Water activity

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

4.7 / 5

27 reviews

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: OutdoorsterLV
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From US$ 107 US$ 96.30 per person

Embark on a guided kayaking tour to the picturesque Emerald Cave and Lake Mead within Arizona's Black Canyon. Optional transfers from select Las Vegas hotels are also available.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 4.5 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Pickup time is between 8:00-8:30AM. Drivers will wait no longer than 10 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. The following list is where you should wait for pickup, depending on the pickup location chosen: Bally's Hotel (Rideshare, north entrance) Circus Circus Hotel (Las Vegas Blvd entrance) Bellagio Hotel (Bus Pickup) Treasure Island (Rideshare/bus pickup area) Excalibur Hotel (bus pickup area) MGM Grand (tour pickup area) Golden Nuggets Hotel (Rideshare pickup area)
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach
  • Learn more about the natural history of the area
  • Experience mystical green jelly-looking waters
  • Discover scenic natural landscapes and spot local wildlife
Full description

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife.

After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak.

When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles.

Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River.

When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (depending on option selected)
  • Tour guide
  • Performance kayak
  • All safety equipment
  • Unlimited drinks and snacks
  • Waterproof bag
  • Tips
  • National Park Permit
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

Look for Kayak Beach. Your tour guide will be wearing a light green shirt with "OutdoorsterLV" written on it. The ocean kayaks will be set up with the guides waiting for your timely arrival.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please wear a swimsuit under under clothes
  • In colder months, dress in layers that can be removed if needed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

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Today was such a blast! Our guide Max was awesome and he made sure we were loaded on snacks, water and lots of cheer to keep going ! The views are breathtaking and the cave is pretty cool, the hike after getting into the cave is little but necessary as your legs need the stretch to get back and when you get to the top you’ll be quite amazed as me and my family were. We had a great time and Max made sure we had everything we needed to have a comfortable and enjoyable time. It’s a challenging trip for beginners as myself but still possible!!!!

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May 13, 2022

The tour guide Jordan was very knowledgeable and made the trip fun, the water is emerald green exactly how the pics looked. It wasn’t too crowded but we went in March, I’m sure during the summer it gets very crowded. The cave is actually a lot smaller than it looks, you just back into it and come back out. The directions also took us (and many others) to the wrong area of the beach. It’s the gravel part where you’ll see trucks/trailers parked. Definitely bring sunscreen as the sun is brutal!

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March 12, 2022

The tour was great and Eric our guide and driver did a nice job and is very well know about the areas! I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to explore. Even if you have not tried kayaking before, they will help you get the hang of it. Only negative thing was it said “unlimited snacks” online, but there was one granola bar and a small box of pringles for everyone. One girl couldn’t even get a box of pringles because there was not enough. So, do not expect unlimited snacks.

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March 11, 2022

Product ID: 407469