Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboard Tours

View of a creek winding through a reedy marsh.

Guided paddling tours are one of the best ways to experience the nature and landscape of the Georgia coast. Most commonly made by kayak, but also by paddleboard or canoe, excursions allow a closer look at the marsh landscape and its wildlife, traveling along creeks that would be difficult to access by larger boat.

There are dozens of different tours to choose from, catering to skill levels from complete beginner to experienced paddler. Destinations include the creeks and inlets of Tybee Island or the marshes between it and Savannah, or secluded barrier islands just a little further down the coast.

If you have experience of kayaking or paddleboarding and knowledge of the area, you can alternatively rent the necessary equipment and make an unguided excursion of your own. See details of rental services on and near Tybee Island.

Tour availability may vary by season, and operators may withdraw or change specific tours without notice. Please check availability and all details directly with the tour company or guide when planning your trip.

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Choosing A Guided Water Tour

Tour length Shorter tours are more appropriate for beginners. A few tours, mostly those running to the more distant barrier islands where some open-water paddling is involved, require experience, and some will also require considerable endurance.

Launch locations Most paddle tour companies are based out of Tybee Island; otherwise, one of the marinas between Tybee and Savannah.

Some trips will depart from locations other than the operator’s shop. If you don’t have your own transport, check that it will be feasible to reach the launch point. The guide(s) will meet you at the tour departure point with the boats/boards, and may also offer transport to the launch site for you and your group, either included in the tour price or for a small additional fee. Sometimes, however, it will be necessary to make your own way there.

Private tours Most tour companies offer private versions of their public tours, and also private custom tours to the local destination of your choice. Contact the individual tour operator for details.

Pets Some tour guides will allow pets to be brought on tours; inquire directly for details. Many of the destinations visited, however, including Little Tybee and Wassaw Islands, do not allow dogs or other pets in order to protect the nesting birds and wildlife.

Tour dates and times Many tours are timed to coincide with whichever particular tide is most appropriate for the sites to be visited and the wildlife to be seen. Tide times vary daily, so tour departure times vary too. Inquire with the guide company for the times of excursions during the days you are likely to want to go.

Weather Tour operators generally run their excursions in gray and rainy or hot and humid weather, and will only cancel trips if conditions are dangerous.

Tybee Island

From the Savannah River, north of Tybee Island, you can enjoy views of the houses and historic lighthouse of northern Tybee, or of Cockspur Island and Fort Pulaski a short distance upriver. You can even visit inside the tiny Cockspur Island Lighthouse. Dolphins can often be seen here, and there is an abundance of birdlife off the northern end of Tybee Island.

This is a convenient spot to kayak in, with launch available from near the Tybee Island Marina on Lazaretto Creek. The creek itself cuts Tybee Island off from the rest of the marsh, with paddles to the south end of the island also possible from this location.

To the south of Tybee Island are the sandbars at the mouth of the Tybee Creek and a little further inland is Chimney Creek, both popular places to kayak or paddleboard.

Any of these trips should usually be suitable for beginners.

Tybee Island By Kayak

North Island Surf and Kayak 3hrs or 6hrs. Kayak tours of Cockspur Island Lighthouse and north Tybee. Sunrise and sunset tours also available. 3-hour excursions: adults $50, children (10 and under) $35. 6-hour excursions: adults $100, children (10 and under) $85. Call 912-786-4000 for times and reservations. Located at 1C Old Highway 80, Tybee Island (Lazaretto Creek) Marina. More details

Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports 1hr30. Cockspur Lighthouse and dolphin tour. $38 per person. Reservations required. Call 912-786-8062. Call for information about pets on this tour. Dog life vests available. Located at 1 Old Highway 80, Tybee Island (Lazaretto Creek) Marina. More details

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 3hrs. Kayak tour to Cockspur Island Lighthouse. $65 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for times and reservations. Launches from Lazaretto Creek. More details

Sea Kayak Georgia 3hr or 4hr. Kayak tours of north Tybee and Lazaretto Creek. 3-hour trip: adults (18+) $55, children $45. 4-hour trip: adults (18+) $65, children $45. Reservations required. Call 912-786-8732. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. More details

