Las Vegas

Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour

Las Vegas, USA
Emerald Cave Kayaking Tour

From $98.99

Select Date and Travelers

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

  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the serenity of Emerald Cave, a picturesque natural attraction on the Colorado River. This kayaking tour takes a small group max of 12 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 12 paddlers
  • Kayak, paddle, safety gear, snacks, and bottled water are provided for you
  • Transport is provided from Las Vegas hotels to Willow Beach Marina (if option selected)

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel Pick-up and Dropoff (if option selected)
  • Can choose between single (1 person) or tandem (2 person) kayaks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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

Meeting point

  • 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 change throughout the year based on season. The operator will let you know 24-48 hours in advance what time to meet them at Willow Beach Marina.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

• Times listed are the LAUNCH TIMES (not the hotel pick-up times) • Pick-up from hotels commences approximately 90 minutes prior to launch time • If your hotel is not on the pick up list, please pick the one that is closest to your location. If you are unsure on which hotel is closest to you, please contact the operator after you have made your booking

What To Expect

Begin your kayaking adventure with pickup from your Las Vegas hotel (note: hotel pickups begin 90 minutes before the launch time that you have chosen) and settle in for the hour-long drive to Willow Beach Marina in Arizona. Alternatively, you can drive yourself to the launch point to save some money.

Join a small group, limited to 12 participants, and get fitted for your kayaking gear. Then, watch a safety briefing from your river guide before taking to the Colorado River in your 1- or 2-person kayak (depending on the option chosen).

Enjoy a serene expedition as you paddle your way along the gentle currents to the beautiful Emerald Cave, making stops for refreshing snacks and leisurely swims.

At the end of your adventure, return back to Las Vegas by driving back yourself or getting dropped off at your point of departure.

Willow Beach Marina

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • By booking a tour, you assume all risks of your participation in this Activity, whether known or unknown to you, including travel to and from the Activity or any events incidental to this Activity. You also agree to the release of images/video for the operator to use at their discretion
  • Weight limit is 260 lbs
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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 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

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Featured review
Our tour guide Michelle was amazing. This was my 1st time kayaking and her initial instructions were very informative and gave me some of the basics for kayaking. She was very knowledgeable about the local plants, wildlife, and history. During our trip we saw a bald eagle and several big horn sheep on the steep , beautiful mountains. This trip was the right length for beginners and experienced kayakers. It's a good workout but doable for most. The cove was very pretty but wasn't anything spectacular. I just enjoyed kayaking on the river and the mountains.


