Kayaking & Canoeing - Best Tours & Trips 2019

427 Kayaking & Canoeing tours from 105 tour companies. 397 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
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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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Family Adventure in Peru

World Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 206 / day
$ 3,299
From : $ 4,619
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy fun activities for the entire family
  • Be enthralled by the Nazca Lines and a wildlife experience in a jungle reserve
  • Raft the Urubamba River and enjoy camping under the stars
  • Discover the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu and the village of Ollantaytambo
  • Explore the incredible city of Cusco with its fascinating cultural heritage
  • Experience Ballestas Islands, known as the “Peru Galapagos”
Visits:
Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Nazca, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Antarctica Classic

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 554 / day
$ 6,099
From : $ 8,234
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Set foot on antarctica — the world's least-visited continent
  • Watch majestic albatross soar by the ship while crossing the drake passage
  • Opt to brave the chill of a polar plunge
  • Witness immense icebergs and magnificent glaciers
  • Have your questions answered by antarctica experts
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Argentina
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Costa Rica: Hike, Raft & Canyon

Intrepid Travel
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11 days
$ 200 / day
$ 2,204
From : $ 2,975
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Get into the hidden heart of rural Costa Rica, heading out a 4-day hike through some of the most world’s most spectacular wilderness
  • Look out for toucans, quetzals, alligators, crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, turtles, sloths and more as you explore national parks and wildlife reserves
  • Swim in hidden waterfalls and experience rural Costa Rican life and culture
  • Costa Rica offers some of the world’s best white water rafting – get your taste when you tackle the Rio Naranjo rapids
  • Don’t just look at waterfalls, jump down them – safely strapped in of course! Spend a day rappelling down jungle cascades
  • When National Geographic call a place “biologically intense”, you know it’s special. Discover the secrets and abundant wildlife of the primary rainforest of Corcovado National Park
Visits:
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
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Sea To Sky: An Ecuador Adventure

7 days
$ 401 / day
$ 2,805
From : $ 3,198
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Visits:
Isla Baltra, Isla Bartolome, Isla Floreana, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Kayaking in Baja: La Paz

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 169 / day
$ 1,349
From : $ 1,794
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Explore La Paz based kayaking trips feature your choice of a 7 or 8 day itinerary
  • Enjoy the natural beauty, enchanting wildlife, and warm waters a world-class sea kayaking destination.
  • Explore the scenic cliffs and coves of Isla Espiritu Santo
  • La Paz offers some unusual highlights, such as swimming with playful sea lion pups and the chance to see Whale Sharks (harmless plankton eaters, and the largest fish on the planet!).
  • Espiritu Santo is stunningly beautiful, with deep coves of turquoise water surrounded by white sand beaches and burnt sienna colored volcanic cliffs.
  • Additionally, because La Paz is only a couple hours from Los Cabos
Visits:
La Paz, Mexico City, Mexico
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2 Day Multi-Sport Easy Or Technical

Project Expedition
Premier
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2 days
$ 155 / day
$ 310
From : $ 434
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Drop 2000 vertical feet on Guatemala's best Singletrack
  • Swim in our secret swim hole or dive from the cliffs
  • admire the wonders of Atitlan from Gringotenango, a top panoramic cliffside trail
Visits:
Guatemala
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The Fjords by Kayak

Evaneos
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 351 / day
$ 1,380
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Norway
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Bike, Hike and Kayak Northern Vietnam

World Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 184 / day
$ 2,020
From : $ 2,727
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience the culture, history and colours of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Kayak the emerald waters of spectacular Ha Long Bay
  • Enjoy an authentic family homestay experience in an ethnic minority village
  • Hike the jungle trails of Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Cruise the limestone landscapes of the Red River Delta’s Ninh Binh
  • Cycle through villages at Mai Chau and Ninh Binh
Visits:
Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Myanmar & Southern China: Places Unexplored

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 173 / day
$ 2,590
From : $ 3,186
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Visit the Baisha Murals at Baisha Village
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Indein
  • Explore the pristine surroundings of Inle Lake with a kayak to soak in the sound of nature
  • Enjoy Ayeyarwaddy Day Cruise
Visits:
Bagan, Kunming, Lake Inle, Lijiang, Mandalay, Rangoon, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), China
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Rafting Hells Canyon

