5 Hour Devils Island Boat & Kayak Tour – $190 per person
This tour is only offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tour times are 9am and 3pm.
This tour includes the luxury of a power boat to travel into the islands (up to ~30 miles out) and the adventure of paddling the sea caves in an inflatable kayak (optional). All trips include a US certified boat captain, life jackets and use of the tandem inflatable kayaks. Your Captain will tell you about the islands and the history and the geology of the area.
This is our most popular tour – shipwreck, lighthouse and sea caves! We’ll depart from Madeline Island (or Bayfield) and motor past Basswood Island. From there we will view the Fedora Shipwreck – it’s been under water for over a hundred years. Then we pass Hermit and Oak Island on our way to view the historic Raspberry Lighthouse. You have the possibility to get off at Raspberry and tour the lighthouse. After, it’s a quick ride over to the Devils Island sea caves! Kayaking or sightseeing Devils Island is a premium opportunity; they are the most stunning sea caves in the archipelago. Pillar after pillar, room after room you can kayak through the million year old sand stone. On our return route, we will do an inter-island tour where you can lay your eyes on almost all the islands. A stop at the historic Manitou Fish Camp will enchant you with fisherman stories from a century ago.
Our beach shop is located on Madeline Island, but departures can be from Madeline Island or Bayfield. We offer morning and afternoon departures for our tours, although these are dependent on weather and availability of boats. We have a 4 person minimum on all of our tours and a maximum of 6, plus the captain. All of our boat and kayak tours use tandem inflatable sea kayaks for the excursion, so you will be paired up and explore together! You bring your snacks, food/beverages (please no glass), personal items and we will provide an amazing time!
Prices exclude WI state sales tax, a 3% National Park surcharge fee, and captain/guide gratuity.
Please read the disclaimers and important information below specific to our boat and kayak tours before booking your reservation. We also recommend reading our general boat tour FAQs.
What Will Happen After You Register
- You will receive an autogenerated email from us with your registration details and a second autogenerated email from PayPal. We require a deposit of at least 50% of your tour price in order to reserve your spot on our calendar. Within 24 hours of your registration, you will receive a confirmation document via email from our shop staff that will have all the details (time, place, and tour type) of your tour.
- Please review this confirmation document carefully for your tour information as well as details about what to wear/bring and when/where to meet us.
- The confirmation email will also provide you instructions on how to fill out your client/participant info. You will need to provided details about each member of your party such as name, age, height, weight, ability to swim, and any health concerns. This is information your boat captain needs for your safety and the safety of everyone on the tour.
- A representative will text or call you the day before your tour to verify exact departure time, discuss weather, collect final payment and answer any last-minute questions.
All kayaks have weight limitations due to their structure, kayaker safety concerns, and the longevity of the kayak in question. We have outlined below the various weight and size limitations for our kayaks due to their product specifications:
On our boat and kayak tours we use inflatable kayaks. For our inflatable tandem kayaks (Advanced Elements Straitedge 2) the weight limit is 500 lb for the combined weight of two people, with a cockpit width of 35 inches. If you make a paid reservation over the phone, we will inform you of this weight limit. It is very important to be honest and not to exceed this weight limit. If you show up for your reservation and you are over the weight limitations, you will be unable to kayak.
Please also keep in mind that you will have to be able to lift yourself in and out of the kayak to exit and enter the powerboat in open water. If you are unable to do so, the situation becomes dangerous for both you and the captain.
Please make sure you do not exceed any of our limitations that are specified above. This is for your safety and for the longevity and structural integrity of our kayaks. Damage done to any kayaks due to the misuse or exceeding any limits explained will be at your expense.
Once again, it is VERY important to BE HONEST with your weight. This is for life jacket fit and weight displacement on the boat and kayaks, not to mention the safety of you, the others on the tour and your guides/captains.