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From sea kayaking where you can see orca's and otters, to long distance canoe trips across tranquil lakes and creeks, these small craft water trips can be exciting and peaceful at the same time.

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Kayaking & Canoeing Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 323 Great 88 Average 7 Disappointing 2 Terrible 1
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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This was the trip of a lifetime. I had high expectations for what this 8 day adventure would be, and every single moment of the trip exceeded what I had hoped for. November 2018

5.0

Isla San Jose Kayak Tour

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The days in La Paz were fun and seeing the whale sharks was incredible. The 6 days of kayaking and camping around Isla San Jose was out of this world. Beautiful camp spots where I could have spent the rest of my life gazing at the stars. The sunrise every morning and sunset every night was picture perfect. The campsites they chose were out of a movie, true paradise. I loved how remote the area was. We didn't see any other people other than a few local fisherman the entire week we were kayaking our way around the island. The waters were so clear and we saw marine wildlife everywhere we looked- turtles, stingrays, mantarays, dolphins, sea lions, whale sharks and so many beautiful fish I could never list them all here. The guides were happy to take us on whatever activity we wanted, and spent time beyond just the daily kayaking with us to ensure we had the adventure of a lifetime. They also gave me great pointers while we were on the water every day, so my paddling technique improved each day, and made the miles of paddling much more enjoyable with the ease of the techniques they shared with us. The food that was prepared for us each day was some of the best of my life. Traditional family recipes from the guides that ensured I got a real taste of Baja flavor. Hiking, snorkeling, and even accompanying our guides on spear fishing adventures were some of the amazing activities we did every day. Ruben, one of our guides would spear fish for our dinner and then the three of them would make us fresh sashimi on the beach with the snapper and parrot fish he caught! WOW! Thank you to Guillermo, Ruben, and Guerro for the most incredible trip I have taken in a long, long time. You guys are amazing and made this week one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I can't wait to take another trip with ROW, and more than that, I can't wait to come back to Baja and take another adventure with all of you! Read more

Operator ROW Sea Kayak Adventures

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Vietnam and Cambodia - Tailor made October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our trip was arranged by Thidara for our family of four - my husband, myself
and our two 20-something daughters.
We asked for a trip which incorporated sight seeing with some more
adventurous activities and some opportunities to do things independently.
The itinerary met our brief perfectly. We were able to see the main sights on
our list with interpretation provided by our excellent guides and also do
kaiaking, cycling and visiting a cave which was off the regular tourist
trail.
We travelled by boat, overnight train, plane, bicycle, tuck tuck as well as
dedicated minibuses with our trusty drivers braving the incredible traffic!
It was a fabulous trip which was made all the more enjoyable as all the
stress was removed due to the reliability of our guides and the detailed
organisation.
The two highlights had to be cruising and kaiaking on Halong Bay and seeing
Angkor Wat at sunrise, however learning about the history of both Vietnam and
Cambodia was also fascinating. Travelling south by road meant that we crossed
the DMZ and could visit the museum there. We also went to the War Remnants
museum in Ho Chi Minh.
We did a cooking class in Hoy An which was another must do. Our guide helped
us out with finding an excellent class which we thoroughly enjoyed.


We had four guides during our trip and all were excellent. Helpful,
informative and passionate about their country and its treasures.
It really added to the enjoyment of the trip that they were able to answer
our questions and guide us through the process of getting to know the culture
and lifestyle of this fascinating area.


Vietnam and Cambodia are great places to visit. They feel very safe and there
is so much to see and do.
The tailor made trip worked very well for us as we had our two daughters with
us who are 21 and 23. They enjoyed the freedom of being able to choose
places to eat in the evenings but were also keen to do all the activities


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Insight into how ordinary people in Vietnam live October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've been to Vietnam before, but this trip was completely different. This
time I felt that I was really getting under the skin of the country to
understand how ordinary people, rather than emperors or presidents, live. At
each of the homestays we had the opportunity to chat with the families we
were staying with and to ask them questions about things as varied as their
daily working routines, the pressures they faced, family structures etc. and
had the experience of staying in a typical family house.
In addition to that there was a packed agenda of sightseeing visits,
activities and eating that left me happily exhausted by the end of the trip.
The first homestay was (just) the best part of the trip. The family was so
welcoming, so obviously pleased to have us staying with them and so
interested in telling us about their lives that it got the trip off to a
great start and set the tone for the rest of it. Travelling there, amidst the
devastation caused by recent unseasonably heavy rain, was an experience in
itself.
Close behind this were: the trek from the first homestay to the second,
through the hills, with amazing views down mist laden valleys to the lake
where the second homestay was, and the dancing with the village dance troupe
in the evening at the second homestay (I was grabbed by the village flautist
to pair him in the dancing, probably because he thought that as a 64 year old
male I would be even worse than he was, but I reckon I - just - edged it!).


