Enjoy a Kayaking Experience on Your Next Jekyll Island Vacation

Jekyll Island is the perfect vacation destination for the nature lover in your group. Of course, you can spend your days enjoying the stunning Jekyll Island beaches, but if you want to get the most out of your time on the water, there’s an easy way to do so. Jekyll Island kayaking is one of the most popular ways to see the area, drawing thousands of tourists every year. Don’t worry if you’ve never been kayaking before; there are multiple kayaking experiences available with knowledgeable guides to assist you. Here are a few of our favorite kayak adventures near our Jekyll Island rentals.

kayaking at sunrise

Turtle Tides Outfitters

Turtle Tides Outfitters offers kayak rentals and tours that are perfect for any age or skill level. If you want to experience kayaking on your own, you can rent a single or tandem unit to be delivered to the destination of your choice. You’ll receive a kayak, paddles, and a life jacket with your rental, and you can choose to rent for a few hours or for several days. If you’re new to the sport of kayaking, Turtle Tides offers specialized instructions with your rentals, where you will spend 1.5 hours with a professional to show you the ropes.

To truly make the most of your time in the area, consider embarking on a kayak tour!

Turtle Tides offers a tour of St. Simons Island that lasts up to 3 hours. You’ll be taken through calm water inlet areas that allow you to slow down and enjoy the nature and wildlife around you, and you’ll get to take a break at a private island for shell and sand dollar hunting. You can also choose to embark on their Jekyll Marsh Tour and Shark Tooth Hunt, where you’ll have at least two hours to experience the waters and hunt for a unique shark tooth!

morning kayaking

Tidelands Nature Center

The 4-H Tidelands Nature Center provides everything you need for an incredible experience kayaking in Jekyll Island. The guided kayak tours take you through the salt marshes and give you a crab’s eye view of the tidal creeks. You’ll be led by an experienced naturalist who can clue you in to the wildlife and plants you’ll find along the way. Tours are perfect for beginners as well as experienced kayakers, and you’ll receive an orientation and basic paddling instruction along with all equipment.

Plan Your Visit

The Jekyll Island area has so many fun activities to enjoy. If you are looking for more information on kayaking or Jekyll Island vacation rentals in the area, contact us today!

On your tour, you’re likely to see incredible birds like wood storks, egrets, and herons. You might even spot marine life like fiddler crabs, manatees, or dolphins! You can choose to embark on a two or three-hour trip in a single or tandem kayak, so you can truly customize your experience. Keep in mind that reservations are required for kayak tours. For a little something different, you can also visit Tidelands Pond for fishing and canoe rentals. For the outdoor person in your group, Tidelands Nature Center is a must-see attraction!

Places to Stay

After experiencing all the fun things to do in Jekyll Island, you’ll need a place to rest your head at night. At Parker-Kaufman, we are proud to offer Jekyll Island rentals that accommodate any size group at any budget. Our friendly and dedicated staff is always available to assist you, whether you want a dinner recommendation or have a question about your rental. Each of our vacation homes is designed with you in mind and provides the perfect place to call your home away from home. We also offer nearby St. Simons Island rentals to provide the quintessential Georgia oceanside escape. If you’re ready to experience all that Georgia has to offer, contact us today to book your rental!