There’s something magical about exploring Martha’s Vineyard by water. The view is different. You see and experience things you don’t see from land. And while adventuring around the island on a sailboat or a powerboat is a pretty fun alternative, literally sitting at water level in a kayak is plain amazing, and it belongs on everyone’s Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List.
Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Discovering The Island By Kayak
There are a number of great places on Martha’s Vineyard where you can head out in a kayak, either on your own or with a guide, but our favorite is easily the tour that The Trustees run out on Chappaquiddick, at the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge.
Located on the far eastern edge of Chappy, Cape Poge encompasses 750 acres of waterfront land, owned and managed by The Trustees. They supply all the gear on this family-fun adventure.
You will explore salt marshes, paddle under Dike Bridge, through the Narrows, and then on out to Cape Poge Bay. Our own Bucket List adventurist Guinevere Cramer has your first-hand paddling adventure.
The Trustees’ tours run throughout the summer and into mid-October. Your adventure includes getting picked up and dropped off at the Chappy Ferry, and all the kayak gear you will need. The tours are family-friendly, and last about three hours.
There are also self-guided kayak and paddleboard adventures available with The Trustees on Chappy, or try their Long Point Wildlife Refuge on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard in West Tisbury.
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