Watersports, from kayaking and paddleboarding to the more adventurous jetsking and kiteboarding, are some of the most popular activities on Tybee Island. Tybee’s miles of beaches, with both ocean and river frontage, provide ideal spots for experienced paddlers and surfers and novices alike.
If you are a beginner, an introductory lesson can be useful to help you get the basics of the watersport of your choice. If you don’t need any instruction, several companies on Tybee and nearby rent out the equipment necessary for kayaking and paddleboarding, plus the other sports. See below for more details.
Alternatively, if you would like to kayak, canoe or paddleboard around Tybee but don’t know the area well (or just prefer a guided group tour) numerous public excursions to the rivers, creeks and barrier islands of the upper Georgia coast are available. More about guided tours
The information below is correct at the time of writing, but please check details of all services directly with the companies providing them.
Kayaking is probably the easiest, cheapest and most popular watersport you can do on Tybee Island. Two types of kayak are available to rent, in either single or tandem.
Sit-on-top kayaks, which are self-bailing and much easier to get in and out of from the water, are the most commonly available. You are more likely to get wet in this kind of kayak, but in warm-weather areas such as Georgia it doesn’t matter too much!
Sit-inside kayaks, also known as decked or cockpitted kayaks, are also available. These are more suitable for longer trips, but recovery is harder if you capsize as the boat cannot easily be drained while on the water, nor is it so easy to get in and out.
Both varieties of kayak are safe, but in general more experience is required for the sit-inside kind. The rental company will be able to advise you further on which type of kayak and excursion is appropriate to your experience and ability.
North Island Surf and Kayak Half day (pick up after 2pm, return by 5:30pm) single $30, double $40. Full day (includes overnight rentals, pick up after 4pm) single $45, double $55. Pet life vests available. Delivery available, advance reservation required. Call 912-786-4000. Located at the Tybee Island Marina, Lazaretto Creek (1C Old Highway 80).
Sea Kayak Georgia Sit-on-top kayaks: half day, 3 hours (8am-11am, 10am-1pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm, 3pm-6pm) single $30, double $50. Short full day, 6hrs30 (10am-4:30pm) single $45, double $60. Long full day, 10 hours (8am-6pm) single $60, double $70. Sit-inside kayak rentals also available. Full day plastic kayak, single $55 and double $70. Full day composite kayak, single $75 and double $110. Reservations required for all 8am starts. Transportation to launch site available for additional fee. Call 912-786-8732. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.
Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports Half day, 4 hours (any time) single $35, double $45. Full day single $45, double $55. Pet life vests available. Delivery available for an additional fee. Call 912-786-8062. Located at Tybee Island (Lazaretto Creek) Marina, 1 Old Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.
Moon River Kayak Half day: single kayak, $35; tandem $45. Full day: single $45; tandem $55. Reservations required. Call 912-897-3474. Pick-up from Hogan’s Marina, 36 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, GA 31410.
Savannah Canoe and Kayak Sea kayaking and surf kayaking lessons available. Group lessons: 4 hours, $95 per person for most lessons. Private instruction: 3 hours, $165; 6 hours, $265. See details of sea kayaking and surf kayaking lessons. Group lessons: 3hrs, $75 per person or 4hrs, $95. Private instruction: half day $150, full day $245. Call 912-341-9502. Located at 414 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404.
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a less well-established sport than kayaking, but a good alternative if you want to try something different.
As paddleboarding involves standing upright on a surfing-type board, rather than sitting, as in a kayak, it takes a bit more getting the hang of (and you are very likely to get wet). The advantage is in the better views afforded by your higher vantage point.
If you are confident going out by yourself, there are several places to rent a paddleboard. Otherwise, you can take a lesson in either stand-up or surf paddleboarding, or go on a guided tour, most of which will include some basic instruction.
BoardLoft Standard, touring and surfing paddleboards available. Half day (3 hours) $35. Full day $50. Call 912-472-4197. Located at 406 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.
East Coast Paddleboarding 2 hours, $25. Half day (4 hours), $40. Full day (8 hours), $60. Reservations recommended. Call 912-484-3200 or book online. Meet for rentals at several South Tybee Island locations. Free delivery is available.
