5 Must-Visit Kayaking Destinations For Avid Kayakers

5 Must-Visit Kayaking Destinations For Avid Kayakers

 

Kayaking is perhaps one of the best ways to connect with nature. Be it paddling along seals and whales, meandering around glaciers, fjords and snow-clad peaks, kayaking through caves, islets and small coves, soaking in the beauty of stunning white-sand beaches and exotic wildlife – kayaking is an ultimate way to explore. Listed below are 5 amazing kayaking destinations from around the globe that need your attention if you’re a kayaking enthusiast.

Costa Rica

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If kayaking is your thing, you need Costa Rica and Costa Rica needs you! Boasting of a coastline that stretches over 800 miles along the Pacific, besides countless rivers, estuaries, and lakes, Costa Rica welcomes all kayaking enthusiasts with plenty of exciting opportunities. Packed with stunning white sand beaches, pristine blue waters, and rocky islets, this amazing destination has it all. Snorkel alongside the great green leatherback turtles, hike through the dense tropical jungle, kayak along the Buena Vista River while enjoying the exotic birds and other wildlife around the area, or take a tour on the Lake Arsenal and enjoy the breath-taking scenery the nearby Arenal Volcano – there is so much to see!

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

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Situated at the northern end of the South Island, the Abel Tasman National Park is a sheer paradise for paddlers, boasting of more than 37,000 acres waiting to be explored by paddling! The park is packed with plenty of secluded sandy beaches, small coves and caves, and of course the awesome tropical weather that sticks around all year long. There are a number of adventure sport companies that run guided kayak tours from Kaiterteri, Marahau, and Golden Bay. If you don’t fancy a guided tour, you can also take off independently by renting kayaks and staying at lodge, huts, or campsites within the park. What’s more, if you are wildlife enthusiast, you’ll have plenty to watch out for, including bellbirds, fur seals, blue penguins, cormorants, and more, around the Tonga Island.

Hornstrandir, Iceland

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If you’re an experienced kayaker, you may want to consider a trip up north, to Iceland! Hornstardir is a surreal place located the edge of civilization, literally. It is a magical place home to uninhabited fjords that immerse you in a landscaping that you’ve never seen before. It is place where time stands still and there isn’t anything that can possibly get between you and the tranquil nature. The ideal way to explore the beauty and wilderness of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and the Westfjords is from your kayak. Hold your breath as you paddle your way along the deep fjords and the snowy mountains. Kayak under the towering sea cliffs. Rejoice pedaling alongside seals, whales, and birds of prey nesting on the dramatic cliff sides. If you’re looking for a one-on-one connection with nature, and to soak in the beauty and tranquility of the majestic fjords from your kayak, the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is the place for you.

The Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

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For your next kayaking expedition, consider a getaway to the Isle of Anglesey located in North Wales. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced kayaker, the Menai Straits in North Wales offers an unforgettable kayaking experience for people with varying abilities. If you’re a novice, explore the calm waters of the bay at Beaumaris set amidst the astounding mountain scenery of North Wales. If you’re skilled and experienced, go for the turbulent waters and the tidal races in the Menai Straits, at Penrhyn Mawr and North Stack.  If you’re a wildlife fan, paddle along Anglesey’s sheltered east coast and the shores of Ynys Dulas and Puffin Island in search of seals, birds, and porpoises.

Trollfjorden, Norway

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If there is a heaven on earth, it’s got to be Norway. Definitely one of the prettiest and most scenic places on the planet, Norway is a stunning country full of beautiful rivers, fjords, mountains, lakes, and forests. The Lofoten islands in Norway are a dream come true for enthusiastic kayakers. The Lofoten islands are essentially a chain of rocky mountain peaks that are surrounded by tranquil blue waters, giving kayakers an opportunity to paddle through some remarkable fjords and rugged peaks, while enjoying the incredible white sand beaches, and the astonishing greenery. Without a doubt, no list of kayaking destinations will be complete without including the majestic Norwegian fjords and islands. With the shimmering blue seas and the stunning mountains, Norway is ideal destination for a kayaking trip combined with some climbing and mountaineering.

Author Bio:

The author of this post, Robert Thicke, works at Anywater, a company that provides dragon boats. He keeps himself busy during the weekends by taking up restoration work for his home.

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