The Perfect Place for Sea Kayaking – Georgia’s Barrier Islands

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Sea kayak year 'round in Georgia's barrier islands. Photo by The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

The coast of Georgia is a secret home to some the U.S.’s finest wildlife and locations.  Salt marshes, superb white sand beaches and river inlets abound and can be discovered via GA Barrier Islands sea kayaking.

GA Barrier Islands Sea Kayaking and Eco-Tourism

This natural area offers a superb opportunity for sea-kayaking. And, specifically, its numerous barrier islands can be explored in this way.

From St Mary’s River in the south, on the border with Florida, to Tybee Island in the north, where Atlantic meets the Savannah River, the islands offer a variety of environments to explore and tour.

See Amazing Wildlife Up Close On a Sea Kayak

The advantage of GA barrier islands sea kayaking is that it is possible to get right into to the many coves and inlets, and right up to the magnificent wildlife. Bottlenose dolphins, alligators, birds of prey, the magnificent manatee – they all have their habitats in the Georgia Barrier Islands Region.

Further, the climate in this region means that sea-kayaking can be virtually a year-round activity, allowing people to see the changing seasons.

Cumberland and Jekyll Islands Adventures

Visitors to Cumberland Island, which is the southernmost island, can experience the natural, but diverse, ecological setting of the region. Saltwater marshes, with their varied sea and bird life, combine with ancient hardwood forests in which it appears as though time has ventured backwards to the prehistoric era.

Witnessing these environmental via Ga barrier islands sea kayaking gives a viewpoint that simply cannot be experienced from the land.

And, it also gives you the opportunity to bump into (not literally, of course!) turtles and other sea life.

Other islands in the chain include Jekyll Island, where endless dunes and beaches border the Atlantic, and which can naturally be accessed directly from your kayak.

Tybee Island Tours

The aforementioned Tybee Island, offers superb fishing if you fancy a break from paddling, and is also home to the working Tybee Lighthouse, which is still used to warn shipping of the islands today, even though it dates from an impressive 1736.

Your kayak is a perfect way to see the beautiful Little St Simon’s Island, as the number of landlubbers permitted on its shores is restricted.

GA Barrier Islands Sea Kayaking Outfitters

It is also possible to explore the Georgia Barrier Islands by sea kayak through day trips, overnight camping, and longer excursions. Guides can lead the trips, pointing out the best sights, and also looking after the mundane elements of such an adventure, such as organizing permits and camping equipment.

Read more about sea kayaking Georgia barrier islands on these outfitters’ websites.

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