Traverse City
Guided Kayak Tours

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Traverse City Michigan from a stunning point of view – on the water! Our knowledgeable guides will make it a trip you won’t forget as you escape to the bay.

Make Your Wanderlust A Reality

Book your tour today!

Power Island

Wednesday-Sunday 11:00-5:00


Custom Tour

Somewhere else you want to go?

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Kayak Skills Building

Work with our ACA-certified guides to learn a variety of paddling techniques and rescues to help you feel more confident on the water.

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How it works:

03Explore Tour Options

Learn more about our kayak tours by clicking above or visiting the tours page. 

03 Book Your Tour

Select your tour date right on our website or contact us to set up a custom tour.


Escape To TC

Make an amazing memory on the water with our experienced guides in the Traverse City area!

The only guided sea kayak tours on

Grand Traverse Bay

Experience the water like never before. Our sea kayak tours take you along the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, which is rich with trees and sandy beaches. See the sunset as you paddle or stop for a hike on Power Island.

Our tours have a limited capacity, which allows us to provide you with a more personal experience. It also helps us keep you safe. Each of our native Traverse City guides is knowledgeable on local culture and history and happy to share fun facts with you!

We provide all the equipment you need, including:

  • sea kayaks
  • life vests
  • paddles
  • dry bags
  • waterproof phone cases

Meet Your Guides…


Founder / Tour Guide

Born and raised in Grand Traverse County, Ian has been kayaking since childhood. After years of working in an office environment, he’s thrilled to get outside and share the fun and adventure that sea kayaks have to offer. He has two beautiful little girls and an amazing wife who are the source of his motivation. Get to know him better here!


Tour Guide

Michael grew up in nearby Kalkaska and moved to Traverse City to be close to his favorite outdoor spots. He worked in groundskeeping and general labor for years, but found there wasn’t enough time at the end of the workday to enjoy nature. Through Explore TC, he’s excited to break free from the daily grind and share fantastic outdoor experiences with others. Learn more about him here!

Happy Customers

“Explore TC was just what I needed. The experience is exciting and you cannot beat a day on the water with good friends and excellent guides.”


Kingsley, MI

“We chose the trip out to Power Island and we had the most fantastic time! There were some big rolling waves on the way out to the island. However, with the guides being right there and the safety gear and instruction, my family and I felt safe. SO glad that we took this trip! We are still laughing and talking about our adventure.”


Torch Lake, MI