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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA

Kayaking Among the Tidal Waters and Nearby Rivers of St. Simons Island

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Program #2182RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Binoculars are good for birding. May bring own kayaks but not required. We use Southeast Adventure as our outfitter.

Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located on St. Simons Island and close to everything the Golden Isles have to offer: the finest beaches and golf courses, restaurants, historical sites, water sports and shopping. Your resort hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms that overlook the golf course or tidal marshlands, and all of this in the surrounds of giant live oak trees. Each guest room has a small refrigerator and sink. The deluxe rooms are some of the largest standard guest rooms in the Golden Isles. With breathtaking views from a screened porch or sunroom overlooking the marsh or golf course, the recently renovated rooms offer two double beds, a large bathroom with double sink vanity, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wet bar.

Contact info:
5445 Frederica Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-3351 xor18008416268
web: www.seapalms.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker Complimentary Internet Access-Wireless Iron and Ironing Board Kitchenette in select rooms Dinner/Cookware Private Deck/Balcony in select rooms Refrigerator Rollaway Beds Workspace Non-Smoking Rooms Voicemail Wake-Up Calls

Facility amenities: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort offers 27 holes of golf on three newly renovated courses. Enjoy spectacular views of the marsh while placing challenging shots over lagoons and beneath the majestic live oaks. Two pristine swimming pools, both with children’s wading areas, are located on the property. One is adjacent to the guest rooms and restaurant and the other is at the tennis and fitness center facility. Enjoy the tiki bar located beside the pool and the Putters Room and bar. For fitness enthusiasts, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness facility as part of the existing tennis and fitness center. State of the art resistance and aerobic equipment will help keep you in shape while on vacation or attending a conference. Bicycles may be rented for full- and half-days at the Golf Pro shop. Biking is the perfect way to experience the beauty of St. Simons Island to its fullest. All guests of Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort may enjoy unlimited access to the St. Simons Beach Club, located right on the Atlantic Ocean and just a four mile drive from the resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 21 - Registration and Orientation/Kayaking Information
Afternoon: Your group leader will welcome you at the conference center after you have had time to check into the hotel and receive your room assignment. Orientation will be at 5:00 PM in Conference Center of hotel.Afterwards, we will have dinner together before meeting with your kayak outfitter.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the conference area of the hotel.

Evening: After dinner we will review the up-to-date schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you might have. Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax and prepare for the next days adventure.

Lodging: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located on St. Simons Island and close to everything the Golden Isles have to offer: the finest beaches and golf courses, restaurants, historical sites, water sports and shopping. Your resort hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms that overlook the golf course or tidal marshlands, and all of this in the surrounds of giant live oak trees. Each guest room has a small refrigerator and sink. The deluxe rooms are some of the largest standard guest rooms in the Golden Isles. With breathtaking views from a screened porch or sunroom overlooking the marsh or golf course, the recently renovated rooms offer two double beds, a large bathroom with double sink vanity, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wet bar.

Contact info:
5445 Frederica Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-3351 xor18008416268
web: www.seapalms.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker Complimentary Internet Access-Wireless Iron and Ironing Board Kitchenette in select rooms Dinner/Cookware Private Deck/Balcony in select rooms Refrigerator Rollaway Beds Workspace Non-Smoking Rooms Voicemail Wake-Up Calls

Facility amenities: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort offers 27 holes of golf on three newly renovated courses. Enjoy spectacular views of the marsh while placing challenging shots over lagoons and beneath the majestic live oaks. Two pristine swimming pools, both with children’s wading areas, are located on the property. One is adjacent to the guest rooms and restaurant and the other is at the tennis and fitness center facility. Enjoy the tiki bar located beside the pool and the Putters Room and bar. For fitness enthusiasts, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness facility as part of the existing tennis and fitness center. State of the art resistance and aerobic equipment will help keep you in shape while on vacation or attending a conference. Bicycles may be rented for full- and half-days at the Golf Pro shop. Biking is the perfect way to experience the beauty of St. Simons Island to its fullest. All guests of Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort may enjoy unlimited access to the St. Simons Beach Club, located right on the Atlantic Ocean and just a four mile drive from the resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 22 - Kayak St. Simons to Sea Island/Coastal Ecology Ma...
Kayak St. Simons to Sea Island/Coastal Ecology Marshes And Beaches/Barrier Island Dynamics

Note: Approximately 3 hour kayak trip.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Join our experienced local guides as we discover the magic of sea kayaking. Watch the abundant wildlife in the marshes and on the beaches of St. Simons and Sea Island. Anyone can enjoy the stable, expedition quality sea-kayaks used on our trips. We will take a break on a beautiful remote beach for a little birding and shelling.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel.

