He pointed out the birds and wildlife he saw along the way. We stopped at small beachy area did a short 1/4 mile walk where he spoke about the local plants. If you are looking to escape the hustle of Las Vegas for 6hrs total (1 hr 15 min drive there, 3 hrs kayaking, 30 min for beers/ drinks at the lodge at the lake, 1 hr 15 min back). We left at 10 am, were back by 4:30 pm. If you are doing this tour in winter, make sure its a sunny day as it can get cold.
Wonderful Day Trip!!
Liza_H, Feb 2024
Wonderful Day Trip! Robbie was a helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable guide. I even learned several new things on the drive there. The time of the year was perfect! Too cold to swim but we rarely saw anyone else, so to me totally worth it!
Great kayak trip
Katherine_H, Feb 2024
Beautiful section of water and great day out. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. Great wildlife.
A must do tour
Nicole_H, Jan 2024
Robby was amazing. Pickup was prompt, tour was great, communication was great, very knowledgeable and fun, plenty of water and snacks. And even a quick stop on the drive back to see big horned sheep.) Definitely the highlight of our trip. (And when my sunglasses slid off my head at the Emerald Cave, Robby gallantly dove into the 50 degree weather to find them. Well above and beyond tour requirements!) A must do tour.
Tishana_P, Jan 2024
AMAZING BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE!! ROBBIE our guide is fantastic. EVERYTHING PERFECT!! DO NOT MISS THIS IT IS AMAZING. The photos are supurb. Dont hesitate to take the invigorating cold water plunge.
Must do outside the strip
Amber_P, Jan 2024
This was a last minute excursion for us and am so glad we did it! Robby was outstanding, so chill and knowledgeable about the area. The kayaking itself was easy and relaxing and the cave was stunning. Bonus was stopping to see big horn sheep on the way back to the city. It was so fun to do something outside the strip. 100% recommend!
Joanne_K, Jan 2024
Robbie was great! And the tour and views were amazing! Worth the money! 100% would book again. Pickup, drop off, robbies commentary…. Everything was great!
Really beautiful view and...
Qinwen_D, Jan 2024
Really beautiful view and nice tour! Took about 6hours to go and back to Las Vegas.we had a really good time! Best birthday gift
Luisa_T, Jan 2024
It was amazing worth it!! The tour guide was amazing funny and tried to talk to us in Spanish. The view was Amazing
Kayaking Adventure with AJ at Emerald Cave!
Jag_S, Jan 2024
The entire experience was phenomenal! Our tour guide AJ's infectious humor and genuine friendliness made every moment filled with laughter and camaraderie. His jokes and historical anecdotes added joy to the breathtaking scenery. AJ's thoughtfulness stood out—guiding us skillfully through the waters and offering to capture photos and videos when we struggled for the perfect shot. His dedication to creating unforgettable experiences was evident throughout. This trip was so remarkable that my family is already considering another kayaking adventure. AJ's professionalism, warmth, and expertise truly made it unforgettable. Thank you, AJ, for an exceptional journey! Jag
Canoeing was great cave not so much!
Astacia_W, Jan 2024
My husband and I never canoed before so that was a pretty cool experience. Our guide was great…very nice and knowledgeable. My only problem was the emerald cave…. it wasn’t really emerald and it didn’t glow like the picture. Matter-of-fact, It didn’t look like the picture at all.
Best choice of the activity
Yoli_C, Jan 2024
This is a marvellous experience for our whole family. Our tour guild AJ is very cheerful and friendly. This is my first time kayaking and I had a very wonderful time. Very worth for trying even you have no experience at all.
Great tour and guide!...
Gabrielle_D, Dec 2023
Great tour and guide! Nice to do in the winter too which is great. Definitely wear water shoes…………👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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