Great stretches for a spot of kayaking
If you're a lover of the great outdoors, dramatic scenery and spending time on water, then kayaking is a beautiful way to indulge in all of these. As you paddle your way across serene waters or through wild rapids you can truly appreciate the power of your body and the stunning environs. From reservoirs to lakes, from sea lanes between tropical islands to white-water rivers, kayaking comes in various guises, depending on where around the world you choose to partake.
Kayaking as a transport method is believed to have originated with the northern Inuit tribes based around the Arctic Circle. Driftwood, whalebone and animal skins were used to create a 'hunter's boat' (the literal translation of 'kayak'). Nowadays, recreational or sporting boats are usually fibreglass, metal, carbon fibre or even inflatable. They differ from canoes due to their propulsion method, using a dual-bladed paddle, and the way its occupant sits.
The Flexicover Team highlights some ideal places to go for kayaking holidays.
In the wide Pacific expanse, the Hawaiian archipelago is absolutely perfect for a tranquil kayaking holiday. You can spend an entire day paddling in the serene waters of Kealakekua Bay, off the western coast of the island of Hawai’i, or Kailua Beach in O’ahu. Both of these areas are perfect for beginners. If you’re more experienced, head over to the rugged Na Pali Coast of Kaua’i, inaccessible to normal vehicles, or the north shore of Molokai also offers up a good challenge.
New Zealand pretty much defines the concept of what it means to be an adventure sports destination, which it pairs with outstanding natural beauty. Kayaking options abound around both North and South Island. From the stunning Milford Sound and Fiordland in the south to the Bay of Islands in the north, there’s a range of kayaking tours available. One of the best places, though, is the Abel Tasman National Park with guided or independent tours available to explore the gorgeous bays and visit the seal sanctuary here.
For some of the best kayaking trips in Europe, head north to Iceland. The landscape of this stunning Nordic country is sure to enthrall and enchant you at every turn, from hot springs to geysers, waterfalls and volcanoes. For great kayaking adventures, head to Jökulfirðir in north-western Iceland where the narrow fjords and imposing cliffs will provide an awesome backdrop to your activities. Alternatives include an introduction to sea kayaking around Reykjavik or leisurely sculling the waters of Langisjór Lake.
For a really exotic sea kayaking holiday venture west to this Central American country. The barrier reef off Belize’s shore is part of the second largest in the world. Kayak around offshore during your holiday to explore (by kayak or snorkel) more than 400 islands and mangrove cayes. Many atolls harbour secluded beaches and unique biodiversity to relax on and marvel at. The beach village of Placencia is the usual starting point, from where you can depart for the Southern Shelf Lagoon or Saddle Caye South, amongst others.
This wonderful country in south-eastern Asia is popular with kayakers as well as backpackers. The main area for kayaking is scenic Halong Bay in the north. Striking limestone isles emerge from the emerald waters in a stunning aquatic vista and legend has it that guardian dragon gods still reside here. Explore the bay by boat to visit floating fishing villages, hidden caves and shoreline temples. Or for an inland adventure head to H? Ba B?, Vietnam’s largest natural lake, surrounded by densely forested limestone cliffs.
Wherever you decide to go for an unforgettable kayaking vacation, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.