Five Killer Kayak Adventures

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Kayaking enables you to experience the world’s natural beauties up close that other tourists only see from afar. Paddling along a waterway surrounded by awesome scenery is an unforgettable adventure. And you can experience that adventure in some of the world’s most beautiful places. Here are some of the world’s most thrilling kayaking destinations.

Glacier Bay in Alaska                      
Most of Glacier Bay National Park has no roads or trails, and the best way to see it is in the intimacy of a kayak. Surrounded by towering mountains and evergreen forests, you cruise past floating icebergs and watch chunks of massive glaciers calving into the sea. The marine life that surrounds you includes humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, otters, seals and sea lions. On the shore you catch glimpses of moose, black bears and brown bears. Overhead, bald eagles and sea birds soar in the sky. Kayaking in Glacier Bay gives you a unique, close-up perspective of one of the world’s most untouched wilderness areas.

The Greek Islands
The Greek Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, steeped in mythology and tradition, are full of fascinating locations for kayaking adventure. Some islands are full of partying tourists, while others, all but inaccessible, are uninhabited. They offer rugged coastlines, marine caves, beautiful white sand beaches and an abundance of locations to swim and snorkel. In the summer you can sleep on deserted beaches and wake up to splendid sunrises. Some of the most popular island destinations for kayaking are Milos, Crete and Santorini.

The Kohala Ditch in Hawaii
The Kohala ditch system is high in the mountains on the main island of Hawaii. Though closed in 2006 due to earthquake damage, the area is once again open to kayaking. At over 17 miles in length, the Kohala ditch is a labyrinthine system of flumes, tunnels and ditches winding through mountains, valleys, rainforest and open countryside. The ditch run begins at the site of a spectacular waterfall. You have to wear headlamps in some of the long, dark, cavernous tunnels. Enjoying the beautiful scenery and glimpses of the local flora and fauna as you kayak along the Kohala ditch system is an unforgettable experience.

The Galapagos Islands
Famous as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, the Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 major islands and several smaller ones. The islands are known for their diverse, unique wildlife, including marine iguanas and giant tortoises. Kayaking is the perfect way to investigate remote corners of the archipelago not normally accessible to tourists. Every day you can explore a different island, each of which is wildly different from the others. The waters are full of dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and multitudes of fish. Kayaking is a great way to get away from the crowds and enjoy these enigmatic, fascinating islands.

The Fiji Islands
With over 330 islands and 500 islets, the island nation of Fiji is a kayaker’s paradise. The coastlines are full of remote coves, sea caves and white sand beaches. Paddle past jagged emerald islands bursting with coconut palm trees and barrier reefs teeming with marine wildlife. Get up close to turtles, dolphins and rays. Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters. Glide from one amazing tropical vista to another.

A kayaking journey in one of these diverse, unique and unforgettable locations is the perfect way to leave your stress far behind and revel in the spirit of great adventure.

 This article is written by world traveler Oscar Howard.  He loves hiking and kayaking, and recommends for an unforgettable experience.



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