Water activity

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

4.7 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider: OutdoorsterLV

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 kayak tour to Emerald Cave and Lake Mead in Black Canyon with an optional shuttle transfer from Las Vegas. Enjoy wildlife viewing and a short hike.

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Duration 4.5 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Pickup time is between 8:00AM (PST). 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 12 participants


  • Explore the Emerald Cave and Black Canyon
  • Learn more about the natural history of the area
  • Experience mystical green jelly-looking waters
  • Discover scenic natural landscapes and spot local wildlife
  • Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as sheep and bald eagles
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 roundtrip shuttle (if option selected)
  • WFA and CPR certificated tour guide
  • Single or tandem performance kayak
  • All safety equipment
  • Unlimited iced drinks and snacks
  • National park admission (Free for valid military ID or NPS card)
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

For guests who meet the activity provider at Willow Beach Marina. After the toll booth, keep driving until you see water and kayaks/trailers on your left. Park in the paved parking lot next to the water. The guide will be wearing a light green or white shirt with "OutdoorsterLV" written on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The Emerald Cave is a grotto-style cave
  • You will be on the water for approximately 3-4 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 46 reviews

Review summary

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My family and I absolutely loved this activity. The scenery was amazing. Kayaking was very relaxing. Robert, our guide, was friendly, easy to talk to, respectful at all times, and always watching over the group making sure we were safe. Such an easy going guy. I will recommend to family and friends.

July 26, 2022

This tour was amazing! Our guide Chris took care of us to the fullest. He was there explaining how to kayak since it was our first time. He also explained about the environment around us and answered any questions. We never felt rushed and he unlike many guides stayed with the people in the back of the group to ensure we were all doing alright. My kayak filled with water towards the end and his quick thinking saved me. He was able to empty it out and we began on the journey back. I definitely recommend booking with him if you are new to kayaking or even want to enjoy the tour without the pressure of being rushed!

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June 21, 2022

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

Product ID: 407469