This is one of those trips that everyone loves and you will not soon forget. I try to go every April but a few springs have gone by and it is time to head back for a 3-day kayak and camping trip unlike most you will have the opportunity to experience. I have had guests liken this trip to being in a National Geographic Documentary.
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I want to limit the number of folks attending for safety reasons. You should have experience paddling, a PFD is required as well as a spray skirt for sit in kayaks due to the surf and swells that we may encounter on occasion. I have seen folks in boats as small as an LL Remix XP9 and sit-on-top kayaks also work well. Ideally, for carrying your gear a sit in kayak that is 11ft. or longer is best, with room for storage. Do not be intimidated by the idea of surf and swells, we are talking about the ocean and as long as the weather is favorable it is no worse than a lake with a lot of boat activity. I have seen many beginners paddle for their first time at the spot we launch from and we will avoid any heavy surf. The ocean is often very calm but with the changing tides, winds, etc., it can get choppy. The surf is actually a lot of fun to play in after we get unloaded and some of our paddles will include going through the surf. Nonetheless, I have only had one person do it but you can always walk your boat along the shore if the surf does scare you.
I have arranged for parking at Ocean Plaza Beach Resort. The charge is $10.00 per day/night per vehicle. That is cheaper than using Tybee Island meters which are $18.00 per day. The parking lot is a short walk to or from our launch point. We unload all our gear at the put in, then take vehicles back, leaving someone with the gear and boats and we walk back from the parking lot. The parking lot is safe, has lighting and security.
Everyone attending will pay $21.00 in advance per person to hold their individual spot ($1.00 is for the nonrefundable PayPal processing fee). The $20.00 fee will cover parking for Saturday and Sunday nights. We will leave sometime Monday but no parking fee is required for this day. To make your payment and for more details go here http://discovery222.com, then click ‘Payment”.
We will put in on Tybee Island about a 1-mile paddle from where we will land on Little Tybee Island to unload and set up camp. We may encounter some surf as we approach Little Tybee Island, depending on where we want to camp, but the surf here is generally mild.
Keep in mind that you will need to pack everything needed for this 2-3 day excursion in your kayak. However, it is only about a one to two mile paddle from our put in site to where we will set up camp. With this in mind you can use an inflatable raft in tow or another sit-on-top kayak, etc., for extra gear. Usually with kayak camping trips you do not have this option, here you do, but do not over do it! Try to stick to the basics for the most part, be comfortable and a few luxury items are fine. It is very important not to overload your boat or to be too top heavy. I will bring gear for home base on the beach for all persons use, a large sun shelter and a table where we will gather for meals, etc. I pull an inflatable raft behind my kayak for those heavier items and that works beautifully. I also put noodles (the kind that kids/people use to float) on anything that could potentially sink, using zip ties.
You should be able to fit all needed gear in your boat. You never want to be too top heavy (if your tying dry bags or a lawn chair to the deck of your kayak) or have too much weight over-all. Put heavier gear in your storage areas and lighter gear in dry bags on your deck if needed.
Also, keep in mind that regardless of where we set up camp we are only a few miles paddle from Tybee Island Beach and extra food, supplies or heck a hotel if really needed. In the event of an emergency help is relatively close by and we WILL be in cell phone range from Tybee Island Beach and extra food, supplies or heck a hotel if really needed. In the event of an emergency help is relatively close by and we will be in cell phone range.
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If you have any questions email me at [masked]. Thanks, Allen