Nature and water abound on Shelter Island, so why not combine the two, and experience it by kayak! If serenity, beauty and calm waters are your thing, then Shelter Island provides the best of the best for your kayak adventure.
We can’t say enough good things about The Shelter Island Kayak Tour Company; they offer tours full of fun and relaxation all in the comfort of shallow bays. Launch from the beach and explore wildlife up close adjacent to the Mashomack Preserve. In addition to beautiful nature views, you can also take in a piece of local history with a paddle to the nearby historic cabin at Taylor’s Island.
If kayaking is on your bucket list, one major benefit is that no experience is necessary! You can choose to spend your time exploring in a single kayak or with a companion in a tandem kayak, self guided or instructor guided! While you glide along at a gentle pace, take in views of the local Osprey & Terns catching fish, fiddler crabs on the banks of the shore, and at times deer or even fox at the edge of the woods. With an Instructor guided tour you get the insiders knowledge regarding the history of Shelter Island and the people who live and work here. Whether you have been to Shelter Island before or are visiting for the first time, a visit by kayak offers a new perspective, allowing you to get closer to nature than any other form of recreation – plus it gives you access to enter incredible habitats without disturbing them.
Returning to the notion of serenity and beauty, nothing makes more sense than a stay at Shelter Island House to complete your Shelter Island kayak experience. Here, opulent accommodations, intimacy and a welcoming staff compliment your experience. Imagine your kayak adventure starting out from the hotel after a restful night sleep in your luxury room.
Return to the hotel after your kayak adventure for a dip in the pool and a crisp glass of rose under the gazebo before dinner at the on-site Tavern restaurant. When staying at Shelter Island House, you can even add a custom kayak package to your stay that includes your half-day kayak rental, plus a hydration goody bag for your escapade on the bays!