Kayaking Tours, Guides & Travel Destinations
If you’re an inexperienced paddler, or you’re more interested in sightseeing than fine tuning your technical skills, a guided kayaking tour can be a great way to go.
There are many tour companies that will provide both the equipment and enough basic instruction to get even the most novice paddler where he or she wants to go. This can also be a great way to familiarize yourself with a new area and try out various boats and other equipment before you make that all-important buying decision.
Bear in mind that it’s important to find an outfitter who will take the time to tailor the tour and the equipment to the client’s skill level.
And paying more doesn’t necessarily guarantee a better experience. If possible, talk to other paddlers who’ve been on the tour you’re considering. And don’t be shy about calling the outfitter in question and asking about their experience level and whether or not they’re certified through any recognized associations. And speak directly with the tour guide if possible.
More questions to ask:
- What will be the theme of the trip? Sightseeing? A clinic on learning new technical skills? An eco-tour that emphasizes beach and ocean ecology?
- How much will it cost? And how much of a deposit will be required?
- What will be the size of the group, and the skill level of the other paddlers?
- What is the company’s safety record?
- What will I need to bring? Get a detailed list of everything you’ll need for this particular tour.
- If this will be a multi-day trip, what food services will be provided? Who will do the cooking, and what kinds of food will be served?
- Listen to the questions that the outfitter asks you. A good tour guide will want to know as much about you as possible, especially if they’ve never worked with you before and they’ll be matching you up with a group of other paddlers.
- And last but not least, what is their cancellation policy?
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Bay & Gulf Adventures.com
Explore and tour the best kayaking locations the Sarasota, FL area has to offer.
Crystal Seas Kayaking – Florida Everglades
Paddle the amazing Everglades on multi-day sea kayak camping trips or shorter 3 hour Everglades kayak tours.
Magic Falls Rafting Company, Maine
Magic Falls Rafting Company offers exciting Maine whitewater adventures, with white water rafting on the Kennebec River and the Dead River.
Saco River Canoe & Kayak
Saco River Canoe & Kayak, located in the Mount Washington Valley area of Maine and New Hampshire, provides canoe and kayak rentals and sales.
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Geneva Kayak Center
Suburban Chicago shop, school and outfitter.
Offers tours and lessons in the waters of Leelanau County in Michigan
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Offers lessons, rentals, sales and repairs in Denver, Colorado.
Colorado River Rafting
Buffalo Joes is a leading rafting company offering Colorado river rafting tours and Colorado river rafting trips for the whole family.
Colorado Whitewater Rafting
River rafting trips and tours in Colorado’s scenic Arkansas river valley.
Snake River Kayak and Canoe
Kayaking, canoeing and rafting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Tarkio Kayak Adventures
Based in Missoula, Montana, Tarkio offers domestic and international multi-day instructional kayaking clinics
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Kayaking The San Juan Islands
Find out more about kayaking the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest, a sea kayakers paradise!
A site dedicated to Spokane and paddling, hiking, biking, and history.
Liquid Lifestyles British Columbia
Whitewater Rafting, Tandem Rafting, Scenic River Safaris and
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction in British Columbia, Canada.
Crystal Seas Kayaking – Washington’s San Juan Islands
Kayak along the evergreen cloaked coastline of the Pacific Northwest’s San Juan Islands and witness the magnificent breach of an orca (killer whale).
Alaska Sea Kayaking
The pristine coast of Alaska offers some of the best sea kayaking in North America.
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Find out more about kayaking Mexico, the world’s top destination for winter paddling adventures!
New Zealand Heritage Trails n Cruises
Explore New Zealand’s unique cultural, historic and natural heritage, while having the adventure of your life…
Kayak travel is becoming an increasingly popular form of adventure vacation.
Information and advice on the RV lifestyle for the novice or experienced RVer.
Western Blue Sea Kayaks
Offers year round kayaking tours in Western Australia based out of Perth, Ningaloo and Broome.
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