Great Turtle Kayak Tours
Great Turtle Kayak Tours
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Scuba & SnorkellingEco ToursNature & Wildlife ToursStand Up PaddleboardingKayaking & Canoeing
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Kayak and stand up paddle board rentals on Mackinac Island, MI. For beginners we offer basic instruction and guided tours in the calm waters of the marina, and for our more experienced paddlers, we lead tours to Arch Rock, Devil's Kitchen, Round Island, and Bois Blanc Island, on the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. Our summer tours are popular, and they book up fast, so reserve on our website now to secure your time!
Mackinac Island, Michigan
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2023

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(35 reviews)

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Michelle H
Saint Louis, MO2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Honestly, the sunset kayak tour was the best activity we engaged in during our trip to Mackinac Island. We were fortunate to be the only two participants signed up for the tour with our guide, which allowed our guide to tailor our pacing and his stories about the island to our taste. We'd heard some of the history before, but he was incredibly entertaining, personal, and engaging as he went through different items of interest.
We covered a lot of ground, got a great workout, and got some phenomenal pictures while we were out, courtesy of our guide. In short, Great Turtle Kayak Tours went above and beyond our expectations, and is a must do activity during your time on Mackinac.
Written September 15, 2020
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Jessica S
2 contributions
Aug 2020
First I want to thank everyone at Great Turtle for dealing with my massive amounts of questioning! As a single mom traveling with 2 kids and a dog we really wanted to try kayaking but had very little experience.

The guides helped me work out a time when winds would be lower creating an easier trip and had a smaller kayak for my 11 year old (he is an experienced kayaker while I am now).

They also worked with me to allow both my dog and my 8 year old to go tandem with me. Our guide (Bones) was terrific. He told some great stories and was just easy to get along with while helping me out a ton on proper paddling techniques.

The sunset trip was definitely worth every penny and I would highly recommend it!
Written August 30, 2020
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Stacey A
6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Anthony took us on an amazing family kayaking tour. We were quickly outfitted in our wet suits and out on the water. He was full of fun facts and stories about the island. It was fun seeing everything from the perspective of the water and it was an active day of vacation. The snorkeling was fun and everybody liked swimming around but I didn’t think there was a ton to see (it’s a lake and it doesn’t have a lot of fish). If you’re looking for a a fun and active day out I highly recommend great turtle kayak tours.
Written August 20, 2021
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Jennifer H
Port William, OH29 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had an amazing sunrise kayak trip. Our guide knew just where to watch so we would have a great view as the sun came above the horizon. He was knowledgeable and helpful. We paid an extra $25pp to have a private tour and I am glad we did!!
Written July 11, 2020
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the-ghostie
Saint Louis, MO27 contributions
Sep 2022
We took the sunset SUP tour in early September and had a great experience! The weather was perfect; low 70s and I didn't get overheated while paddling or cold even with the cool lake water.

We'd kayaked before, but never done SUP. The other guide that had just come back in gave us a lesson while our guide, Sydney, prepped the kayakers, and was really helpful.

Once we got out on the water, Sydney was a great guide, telling stories about places on the island and being helpful if we had questions or issues. She even took photos of everyone while we were waiting for sunset and sent them to us afterward, which was really nice.

