Sand Island

Dauphin Island, Alabama

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Paddling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico offers a real change of scenery from the typical river trip. The view and the wildlife is striking to say the least, and the options for sea kayaking are unlimited. One of our favorites is the Sand Island trip. The distant view consists mainly of open-water expanse meeting the sky. Along the horizon oil rigs, with their tower lights blinking on and off, can be seen. You will see pelicans, including the formerly endangered brown pelican, flying in formation and diving for fish. Hundreds upon hundreds of pelicans and seagulls hang out on the island and watch as you pass by. Marine fish of every type jump around your boat. And offshore you will most likely see dolphins traveling in groups breaching the water’s surface. On the island itself, the dunes are beautiful with the pristine white sand for which the Alabama Gulf Coast has become world renown. On top of the dunes, green and gold sea oats sway in the breeze. Depending on your time constraints and endurance, you can choose to paddle around the entire island or simply paddle partially up one side and back. Sand Island has a long crescent shape that extends about 3 miles southward from Dauphin Island.

Sand Island Professional Review and Guide

"Paddling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico offers a real change of scenery from the typical river trip. The view and the wildlife is striking to say the least, and the options for sea kayaking are unlimited. One of our favorites is the Sand Island trip. The distant view consists mainly of open-water expanse meeting the sky. Along the horizon oil rigs, with their tower lights blinking on and off, can be seen. You will see pelicans, including the formerly endangered brown pelican, flying in formation and diving for fish. Hundreds upon hundreds of pelicans and seagulls hang out on the island and watch as you pass by.

Marine fish of every type jump around your boat. And offshore you will most likely see dolphins traveling in groups breaching the water’s surface. On the island itself, the dunes are beautiful with the pristine white sand for which the Alabama Gulf Coast has become world renown. On top of the dunes, green and gold sea oats sway in the breeze. Depending on your time constraints and endurance, you can choose to paddle around the entire island or simply paddle partially up one side and back. Sand Island has a long crescent shape that extends about 3 miles southward from Dauphin Island."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Dauphin Island
Distance: 7.5
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Varies
Season: Year-round; but not recommended in winter
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Fort Morgan
Driving Directions: Directions to Sand Island

Recent Trail Reviews

3/14/2013
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Golf course was closed and chained. We went to the public beach and put in not far from the golf course.But was about a 300 yd carry for the kayaks to the water. Had carts but didn't work in the soft sand.Gave a 3 because of he long way though soft sand to the water. We did have fun but water was real rough that day.



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May 2018