Famous for being pure, clean, and oh so clear, the best way to see Tahoe's water is to get out on it. Kayak Tahoe has been paddling on Emerald Bay for nearly 20 years, and they're the only company with a permit to launch from a beach right on the bay. Go with one of their guides on a morning excursion and paddle the perimeter of the bay, gliding over blue-green water. On your journey you'll see some of the bay's highlights, including secluded boat-in campgrounds (currently closed for restoration), a sunken barge clearly visible 30 feet below, and multiple osprey nests. If the winds are fair, cross over to get a closer look at Tahoe's only island. Set in the center of the bay, Fannette Island is famous for the "Tea House" perched at its peak. Paddle onward to a snack break on the beach at the Scandinavian-inspired Vikingsholm mansion. Then catch a tailwind back to your put-in.
TIP: Do-it-yourselfers can rent kayaks from Baldwin Beach and paddle 3 miles (one-way) to reach Emerald Bay.
Kayak Tahoe, on the water at Timber Cove Marina, South Lake Tahoe; 530-544-2011.