Sea kayaking is one of the most low impact and spectacular ways to explore unique areas of coastline. It offers multiple opportunities to spot unusual wildlife and visit places inaccessible by foot. In order to get the most out of your kayaking trip, check out our comprehensive policies and make sure you have the necessary cover.
1. Scottish West Coast
Endless adventures can be had along the Scottish Coastline which is rich in wildlife and scenery. The deep sheltered lochs and often sheltered coast are home to seals, otters, basking sharks and a huge variety of coastal birds. Remote, white sandy beaches contrast with rugged cliffs to make this stretch of coastline a honey pot for sea kayakers world over.
The fjords and islands of Norway make for spectacular sea kayaking and the mountainous region around the Lofoten Islands is hugely popular with its deep blue, clear seas. Here, trips can be combined with climbing and mountaineering for a real sense of wilderness.
The proximity of the Greek islands makes for civilised sea kayaking ‘island hopping’. Welcoming tavernas on remote and picturesque beaches are easy to come across and the warmer climate will undoubtedly be appreciated.
4. Isle of Man
As one of the best places in the UK to spot basking sharks when the waters warm a little, the Isle of Man is growing in popularity each year. 100 miles of varied coastline and small caves only accessible by small sea craft make this British Isle the perfect destination for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.
5. Glacier Bay, Alaska
The result of the Grand Pacific Glacier’s retreat over many years is a 3.3 million acre fjord filled national park, possible to explore by sea kayak. The wilderness offers hours of shoreline to explore as well as unique plant life, inlets and secrets passages.
6. Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Located at the northern end of the South Island, this national park is home to New Zealand’s crown jewel of sea kayaking. You can enjoy the ultimate sea kayaking experience here exploring golden sands, crystal clear lagoons and a variety of wildlife that clings to the granite coastline.
7. Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, US
This strait is 40km long and 4km wide and home to flukes of orcas. Nearby lies an ecological reserve established for the protection of killer whales, but there is an abundance of other wildlife too including eagles, bears and dolphins.
8. Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has the best-developed conservation program in the world which makes it the perfect place to explore by sea kayak. The 635 miles of Pacific coastline is home to tropical jungle, sandy beaches, crystal clear seas and endangered sea turtles.
Sea kayaking is an ideal way to explore the beauty of the Adriatic coast. Travel south to Dubrovnik and experience unique marine life as well as spectacular landscapes and a rich cultural history. Deserted beaches and iridescent waters give Croatia a distinctive appeal.
The vast influx of tourism to Thailand over recent years means that there is no better way to explore the emerald bay on the western Andaman coast than by kayak. Sheer cliffs rise straight from the water creating idyllic lagoons at their centre. Bats and stalactites can be found in one of the many caves.