Located off-the-coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula in Lake Huron, there is no shortage of ways to experience the renewing, playful and calming benefits of water on Mackinac Island. See which water experiences are right for you in our guide below.
Wild Honey Sailing Charters
Sail Mackinac Island’s tranquil waters with confidence and privacy. Wild Honey offers daily cruises for up to six passengers where your captain, David Rowe will put his more-than-40-years of experience to good use making sure you and your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Sail Wild Honey | 810-516-5052
Sip n’ Sail Cruises
If you’re looking to get off your feet, bike or horse-drawn carriage for a while – Sip n’ Sail Cruises is a one-of-a-kind experience on the waters surrounding Mackinac Island. The Isle Royale Queen III takes passengers on a voyage along the shoreline of Mackinac Island, under the Mighty Mackinac bridge and across the waters of both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, all while allowing its guests to enjoy live music and refreshments courtesy of the ship’s full bar.
7325 Main Street | 844-906-906
Great Turtle Kayak Tours
Get as close as you can to the water, without actually swimming it with Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Great Turtle Kayak Tours are led by only the most vetted guides who are American Canoe Association & Red Cross certified with more than two decades worth of experience. Even if it’s your first time on the water, the instructors will make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Not ready to explore right-out-the-gate? Take a lesson on the calm waters the Mackinac Island Marina before exploring the natural rock formations, wildlife, and lighthouses.
7395 Main Street | 231-71-KAYAK
Located off of Mackinac’s Main Street, Chippewa Hotel is a water lover’s dream. Whether you a fancy a lake view or something more immersive, the lakefront resort offers something for everyone. Even if you are already familiar with the Chippewa’s Pink Pony restaurant and lakefront views, you might be surprised to know about the hotel’s private swimming pool also located on the coast.
7221 Main Street | 800-241-3341
Grand Hotel’s Esther Williams Pool
Take a dip at Grand Hotel’s newly renovated Esther Williams Pool for a grand experience never before available on Mackinac Island. Named after actress and competitive swimmer, Esther Williams, who starred in This Time for Keeps (1974) filmed at Grand Hotel, you don’t need to be a professional swimmer to enjoy updates including reservable cabanas, a heated whirlpool, and — for when you need some extra R&R — an adults-only infinity pool with unbeatable views. Keep an eye out for upcoming events including family-friendly movie nights.
286 Grand Hotel Avenue | 906-847-3331