Kayaking is the perfect way for both adults and children to experience the ecological diversity and stunning beauty of the marshes, inlets, and rivers of the Golden Isles. Rent a kayak or join experienced outfitters (listed below) on kayak tours around St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Sapelo Island, Blackbeard Island and Cumberland Island, as well as the Altamaha and Satilla Rivers.
Where to Kayak in the Golden Isles
The Golden Isles offers some of the best kayaking on the Georgia coast. With plenty of marshy rivers and access to the Atlantic Ocean, there are plenty of kayaking opportunities in the area, each with a unique perspective of the Golden Isles.
If you are looking to kayak St. Simons Island, there are plenty of guided tours available for visitors and locals to catch at Pier Village. In addition, there are plenty of public boat launches like Village Creek Landing or Hampton River Marina where you can launch your own kayak and go on a self-guided tour of the unique waterways. On St. Simons Island, you can even try your hand at kayak fishing in Georgia.
If you'd rather head to Jekyll Island to paddle out, there are plenty of options there as well. Jekyll Island is the perfect place for a self-guided kayak tour. Check out some of our favorite places to kayak on Jekyll Island.
Starting out on the main land? There are incredible kayak tours in Brunswick, Georgia that leave from the Brunswick Boathouse. Take a guided tour to discover the best way to explore Glynn County marshlands. In addition, find kayak fishing from this port city!
If you're looking for a more private experience, both Sea Island and Little St. Simons Island offer guided kayaking tours. While Sea Island tours are only available to guests of The Cloister, the Lodge at Sea Island or the Inn at Sea Island, kayak tours of Little St. Simons Island are available to day-visitors or guests of the Lodge.
When to Kayak in the Golden Isles
Because of the year-round mild and beautiful weather in the Golden Isles, kayak tours and kayak rentals in the Golden Isles are available all year long. Find tours and excursions from two-hour morning trips to seven-day journeys. Whether you prefer beautiful, rich greenery in the spring and summer or amber-colored grasses and cool breezes in the fall and winter, the Golden Isles has the perfect kayaking experience for you. Make sure to take a look at current weather conditions and tide charts to determine what conditions you would like on your Georgia kayak trip.
Even if you have your own kayak and you plan on venturing out unguided, it is recommended that you first stop by one of the outfitters listed below for maps, tide charts, and advice to get the most out of your time on the water.