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Emerald Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

    1. South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

    Embark on a 2-hour sightseeing cruise starting in South Lake Tahoe either at sunset or during the day. Enjoy the scenic beauty while cruising 7 miles (11 kilometers) across the lake to the breathtaking Emerald Bay, known as one of the top ten most photographed places in the world. See the majestic mountains of South Lake Tahoe while onboard the world-class Tahoe Bleu Wave yacht. As you cruise, you will find indoor and outdoor seating with 360-degree panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, the snow-capped mountains, Fannette Island, Vikingsholm Castle, Eagle Waterfall, and the Rubicon. Enjoy the company of your captain as he navigates the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe and gives a personal narration of the facts and figures of this lake. If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to see a variety of wildlife such as the bald eagle, black bears, and wild geese. if you've chosen the sunset option...

    The boat ride was absolutely worth the $100! The captain had tons of super interesting facts and book excerpts. It doesn't get much better that Emerald Bay, anywhere! Get there early so you can get yourself a great seat in on the front of the boat. I will do it again when I visit.

  • Lake Tahoe: Half-Day Photographic Scenic Tour

    2. Lake Tahoe: Half-Day Photographic Scenic Tour

    You will go to some of Lake Tahoe's most famous locations, showcasing the best of its South and West Shores. Your journey begins at a beautiful secluded beach, known for its wildlife. Shadowed by the granddaddy of Tahoe mountains, Mt. Tallac, you will learn how the famous Snowcross forecasts the forthcoming winter conditions. The area is especially famous as a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. Home to numerous species of birds, look out too for bears, especially in October, as you listen to the peaceful birdsong. In late spring and summer, wildflowers carpet the meadows of Taylor Creek. In the foreground, Mt. Tallac keeps a watchful eye over its wildlife inhabitants. Come in October and you will see the Kokanee Salmon run, when around 80,000 salmon start their journey to spawn. Pause at some quaint, local stores to stock up on snacks and beverages, before moving on to Emerald Bay. One of ...

    Absolutely the highlight of our stay at Lake Tahoe! Jim is an excellent personable guide! We saw and learned things we never would have discovered on our own!

  • Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

    3. Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

    Take off from south of Lake Tahoe and fly along the east shore into the state of Nevada. Witness the beautiful indigo blue waters and teal shorelines as you fly to Zephyr Cove. After circling Zephyr Cove, fly west along the south shoreline past Fallen Leaf Lake and Cascade Lake to Emerald Bay. Take in the beautiful views from the helicopter for an adventure that will last long in the memory.

  • Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

    4. Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

    Sit back and enjoy a boat tour of some of the most famous sights and views that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic noise and congestion, with complimentary perks like light snacks, drinks, music, and swim gear. Heading out from Tahoe Keys Marina in Grateful Red, the luxury boat some call the Ferrari of Lake Tahoe. The tour starts with cruising by Camp Richardson, the oldest campground in the basin, and the Tallac Historical site. Next, venture past the golden sands of Baldwin and Ski Beach before reaching the entrance to Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the world. Entering Emerald Bay, see the memorable Vikingsholm mansion which many consider the finest piece of Scandinavian architecture in the U.S. Pass by Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, also located in Emerald Bay, and home to the former tea hous...

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What people are saying about Emerald Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 134 reviews

The boat ride was absolutely worth the $100! The captain had tons of super interesting facts and book excerpts. It doesn't get much better that Emerald Bay, anywhere! Get there early so you can get yourself a great seat in on the front of the boat. I will do it again when I visit.

A really awesome experience, the boat has a great deck area with seating, as well as a bar and clean bathrooms. Beautiful scenery and tour guides were very knowledgable.

This tour is a must for people visiting Tahoe. It gives Fundamental knowledge about Lake Tahoe. We enjoyed the tour, and meet our expectations.

Nice sunset cruise of emerald bay. plenty of seating out side and also indoor seating if needed. Guide was nice and funny too.

This tour was perfect for relaxing ,fun and educational.