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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 Mar 30 — Apr 4, 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, March 30 - Registration and Orientation/Kayaking Information
Afternoon: Held at 5:00 PM in Conference Center of hotel followed by a wine and cheese social time.

Dinner: Dinner and Orientation will follow the registration. Catered meals at hotel.

Evening: Introduction and information about the rivers we will be kayaking will be given by SouthEast Adventure, the outfitter. Safety instructions will be presented as well.

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, March 31 - Kayaking St. Simons Sounds/Coastal Ecology Marshe...
Kayaking St. Simons Sounds/Coastal Ecology Marshes And Beaches/Barrier Island Dynamics

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Meet outfitter at 9:30am at Brunswick location and paddle the Marshes of Glynn to the Sound. From there we will cross over to Jekyll Island for a beach break, and then paddle on to the St Simons lighthouse - where the trip will end. Trip is about 4 hours.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will fall back to a beautiful paddle from Village Creek Landing on St Simons, to the beach on Sea Island, and on to East Beach on St Simons. About 3-4 hours, starts in the marsh and ends at the beach.

Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel.

Evening: Ecology of the barrier islands will be presented by a naturalist. You will learn about the importance of the barrier islands and the ecosystem of the barrier islands.

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, April 01 - Satilla River Paddle/Lunch Satilla Lodge/Free Aft...
Satilla River Paddle/Lunch Satilla Lodge/Free Afternoon/Underneath The Water

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Satilla River: This is a kayaking trip down the beautiful Satilla River with moss draped live oaks that form a canopy 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 black waters 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. Beach-white sandbars, brilliant fall leaf colors, and a variety of animal and plant life create a photographer's dream. 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.

Lunch: Lunch at the Satilla Lodge located on the beautiful Satilla River.

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

Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel.

Evening: A visual presentation called "Underneath the Water" by a naturalist is an exciting account that will surprise you and entertain you after a day of paddling.

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, April 02 - Cathead Creek Paddle/Lunch/Afternoon Cathead Cree...
Breakfast: Located in lobby area.

Morning: 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 5 hours.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continuation of Cathead Creek kayak trip.

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, April 03 - Optional Low Tide Salt Marsh Paddle at Bloody Mar...
Optional Low Tide Salt Marsh Paddle at Bloody Marsh or Free Morning/Christ Church And Ft. Frederica

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: This optional kayak trip will meet at 11th street on St Simons for the Bloody Marsh trip - about 3 hours. The origin of the name came from the marsh supposedly "running red with the blood of Spaniards" in 1742. For those who do not opt for this trip, you will have a free morning to explore on your own or revisit a favorite spot.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the hotel.

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: We will go by trolley to a favorite restaurant on SSI.

Evening: Time to share stories of the fun week together.

Lodging: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 04 - Lecture and Wrap-up/Check-out
Breakfast: Located in lobby area.

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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