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 198 / day
$ 990
From : $ 1,317
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights

Hells Canyon Rafting, Snake River Idaho

Hells Canyon Rafting on the Snake River in Idaho straddles the borders of Idaho and Oregon and is the deepest river gorge in North America. According to Nez Perce tribal legend the mythical figure "coyote" dug Hells Canyon with a big stick to protect the tribe's ancestors in the Blue Mountains of Oregon from the "Seven Devils" across the gorge in Idaho.

Visits:
Idaho, United States
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South China: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 190 / day
$ 1,713
From : $ 2,313
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Start off with scenic bike ride through Kaiping, revealing the hidden history and clan culture of its many abandoned diaolou (fortified tower houses).
  • Spend time hiking the rice terrace-carved landscape of Longji and visiting communities that call this pocket of China home.
  • Cycle amongst the dramatic karst-dotted countryside of Yangshuo that has been immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings.
  • Gain an insight into an important element of Chinese culture with a visit to a local tea farm in Yangshuo. Learn a few things about tea picking and perhaps sample a cuppa.
  • Discover the coast of Hong Kong by kayak. Paddle through giant stone arches and to uninhabited islands and  beaches for some sun and surf time.
Visits:
Hong Kong, Yangshuo, China
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Glacier Bay Kayaking & Wildlife Adventure

8 days
$ 512 / day
$ 4,095
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Southeast Alaska with the original kayaking pioneers on this one-of-a-kind adventure through Glacier Bay National Park
  • Paddle among icebergs and marvel at whales and glaciers up close—a rarity given that MTS is one of only two companies to have permits to kayak Glacier Bay
  • Visit Point Adolphus, a world-renowned humpback whale feeding ground, where you’ll also see sea lions, porpoises, and bald eagles
  • Camp for four nights on isolated, pristine beaches and enjoy delicious meals prepared by your local, expert guides
Visits:
Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Juneau, United States
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Three Amazing Adventures in Aysen

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 598 / day
$ 2,990
From : $ 3,678
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See enchanting valleys and rivers, wild forests and mountains rocks
  • Get personal experience inside the caves
  • Get incredible experience surrounded by the white and cold ice. 
  • Awesome rafting adventure on the shores of Lake Bertrand
Visits:
Lake Titicaca, Chile
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Bruneau and Jarbidge River Trip

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 326 / day
$ 1,630
From : $ 2,201
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover  Boise
  • Experience the beautiful White water permits for the Bruneau are strictly controlled and ROW operates just three rafting trips per year on this isolated river.
  • See the wildflowers, birds, reptiles, beaver, otter, coyote, antelope and big horn sheep are common on the Bruneau.
  • For the nature lover and river connoisseur, whitewater rafting on the Bruneau River is a dream come true. In May the desert is in full bloom and dozens of plants are flowering, making the canyon a rainbow of color.
Visits:
Boise, Idaho, United States
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Kayaking the Ionian Sea & Exploring Albania

ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,195
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Three days of kayaking on the Ionian Sea
  • Visits to the classical site of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Easy to intermediate hiking through stunningly beautiful countryside
  • Full immersion in the local culture and customs.
Visits:
Berat, Gjirokaster, Kruja, Tirana, Albania
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Kayaking & Canoeing Trip Reviews

397 Kayaking & Canoeing Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 310
Great 77
Average 7
Disappointing 2
Terrible 1
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4.7
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4.8
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
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Absolutely loved it. Great value

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We went on the Galaven Yacht for the 8Day Itinerary B trip in November 2016 and absolutely loved it. Great value, all inclusive, and glad we chose this package for our trip. Great food, great service, great stops, great guides = 5 stars all around!! Can't say enough good things. Thank you for an awesome vacation.