North Island Surf and Kayak Full day, $40. Overnight rentals (pick-up after 4pm) until 5:30pm next day, $40. Call 912-786-4000. Located in the Tybee Island (Lazaretto Creek) Marina, 1C Old Highway 80. Delivery is also available, 24 hour advance notice required.
Sea Kayak Georgia Half day, 3 hours (8am-11am, 10am-1pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm, 3pm-6pm) $50. Short full day, 6hrs30 (10am-4:30pm) $60. Long full day, 10 hours (8am-6pm) $70. Reservations required for 8am starts. Instruction available, 1 hour, for additional $35. Call 912-86-8732. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. Transport to landing available for additional fee.
AOK Watersports Paddleboard lessons, 2 hours, $50. Reservations required. Call 912-786-8080 or book online. Located at 1510 Butler Avenue, Tybee Island, GA, 31328.
East Coast Paddleboarding Public or private paddleboarding lessons, 2 hours (public)/1.5 hours (private), $100 or condensed 1-hour lesson, $50. Paddle surfing, 1.5 hours, $125. Reservations recommended. Call 912-484-3200 or book online. Meet for lessons at several South Tybee Island locations.
Savannah Canoe and Kayak Paddle surfing lessons: 4 hours, $95. Private lessons: 3 hours, $150. Call 912-341-9502. Located at 414 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404.
BoardLoft Standup paddleboard and paddle surfing lessons, 1.5 hours, $80 per person. $50 per person for groups of 6 or more. Call 912-472-4197. Located at 406 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.
Another alternative to kayaking, canoeing puts you a little higher above the marsh than a kayak (and provides more space to store bags and other equipment) but at the price of a less versatile and portable boat.
CanoeCanoe Outfitters Canoeing lessons available. Call 912-786-8732 for details and prices. Located at 1102 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.
Savannah Canoe and Kayak Canoe lessons, 4 hours, $145 (single canoe) or $160 (tandem canoe). Call 912-341-9502. Located at 414 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404.
Tybee’s oceanfront beaches offer some good places to surf, though you will not find the large waves of the west coast. Several establishments on Tybee Island offer lessons to introduce you to this sport, or you can just rent a board and go out by yourself.
Hot Sushi’s Happy Surf Camp Private and group surfing lessons. Private lesson, $80; two-person lesson, $60 per person; group lesson (3-4 people), $50 per person. Text 912-604-9527. Meets at South Beach, Tybee Island.
Tybee Surf Lessons 2-hour private or group surfing lessons. Private lessons, $75 per person; two-person lesson, $60 per person; group lesson (3+), $50 per person. Meet up locations at either North Beach or South Beach, Tybee Island.
Tybee Surf School Private and group surfing lessons, 90 minutes to 2 hours. Private lessons: adults, $75; children, $69. Group lessons, $59 per person. Call 912-704-4821 for reservations and meet-up location (Tybee Island).
BoardLoft Surfboard rental, softboard and hardboard, various lengths, $30 per day. Call 912-472-4197. Located at 406 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.
Hot Sushi’s Happy Surf Camp Surf board rental available, with delivery. Text 912-604-9527 for details and prices.
Tybee Island is one of the few places in Georgia in which the extreme sport of kiteboarding (in which a kite is used to propel your board, usually parallel to the shore) can be enjoyed. This activity should not be attempted without suitable experience or instruction.
If you do want to try out kiteboarding, lessons in how to control a kite and board and maneuver safely are available on Tybee Island. Moderate physical fitness is required.
BoardLoft Kiteboarding lessons $150 per person per hour. $125 per person for parties of 2 or more. Call 912-472-4197. Located at 406 Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.
AOK Watersports Kiteboarding lessons: 1 hour, $100 per person; 2 hours, $200 per person; 5 hours, $450 per person. Call 424-888-2009 or book online. Located at 1510 Butler Avenue, Tybee Island, GA, 31328.
Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports $99 per hour for one rider, $119 per hour for two. Weight restrictions apply: 250lb for one rider; 350lb combined weight for two. Call 912-786-8062. Located at Tybee Island (Lazaretto Creek) Marina, 1 Old Highway 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328.