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Apostle Islands Tours specializes in adventure facilitation for Kayaking and Paddleboarding adventures in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. Apostle Islands Tours has been operating in the Apostle Islands since 2008.
Our kayak season begins when the water temperatures in the Apostle Islands reach 50 degrees. For the 2018 season it looks like that won’t happen until June 15th (apporoximately). We are allowing reservations as early as June 7th but if the water is not 50 degrees we will offer you an option to reschedule or a 100% refund. Our season ends October 8th.
Many outfitters in the Apostle Islands use Fareharbor, an online reservation system that has a hidden 6% fee that will be charged to your card as a separate charge as well as entering your personal information into their data mininng software. We have no hidden fees and do not give your information to anyone.
If you do not have kayak experience we highly suggest that you go on a tour with a guide. It takes kayaking skills, you must be in good shape and you must be able to swim to kayak without a guide in the Apostle Islands. Tours are appropriate for beginners and inexperienced paddlers as we only launch in safe paddling conditions and guides are equipped to tow if necessary.
If you are visiting Bayfield from June 15th to Labor Day please book your rentals and tours in advance. That is our busy season and with prior notice we can guarantee a reservation for you.
Sea Caves can be found at the following locations and are listed from most impressive to least; Devil’s Island, Sand Island, Meyers Beach, Romans Point, Stockton Island, Outer Island, Ironwood Island, Cat Island, Bear Island, Madeline Island, Houghton Point and Red Cliff (1 cave at Red Cliff). You can expect crowds at Meyers Beach. The other sea cave locations you will have mostly to yourself. You will need waves of 1.5 foot or less to enter the sea caves.
You must be able to swim to rent any kayak from us. Sea kayaks are the only kayaks allowed for island crossings. Any person that can eskimo roll, rodeo re-enter and T-rescue a sea kayak and can demonstrate those skills on the day of your rental will pass our free safety test. If you do not already have these kayak skills we offer a 1 hour training session for $25 per person. Safety test requirements are being able to execute a successful; wet exit, re-entry and T-rescue.
Tours, Stand up paddle board rentals and sit on top kayak rentals come with free instruction. $25 safety course and safety test are only for sea kayak rentals and is not required for kayak tours.
Instruction is free for all our kayak tours, you do not need a $25 safety course and our prices include guide, kayak, wetsuits and all gear. Sea cave tours do not begin until water temperatures are at 50 degrees at the tour location. If you book a tour that has water temperatures lower than 50 degrees we will refer you to a boat tour. The trip minimum for all of our kayak tours is four people, most often the tour you sign up for will have 4 people booked by the time you launch, however If you would like a private tour for just two people you will have to pay for four people. If you are signed up for a tour that only has two people and you do not want to pay for a private tour we will put you on a different tour that has enough people signed up. We suggest you pack yourself a lunch or eat a meal before your tour. Please come with weather appropriate clothing. When you book a tour or rental and weather forces a cancellation, we do our best to accommodate you. We allow you to choose between a 100% refund, rescheduling for another day, or an alternate tour for $55. To hold a reservation we require full payment. If you cancel less than 48 hours before your reservation you receive a 50% refund. No show results in no refund. If we make it to the sea caves the tour has been conducted, regardless of how far along the tour travels. If we do not launch the sea cave tour due to weather you do have the option of a 100% refund.
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