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Segway Ecotour

The most fun you can have on two wheels. After a short lesson, we'll explore the off road trails.

Kayak Ecotour

Learn about the most productive ecosystem on the earth.

PHIT

Paddleboard High Intensity Training is not just a workout, it is a one of a kind experience, unique to our area! Whether it's burpees, squats, paddle sprints on the SUP you will be breathing hard at the end of the workout.

SUPY

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga....Where your yoga mat meets the sea... challenge your balance

Segway Tour

Low impact Segways are a great way to explore the drier side of the state park. Travel the off road trails thru the maritime forest.

Paddleboarding

Try the hottest new water sport.

SUPY

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga.....Where your yoga mat meets the sea...

Kids Summer Camp

Week long day camp for kids 7-14. Kayak, paddleboard, nature crafts, hike

Kayak rentals

Kayak rentals let you create your own adventure. Egrets, herons, wood storks and possibly a dolphin or manatee are frequently seen.

FL Keys trip

You'll want to go someplace warm this winter. Come join us in the Keys

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We've got all the gear for your outdoor adventure

Jody & Ray Hetchka are founders and 'proud parents' of Kayak Amelia.
After moving to Amelia Island in 1996 to escape the cold of New Hampshire, we quickly realized this area was perfect for kayaking. Amelia Island is surrounded by state and national parks. These protected, 'wild' lands are perfect for wildlife viewing and just getting away from it all. We also realized that these fragile environments need to be protected from human encroachment. The best way to accomplish this is to get folks to spend time in the enviroment and learn the stories of the critters that live there.

"What you see with your eyes, you will treasure with your heart"

We are the official concessionaire in Talbot Islands State Parks, offering guided kayak, SUP and Segway ecotours as well as kayak, stand up paddleboard(SUP) & bike rentals, SUP instruction, SUP yoga and a summer kid's camp.

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." It is vital that we keep this in mind when we take visitors out into the local environment. Kayaks by nature are low impact vehicles. There are no nasty fuel slicks following our boats and all of our adventures abide by Leave no Trace principles. More than just 'pack in and pack out' we usually end up picking up some trash along the way. We realize that we are visitors, it's the birds, dolphins and fish that live here. On tours we explain that if the animal you are observing changes their behavior (stops eating, startles or flies away)….you are TOO close, it's time to back away.

Our tours don't have a 'canned speech' but instead we let what's happening around us determine the conversation, using teachable moments to give folks an insight into life in the salt marsh. Seasonal bird migrations, jumping fish, osprey diving, dolphin sightings, each trip has a different narrative. All guides have naturalist training and they love sharing stories with guests.

We also enjoy giving back. 2% of Kayak Amelia's gross sales goes to supporting local and national organizations. In past years we've partnered with the national park staff to give inner city kids a chance to learn to kayak. Check out the Timucuan Explorer video. Once a month we supply kayaks for the Irish Water Dog Warrior program, who bring injured veterans and their families out to kayak. Our gift shop in downtown Fernandina Beach now carries Dog is Good T-shirts that support Freedom Service Dogs of America. This group rescues dogs from shelters and custom trains them for services to wounded warriors and veterans. Dog is Good is donating a portion of all sales to Freedom Service Dogs and Kayak Amelia will donate an additional $2/shirt to help more veterans get dogs.

 

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