“84 years young -First time kayaking”
Reviewed October 13, 2015
My father is an avid birder and thoroughly enjoyed his first kayaking adventure at 84 years young. Justin was a great tour guide paddling Dad in a tandem kayak. We saw wonderful birds including an eagle and Oyster Catchers. We will definitely kayak with Justin and Laurie again.
“Excellent Adventure Paddleboarding the Cherry Grove Backwater”
Reviewed August 17, 2015
Justin is an amazing trainer and guide. I had been paddle boarding once before, but three others on our tour were doing it for the first time. Justin struck just the right note: informative and encouraging but also relaxed---so you should have no worries if you are new to stand-up paddle boarding. Just do it! The scenery on the backwater is beautiful. We saw plenty of egrets in particular. Also saw a great blue heron and a little blue heron. Tour times are dependent on the tides. Ours was 8:30 am---a perfect time. Not too hot yet and excellent birding. I can't say enough good things about Justin and J & L Kayaks. Can't wait to take another trip with them. Enjoy!
La Plata, MD
“First Time Paddle Boarding: Success!”
Reviewed August 27, 2015
Very remote and pristine location in the marshland right outside North Myrtle Beach. Getting there is an adventure, and once we arrived, our tour guide, Justin, was fantastic! My girlfriend and I took the 1 hour intro to paddle boarding tour, and Justin had us on our feet and moving in no time! The views are breathtaking, and it's quite a workout. We will definitely be back for more next vacation.
“Kayak Newbie--EXCELLENT Experience!”
Reviewed August 3, 2015
We booked the 2.5 hour Waites Island shelling trip. We arrived for our 2:00 tour feeling nervous, unsure, and filled with trepidation. Our guide Dano gave us some brief instruction and assured us that as long as we listened and heeded his instructions there would be no capsizing (our biggest fear, of course). My first challenge was to get myself in the kayak and then paddle across to the other shore. I was not feeling confident or competent in the least but Dano was awesome. He was personable, engaged us in conversation and was very patient with my daughter and little cousin. I had a single kayak while the girls had a tandem. They struggled a bit, being only 10 and 11 yrs old, and because I was so focused on myself I hardly noticed. Dano did though, and he actually tethered their kayak to his. This offered them security but he also encouraged them to continue paddling which helped build their confidence and allowed them to still have the experience. We paddled out to Waited Island. Dan is an expert in his field and he shared information about the history and ecology of the island. He wowed all of us by catching fish and crab in the tide pools. We had about 45-50 minutes on the island to explore, find shells and just walk the beach and chat up Dan about anything we'd ever wondered about the area. He was clearly passionate and knowledgeable. He'd also packed a small cooler and offered us cold water once we reached the island. Before paddling back he offered to take pictures of our group.
Regarding the actual kayaking, the waters were calm. I have nothing to compare it to but I was able to paddle with relative ease. Given my newfound confidence I will definitely do some kayaking back home and look forward to booking another tour with J & L when we're in NMB next year!