I will say that I wish the tour route itself was more interesting; for most of it, we were hugging the docks and breakwater, then doubled back and went further west to wait for sunset. That may have been the only real option for a short 2-hour tour (while keeping out of the way of the ferries and boats). If we end up back on Mackinac, we might take another one of the tours in order to see more of the island
Written September 22, 2022
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Sharon F
Glen Ellyn, IL4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
My husband and I had a GREAT time with our guide, Anthony, on our private kayak tour. Anthony provided excellent instruction at the start and throughout the 2 hour excursion! I (not my husband) was very nervous at the beginning but I quickly became confident in my paddling abilities thanks to Anthony. Anthony was very knowledgeable about the area as well as the lake and what lay beneath our kayaks. We highly recommend Great Turtle Kayak Tours and would definitely go again. Thanks Anthony and Great Turtle Kayak Tours for a fantastic experience!
Written August 15, 2021
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Thank you for your valuable feedback-- We are thrilled to hear you had a good experience with us! We are grateful to hear that the preparation we implement in every tour left you feeling comfortable and secure on your adventure. We shared your review with Anthony and wanted to share his gratitude for your feedback: "Sharon, Thank you so much for the amazing review and recommendation! I had a blast showing you around the island. Hope to see you next time you visit for another another private excursion for the sunrise or to Round Island! -Anthony" Again, we thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and hope to see you and your husband again soon!
Written September 1, 2021
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Navigator797213
Homewood, IL16 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
This was one of the highlights of my trip to Mackinac Island. I took a basic kayak paddling lesson so I could become more confident on the water. Anthony, my instructor, was awesome! He walked me through all of the steps to be safe and provided the basic skills I needed to enjoy my time on the water. I was even able to do some kayaking a little farther out on the water towards the end of the lesson.
This place is well worth your time and money!!
I highly recommend it as part of your trip to the island.
Written July 15, 2020
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Jeannie, Thank you so much for the amazing feedback on your positive experience! I am glad that I could pass along some helpful tips so that you can continue to enjoy the water. It is my personal and professional goal to pass along the passion for paddlesports, especially in such a beautiful setting as Mackinac Island. Hopefully on your next visit, I can take you around the island on one of our tours. Thanks again! -Anthony, GTKT Instructor/Guide.
Written July 19, 2020
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Northlibertytraveler
North Liberty, IA163 contributions
Aug 2021
I didn't even know this excursion existed! Had only ever toured the island on bikes/hiking. Was so cool to see a different view and was a lovely afternoon (we did the 4:30-6:30pm tour). Booking was easy and helpful getting us into single and double kayaks for our group. Jake was an excellent guide - patient and helpful with the variety of experience levels present in the group. Was more expensive than would be typically expected for a kayak experience, however since they are through the open bay areas where the ferries are, I understand it needs to be guided and so the cost will be higher for that. Overall felt like we got a fair value for the purchase - especially since the pictures the guide took of us were included (nice to not be charged extra for that).
Written August 24, 2021
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Thank you so much for leaving us a review. We’re delighted to learn you loved your time on the water. It’s always exciting for us to share rare views of Mackinac from the water— We’re glad you were able to experience it for yourself! Sending a guide out with each tour is for the safety of everyone going on our kayak adventure. We’re happy to hear our certified guide, Jacob, helped you feel safe and delivered an unforgettable paddle experience. Thank you again for giving us your feedback. Can’t wait to see you again soon!
Written September 8, 2021
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Natalie D
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Getting up at 430am on vacation was not easy, but the sunrise kayak tour was totally worth it! Jacob was a fantastic guide! It was a bit windy, but the sky was clear and we saw a beautiful sunrise. Recommend you wear clothes that dry easily since you may get a little wet when the water drips off the paddle (or when you accidentally splash water on yourself while paddling). I can’t wait to try the sunset tour next time!
Written June 15, 2021
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kim h
Rochester, MI2 contributions
Aug 2020
Highlight of our trip! We did the sunrise tour with our 12 year old daughter. Kwame was our guide. He is so kind and patient. After a quick lesson (any skill level can do this kayak trip) we hit the calm morning water and headed out to view the sunrise. Kwame pointed out the nearby islands and coastal sites and provided us with information that we would not have learned on island. The water is so clear and beautiful and the sunrise is unbelievable! After your trip have breakfast at the Chuckwagon located directly across from Great Turtle Kayak. (Note: my husband and I used the "open" kayaks due to bad back/knees and they were extremely comfortable and Kwame was great about helping us in/out. Also, I am larger and was worried about the life jacket fitting however, it fit just fine). Don't miss this! Highly recommend.
Written August 22, 2020
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