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Operator Royal Galapagos

It was perfect for us to travel with Say Hueque

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We are travelling two and a half weeks more around Argentina and we enjoy it :))
Ushuaia was wonderful and the time runs too fast.
The hotels was all very good and friendly.
We could not think one thing and say that is the best the whole organisation was great.
It was perfect for us to travel whit Say Hueque

Thank you very much for all
Sandra and Martina

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Operator Say Hueque

A trip of a lifetime

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our safari was amazing. The crew of Alaitol Safaris were very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. They thought of and provided for every little detail . The food and the accommodations were incredible. Our group had also beach holiday with this company.
Both experiences were ones I will never forget in my lifetime. I highly recommend this company for your African travels, treks, safaris and Zanzibar beach holiday. You will not be disappointed and every trip that you take after this venture will fall short in comparison.

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Operator Alaitol Safaris

We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkeling off of Carrie Bow Caye!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our Paradise Islands tour was a superb opportunity to see Belize up close and personal. We were blessed with a small group (3 guests and 1 guide), great weather, easy waters for kayaking and snorkelling. We started in Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge where Mr Ed and his staff took great care of us with fabulous local food, comfortable cabanas built over the reef so we could sit out on our back deck and watch the rays and fish hover about. Kimike, our guide, had us out kayaking the first afternoon along the barrier reef where we saw large eagle rays and an osprey flying off with a parrot fish in its talons. We paddled over to Tobacco Caye Range, a large mangrove forest, about 2.5 Km away where we encountered cormorants, pelicans by the score, southern rays and ospreys. After Tobacco Caye, we paddle/sailed our kayaks down to South Water Caye and stayed with International Zoological Expeditions where our cabana was situated adjacent to the eastern mangrove forest on the Caye. From our deck we could watch herons carefully hunting for small crabs and lizards. Once again, the staff cooked excellent local meals and are very friendly. We snorkelled off the beach using our kayaks and also paddled over to Carrie Bow Caye where the Smithsonian Institute has a research facility. The managers gave us a tour of the operations and were very informative. Kimike had us paddleboarding that afternoon, teaching us the basics as he demonstrated his skill at yoga on the water! Our last day involved a long paddle down to Billyhawk Caye, weaving in and out of a large mangrove range on the way down, disturbing huge southern rays as we glided over their hollows, listening to ospreys call from their perches and enjoying a great lunch of conch stew, salad and rice at Billyhawk Caye. We gathered our possessions and said goodbye to the kayaks. Our last snorkel was in the reefs near the Bread and Butter Islands, just south of the Caye. The size and variety of the soft coral was astounding along with a profusion of brightly colored fish of all types.
Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We had a great time last year at Lighthouse Reef on Half Moon Caye and had no qualms about signing up again for a trip to Belize with Island Expeditions. This year we added extra time at Bocawina, Glover's Atoll and Pook's Hill with the IE staff arranging and booking rooms, transfers, local flights.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkelling off of Carrie Bow Caye where Joan had a chance to swim alongside a huge eagle ray. Night time snorkelling for the first time, where we saw an octopus, rays, channel crabs and conchs. Learning about coconut milk and Belizean rum in combination was delightful!

What would be your advice to potential travellers?:
Be prepared to travel light as all your baggage is going into dry bags and stowed in the kayaks. IE staff will look after your larger baggage in the office while you are out on the water. Bring long sleeved synthetic T shirts and tights for paddling and kayaking to protect against the sun and reduce your need for sunscreen. An infinity scarf can also cover your face and scalp while snorkelling.

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Operator Island Expeditions

Magic in the Sea of Cortez

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We spent 6 days kayaking between the mainland of Baja from Loreto to two different Islands in the Sea of Cortez. The guides were amazing- extremely knowledgeable, passionate about the area and great fun to be around (let alone awesome cooks)! We paddled around the Island of Danzante and Carmen and saw tons of manta rays, dolphins, birds and more. The snorkeling was spectacular on these two islands. The beaches felt untouched and we never saw another human besides those (12 people) on tour with us. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience- I would highly recommend touring in Baja with Sea Kayak Adventures!

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Operator ROW Sea Kayak Adventures

5 star hotel on water run by a 5 star team

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

5 star hotel on water run by a 5 star team

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Operator G Adventures

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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