Afternoon: Explore the islands untamed natural areas - the salt marsh, the sandy beach, and the maritime forest -all abundant with indigenous critters, plants and trees for you to discover. With a naturalist as your guide, you will visit the salt marsh and discover its wonders.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Ecology of the barrier islands will be presented by a naturalist.

Lodging: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located on St. Simons Island and close to everything the Golden Isles have to offer: the finest beaches and golf courses, restaurants, historical sites, water sports and shopping. Your resort hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms that overlook the golf course or tidal marshlands, and all of this in the surrounds of giant live oak trees. Each guest room has a small refrigerator and sink. The deluxe rooms are some of the largest standard guest rooms in the Golden Isles. With breathtaking views from a screened porch or sunroom overlooking the marsh or golf course, the recently renovated rooms offer two double beds, a large bathroom with double sink vanity, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wet bar.

Contact info:
5445 Frederica Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-3351 xor18008416268
web: www.seapalms.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker Complimentary Internet Access-Wireless Iron and Ironing Board Kitchenette in select rooms Dinner/Cookware Private Deck/Balcony in select rooms Refrigerator Rollaway Beds Workspace Non-Smoking Rooms Voicemail Wake-Up Calls

Facility amenities: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort offers 27 holes of golf on three newly renovated courses. Enjoy spectacular views of the marsh while placing challenging shots over lagoons and beneath the majestic live oaks. Two pristine swimming pools, both with children’s wading areas, are located on the property. One is adjacent to the guest rooms and restaurant and the other is at the tennis and fitness center facility. Enjoy the tiki bar located beside the pool and the Putters Room and bar. For fitness enthusiasts, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness facility as part of the existing tennis and fitness center. State of the art resistance and aerobic equipment will help keep you in shape while on vacation or attending a conference. Bicycles may be rented for full- and half-days at the Golf Pro shop. Biking is the perfect way to experience the beauty of St. Simons Island to its fullest. All guests of Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort may enjoy unlimited access to the St. Simons Beach Club, located right on the Atlantic Ocean and just a four mile drive from the resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 23 - Kayak Cathead Creek Loop/Field Trip On St. Simons...
Kayak Cathead Creek Loop/Field Trip On St. Simons Island/Underneath The Water

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: We will kayak Cathead Creek. Cathead Creek is a 15 mile tributary of the Altamaha River and flows from the wild and woolly Buffalo Swamp - emptying into the Darien River right near the waterfront community of Darien. It is an intimate setting for exploring the rich waters of the Altamaha delta and it’s inhabitants.This tributary of the Altamaha River gives one a sense of the majesty of this mighty river’s floodplain. Narrow rice canals and cypress swamps characterize this trip. This is an easy way to see this unique ecosystem. This trip is approximately 3-4 hours.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular local restaurant in Darien called Skipper's Fish Camp.

Afternoon: Visit Christ Church and Fort Frederica, two historical spots that you don't want to miss when you come to St. Simon's Island. An expert guide will be your leader as you walk where Spaniards tread and many battles were fought.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: The Life of a Sea Turtle will be presented by a local expert.

Lodging: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located on St. Simons Island and close to everything the Golden Isles have to offer: the finest beaches and golf courses, restaurants, historical sites, water sports and shopping. Your resort hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms that overlook the golf course or tidal marshlands, and all of this in the surrounds of giant live oak trees. Each guest room has a small refrigerator and sink. The deluxe rooms are some of the largest standard guest rooms in the Golden Isles. With breathtaking views from a screened porch or sunroom overlooking the marsh or golf course, the recently renovated rooms offer two double beds, a large bathroom with double sink vanity, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wet bar.

