Villas by the Sea, Jekyll Island, GA

Kayaking and Canoeing

Jekyll Island’s protected natural beauty is meant to be explored. This fact especially holds true for the island’s salt marshes and estuarial waters. One of the best ways to experience this intriguing ecosystem is by strapping on a life jacket, grabbing a paddle and taking a kayak or canoe out into the inland waterways. There’s no better way to observe native birds, fish and other coastal creatures in their natural habitat.

The Tidelands Nature Center, located within minutes of Villas by the Sea, offers a three-hour guided tour along Jekyll Creek, where an experienced naturalist leads visitors through the island’s salt marshes and teaches about the various flora and fauna along the way.

For self-guided exploration of Jekyll Island’s Rixen Pond, canoe rentals also are available through the Tidelands Nature Center.

Both canoe rentals and kayak tours are available March through October. Sea kayaks, a more maneuverable and stable relative of the traditional kayak, are also available for saltwater excursions.

Rentals, instruction and guided tours are available by calling (912) 635-5032 or visit