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Amelia Island Kayak Tours

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Located in the northernmost part of Florida, Amelia Island is a treasure trove of adventures, sights, and history.  Named after a princess, Amelia is one of the most beautiful places to relax and make memories. In business for many years, Amelia Island Adventures is a well known kayak tour company that will help you experience the real Florida.

Amelia Island Adventures offers self-guided tours and guided eco-kayaking tours on and around the island.  Tours are suited for just about all skill and fitness levels.

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With Amelia Island Adventures’ kayak tours you will learn about eco-life, plant variety, nature, and some history of the area as you paddle and explore the special areas around Amelia Island.  Each of their kayak tours offer a little something different, from a black water creek, turtles, alligators, a salt water estuary, marina, shore birds, fish, and occasionally dolphins or manatees.

They offer both guided and self-guided kayak tours for just about every age and skill level.  Different types of kayaks are available depending on the adventure you’re looking for. All of the boats will provide a fun, comfortable adventure on the water.

Kayak Tours Duration Adult Child Tandem Kayak
Eco-easy Guided Kayak Tours 2 Hours $55 $45 $100
Eco-easy Self-Guided Kayak Tours 2 Hours $40 $80
Sea Life Adventure Kayak Tours 2-2.5 Hours $60 $60 $110

 

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About the Tours

Eco-Easy Guided Kayak Tours

This is the most popular area for guided kayak tours of Amelia Island thanks to its inland calm waters. The Eco- Easy guided kayak tour will take you through beautiful forested wetlands teeming with native wildlife. You may experience turtles, alligators, red-headed woodpeckers, hawks, and possibly even a pirate or two!  The tour is perfect for just about any age or skill level, and will show you an amazing slice of Florida’s incredible beauty.

Your relaxing 2-hour paddle will bring you through the black water lined by cypress trees, sweet gum trees, pine trees, Spanish moss, arrowroot, wild azalea, and so much more.  You will enjoy  your tour on this fresh water creek with the characteristic black or ‘stained’ water that comes from tannic acid formed as plants decay.  This creates a transparent, acidic water that reflects the scenery around it like a mirror.  This makes for an amazing eco tour and beautiful photographic opportunities.

Eco-Easy Self-Guided Kayak Tour

The best way to kayak Amelia Island on a budget! If you are looking for a less expensive kayak tour, private and at your own pace, this is the tour for you!  This self-guided tour provides use of a kayak, paddle, life vest, beverage and a snack. The team will meet you at the boat ramp, get you set up in your kayaks, instruct you on a simple one-way-up-and-back direction, and then you are off on your own 2-hour kayak adventure!

Because this waterway is protected from the direct coastal elements, it is much more calm, and makes the ideal choice for all skill level of paddlers. Being only minutes from Amelia Island, it makes for the perfect self-guided kayak tour adventure for all groups!

​Sea Life Adventure Kayak Tour

Dolphins and manatees and alligators, oh my! This guided kayaking adventure takes you on a 2-hour paddle through an Amelia Island estuary with the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife.  You’ll also paddle past the oldest lighthouse in Florida!  Explore this amazing saltwater tidal creek and the adjacent fertile spartina marsh rich with sea life, game fish, fiddler crabs, and a coastal bird watching paradise!

Part of this waterway borders the protected 1100 acres of Fort Clinch State Park.  Enhance your scenic Fort Clinch visit with a guided kayak tour of this popular estuary of the Amelia River.   Your guided kayak tour will give you the opportunity to view and enjoy a number of coastal birds, including egrets, pelicans, roseate spoonbills (sometimes mistaken for flamingos), and more…  maybe even a bald eagle!  Be on the lookout for dolphins, manatees, crabs, turtles, and many other native wildlife.  The Sea Life Adventure kayak tour will also bring you by Florida’s oldest lighthouse, making for amazing photographic opportunities.

Because this tour must be done in conjunction with high tide as well as other weather-related factors, this adventure is not available on a daily basis, but it is worth the wait! Also watch for exciting gorgeous sunset paddles done here!

FAQs

Q Are there alligators/ sharks/ snakes?

This is Florida... if there is a puddle of water, there's a chance an alligator will be in it! Having said that, the animals generally don't bother you if you don't bother them. Guides work hard to enjoy our beautiful natural surroundings in "active tourism", which basically means you immerse yourself in the environment but do your best to 'look but not touch' and refrain from antagonozing or disturbing the lives of the wildlife. Of course, this is not a zoo, and the wildlife is just that... wild. There is always the possibility you may see numerous animals during your tour, or none at all. But that's what makes it an adventure!

Q What should I bring for my kayak tour?

You'll want to dress in comfortable clothing and wear shoes that you won't mind wearing in up to 12" of water (when stepping into the kayak). Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and bug spray are recommended. If you like, you may want to bring a towel and/or a change of clothes.

If you bring a cell phone, we recommend using a waterproof sleeve 'just in case'. No alcohol is allowed, due to state regulations.

The company will provide water, a snack, kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, and on our guided tours we also take complimentary photos during your paddle!

Q Can anyone join the kayak tours?

AIA offers tours that are suitable for just about all skill levels! If you have a group with mixed skill levels, AIA can accommodate you and make sure you have a great time. If you have any question about the ability of any of your group members, please ask the staff when you call for your booking and we can make sure your needs are met. The company require children be at least 4 years old, and anyone under 12 must paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult.

Q Where are you located?

AIA is located in Yulee, Florida, however we will meet you at the location for your tour. Location addresses will be provided to you during your reservation, along with any directions if needed!

Q What if it rains?

The weather in Florida can definitely be unpredictable! This is an outdoor activity, and it be won't cancelled for a little rain (bring a poncho if you like!), however if the team determines there will be thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, or if it is less than 50* forecasted 90 minutes prior to your appointment, they will reschedule you at no cost for the next available tour. If they must cancel your tour due to thunderstorms or lightning or other safety concerns, you aren't charged for the cancellation.

Q Are there age restrictions?

AIA does not recommend kayaking adventures for children under the age of 3. Children under the age of 10 need to ride with an adult in a tandem kayak unless they have experience kayaking. If you have any questions about age restrictions, don't hesitate to ask the staff during your booking!

Q Are there weight restrictions?

The team is equipped with kayaks that are rated to safely carry up to 500 pounds, but please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions!

Q What is the cancellation policy?

To avoid charges, a 24-hour cancellation notice is required for bookings by phone. If you book your tour online, a 48 hour cancellation notice is required. If the team has to cancel your tour due to bad weather, there is no cancellation charge to you.

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