Kayakers use two major configurations of kayaks: "sit on tops" which, as the name suggests, involves sitting on top of the kayak in an open area, and "cockpit style" which involves sitting with the legs and hips inside the kayak hull with a "spray deck" or "spray skirt" that creates a water resistant seal around the waist. Whether a kayak is a sit-on-top or a cockpit style has nothing to do with its classification. Both configurations are represented in each of the five primary classifications. While most kayaks are designed to be paddled by a single person, other configurations include tandem and even triple cockpit boats.
On and around Amelia Island, kayakers enjoy the creeks, ocean and river sounds that offer unique opportunities to view wildlife, enjoy the natural surroundings and learn the rich history of the region. Through its Nature Center, Omni Amelia Island Plantation offers kayak tours along the beautiful marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway. Guests and non-guests of the resort are welcome to book these tours. Kayak Amelia, located on Big Talbot Island, just off the south end of Amelia Island, offers guided kayak tours at Big Talbot and Little Talbot state parks, and rent kayaks for self-guided fun. For more information, contact Kayak Amelia, www.kayakamelia.com.