70% of Earth is covered in water, which means you should be spending a majority of your time exploring it. One of the most obvious ways to see the watery world we live in is by kayak. And as kayaking becomes more accessible due to inflatable kayaks there is no reason not to start exploring today.
Rivers, glacial lakes, coastlines, and the seas themselves offer endless places for kayakers to play. Because ol’ terra firma is what we know best, let’s break down the 30% of the world we do know into destinations to kayak.
After all, the continents and countries we know so well are good places to start and are the gateways to the mysterious waters of the globe.
Best Place to Kayak in Asia: Bohol Islands, Philippines
With over 7,000 islands to choose from, the Philippines has a plethora of kayak adventures waiting for you. It is hard to choose just one to visit, but at some point you’ll have to put the Bohol Islands on your radar.
The Bohol Sea has numerous islands to kayak between with some of the most spectacular coral to be seen in the country. And with such a diverse marine ecosystem, you can expect to see dolphins, whales, manta rays, and whale sharks up close and personal.
When the sun sets on these clear waters, stay put in your kayak for a mesmerizing starlit journey. When the fireflies start to glow to complete the psychedelic experience, you won’t want to be anywhere else.
Best Place to Kayak Africa: Zambezi River, Zambia/Zimbabwe/Mozambique
You know there’s some seriously good kayaking where one of the greatest waterfalls in the world is! The spectacular Zambezi River, home to the Victoria Falls, winds 2,500 kilometers between Zambia and Zimbabwe to Mozambique and into the Indian Ocean.
The Zambezi goes through two national parks, so you can expect to see the African wildlife you’ve always dreamed of while floating downstream. Intermediate and advanced kayakers will find the massive white-water rapids a test of their skill, but beginners can easily plan a trip with a kayak school program.
Best Destination to Kayak North America- Alaska, USA
A frontier of so much natural beauty, Alaska is as majestic as they come.
Whether kayaking through bays, fjords, or seas, you are guaranteed an experience like no other. Bald eagles, sea lions, puffins, and bears are just some of the natives here and you’re bound to run into some of them on your trip.
It could get a little chilly on a drizzly day or if you fall in, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. Coastal rainforest and snowcapped peaks will engulf you, making you feel small while putting the biggest smile on your face at the same time.
Best Kayak Destination South America: Amazon River, Peru/Bolivia/Venezuela/Colombia/Ecuador/Brazil
If piranhas swimming beneath your kayak sounds like your idea of fun, then the Amazon River could the next destination on your kayaking bucket list.
The rainforest you would be zig-zagging through on your boat is full of life you’ve most likely never seen before. The indigenous people along the Amazon will also leave lasting impressions on your watercraft experience.
It could be quite a pricey visit through South America’s greatest waterway because of hiring guides to show you the way. Regardless, the sounds of lifeforms in the jungle while kicking back on your kayak could be the ultimate trip for you.
Best Kayaking in the Australasia: Milford Sound, New Zealand
One of the must-see places before you die is New Zealand’s Milford Sound.
Although one of the most isolated countries on Earth, New Zealand has been made world famous from the Lord of the Rings series. If you’ve seen the movies, you’ll immediately remember the scenery.
Waterfall mists leave rainbow trails to be followed, and magnificent peaks either glisten in the sunshine or inspire awe shrouded in swirling clouds. Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals, and penguins in this Kiwi paradise while paddling in the wake of glacial waters.
Paddlers of all levels will find something to be pleased with while taking in the breathtaking views that this natural gem has to offer. Sweet as!
Best Kayaking in Europe: Shetland, Scotland
The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean collide on the northern isles of Shetland to create a powerful paddling challenge you don’t want to miss.
Big waves, tremendous coastal cliffside, and a visit from the local whales will get your heart pumping. The geological formations with the local 100,000 seabirds diving from sky to sea are guaranteed to get your head scratching and pondering the history of planet Earth.
Even though sea kayaking experience would come in handy, it isn’t essential because some of the epic coastline is more or less sheltered and can still be fully experienced as a beginner.