The group leader, Linh Vo, was outstanding. He had a compendious knowledge of
Vietnam and its culture, people history and food, which he communicated
effortlessly, coupled with personal experiences to bring it to life. His
organisation was immaculate: everything that was supposed to happen did
happen and at the time when it was meant to happen, with Linh on the phone
double and triple checking ahead to make sure that it did. He was clearly
well known, popular and much respected in many of the places that we visited,
which meant that we got extra-special attention that made a real difference
to my experience. He had a great sense of humour and was a terrific person to
travel with.


Vietnamese food is amazing. Make a list of all the food you eat, because at
the end you will want to look back on it and maybe cook some of it back home,
but if you haven't made a list (I didn't) you just won't be able to remember.
Make sure you try egg coffee in Hanoi.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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vietnam adventure October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
excellent trip with many highlights and brilliant guide --Son Nguyen
meeting the Hill tribe people in North Vietnam and the two home stays which
were both lovely


Son was brilliant and an excellent guide --- was fantastic


travel light --dont need to much luggage and move frequently so too heavy a
bag is a pain for all concerned !
mosquito repellent is needed as we were bitten quite a bit even though
mosquitoes were not immediately obvious -
bring a refillable bottle for water
go to some spin classes for the cycling --although distance not great it was
hard work in that heat =-!


altogether was a great trip and would recommend i!
we would certainly do another exodus trip if we travel to other destinations
and felt it was very well organised
leader was great and many thanks for looking after us so well!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Wonderful adventure October 2018

5.0

Trails of Vietnam

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our first Exodus trip and we were so impressed. The trip is action
packed and Vietnam has so much to offer. There was a reasonable level of
activity (walking and cycling and a kayaking trip), combined with a chance to
immerse yourself in the culture of the country and meet the local villagers.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to maximise their time in Vietnam
and get a really good feel for the country.
We went on a boat overnight on Halong Bay to see the stunning and famous
limestone rocks. The sunrise the next morning was breathtaking.


Our group leader, Thoa, was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and he is
a credit to Exodus. He looked after us very well, accomodated everyone's
requirements and showed us the best sights and great places to eat and drink
with the locals. All the travel arrangements were organised seamlessly and we
felt rather spoilt. He encouraged us all to try new experiences and was great
company.


This trip is very busy - a new location nearly every day and lots of
travelling. This worked really well for our group as there is so much to
discover in Vietnam but don't choose it if you want a restful trip.
The cycling and walking is manageable if you are active and great if you like
variety but probably rather tame if you do walk or cycle regularly as a
hobby.


This is a great value trip and I would really recommend it.
There was quite a bit of rain in the North when we travelled in August and,
although it didn't spoil our trip, its unpredictability may affect some
activities.


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Operator Exodus Travels

Kayaking & Canoeing Tours and Travel Guide


Kayaking & Canoeing Attractions & Landmarks Guide

From sea kayaking where you can see orca's and otters, to long distance canoe trips across tranquil lakes and creeks, these small craft water trips can be exciting and peaceful at the same time.

Kayaking and Canoeing - What’s the difference?

While similar, these activities are nevertheless distinct in a few ways.

Kayaks are typically smaller, and usually involve one person per vessel. A lot of times your lower half is covered over, protecting from water splashing into the kayak. This is especially useful because unlike most canoes, in a kayak you are not in an upright sitting position, above the boat floor, but rather with your legs stretched out on the bottom of the kayak.

Canoes on the other hand are longer, and may involve two or more people to a vessel. They are also open and can be a bit more cumbersome to manipulate. 

Kayaks are much more suited to rougher waters, and are often used in the ocean. Canoes are more often used for calmer waters such as lakes or rivers. 

Neither requires tremendous skill, but be prepared to use a lot of upper body strength! And if you are going sea kayaking, know that the ocean can tend to have a mind of its own. Rough waters can make the experience an exhilarating one, but always pay attention to where your group is and listen for instructions from your guide. Occasionally there will be a need to avoid rip tides or unexpected weather causing larger waves.

Up Close and Personal

A kayaking and canoeing trip gives you a unique perspective! When you’re on top of, but still so close to the water, you get a much different sense of place and distance. And plus a great view looking back at the shore! It’s also an excellent opportunity for getting up close and personal with local wildlife, including curious sea creatures like dolphins, seals, and even the magnificent black and white Orca.


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