Paddle the Pond
Block Island is special, seriously. If you’ve been here — you already know this. If not, you will soon discover the magic our little island holds. Kayaking is a great way to see the island from an alternate perspective. Paddle in the calm, protected shallows of the ‘inner waterways of the Great Salt Pond (GSP) or take off north beyond the marinas and moored boats to the conservation/recreation area to discover areas where you can get out of the kayak and explore the shore or take a dip. Over 46 percent of the island is preserved, and this includes large areas surrounding the GSP, only accessible by water.
Located in New Harbor on the grounds of the Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) on the water, Pond and Beyond offers rentals, tours, and basic instruction via kayak. Tours can be customized to meet your needs. Examples include half day excursions for education, exercise, exploration; sunrise kayak for bird watching and serenity; full moon/high tide kayak to enter the flooded salt marsh area and experience the peaceful pond at night. The always popular sunset kayak can be scheduled any day of the week. You choose. This is a great way to end the day with your family.
Come kayak with us on the largely undeveloped 900-acre Great Salt Pond. Whether you are a neophyte, expert, or somewhere in between, there is water waiting for you to enjoy.
Corrie Heinz, the owner/operator at Pond and Beyond Kayak, is a native of Block Island with a passion for the outdoors and the natural world. She considers herself a generalized naturalist who is enthusiastic to share her knowledge and love of thriving marine ecosystem of the Great Salt Pond. Since owning Pond and Beyond Kayak, Corrie’s passion has evolved to creating fun and informative kayak tours for all ages and abilities. Her mission is to promote the island’s unique and special environment through sharing her knowledge and excitement via the on water experience.