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Tybee Island By Paddleboard

East Coast Paddleboarding 2hrs. Paddleboard tour of southern Tybee Island, and sometimes Little Tybee if weather permits. Suitable for confident beginners. $50 per person. Call 912-484-3200 for times and departure location or book online. More details

AOK Watersports 2hrs. Paddleboard tour of Tybee Island, which can include lesson for beginners. $50 per person. Reservations required. Call 912-786-8080 for times and start location or book online. More details

Tybee Island By Canoe

Sea Kayak Georgia 3hrs. High tide canoe tour of Chimney Creek. Adults (18+) $55, children $45. Advance reservations required. Call 912-786-8732. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. More details

Little Tybee Island

Little Tybee Island is the most popular destination for water tours out of Tybee Island. This large nature reserve, just south of Tybee Island, offers paddling on its river-facing and ocean-facing sides, plus its network of saltwater creeks winding through the marshes. Read more about Little Tybee

Most paddling tours to Little Tybee are appropriate for beginners, and this is a great place to see wildlife as well as get an introduction to a new activity. Longer tours will often include time on the island itself to explore the beach and hammocks.

Little Tybee By Kayak

North Island Surf and Kayak 3hrs or 6hrs. Kayak tours of Little Tybee. Sunrise and sunset tours also available. 3-hour excursions: adults $50, children (10 and under) $35. 6-hour excursions: adults $100, children (10 and under) $85. Call 912-786-4000 for times and reservations. Located at 1C Old Highway 80, Tybee Island (Lazaretto Creek) Marina. More details

Sea Kayak Georgia 3hrs, 4hrs or 5hrs. Several tours of Little Tybee Island, mostly suitable for beginners. Some longer tours require ocean paddling experience. Routes vary. 3hrs: adults (18+) $55, children $45. 4hrs: Adults (18+) $65, children $45. 5hrs: $75 per person. Sunset kayak tours also available, call for information. Advance reservations required. Call 912-786-8732. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. Details of 3- and 4-hour tours or details of 5-hour tours

Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports 1hr30. Short tour to Back River and Little Tybee Island. $38 per person. Reservations required. Call 912-786-8062. Call for information about pets on this tour. Dog life vests available. Located at 1 Old Highway 80, Tybee Island (Lazaretto Creek) Marina. More details

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 3hrs, 4hrs or 5hrs. Several tours of Little Tybee Island and its creeks, some with landing time. Some tours require experience. $65, $75 or $85 per person for 3-hour, 4-hour or 5-hour tours. Call 912-341-9502 for reservations, times and departure points. Located at 414 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404. Details of 3- and 4-hour tours or details of 5-hour tours

Little Tybee By Paddleboard

Sea Kayak Georgia 2-3hrs or 5-6hrs. Half-day and full-day paddleboard tours to Little Tybee Island. Suitable for beginners and includes introduction to paddleboarding basics. Half day (2-3 hour) tours: adults $55, children (under 18) $45. Private half-day tours $70/$55. Full day (5-6 hour) tours: adults $75, children $60. Private full-day tours $85/$65. Reservations required. Call 912 786 8732. Sea Kayak Georgia, 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. More details

Wassaw Island

Experienced kayakers might enjoy a longer paddle out to one of Georgia’s undeveloped barrier islands. Wassaw Island has miles of beach front and maritime forest, preserved in a National Wildlife Refuge. Most of the refuge is not open to the public, but the large ocean-fronting area can be visited during daylight hours. Read more about Wassaw Island’s ecology and history

Sea Kayak Georgia 6hrs. Full-day excursion to Wassaw Island, with ocean paddling. Kayaking experience required. $95 per person. Call 912-786-8732 for times and reservations. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. More details

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 7hrs. Full-day excursion down the Wilmington River to Wassaw Island, with landing and hiking. $135 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for times, reservations and departure point. Located at 414 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404. More details

Ossabaw Island

Full-day tours are available to this privately-owned wildlife sanctuary, the third large barrier island southwards from Tybee. The beach is open to the public, but the interior can only be visited by special appointment. Kayaking experience and good physical fitness is required for these tours.

