Kayakers dream of the freedom and excitement of the ultimate paddling trip of their life.
Here are five top kayaking adventures that span the world. Book your flights and make your plans so you can experience one of these unforgettable kayak adventures this summer.
1 – Baja, California – Mexico
If warm water and plenty of sun are more attractive to you, take a kayak trip in the ocean around Baja, California. Fishing is an added attraction, although with all of the excellent sights to see, you may not have time for anything other than paddling. The water is tranquil and the area is accessible any time of the year. If you go, be sure to check out Loreto’s Gulf Islands, Espiritu Santo, Los Angeles and Las Animas, San Quentin, Ojo de Liebre and San Ignacio and Bahia Magdalena as well. If you take this kayaking adventure in January, you may even be lucky enough to spot one of the amazing California gray whales as they migrate southward every year. These majestic 40 ton animals travel over 5000 miles to reach these warmer waters.
2 – Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Journey north to Juneau, Alaska and head 60 miles northwest for the picturesque Glacier Bay. This inlet is part of a 3.28 million acre national park system and offers countless breathtaking views and opportunities for exploration in this northern paradise. One of the most interesting things to view from your kayak is the Grand Pacific Glacier, which has been receding up to 20 miles in the past years. This gives paddlers an opportunity to explore multiple fjords and bays that were previously hidden under the ice. Viewing the emerging plant growth on this newly exposed land is scientifically interesting as well.
3 – Johnstone Strait, Channel in British Columbia, Canada
Between Canada’s mainland and Vancouver Island runs the narrow Johnstone Strait. It is approximately 40 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide, but offers innumerable possibilities for kayaking adventure. There are many small inlets, islands and waterways to explore. But kayakers can find this kind of environment in many places around the world. What makes the Johnstone Strait truly unique is the opportunity to pilot your craft near pods of killer whales. The Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, formed in 1982, is dedicated to protecting the surrounding ecosystem so killer whales can continue to thrive in the wild. Kayakers will also get the opportunity to use see seals and dolphins, bears fishing on the shore and majestic eagles soaring overhead.
4 – Kadavu, Island in Fiji
The nation of Fiji encompasses 709,000 square kilometers, but 97% of that is water. This gives kayakers an amazing opportunity to explore one or more of the 300 islands that make up this archipelago. Only about 100 of them are inhabited, but any number make excellent stopping points for a true tropical adventure. Since the equatorial current runs around these islands, this means the waters are rich for fishing and viewing aquatic life on scuba dives and snorkeling expeditions. Fans of all of these tropical pastimes should pack up their gear and head to Fiji for an adventure they would never forget.
5 – Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Ecology minded adventurers will appreciate any travel to Costa Rica, which has the most extensive conservation efforts in place in any country around the globe. 11% of the country is national parks and 27% is environmentally protected land. Combine this wild landscape with over 600 miles of Pacific coast, and Costa Rica becomes a kayaker’s dream destination. One of the favorite locations for paddlers is the Manuel Antonio National Park. Imagine paddling past pristine white beaches with evergreen trees rising majestically in the background, a tropical jungle teasing your mind with thoughts of what might be hitting behind the dense vegetation and inlets studded with rocky islands. The beaches are favorite places for sea turtles to lay their eggs, though you will have to get there at the right time of year to witness this amazing occurrence.