TheKayaking is one of the best ways to see Dauphin are plenty of ways to explore Dauphin Island, the idyllic spot in Mobile Bay that is just a ferry ride from historic Fort Morgan and Fort Morgan area vacation rentals. You can drive, walk, hike or bike, but perhaps one of the best ways to see the island's natural beauty is by kayak.

Fortunately, there are kayak rentals available right on the island. At the Dauphin Island Marina's Kayak Shack, you can rent traditional kayaks or try stand-up paddling for an extra challenge. Dauphin Island Kayak & Bicycle Rentals & Tours also rents kayaks for the day. Both organizations offer tours that wind in and out of the island's many inlets and bays.

If you're bringing your own kayak, you can put it into the water at these locations, but other beaches around the island also serve as good spots. The Isle Dauphin Country Club is one spot that many kayakers have had luck with. Located on the South Side of the island, this spot grants you easy access to Sand Island, several miles of sand with a few bushes and grass that extend south into Pelican Bay.

Unencumbered by any land masses, the south side of the island might make for rougher waters. If you want smooth sailing, head to the northern shore, which is characterized by many inlets and bays.

Anyone who has kayaked around Dauphin Island will tell you why boat is one of the best ways by which to tour the island. From the tranquil setting of the Gulf coast waters, visitors are more likely to spot dolphins, wading herons and other wildlife. Since Dauphin Island has been designated as a "Bird Sanctuary Area" by the National Audubon Society, kayakers in the area are sure to spot some unique ornithological wonders.

After your kayak adventure simply board the ferry back to your condo or beach house on the Fort Morgan peninsula to catch the sight of a beautiful sunset from your private balcony.