Sea Kayak Georgia 8hrs. Full-day excursion to Ossabaw Island, with beach landing. Kayaking experience required. $125 per person. Call 912-786-8732 for times and reservations. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. More details

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 8hrs. Full-day excursion to Ossabaw Island. Experience required. $145 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for times, reservations and departure point. Located at 414 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404. More details

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Skidaway

Between Tybee Island and Savannah is a large expanse of marsh: Skidaway Island and the Skidaway River, Bull and Wilmington Rivers, the small riverfront towns of Isle of Hope and Thunderbolt, and several other islands interspersed with numerous creeks.

This is a good, sheltered place to kayak or paddleboard, with beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife, but a little less convenient to get to if you are staying on Tybee Island.

Skidaway By Kayak

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 3hrs, 4hrs or 5hrs. Kayak tours of the Skidaway River and vicinity. 3-hour tours, $65 per person; 4 hours, $75; 5 hours, $85. History tours of Wormsloe Plantation with Skidaway River paddle (limited availability), 4hours, $79 per person. Sunset and full moon kayak tours also available, 3 hours, $65 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for times, reservations and departure points. See details of 3- and 4-hour or 5-hour tours.

Moon River Kayak Tours 2hrs30. Kayak tour of Skidaway Narrows and Moon River. $50 per person. Reservations required. Call 912-344-1310 for times and reservations or use online form. Departs from Rodney J Hall Boat Ramp, near Skidaway Island. More details

Savannah Coastal EcoTours 3hrs. Kayak tour of marsh creeks around Skidaway and Isle of Hope. Sunrise and sunset tours also available. $40 per person tandom, $50 solo. Call 912-220-6092 or email sceboating@gmail.com for times and reservations. Departs Isle of Hope.

Wilderness Southeast 3hrs. Private kayak tour of the salt marshes near Savannah; launches from Isle of Hope. $160 for first two people, plus $30 for each additional person to a maximum of 6. Call 912-236-8115 or book online. More details

Skidaway By Paddleboard

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 3hrs. Paddleboard tour of Skidaway Narrows, includes introduction to paddleboarding. $55 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for times, reservations and departure point. More details

AOK Watersports 2hrs. Paddleboard tour of Thunderbolt, which can include lesson for beginners. $50 per person. Reservations required. Call 912-786-8080 for times and start location or book online. More details

Wilderness Southeast 3hrs. Private paddleboard tour of the salt marshes near Savannah; launches from Isle of Hope. $160 for first two people, plus $30 for each additional person to a maximum of 6. Call 912-236-8115 or book online. More details

Ebenezer Creek

Ebenezer Creek is a beautiful blackwater swamp near Rincon, several miles north-east of Savannah. Wildlife, including alligators and birds, is abundant here but the main draw is the typically “southern” swamp landscape with its cypress and tupelo trees.

Ebenezer Creek is a sheltered paddling spot appropriate for beginners, but you will usually have to make your own way out there.

Ebenezer Creek By Kayak

Sea Kayak Georgia 4 hrs. Kayak tour of Ebenezer Creek. $75 per person. Call 912-786-8732 for times, reservations and information about transportation to launch site. More details

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 4hrs or 5hrs. Kayak tours of Ebenezer Creek. 4-hour tours, $75 per person. 5 hours, $85 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for times, reservations and departure point. Details of 4-hour or 5-hour tours.

Savannah Coastal EcoTours 4hrs. Kayak tour of Ebenezer Creek, includes transportation to Ebenezer. $60 per person tandem, $70 solo. Transportation to Ebenezer $25. Call 912-220-6092 or email sceboating@gmail.com for times and reservations. More details

Ebenezer Creek By Canoe

Wilderness Southeast 4hrs. Private canoe tour of Ebenezer Creek. $170 for first two people, plus $25 for each additional person up to a maximum of 6. Reservations required. Call 912-236-8115 or book online. More details

Sea Kayak Georgia 4hrs. Canoe tour of Ebenezer Creek. $75 per person. 4-person minimum. Advance reservations required. Call 912-786-8732 for times, reservations and information about transportation to launch site. More details

Ebenezer Creek By Paddleboard

Savannah Canoe and Kayak 3hrs. Paddleboard tour of Ebenezer Creek. $75 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for times and reservations. More details

Wilderness Southeast 4hrs. Private paddleboard tour of Ebenezer Creek. $170 for first two people, plus $25 for each additional person up to a maximum of 6. Reservations required. Call 912-236-8115 or book online. More details