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Beautiful and relaxing kayak trip
Amy_C, Feb 2024
Ryan was a great guide. The kayak trip was relaxing and absolutely beautiful. I would absolutely recommend to anyone. I didn't have any experience kayaking and it was easy to catch on to.
Awesome Excursion
John_M, Feb 2024
This was a fun, relaxing excursion. The scenery is amazing, the water was clear and refreshing, and the cove was as emerald as advertised 😃 Jessica was friendly and easygoing, and the shuttle from Vegas was great. In hindsight, I would have gone with the full day tour option.
todd_f, Feb 2024
This was great experience beautiful weather water was perfect. The tour guide said a perfect pace for the crew that we had. Every part of this trip was enjoyable definitely will do it again.
Not great!
Pervin_E, Feb 2024
The trip was cancelled last minute by the tour. The calendar was showing all availability but didnt go ahead. I was very much disappointed.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Good Morning from River Dogz, This review is misleading and not accurate. You booked last second at 8:32am and we responded with in a few minutes back saying if you can make the Shuttle yes . You could not make the shuttle since you were not close enough to our pick up locations which are on the booking details. We leave it open for those who might be able and near the locations for pick up last second. We offered another day and also gave you a prompt refund. We also have listed pickups are at least 90 minutes before launch times. We do the best we can accommodating everyone who books with us. Very sorry but it would not be fair to those on the shuttle to wait a extended time when they booked earlier and were on time for the shuttle. So we are very sorry you booked last second and could not make the shuttle.
Kindra_S, Feb 2024
Easy kayaking excursion. Our guide Michelle from Riverdogz was great. Some in the group had never kayaked before and she was very patient. Beautiful scenery, very calm waters. You get a break about halfway to the cove at a small beach to eat snacks and stretch your legs. Bring flip flops or water shoes since you have to walk in the water a little bit to get in the kayak. Or just go barefoot like we did. Note that you are going to a cove and not a cave. It was a lot smaller than I expected but still worth it.
Great half day tour with beautiful views
Amanda_R, Feb 2024
This was an easy and enjoyable kayak experience down the Colorado river. Our guide Adam was both helpful and knowledgeable and made the experience fun for everyone!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Adam is a pretty awesome guide! We're glad he made your day wonderful!
A great day trip
Alex_H, Feb 2024
It was a great place to escape from LV for a day. I had an amazing experience with the tour guide, Michelle. I would highly recommend her. She was so energetic and shared some very interesting facts during the tour. One of the best guide I have encountered so far. I will surly book another tour with this operator, when I am back to Nevada next time.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aww, thank you for those kind words! We love to give our best to our guests! Especially to escape the city for a day! So glad you had a great tour!! Look forward to having you again!
Second nature
Tim_H, Feb 2024
Great place to getaway from the big city for a day. Beautiful views and away to meet new people from all over the world. Preston was a great joy and kept the mood great spending time with everyone on the trip and river . Would recommend this to anyone wanting to try something new or if your an experienced kayaking. You got one life live it !
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Such an amazing day on the water and all the relaxation! We're happy you were able to enjoy that on your tour! Look forward to having you book with us again!
A great trip!
Chengmai_G, Feb 2024
The tour guide was very helpful, she did excellent job! I would highly recommend her! I was first time kayaker, I learned a lot in this trip, and enjoyed the activities!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for trusting us with your first time!! We're glad your day was awesome!!
Fantastic kayaking experience experience!
Joseph_L, Feb 2024
Such an amazing experiences our tour guide was Michelle! I would highly recommend her. She was in constant communication with me, punctual, and knew several interesting facts about the area. It unfortunately rained the entire kayaking tour but it did not stop us once! The views were phenomenal.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
So awesome of you to keep on during the rain!! It's something about that kind of day that just sends relaxation to another level in my opinion! We hope to have you with us again!
It was beautiful!It was amazing! Michelle was an awesome guide. She was very knowledgeable and fun! You don't need to wo
Carrie_L, Feb 2024
It was amazing! Michelle was an awesome guide. She was very knowledgeable and fun! You don't need to worry about bringing water or snacks because they are provided.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We do everything we can to provide an amazing time and we're happy you had that with us! Thank you!
Take a break from the strip, do this trip!
Gordon_C, Feb 2024
Best day in Vegas thanks to our guide Jessica. Perfect day from pick up to drop off. Kayak trip was just the right blend of kayaking and short hike to great views of the river and surrounding mountains. The trip itself is a beautiful backdrop and easy route even for an inexperienced kayaker. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable about the area and very invested l in our having a great time and getting some great pictures. If you book, ask for her, you will not be disappointed.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for those amazing words! We loved having you!!
Chill kayaking experience
Alex_w, Feb 2024
What you see it’s what you get, beautiful & chill, everyone was very friendly, and the tour guide knows a lot of interesting niche local facts.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Such a beautiful tour all around and we are so happy you trusted us to provide you the day you had! Hope to see you again!
Breathing and fun experience
Teresa_M, Feb 2024
It was so beautiful!! Our tour guide Justin was amazing! The views were gorgeous, the water was so clear and green, the cave was really neat, and the mountains that surround you are breathtaking. I would highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
It's so peaceful right?! So glad you were on this journey with us!
Brilliant tour
Cathal_O, Feb 2024
Best kayaking tour in vegas. Michelle was brilliant guide very informative from the bus ride out to the whole kayaking tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your amazing words!! It means a lot as we strive to do everything we can in the best ways for our guests!
A Turnaround Experience
Sveta_Y, Feb 2024
Booking a trip to Las Vegas a week prior left me in a whirlwind of uncertainty. Details were scarce, and despite numerous attempts to reach out for information, my calls and texts went unanswered. The situation escalated to the point where I found myself in Vegas, on the eve of my excursion, with no clarity in sight. It wasn't until Preston, our guide, stepped in that the tide shifted from sour to sweet. Preston, a delightful and knowledgeable young gentleman, swiftly turned my experience around. His energy and kindness were evident from the moment we met. Despite not receiving any suggestions beforehand, Preston's expertise became apparent throughout the trip. His guidance made the day on the river enjoyable and efficient. February turned out to be an ideal time for this adventure, with fewer crowds along the riverbanks. While Preston didn't explicitly suggest leaving extra clothing in the van, it's a practical tip for future adventurers. Having the option to store spare clothes in the van ensured we were prepared for any unexpected situations during the excursion. In hindsight, despite the rocky start, my day on the river with Preston guiding the way turned out to be a great one. It's encounters with individuals like him that truly make a difference in a travel experience. Thank you very much for your assistance.
Pleasantly Surprising Adventure for two Beginners!
Michael_T, Feb 2024
I surprised my girlfriend for her 30th birthday with a fun filled trip to Vegas. I’m not the outdoors person but I put myself to the side and decided to book an excursion that I knew she would love. I decided to book a kayaking adventure. I was very concerned about the validity of booking through viator, but I was pleasantly surprised! Not only was this a very professional experience, both my girlfriend and I had a great time. We will recommend the Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour to anyone! We were both new to kayaking and our guide made us feel like professionals by the end of the day. It was awesome, and above all my girlfriend had a great 30th birthday trip!
Aimee made the trip!
Tina_J, Jan 2024
Aimee was a great guide. Very knowledgeable about the area. She made it feel like we were kayaking with a friend.
Great time with friends
Kathryn_T, Jan 2024
Michelle was awesome and the tour was so much fun! Great way to spend the day. Would definitely do another tour with this company.
One of the Most beautiful...
Istvan_B, Jan 2024
One of the Most beautiful place I’ve seen! Everything was just perfect including the weather,snacks company!

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