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Great Turtle Kayak Tours, Mackinac Island

4.9
#1 of 9 in Adventure in Upper Peninsula
Scuba / Snorkeling · Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Great Turtle Kayak Tours delivers personalized kayak & SUP tours from Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City to individuals, couples, families, and large groups. We spend some time at the beginning of the tour on land and on the water guiding customers through the basics, then our ACA-certified guides are ready to share the Island's science, history, geography, notable landmarks, and on-the-water experience. Above all, these are custom tours: we can do everything from an info-packed curriculum to a great cardio workout, or from a relaxing sunrise paddle to everything in between.

- We've had participants as young as 6 and as old as 90

- We're the #1 rated vacation activity in the Upper Peninsula on TripAdvisor

- We're the only business on Mackinac Island with a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor

- We're only 6 years old but we've maintained incredible growth

- We're featured on the cover of the 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • Wonderful 2 hour kayak adventure! Will was our guide and he did a fantastic job! I highly recommend this place!! 
    Wonderful 2 hour kayak adventure! Will was our guide and he did a fantastic job! I highly recommend this place!!  more »
  • Glenn and Will were fantastic guides. I kayaked with this company many years ago and then again this past week. They knew a ton of information about the island and were able to expertly balance the... 
    Glenn and Will were fantastic guides. I kayaked with this company many years ago and then again this past week. They knew a ton of information about the island and were able to expertly balance the...  more »
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  • Sydney made our trip amazing. She is a great tour guide—patient, kind, and well knowledgable. I wanted to go kayaking when I first visited Mackinac Island. Sydney gave me a boat that I felt comfortable in and helped me overcome my initial nervousness because this was my first time kayaking. I had a great time and enjoyed the views of river and island learned a ton more about the island and the local folklore, which was a real treat. Any visitor should not miss out on this experience!!!
  • This is a must do and the thing that made my trip to Mackinac Island unforgettable! Anthony was a fantastic local guide. He also made sure I felt confident kayaking (for the first time) and safe on the water and gave great instruction to make sure I had the right technique. I’m so glad I joined Great Turtle for my trip around to Arch rock!
  • Our Guide Glenn was awesome. We did the rock maze snorkel tour out to Arch Rock in the morning. Glenn gets a 5 star review. Water was beautiful and crystal clear. He pointed out sights on the water and the island. Shared lots of interesting information about the area. With Glenn's instruction we all got the hang of the kayaks quickly and easily. Highly recommend doing a kayak tour. Another plus- no crowds Why did I drop a star off ? some lack of communication when booking This was a snorkel tour. You wear a wet suit. Anything under your wet suit is going to get wet. There are no changing rooms to get into or out of the wetsuit. This was not made clear when we booked the tour . You are going to have to strip down in the open or trek down to one of the public bathrooms. Not a pleasant experience trying to change out of or into a wetsuit in a public restroom. I would recommend they string up at least maybe a tarp or one of those pop up shower tents you can buy on amazon for 40$ This isn't a problem for the regular tour because you wear your regular clothes. You might get a little wet but generally not to bad.
  • My husband, son, & I did the sunrise kayak tour with Anthony, and I would say that without a doubt, this was the highlight of our time here! None of us had any kayaking experience prior to this, but Anthony was such a wonderful (and patient) guide and teacher! It was 100% worth every penny!!
  • We had great fun! Megan was very informative and friendly! Lake Huron was a gorgeous blue and clear! We snorkeled but being it was rental gear I couldn't keep my mask from fogging up. Bring your own masks and fins if you have them. I would highly recommend this tour group.😁

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