Cumberland Island Kayak Tour
Minimum Age: 12 Intermediate Level Complimentary Photography Included
Mon–Sun 7am–9pm ET
Paddlers could expect wind and current depending on weather conditions.
WITH ANY QUESTIONS
- Wild Horses, dolphins, manatees, coastal birds and more.
- Sea shells and surface fossils
- White sandy beach
- Coastal harbor crossing
- Historic National Seashore
- Time on Cumberland Island to relax, play and explore.
Our Cumberland Island Kayak Tour is a favorite amongst paddlers, young and old alike. The largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles, Cumberland Island is really just a stone’s throw from Amelia Island, a short paddle across the channel that connects the bay and river with the open water of the Atlantic Ocean.
From Fort Clinch State Park, good currents across the Cumberland Sound provide an excellent and rewarding intermediate kayak experience, abounding with dolphins, seagulls, terns, and skimmers. Fort Clinch is a 19th century coastal fortress that served as the base of Union operations during the Civil War, and a view of the fort from a kayak provides historic understanding of the importance of this fortification.
Your arrival on Cumberland Island National Seashore is a magical experience. The island features pristine beaches, dunes, marshes, and wildlife, including their famed wild horses, descendants of horses left there by the Spanish in the 1700s. This 17-mile island is home to undeveloped maritime forests and plenty of wildlife. From your kayak and upon arrival to the beach, paddlers can expect to witness an abundance of shorebirds, along with sea turtles, wild turkeys, and perhaps an armadillo or two!
You’ll have plenty of time to walk the white, sandy beach, searching for shells, shark teeth, and fossils, while enjoying the beauty and allure of this captivating island paradise on your Cumberland Island Kayak Tour.
Tour meeting times are determined by high and low tide cycles which change daily. When booking online you see meeting times for the day you choose. This tour is weather dependant.
- Low Tide Cumberland Island Tour is timed to work with the tide, both directions. We spend more time on the beach shelling, walking and looking for wild horses.
- High Tide Cumberland Tour is one of our more rigorous paddles and best suited to those who have paddled before and are up for the challenge. The payoff is the opportunity to kayak the southern estuary where the chances are higher to paddle by the wild horses.
432 South 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Frequently asked questions about this tour.
What is the Booking/Cancellation Policy?
Cancellations can be made up to 48 hours of your tour for a refund minus the deposit. We are not equipped to accept same day cancellations or no shows. Cancellations within 48 hours and no shows are responsible for full tour amount. If the tour is cancelled due to weather you will receive a full refund.
All tour cancellations need to be made by phone at 904-500-8687. We can not accept cancellations through email or text to ensure we do not miss any guest updates.
What happens when we cancel a tour due to weather?
Full refund for tours cancelled due to weather. We always have an eye on the weather and will be in touch if it will affect your tour. Our coastal Florida weather is very isolated and forecasts are not very accurate until just hours ahead. If your tour will be impacted by the weather we will be in touch with updates. If an alternative kayak tour is available for the same day it will be offered or will ask if there is another day you would like to tour with us, if not, you will receive a full refund.
Where do we meet for Cumberland Island Kayak Tour?
We meet at Amelia Adventures’ Shop at 432 South 8th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
Your party will check in, complete waivers and have an opportunity to fill water bottles or use the restroom. From here you will transport yourself 2 miles from our shop to the waterway where your guide will have the equipment prepared for your orientation. A car is necessary. If using a ride service simply let us know you have a driver waiting and we get you in and out in a flash 🙂
What happens after we book a tour?
The Cumberland Island Kayak Tour is rated for intermediate paddlers. What does this mean?
The Cumberland Island Kayak Tour is one of our most popular tours yet it is also one of our “biggest experiences”. To arrive at Cumberland Island we launch from Amelia Island and paddle across an ocean inlet separating the two islands. The crossing itself is not very far. It is about a ½ mile or a 15 minute paddle. It is an exposed waterway and susceptible to coastal weather and daily paddling conditions can vary greatly. It is important for paddlers on this tour to have previous kayaking experience and feel comfortable and confident paddling ocean waters. If you have a beginner guest in your group then partner them with a stronger paddler in a tandem kayak. If you or members of your party are not confident paddling to Cumberland Island then we recommend either our Lofton Creek or Egan’s Creek guided kayak tours.
What is the youngest or oldest age for Cumberland Island Kayak Tour?
What do we wear for Cumberland Island Kayak Tour?
Wear comfortable clothes for the days weather, for being on the water, and that may get a little wet. Some type of water shoe is best but if you only have sneakers, that is fine too. Once to Cumberland Island we have a beach landing where you can expect your feet to get wet landing and launching.
Can we rearrange the type of kayaks we ordered once we are at the waterway?
Do we need to be early?
Do you have Single or Tandem Kayaks?
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