6 Worldwide Kayak Holiday Locations to Add to Your Bucket List

Our planet is home to some unbelievable places to explore, and with so many options there is always a destination to suit all preferences, from spotting exotic and majestic wildlife in the tropics to gazing up at the awe-inspiring Northern Lights as you navigate your kayak around inlets and coves.

The world is so full of beautiful and incredible locations it’s a chore to decide which places to visit, luckily we have compiled a top six of some of the best kayaking destinations from around the world that you should visit one day!

The Amazon River, Brazil

South America’s Amazon River is the largest river in the world in terms of total discharge and encompasses the world’s largest covering of tropical rainforest. It is arguably one of the finest areas in the world to get up close and personal with exotic native wildlife.

For the nature lovers among you, a kayak trip along the Amazon will allow you to spot caiman, parrots, toucans, eagles, monkeys and jaguars.

As this is in the middle of a rainforest, you will be camping out in the wild, so bug repellent is a must, but it’s totally worth the heat to wake up to the sound of howler monkeys!

North Devon, England

North Devon in the South West corner of England is home to some of the finest beaches, coves and inlets in the world that offer the perfect landscape to explore on your kayak. You will see a variety of marine life as the Atlantic Ocean is rife with food for all. You can expect to see dolphins, porpoise, seals, coastal birds and the second largest shark in the world… the utterly harmless basking shark!

The area is very holiday orientated, so it has excellent facilities to refuel and get some good shuteye between coastal kayak paddles, and if you want to test yourself further you can head to the surfing beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe for some sea kayak surfing!

Kerala, India

India is well known for its majestic buildings, such as the Taj Mahal and its spirituality, but many are surprised to know it’s home to some of the best kayak spots in the world.

Whether you’re into adrenaline-pumping rapids or simply cruising down a river at a lazy pace, Kerala in India is your answer. The Kerala district of India is known for its restful spas and healing waters so there’s no reason to moan if any kinks in your neck appear, as you can get them ironed out after each kayak session.

The backwaters of Kerala offer up abundant wildlife and some of the best spots to fish from your kayak that you can find anywhere. You’ll also never struggle to make new friends here as the villagers you meet along the way are some of the most inviting and friendly people in the world.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

The Lofoten Islands in northern Norway are surrounded by crystal clear waters, merging into the imposing mountains that lurk around every corner, to form the perfect location for exploring by kayak.

One thing you’ll notice here is just how beautiful it is. With snow-capped mountain peaks contrasting against the crisp blue skies, white-sand beaches shimmering in the 24-hour daylight during the summer months and beautiful wild camping spots to pitch up after a day on the water. Puffins, seals, whales, dolphins and other arctic wildlife live in the deep fjords of the Lofoten archipelago, with it being truly mesmerising to see the animals in their natural surroundings.

Did we mention that you can see the Northern Lights here? During winter in the Lofoten Islands, the sky comes alive and dances in a variety of colours that offer an enjoyment of contrasts, hues and tones.

Sea of Cortez, Mexico

The islands of the Sea of Cortez allow you to paddle your kayak around a rugged desert landscape that is home to the whitest sandy beaches and calm turquoise water you can lay your eyes on. Spend your days kayaking around the coves taking the time to channel your inner daredevil with cliff jumping and surfing.

The area is home to a wide range of wildlife and is one of the best places in the world to spot migrating whales. With the fantastic weather, picture postcard views and cheap living expenses, why haven’t you kayaked around the Sea of Cortez already?

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

The Elaphiti Islands run in a chain parallel to the mainland of Croatia and create an ideal location for exploration in your kayak with the Adriatic Sea’s warm and tranquil waters providing the perfect relief when the sun is shining.

You can go around the islands, exploring inlets and caves, with the bays of the islands offering some of the best snorkelling in the world.

Photo by: Traveljournalist

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