Lake Tahoe’s incredible white sand beaches, bordered by the snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains immediately spring to mind when you think of a summer escape. Not only does it offer stunning scenery geographically and architecturally, but it is filled with a ton of thrilling outdoor activities. Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to explore it is by paddling the vast waters on a transparent kayak.
Local businesses like the women-owned-and-run Wild Society, offer unique experiences that allow you to go gliding with unobstructed views of the sparkling aqua waters, smooth boulders, majestic rock formations, and even a shipwreck and sunken pier. And thanks to the crystal-clear kayaks, you can see the glistening pyrite (a brass-yellow mineral with a bright metallic sheen) that shimmers in the lake’s depths, which is clearer now than it has been in 40 years.
During your Lake Tahoe kayaking adventure, you can stop to take a dip or sunbathe on the rocks along the way, and explore the hidden beaches and private coves that are inaccessible by land. Each transparent kayak comes equipped with wireless waterproof speakers, waterproof phone cases, high-quality “dry bags”, binoculars, goggles and snorkels, a small cooler, cup holders, and even a selfie stick for capturing those Instagram-worthy moments. Wild Society also provides safety equipment in case of emergencies. There’ll also be safety equipment in the event of emergencies, of course.
As the day turns to night, you can opt for an enchanting night trip with illuminated kayaks. The special lighting system makes each kayak glow in a range of colors and provides a spotlight-like light that allows you to see up to 20 feet deep. It’s a truly unique experience that beats a night ride on a Swan Boat in Echo Park.
You can rent these transparent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards for one to 4 hours. Although, you’ll need at least two hours to see more than the immediate surroundings and four hours is ideal for making it to the secret coves. Prices start at $60-$65 for an hour.
Location: Wild Society, North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA