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Visit one of Lake Tahoe’s most spectacular locations by Jet Ski on this exciting tour from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay. Following a guide, you’ll zoom across the water in the morning hours, before the lake becomes too rough, to reach this popular bay known for the tiny island that dots the center. Take a break on the beach to see the historical lakeside mansion known as Vikingsholm, and go for a short hike to Eagle Falls before returning on your Jet Ski to the marina. 


  • Jet Ski tour from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay
  • Zoom across the glassy lake in the calmer morning hours
  • Circle the beautiful bay, one of the lake’s most photographed sights
  • Pull onto the shore and explore the area on foot
  • See Vikingsholm mansion and Eagle Falls
  • Learn fun facts about Emerald Bay from a local guide

What You Can Expect

Emerald Bay Jet Ski Tour from South Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay Jet Ski Tour from South Lake Tahoe

Check in at the tour office in South Lake Tahoe to start your Jet Ski ride to Emerald Bay. Meet your guide and receive a safety briefing before putting on your provided life jacket and hopping on your Jet Ski.

Follow your guide west from the marina to Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark that’s at the top of Lake Tahoe’s must-see list. The ride is about 6 miles (10 km), during which you can admire the snowcapped mountains that surround the lake until you reach the bay, recognizable by Fannette Island, the lake’s only island. Pull up on the beach and hop off your Jet Ski to take a look at Vikingsholm, a mansion from 1929 that sits right on the shore of the bay. Hear a bit about its architecture and history, which put it on the National Register of Historic Places, and then take a leisurely hike to Eagle Falls with your guide.

When you get back to the beach, hop on your Jet Ski for the return ride to the marina in South Lake Tahoe, where you may be able to play around a bit more on your Jet Ski if there’s time left before your tour ends. 

Customer Reviews

Deborah B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic tour. Great tour guide. Knowledgable of area and always looked out for safety of people in her care.
Highly recommend this tour to others.

Josephine M

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

We enjoyed the water and jet skis. However our guide was not what we expected. She told us to follow her. However, she went off in a much faster speed than all of us that it was hard keeping up with her. We lost her at times and not sure which direction to go. She needs more training as a guide.

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