Contact info:
5445 Frederica Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-3351 xor18008416268
web: www.seapalms.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker Complimentary Internet Access-Wireless Iron and Ironing Board Kitchenette in select rooms Dinner/Cookware Private Deck/Balcony in select rooms Refrigerator Rollaway Beds Workspace Non-Smoking Rooms Voicemail Wake-Up Calls

Facility amenities: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort offers 27 holes of golf on three newly renovated courses. Enjoy spectacular views of the marsh while placing challenging shots over lagoons and beneath the majestic live oaks. Two pristine swimming pools, both with children’s wading areas, are located on the property. One is adjacent to the guest rooms and restaurant and the other is at the tennis and fitness center facility. Enjoy the tiki bar located beside the pool and the Putters Room and bar. For fitness enthusiasts, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness facility as part of the existing tennis and fitness center. State of the art resistance and aerobic equipment will help keep you in shape while on vacation or attending a conference. Bicycles may be rented for full- and half-days at the Golf Pro shop. Biking is the perfect way to experience the beauty of St. Simons Island to its fullest. All guests of Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort may enjoy unlimited access to the St. Simons Beach Club, located right on the Atlantic Ocean and just a four mile drive from the resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Kayak St. Simons Island Sound/Free Afternoon And ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Paddle across St. Simons Sound to Jekyll Island and take a break on Jekyll’s beautiful north end “boneyard” beach. We’ll catch the tide through the “Marshes of Glynn” arriving at our Brunswick Store.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own or with newfound friends. More kayaking is available on your own if you desire....set up with SouthEast Adventure.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own and is excluded from your program cost. You may eat at the hotel or make a reservation at one of the popular restaurants on St. Simons Island. An island taxi cost around $15 round trip to a restaurant.

Evening: Free evening so don't rush through your meal. The island tiny village is a fun night spot.

Lodging: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is centrally located on St. Simons Island and close to everything the Golden Isles have to offer: the finest beaches and golf courses, restaurants, historical sites, water sports and shopping. Your resort hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms that overlook the golf course or tidal marshlands, and all of this in the surrounds of giant live oak trees. Each guest room has a small refrigerator and sink. The deluxe rooms are some of the largest standard guest rooms in the Golden Isles. With breathtaking views from a screened porch or sunroom overlooking the marsh or golf course, the recently renovated rooms offer two double beds, a large bathroom with double sink vanity, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wet bar.

Contact info:
5445 Frederica Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-3351 xor18008416268
web: www.seapalms.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker Complimentary Internet Access-Wireless Iron and Ironing Board Kitchenette in select rooms Dinner/Cookware Private Deck/Balcony in select rooms Refrigerator Rollaway Beds Workspace Non-Smoking Rooms Voicemail Wake-Up Calls

Facility amenities: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort offers 27 holes of golf on three newly renovated courses. Enjoy spectacular views of the marsh while placing challenging shots over lagoons and beneath the majestic live oaks. Two pristine swimming pools, both with children’s wading areas, are located on the property. One is adjacent to the guest rooms and restaurant and the other is at the tennis and fitness center facility. Enjoy the tiki bar located beside the pool and the Putters Room and bar. For fitness enthusiasts, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness facility as part of the existing tennis and fitness center. State of the art resistance and aerobic equipment will help keep you in shape while on vacation or attending a conference. Bicycles may be rented for full- and half-days at the Golf Pro shop. Biking is the perfect way to experience the beauty of St. Simons Island to its fullest. All guests of Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort may enjoy unlimited access to the St. Simons Beach Club, located right on the Atlantic Ocean and just a four mile drive from the resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 25 - Lunch At Satilla Lodge/Afternoon Kayak On Satilla...
Note: You may choose to go on the optional Low Tide Salt Marsh Paddle at a cost of $50 per person -not included in your program cost or have the morning free.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: We will travel to the Satilla River Lodge, approximately a 45 minute drive.

Lunch: Enjoy your picnic lunch at the Satilla Lodge before casting off for the afternoon kayak on the Satilla River.

Afternoon: This fun kayak trip takes you down the beautiful Satilla River with moss draped live oaks that form a canapy over parts of the river. Naturalists will point out flora and fauna, as well as a brief history of the area. You will cruise the beautiful blackwaters of one of Georgia’s most pristine rivers, the Satilla. Cypress trees and wildlife abound. The beautiful Satilla River flows through Coffee, Ware, Pierce, Brantley and Glynn Counties in Georgia on a winding course to the Atlantic Ocean. The Satilla ecosystem supports wildlife including deer, otter, beaver, raccoons, opossums, bobcats, turtles, alligators, snakes and many birds such as the belted kingfisher, barred owl, great horned owl, and the red tail hawk.

Dinner: We will go by trolley to a favorite restaurant on SSI. With our newfound friends, we will share stories about the daily trips we have had together this week.

Lodging: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Lecture and Wrap-up/Check-out
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: A reptiles course will be presented by Driftwood Education Center. Experience or "not" the touch of various reptiles found locally. This is a favorite class.

Lunch: Program departure time is 10:30.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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