Canoeing and Kayaking are activities or sports that let you enjoy nature and everything around you at your own pace. Other than that, you get new perspective when you’re doing it and it might help you appreciate the beauty of the nature. If you like going canoeing or kayaking, here are places around the world that you should visit.
If you want to have a tropical kayak paradise experience, you should go sea kayaking in Koh Chang. Here, you can paddle from one stunning palm-fringed island to the next on clear emerald seas. You can also go snorkelling on the many coral reefs, exploring sea caves, and seeing elephants playing in the sea.
Want to surround yourself with icebergs, fjords, and Arctic wildlife while you’re kayaking? Go to Svalbard. You should be careful when you’re going through this trip, though, because at times, the wildlife part gets too close that kayakers have to keep a polar bear watch round our campsites. Other than that, you should be fine with “gentler” wildlife such as walruses, arctic foxes, and reindeer.
Southern Coast of Crete
Let me tell you beforehand, the Greek island of Crete is absolutely gorgeous and lovely that you can get enough of kayaking here. Paddle your way in the great Ieropotamos River or Lake Kournas. Then, paddle to Paximadia Island to enjoy the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. You can also go to Elafonisi if you happen to have a taste for the macabre. Basically, everything is worth exploring.
Smaller islands around Crete are prized gems by both archaeologists and biologists. Which is why some of the islands are off-limits to non-members of the scientific community, so you’ve got to be careful. Other than that, the beauty of this Greek island will give you beautiful and memorable kayaking memories ir experience.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
A great place to go kayaking and seeing the wildlife, but there’s a catch; you’re going to have gators as your company. Yep, there are lots of alligators in this swampy area. You can either see them sunbathing or swimming underneath the wooden platforms you have to camp on.
The idea of kayaking with alligators is daunting, but hippos are more dangerous than these giant lizards. They generally don’t bother anybody unless you get too close.
Even though there are lots of them, there are other wildlife that you can see. You might spot black bears, white-tail deer, ospreys, herons, woodpeckers, hawks, and sandhill cranes.
If you’re new to kayaking here, it’s best to hire or book an experienced outfitter so that you won’t get lost. You can paddle your own canoe or kayak through here just like many locals, but if you’re new, you can lose your way and with gators around, you don’t want to get lost.
Isle of Man
Looking for a place to go kayaking that’s accessible for all levels? Look no further than the stunning west coast of the Isle of Man. Paddle your way along the stunning views and breathtaking sunsets.
If you go here in the summer, you might have a chance to see basking shark. Don’t be afraid of its huge mouth, this species only feeds on the rich plankton that blooms in these waters. If you’re also a beach-goer, you should go to the tiny beach at Niarbyl and enjoy the beautiful cottages by the shore.
The Amazon River
Now, this place is only for the expert kayakers or people who are so used to being in the open, wild areas (we’re talking about Bear Grylls level here). Nah, I’m kidding, it’s not that scary, but kayaking here is not for everyone.
Kayaking through the dense jungles of the Amazon is absolutely an unforgettable experience. There are thousands of species of plants and animals that you can find, and you’re going to spend days and nights away from civilization.
You have to rely on your survival skills to get you through some piranha infested sections of this river. Moreover, you’re going to pass by villages and small communities of indigenous people, which is not a bad thing unless they’re the aggressive, unknown kinds of indigenous people. As I said, Bear Grylls level.
That’s why there’s one thing you have to keep in mind all the time when you’re paddling through Amazon; nature rules here. And when you’re there, you’re but a humble visitor in the wildlife kingdom. This river is not for the faint of heart, but once you finish with this trip, you’re going to remember the experience your whole life.
Right, after you’re done with the menacing Amazon, you can take it down a notch by kayaking around the wild African safari. In Botswana, there’s Okavango Delta, which is the largest inland delta in the world. When most river deltas lead to the open sea, or at least a large lake, this river empties onto open land and floods the savannah.
Because this area is home to several highly endangered species, you might spot cheetahs, white and black rhinos, and African wild dogs. You can stay in eco lodges and if you want to see the wildlife without paddling, consider doing traditional safaris.
Torres del Paine National Park
Imagine glaciers, lakes, high mountains, and streams around you while you’re kayaking. These attractions are precisely the ones that make Torres Del Paine National Park a natural magnet for kayakers. Go and paddle your way in the cobalt blue lakes of the national park. You’ll be in awe of the beauty of the Cordillera del Paine.
Cordillera del Paine is a small group of mountains that rises from its snow-covered base to reach the cloud-covered skies of the region. You’ll want to take your camera with you and take lots of landscape photos.
If you like challenge, great, because this national park has got lots of different kayaking conditions. Also, there are volcanoes here but they give you hot springs. All in all, if you’re an adventurous person and you love surrounding yourself with natural beauty, you should definitely go kayaking here.