Sea Kayaking

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Sea kayaking through the Channel Islands in California

Sea kayaking through the Channel Islands in California

Sea kayaking – also known as ocean kayaking – is one of those personal adventure travel activities where you learn a lot about yourself from the experience. You’ll certainly learn about self reliance.

It’s just you, your paddle and your sea kayak out on the open water (and maybe a friend or two). Well, that’s not entirely true. There are also a lot of interesting sea critters all around you as you carve a path through the ocean blue.

If sea kayaking is your adventure of choice then you’ll have a lot of exciting destinations to choose from all over the world. The clear blue waters of Thailand, icy adventures in the fjords to the north and oceans of wildlife around the Galapagos Islands just to name a few.

This is not the easiest travel adventure experience, so having some mental toughness is required.

Risk Factor
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Imagine being tired after a long day in the water when something happens that causes you to capsize. Being upside down in the water with a small boat affixed to your body can be a little uncomfortable for most of us. Can you stay relaxed while you struggle to right yourself?

I’m not trying to scare you. I just want you to know what you’re getting into. Sea kayaking is a safe and exciting adventure for those who are prepared and know what they’re doing.

You’ll be communing with nature in a watery expanse, and all that goes with it that proposition, but it will be a great experience.

Skill & Physical Factors
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If you’re thinking about taking up sea kayaking, you’ll need good upper body strength. One of the best ways to build up your fitness level is to get some good instruction, and then find a safe place locally where you can start slow and easy.

You certainly need to be comfortable in the water because there’s always the chance of tipping over. So, good balance and strong swimming skills are key. And work on some of the essential techniques like the paddling skills, the ‘Eskimo roll’ and ‘bracing’ at the very least.

If you have any back problems you should talk with your doctor and your adventure travel guide to see if this activity is a good fit for you.

Fun Factor
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Not only is sea kayaking a fun way to get some great exercise, just think of all the things you can see that you wouldn’t by sitting on shore. This is one way to log some extraordinary wildlife viewing time.

Just think what it would be like kayaking among dolphins, playful seals and humpback whales. And what if you were to find yourself in the middle of a pack of killer whales as they surface and spray you with the mist that comes with the burst of air as they exhale? It happens, and that’s one sure way to get a healthy dose of pure adrenaline rushing through your veins.

You need to train yourself in the proper techniques necessary to be safe, and once you do you’ll find sea kayaking to be a great adventure travel experience worth adding to your repertoire.

Popular destinations for sea kayaking adventures

Sea kayaking adventures are growing in popularity, so you’ll be able to find more and more of these water-skimming adventure experiences as time goes by.

Following are some of the popular overseas adventure travel destinations for sea kayaking.

  • The Amazon Basin, various South American countries
  • The Ionian Sea, Greece
  • The Sea of Cortez, Mexico
  • The fjords of Greenland
  • Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
  • The San Juan Islands, USA
  • Dubrovnik & islands, Croatia
  • Turquoise coast, Turkey
  • The Outer Hebrides, Scotland
  • Halong bay, Vietnam
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