1. Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand – This epic national park is located at the South island of New Zealand. The most popular track in the park is the 51 km (32 miles) walk called Abel Tasman Coast Track, which is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. People often combine walking and sea kayaking when doing this track, allowing them to enjoy the scenery from both the land and the sea. From the kayak you can see many caves, coves, white sand beaches, and encounter many marine mammals
2. Phuket, Thailand – Phuket and the small islands around it are a great location for sea kayaking. Kayaking is a great way to explore around Phang Nga Bay and Krabi. Enjoy the wonderful sight of the small islands from the sea, get close to crystalline limestone caves, and find hidden beaches not accessible from land. You can even go snorkeling from the kayak, just make sure someone stays on it so it doesn’t drift away!
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3. Baja California peninsula, Mexico – The Baja California is a 1,247 km (775 mi) long peninsula in northwestern Mexico. The city of Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern end of the peninsula. It is a tourists hot-spot, mostly Americans, who come to Cabo to enjoy the sea and the sun. Sea kayaking, like speedboats and jet skis are very popular in Cabo. The best attraction for those kayaks is the famous natural arch called El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, which is located at the very tip of the peninsula and accessible only by sea
4. Ísafjörður, Westfjords, Iceland – Iceland is the land of fire and ice, and sea kayaking is no stranger for this small European island. There are many places you can go kayaking in the freezing waters around Iceland, and Ísafjörður is one of the best spots. Located in the northern area of the Westfjords, kayaking between the beautiful fjords is an experience like no other
5. Fiji Islands – Fiji is the perfect place to enjoy calm kayaking and great views. Fiji has over 330 islands with clear calm and shallow waters around them, as well as many reefs. Sea kayaking is more than possible here, and combined with snorkeling over the reefs, you will probably have one of the best days of your life!
6. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador – The area around the archipelago is mostly restricted to motor vehicles, but sea kayaking can get you close encounters with the amazing wildlife on this world heritage islands: the Galapagos Land Iguana, sea lions, penguins, giant tortoises and more
7. Sardinia, Italy – Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Enjoy a day or more kayaking the area around the island. Enjoy the warm Mediterranean weather and explore secluded beaches and coves. Make a lunch stop at one of the many deserted beaches and swim in the clear waters
8. Dubrovnik, Croatia – We mentioned Dubrovnik before as one of the most beautiful walled cities in the world. Dubrovnik is also a great starting point for many sea kayaking expeditions on the coast of Croatia. Kayaking in Dubrovnik, you can get a very unique view of the historic walled city, and as you continue, you can enjoy the view of numerous limestone cliffs and pine forests
9. Crete, Greece – Crete is by far the most popular Greek Island. Kayaking around the island is a popular attraction among tourists who are a bit more adventurous and want more than just spending the day on the beach. The waters around the entire island are clear, but the southern coast is the most popular for exploring. It offers many sea caves and coves, deserted beaches and small villages
10. Lofoten, Norway – Explore the Norwegian breathtaking fjords at the Lofoten archipelago. The huge mountains seem even bigger and more impressive from your small kayak at sea