Golden Isles Watersports

Whether you like to be on or under the water, there are plenty of ways to let your dreams set sail.


Kayaking is the perfect way for both adults and children to encounter 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, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, as well as the Altamaha and Satilla Rivers.

Where to Kayak in the Golden Isles

Guided tours and public boat launches for self-guided tours are available year-round on St. Simons and Jekyll Islands. On the mainland, Southeast Adventure Outfitters offers a guided tour of the Marshes of Glynn and Blythe Island Regional Park offers a marina and dock for direct access to the South Brunswick River.

For a more private experience, Sea Island Resort offers guided kayaking tours for its guests, and

Little St. Simons Island provides tours for day-visitors and guests of the Lodge.

View the best places to kayak in Georgia's Golden Isles.

When to Kayak in the Golden Isles

Even if you have your own kayak and 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.


The Golden Isles are quickly becoming the go-to destination for stand-up paddleboarding in Georgia. Paddle out to sand bars off the islands’ beaches to cruise some waves, feel the ocean’s force, and take a break—if only for a while. Explore the calmer marsh inlets between the barrier islands and the mainland and discover abundant wildlife around every bend.


Certified scuba divers enjoy the splendor of our underwater world. Situated off the coast of Georgia are many artificial reefs (shipwrecks) to explore. For those who are not certified divers, Island Dive Center offers scuba lessons so you can enjoy the beauty of our coastline beneath the surface.

For further information on Georgia’s artificial reefs visit