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Willow Beach, United States
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 when choosing Hotel Pickup
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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    Traveler Tips


    • "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-4
    Fun excursion
    Catriona_M
    , Jul 2022
    Great host, lots of water provided and some snacks. It was a bit longer than I thought. Picked up at hotel at 11, dropped off at 6. I would say make sure you have a good meal before you go cause we were starving by 6 and desperately needed a coffee! I am glad we did it and would recommend it if you have the time to do it.
    star-5
    Great Adventure
    Candice_V
    , Jul 2022
    So much fun!!! Preston was amazing! He was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Make sure you have a good breakfast because you will use a lot of energy. Also plenty of sunscreen.
    star-5
    A great day of beauty and kayaking!
    Suzy_S
    , Jul 2022
    Diego was an awesome guide! Enjoyed the great stories of the area, the beautiful surroundings, cold water, pace of the trip and snacks. We made new friends too. Would suggest this kayak trip for sure!
    star-5
    Exceeded Expectations!
    Karen_L
    , Jul 2022
    Our guide was Mike was the best! Mike was on time, a great driver, and most importantly was the best tour guide from the minute he picked us up until he dropped us off at end of excursion. Mike recommended a variety of restaurants and experiences. He was also very knowledgeable about the history of the city- and the towns we drove though. While kayaking, he would frequently paddle over to everyone to share information and offer water to make sure we were hydrated. It was obvious that he loves being a guide and made sure we had the full experience from kayaking to seeing wildlife and explaining information about plant life. As soon as I booked the trip, this company was in constant communication with me to explain what to expect and suggestions on what to wear and bring. I had questions and they responded immediately. I had never kayaked before and had a great experience and felt safe due to all the precautions they took and the instructions they provide. This trip is great for someone who enjoys the beauty of the great outdoors. As previous reviews stated, the “cave” experience shouldn’t be your only reason for booking the trip. Our guide, Mike, never made us feel rushed and reassured us that he would always help us if we got stuck or had problems.
    star-5
    Great Family Adventure
    Karen_D
    , Jun 2022
    We wanted a kayaking experience on the Colorado River and this was perfect! Our family of 4 (a 12 year old, 15 year old and two parents) were able to each have our own kayak and enjoy a guided tour of the area. There was a stop to look at some wildlife and have some snacks, which was perfect! The cave was small, but still very neat. Our guide, Juston, was wonderful.
    star-5
    Excellent!
    Iris_L
    , Jun 2022
    Adam our guide is excellent! Very friendly and we had a great time kayaking on the Colorado river. One thing was when we booked the half day emerald cove, the ad said that there’s hotel transfer for $151 US however when we received the confirmation it was a self drive. The hotel pick up tour was $130 US. We ended up had to rent a car to Willow Beach.
    star-5
    Nice experience
    Camille_B
    , Jun 2022
    Michelle was wonderful. Such a great teacher and vibrant personality. I thought the cave was going to be bigger, like a passage. It was small though.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear Michelle was a wonderful guide. :)
    star-2
    Misleading
    Iris_M
    , Jun 2022
    Misleading! The ad says a Emerald Cove kayaking tour NOT a tour 2 miles out then you will spend 3 mins taking pictures in a “cave”! It was a lot of work for a 3 min picture! I do not recommend! The positive side - our tour guide (from River Dogz) was both professional and super fun!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review Iris. We appreciate your feedback. I am sorry the cave was not as intended. We pride ourselves on being a 5 star customer service company with our reviews being based solely on how we were for you. Happy to hear both of your guides were professional and fun. We would love for you to take that into consideration when reviewing this. Please reach out to us at 702-325-5851 for anything else we can do. :)
    star-5
    First time kayaking-Amazing!
    Beverly_K
    , Jun 2022
    Mike was a fantastic guide! We encountered a windy day and Mike guided us with ease. highly recommend this trip!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review and recommendation. Glad to hear Mike was a fantastic guide! :)
    star-5
    Stellar kayak tour
    Katerina_I
    , Jun 2022
    Beautiful scenery, the cove was a little hyped up, but the pictures are worth it! Danny was our tour guide and he made sure he interacted with all us, appreciated that, and his humor! He was an amazing tour guide! I would definitely do this again!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear the scenery was beautiful and your guide Danny was amazing! :)
    star-5
    With the water being very...
    Tim_E
    , Jun 2022
    With the water being very cold, it makes the heat tolerable. Beautiful scenery and our guide Mike was wonderful.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you were able to get refreshed in the water and had a wonderful time with Mike. :)
    star-5
    Beautiful view
    Adriana_A
    , Jun 2022
    Long way to see the cove for just 3 min. The mountains and the river were so beautiful. The water is so clear . Love it .
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your river. Love hearing how beautiful and clear the water was! :)
    star-5
    Awesome Day
    Andy_B
    , Jun 2022
    Great half day trip with Ian as our guide. Very relaxed trip at a pace that suited the group even given the "warm" weather.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you had a relaxing trip with Ian. :)
    star-3
    We had a good time!
    John_M
    , Jun 2022
    Just saying we kayaked down the Colorado River...not much more! The hyped up Cave was let's say...interesting!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    John, thank you for your review. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and agree to raise your stars due to the great customer service our staff was able to provide. :)
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Paul was great!
    Kathy_F
    , Jun 2022
    Paul was very knowledgeable and made the experience very enjoyable. Everyone seemed very pleased. Xxxxx
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review. Happy to hear Paul made the experience enjoyable :)
    star-5
    Danny our guide made it...
    Amy_G
    , Jun 2022
    Danny our guide made it easy to learn to paddle, was knowledgeable, made sure we were all safe and within watching distance.
    star-5
    Nacho was a great guide!...
    Andrea_S
    , Jun 2022
    Nacho was a great guide! Water was incredibly clear and beautiful. Would definitely do this route again.
    star-5
    River Dogz tour
    michael_c
    , Jun 2022
    Very nice trip. Paul with River Dogz river trips is a great guide Great relaxing even though it is Kayaking Awesome time and memorable
    star-5
    Danny the tour guide
    Gregory_S
    , Jun 2022
    Tour guide Danny was super funny and very helpful. He always made sure the group was ok and if there was any sort of issue, he handled it.
    star-5
    Awesome trip
    Bryan_W
    , Jun 2022
    Paul was an excellent gentlemen with tons of local knowledge. Was very helpful and patient with us in teaching us how to kayak. Definitely would recommend this tour.

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