• By: Nicole Lorange


  • Kayaking is a fantastic experience for all ages and skill sets, especially when you're in a faraway land! Imagine yourself gliding through the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay; floating under the Punt-du-Gard in France; or drifting on the crystal clear waters of Belize, teeming with wildlife underneath. Grab your paddle and brace yourself for a good time, here are the 10 best places to kayak around the world. 

    #10 CROATIA
    Kayak in the uninhabited waters of Lokrum island. This place is magical! You can explore caves and remote beaches... oh, and did we mention the water visibility is 30 feet deep! 

    Group kayaking off coast of Croatia

    #9 ALASKA
    In Thumb Cove three glaciers spill right into the waters. Here, you can find yourself gliding alongside sea otters and sea lions. If you're lucky, you might even spot mountain goats or a black bear on shore! For a special treat, beach your kayaks in Emerald Green Cove for a short hike to a hidden waterfall.

    Kayaking in Alaska

    Go sea kayaking, off the west coast of San Juan Island. This is prime Orca whale territory and if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the great mammals up close, you are in for an incredible experience.

    Group kayaking on calm waters

    #7 BELIZE
    Hop into a kayak and head out into the Ambergris Caye, which sits adjacent to the world's second largest barrier reef. While exploring the waters you can see the incredible wildlife and reefs beneath you and even jump out of your kayak for some snorkeling in the crystal clear warm waters.

    Young boy kayaking in clear waters

    #6 AMALFI
    Explore the cobalt blue waters and coastal architecture of the Amalfi Coast. From your kayak, admire the gorgeous views of the cliffside village of Positano.

    Amalfi Kayak

    Slip into a kayak for a guided paddle through the lagoons and creeks of the Tortuguero River. Along the way keep an eye out for white-faced capuchin monkeys, black river turtles, crocodiles, macaws, and the long-legged anhinga birds.

    Group kayaking in a forest

    The Pont-du-Gard was built over 2,000 years ago and was both a bridge and an aqueduct. Today it is one of the remaining Roman wonders of Provence. It stands over 150 feet tall, and paddling right up alongside it is one of the most incredible sites you'll ever see. 

    Kayakers in front of the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

    #3 NORWAY
    Head into the Jostedalen valley, where you'll kayak and explore the glacier-fed lake – which is tinted a very vivid blue.  

    Woman kayaking near a glacier

    #2 VIETNAM
    Halong Bay, considered Vietnam's eighth wonder of the world, is where 3,000 limestone islands pepper the waters. Exploring the bay in a kayak is an incredible way to easily navigate between and admire the islands.  

    Woman kayaking near islands in Halong Bay

    The Galápagos Islands are one of the best places in the world to visit for anyone who wants to see wildlife. Here you'll be able to kayak with sea lions, green sea turtles and marine iguanas while keeping your eyes sharp for blue-footed boobies in the trees along the shores or as they hover over the sea and dive for fish.

    Man and Woman kayaking with seals

    Join us for one of these adventures! On a Classic Journeys trip, kayaking is just one of many unforgettable experiences.  


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