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Emerald Cave Express Kayak Tour from Las Vegas

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Kayak Emerald Cave Express

From $99.00

Select Date and Travelers

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

  • 3 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Get outdoors and explore a spectacular natural wonder—the Emerald Cave on this kayaking adventure. After setting off from Willow Beach Marina, paddle along the Colorado River past interesting sites such as a 1920’s era government project, the Black Canyon, and finally—the picturesque Emerald Cave. Traveling on a kayak allows you to access remote hard-to-reach nature spots without the worry of getting lost as a guide takes care of the navigating.
  • Soak up scenic coastal views and exercise at the same time
  • Travel on a kayak to the Emerald Cave and the Black Canyon
  • Lots of fantastic photo opportunities along the way
  • Flexible options—pick from a single or a tandem (two-seater) kayak

What's Included

  • Kayak Tour
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Kayaks, paddles and life-vest
  • Certified Guide
  • Round-trip Transport from 3 hotels (if option selected)
  • $25/vehicle to park at marina. (Military or Nat'l Park Pass are free)
  • Shuttle service (unless option selected)
  • 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

    Please meet us at the Paddle craft launch beach 30 minutes before your tour start time to meet your guide and get fitted with life vests and boats. Tours will begin promptly at their scheduled start time.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pick up times for 10am start time are as follows: Bellagio - 8:20am, Mandalay Bay - 8:30am Pick up times for 12pm start time are as follows: Bellagio - 10:20am, Mandalay Bay - 10:30am Pick up times for 1pm start time are as follows: Bellagio - 11:20am, Mandalay Bay - 11:30am Please be courteous to other participants and promptly show up on time at the tour bus area or launch location provided on the confirmation email. Please have your cellular phone on and available. Shuttles generally arrive back to Las Vegas Resort & Hotels between 90 and 120 minutes after the kayak tour ends. Shuttle times vary with traffic.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We offer single or tandem (2 seater) kayaks. Please specify which kayak you would prefer.
  • The Emerald Cave is just a small cutout of the mountain for a great photo op!
  • We provide life vests. Please specify which size you would prefer. S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL
  • You will be meeting us at the marina. Have reliable transportation to meet us, there is NO cell service at the marina to call a ride share.
  • If you have chosen and paid for this tour with shuttle, pick up times are: Bellagio 8:20am and Mandalay Bay 8:30am for the 10am start time. Pick up times are: Bellagio 10:20am and Mandalay Bay 10:30am for the 12pm start time. Pick up times are: Bellagio 11:20am and Mandalay Bay 11:30am for the 1pm start time. Please specify which pickup location you prefer.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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 far from Las Vegas is the departure point for the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:It generally takes a little over an hour to get from Las Vegas to Willow Beach. Please be sure to confirm your pickup details by calling the local operator at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Sep 2021

Q:How much is the National Park Entrance fee?

A:Entrance into the park is $25 per vehicle. This is waived for National Park Pass holders and military with ID.

Sep 2021

Q:Can I participate in the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour if I've never kayaked before?

A:You may start as a beginner, but you will likely end the trip as a confident kayaker! Many guests are first-time paddlers. You will use a lightweight, fast kayak equipped with rudders for easy steering and receive safety rules and instructions.

Sep 2021

Q:What kind of distance do we kayak during the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:This tour is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) round-trip on smooth, mostly flat water.

Sep 2021

Q:What should I wear for the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:Wear water shoes or sneakers that can get wet. Dress according to the weather, ideally in athletic / outdoor-type clothing that dries fast. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. Also, bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Sep 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:You should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Bring a towel if you plan to swim.

Sep 2021

Q:Will I be in a single or a tandem kayak during the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:You may choose between a single or tandem kayak (based on availability), but any requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If you have a preference, please list it in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Sep 2021

Q:Will I get wet during the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:Yes. You will definitely get wet (at least up to your knees.) The river is 53°F/10.5°C year-round. It is refreshing during the heat of summer, but too cold for winter swimming. Bathing suits are recommended if you wish to swim.

Sep 2021

Q:Can I bring my young child with me on the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:For safety reasons, children under 5 years old are not recommended for this kayak tour.

Sep 2021

Q:Will I see wildlife during the Kayak Emerald Cave Express Tour?

A:There is always a possibility of seeing some of the desert wildlife during your tour. All guides are habitually on the lookout to spot bighorn sheep, coyotes, eagles, and much more for you!

Sep 2021

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Holly_M
From start to finish Evolution Expeditions Kayaking was wonderful. Our guides were THE best. One was named Alex and I can’t remember the guides name but we really liked them both so much. They were kind, helpful, fun, informative and genuinely good guys. The scenery was beautiful. Highly recommend Evolutions Expedition Kayaking.

