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South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

1. South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

Embark on a sightseeing cruise starting in South Lake Tahoe either at sunset or during the day. Take in the scenic beauty while cruising 11 kilometers across the lake to Emerald Bay, one of the top ten most photographed places in the world. Savor snacks and drinks as you sail. See the majestic mountains of South Lake Tahoe while onboard the world-class Tahoe Bleu Wave yacht. As you cruise, you will find indoor and outdoor seating with 360-degree panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, the snow-capped mountains, Fannette Island, Vikingsholm Castle, Eagle Waterfall, and the Rubicon. Navigate the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe while hearing your captain's narration about this lake. You may even get the chance to see a variety of wildlife such as the bald eagle, black bears, and wild geese. If you've chosen the sunset option, relax and watch the sun dip low below the sky.

Lake Tahoe: 2-Hour Private Boat Trip with Captain

2. Lake Tahoe: 2-Hour Private Boat Trip with Captain

Enjoy a boat trip around the stunning natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Take in panoramic views of mile-high mountains and the famous Emerald Bay on this private, 2-hour tour. Meet your certified captain at the Tahoe Keys Marina. Hop aboard their ship, the White lightning, a fun boat with a 502 mag and 3,000 dollar stereo system. Get ready to set sail onto North America's second deepest lake. Enjoy spectacular views as you journey round Lake Tahoe. Pass by Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historical Site. Sail into the picturesque and photogenic Emerald Bay. See Fannette Island in the middle of the lake, and catch a glimpse of the Scandinavian architecture of the Vikingsholm mansion. Take in the beauty of the D.L. Bliss State Park. Admire the electric green and cobalt blue water of Rubicon Bay, before returning to the marina to finish the tour.

Lake Tahoe: Half-Day Photographic Scenic Tour

3. Lake Tahoe: Half-Day Photographic Scenic Tour

Visit some of Lake Tahoe's most famous locations, showcasing the best of its South and West Shores. Your journey begins at a beautiful secluded beach. Shadowed by Mt. Tallac, you will learn how the famous Snowcross forecasts the forthcoming winter conditions. The area is especially famous as a wonderful wildlife sanctuary, home to numerous species of birds. Look out for bears, especially in October, as you listen to the peaceful birdsong. In late spring and summer, wildflowers carpet the meadows of Taylor Creek. In October you will see the Kokanee Salmon run - when around 80,000 salmon start their journey to spawn. Pause at some local stores for snacks and beverages before moving on to Emerald Bay. One of the most photographed locations in North America, beautiful waterfalls await as you explore the glacier. The carved masterpiece can be seen from various perspectives. The tour offers myriad photo opportunities throughout. As the tour guides show you how to take optimal photographs, they will also capture magical shots to process and later deliver to you.

South Lake Tahoe: Private Sunset Cruise on Lake Tahoe

4. South Lake Tahoe: Private Sunset Cruise on Lake Tahoe

Charter a custom powerboat and spend an evening unwinding on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Spend time in the company of loved ones, friends, and family. Take photos and cruise past the breathtaking scenery. Marvel at blue waters and scenic enclaves and breathe the fresh mountain air. Soak up the last of the day's sun while sipping on drinks and listening to your favorite tunes. Watch the sunset paint the sky with vibrant colors as day turns to night. 

Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

5. Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

Take off from south of Lake Tahoe and fly along the east shore into the state of Nevada. Witness the beautiful indigo blue waters and teal shorelines as you fly to Zephyr Cove. After circling Zephyr Cove, fly west along the south shoreline past Fallen Leaf Lake and Cascade Lake to Emerald Bay. Take in the beautiful views from the helicopter for an adventure that will last long in the memory.

Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

6. Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

Sit back and enjoy a boat tour of some of the most famous sights and views that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic noise and congestion, with complimentary perks like light snacks, drinks, music, and swim gear. Heading out from Tahoe Keys Marina in Grateful Red, the luxury boat some call the Ferrari of Lake Tahoe. The tour starts with cruising by Camp Richardson, the oldest campground in the basin, and the Tallac Historical site. Next, venture past the golden sands of Baldwin and Ski Beach before reaching the entrance to Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the world. Entering Emerald Bay, see the memorable Vikingsholm mansion which many consider the finest piece of Scandinavian architecture in the U.S. Pass by Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, also located in Emerald Bay, and home to the former tea house where guests of Vikingsholm would travel to by boat to enjoy afternoon tea. After admiring Emerald Bay, continue up the west shore to D. L. Bliss State Park and Rubicon Bay where the water is electric green with cobalt blues, an unforgettable swimming spot to experience. The tour continues to Sugar Pine Point State Park with its Mediterranean blue waters and the picturesque Ehrman Mansion. Before heading back to Tahoe Keys Marina, visit Homewood, a quaint little town with a ski resort at the water’s edge.

Lake Tahoe: Private Wakesurf Cruise to Secluded Beaches

7. Lake Tahoe: Private Wakesurf Cruise to Secluded Beaches

Explore Lake Tahoe from the water during this private cruise aboard a surfboat. Your personal captain will show you and your group all the breathtaking sights Lake Tahoe has to offer. Head to secluded beaches to swim, snorkel, wakeboard, and more. Exploring Tahoe from the water is a unique experience to escape the crowds with friends and family or to embark on an unforgettable watersports adventure. After meeting up with your guide, hop on board a boat featuring a spacious layout that provides ample room to move about, lounge, or entertain. Then, start your day cruising on the open water in the sunshine. You’ll get everything you need for a fun adventure with your group, including an ice chest, surfboard, wakeboard, and tubes. Snorkeling gear, towels, and sunscreen are also provided.

Lake Tahoe: Private Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Tahoe

8. Lake Tahoe: Private Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Tahoe

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Lake Tahoe on a half-day speedboat cruise for up to 8 people. Take in panoramic views of mile-high mountains along with sights like Rubicon and McKinney Bay, the Tallac Historic Site, and Camp Richardson. Meet your guide in South Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Keys Marina and hop aboard the comfortable boat known as 'White Lightening." Cut through the water with the help of the 502 mag engine and blast some tunes on the stereo system. Pass by the quaint community of Camp Richardson and the log cabins at the Tallac Historic Site. Sail into the picturesque and photogenic Emerald Bay. Stop to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters. Protect yourself from the sun with the included sunscreen Have the chance to see the Fleur du Lac estate which was used to shoot 'The Godfather II.' See Fannette Island in the middle of the lake and catch a glimpse of the Scandinavian architecture of the Vikingsholm mansion.  Take in the beauty of the D.L. Bliss State Park. Admire the electric green and cobalt blue water of Rubicon Bay. Gaze out at Sugar Pine point state park and McKinney Bay before returning to the marina to finish the tour.

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What people are saying about Emerald Bay State Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 163 reviews

Jim was an awesome guide! I’ve been going to tahoe for summers for years and he showed me some spots I’d never seen which was worth it in itself! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He even picked me up from my air bnb. I love the photos he took of me and I got them within 48hrs!

Excellent tour. Captain Steve was informative and entertaining. The deck hands were very helpful and great on the drinks. Lake Tahoe provides everything else. I highly recommend this trip.

This is absolutely worth it. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. The views are absolutely amazing a definite must do if in the Tahoe area.

Spectacular views. Historical information provided. Extremely windy out on the water. Not sure if that is the norm.

Matt was knowledgeable. Great way to take in Tahoe.