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Excellent!
kristen_p, Apr 2024
Our guide Ryan was the best! We had a beautiful day and learned a lot from him. Even though the Wild lost that night the day was still a win!
Celebrated my birthday on the river!
Ivelisse_H, Apr 2024
Our guide Dylan was amazing. We also had three guides in training (Malik, Cassidy, and Aries) who were also awesome. Weather was beautiful. There were 3 of us celebrating a birthday so the group sang Happy Birthday. We did the express tour. Left the hotel at 10:20 and got back at 4:45. Awesome tour.
Great tour
Meryl_M, Apr 2024
The scenery is beautiful. Even first time kayakers can do it, Our guide Chris was extremely helpful, patient and knowledgeable.
Great family tour
Lucie_P, Mar 2024
We had an awesome day away from the city. Évolution Expédition tour Guide Ryan and Malik were really nice & knowlesgeable. I recommand this tour
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you so much for the raving review and recommendation. We are thrilled to hear Ryan and Malik were nice and knowledgeable tour guides. We hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Evolution Expeditions Kayaking Las Vegas, NV
A work out well worth it
Michael_F, Mar 2024
A great time with some amazing views, the overall experience was a breeze, our guide gave us the know how to do the Kayak experience a little easier for all and offering tips as well
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you so much for the great review! We are thrilled you had a positive experience and our guides helped make it a little easier. Thank you, Evolution Expeditions Kayaking Las Vegas, NV
Amazing
Sherri_P, Mar 2024
Great experience! Our tour guide, Salvador, was very knowledgeable and a great guide. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for the recommendation. We are thrilled to hear you had a great experience and Sal was a great guide! We hope to see you again soon!
Awesome Cave Tour
Corey_S, Mar 2024
First time kayaking for both of us we had a great time. Our tour guide Dash was amazing. He gave us with so much communication and information we will never forget. We will be back!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for the raving review Corey! We are so glad to hear your experience with Dash and kayaking for the first time was amazing. We hope to see you again soon!
Brilliant and beautiful
Ruby_o, Mar 2024
My husband and I had an amazing time on the water yesterday we had dash take us out on the water and he was fantastic from start to finish thank you so much for a brilliant day and the lunch was delicious xx
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We are so happy to here Dash was fantastic and the lunch was delicious. Thank you for choosing Evolution Expeditions.
Excellent Tour
Mike_C, Feb 2024
Tour of the Colorado was spectacular! Burton was knowledgeable and attentive. However, there was a function on in Vegas that the Co had no knowledge of that prevented us from getting to our hotel in a timely fashion. Need to keep on top of that gents or I would have given u a 5…
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Hello Mike, thank you for the review and the feedback. We do are best to get guests back to strip within the time frame they are expecting. As I'm sure you can imagine there are a lot of events in Vegas and we do our best to keep up with them but sometime roads are closed and traffic heavier than we expect. I hope your day on the river made up for it. Thanks again for the feedback we will take it into consideration.
Memorable experience
Denise_M, Feb 2024
Kayaking with Ryan was an amazing experience! He was extremely knowledgeable and patient! The views were amazing and we would totally kayak with Ryan again when we come back!! Amazing Experience!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for the 5 star review Denise. We are so happy to hear that kayaking with Ryan as your guide was an amazing experience. We hope we get to see you again soon.
Relaxing on the water.
Danielle_W, Feb 2024
February trip so Vegas was a little cold but down on the water it was perfect. Wear sunscreen. You will get burned. It was so relaxing and our Guide Ryan was the best. Full of information about the place and provided water and snacks. Best day of our trip.
Wonderful day trip
Emily_H, Feb 2024
Burton was the best! Patient, knowledgeable about all the plants, rock formations and wildlife around us. Was even prepared to feed us for a month. The scenery was absolutely stunning. We went in feb and it was pouring in the city but once we crossed over to Boulder City the clouds lifted and it was gorgeous
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for the wonderful review Emily! We are so happy to hear Burton was the best and made your tour even more enjoyable. We are glad the weather cooperated and end up being a gorgeous day. Thanks again for choosing Evolution Expedtions.
Value you won’t regret
Nick_F, Jan 2024
This was an incredible time. Would recommend to anyone! Ryan made the experience 1000 times better. Professional and entertaining.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for the 5 star review Nick! We are so happy to hear thar Ryan made the tour 1000 times. We appreciate the positive review. Thank you for choosing Evolution Expeditions.
Our guide made this trip...
tdawkins, Jan 2024
Our guide made this trip so more enjoyable. Ryan, aka "steve", was educated, informative, funny, entertaining, and knew the history. Great job! Great time!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for the positive 5 star review. We are so glad Ryan made the trip so much more enjoyable. Thank you for choosing Evolution Expeditions.
Awesome
Bryan_R, Dec 2023
Loved the kayaking and the views. Ryan, our guide was awesome. He was able to share specific information about the history of the area as well as the surrounding vegetation.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for the raving review Bryan. We are so glad you had an awesome experience with Ryan. Thank you for paddling with Evolution Expeditions.
great outing
Rosemary_P, Dec 2023
Knowledgeable, friendly guides. The picture of Emerald cave on the website is a bit misleading, but overall was a good experience.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We are thrilled to hear you had a good experience and we hope the beauty of the canyon made up for it the cave disappointment.
Fantastic experience
Alexia_B, Dec 2023
Our tour guide Burton was great! Very knowledgeable, timely, and patient with others in the group. Great experience all around! I would definitely recommend doing this if you get the opportunity!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for the raving review. We are so happy to hear how great Burton was. Thank you for your recommendation.
nice day on the Colorado river
marina_z, Dec 2023
It was very nice trip in the nature and guide Dylan was very pleasant, entertaining, friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The trip was well organized and it was very memorable experience. It was also good workout kayaking 6 miles on the river.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We are so happy to hear Dylan was a great guide and didn't dissappoint.
Fun experience!
Michael_C, Dec 2023
Jared was awesome guide, his knowledge of the foana and history of the area was interesting. Equipment was clean and the instructions were clear on how to use.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you so much for the great review. We are so glad you got clear instruction and Jared's knowledge of the area was interesting. Thank you of you for kayaking with us.
just awesome!!
Jason_K, Nov 2023
what great views and a bunch of history about the area as well … I would 100% recommend, even if you’ve never kayaked before!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you Jason for the 5 star review. We are so happy you had a great experience.
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