The best kayaking routes

Navigate along rivers and across seas in the most fascinating corners on Earth

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The bow of a kayak, alongside the blade of a kayak paddle, in the waters of the Bay of Islands (New Zealand).
Kayak in the Bay of Islands (New Zealand) - Photo by @marklav

The kayak, a type of an originally Eskimo pirogue, having left the Arctic years ago, its use spread all over the world. This vessel is the ideal choice to discover hard-to-reach yet incredible places to have an unforgettable experience.

Navigate the Zadar Archipelago (Croatia)

Kayak facing the Adriatic Sea on one of over 300 islands in the Zadar Archipelago, in Croatia.
Kayak facing the Adriatic Sea in the Zadar Archipelago - Photo by @CarManHungary

Molat is one of the most amazing islands in the Zadar Archipelago, in Northern Dalmatia. It is an oasis of pine trees, deserted beaches and turquoise waters from which to take off towards the Veli Rat lighthouse on the island of Dugi Otok and finally land on the island of Ugljan. This route on the Adriatic Sea allows you to unravel the secrets of over 300 islands in the Zadar Archipelago, where some of the most beautiful coastline of Croatia are.

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Explore Upernavik (Greenland)

Three kayaks in the Upernavik Archipelago, located in the northeast of Greenland.
Kayaks in the Upernavik Archipelago - Photo by @soch03

Exploring Greenland is to experience the most authentic side of an expedition. One of the best ways to do it is by entering the Upernavik Archipelago and completing this route by kayak for true adventurers. From the town of Upernavik, the route, which is flanked by fishing boats, wild birds and icebergs, borders the island of Aappilattoq and enters the island of Nutaarmiut. It is the perfect choice if you also wish to explore the Upernavik Fjord.

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Distance

54.79 nm

Elevation +

817 f

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Distance

54.79 nm

Elevation +

817 f

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A kayak adventure in British Columbia (Canada)

Kayakers on the Harrison River on kayak route in British Columbia, in Canada.
A route by kayak in British Columbia along the Harrison River - Photo by @Chatterbox

British Columbia, in Canada, is one of the main destinations for kayak or canoe touring lovers and where we find the Harrison River. This tributary river to the Fraser River allows for an easy route which begins in the town of Harrison Hot Springs and enters the Kilby Provincial Park. A trajectory which includes the chance to see salmon, since Harrison River makes up a part of a highly frequented migration path.

Distance

12.45 nm

Elevation +

49 f

Distance

12.45 nm

Elevation +

49 f

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Discover the Bay of Islands by kayak (New Zealand)

A kayaker in front of the Haruru Falls, one of the emblematic places to discover by kayak on the Bay of Islands, in New Zealand.
Kayaker in front of the Haruru Falls on the Bay of Islands - Photo by @marklav

Made up of 144 islands, the Bay of Islands is a paradise in New Zealand known the world over by navigation enthusiasts. The routes in this zone unfold among forest-filled islands and wildlife, in which you can see anything from swordfish to whales and penguins. Do not miss the chance to discover the Cape Brett Lighthouse, the Urupukapuka Island, the largest in the bay, and the Haruru Falls. “Haruru” comes from Maori, which translates into “roar” or “big noise”.

Distance

58.37 nm

Elevation +

3619 f

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Distance

58.37 nm

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3619 f

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Go kayaking in Glen Canyon (the USA)

The bow of the kayak on the Colorado River passing through Glen Canyon, in the zone of Lake Powell (the USA).
Kayak in the Colorado River passing through Glen Canyon - Photo by @bdouglasj

At 2,330-km long, the Colorado River is one of the main rivers in the USA. Its waters flow through multiple canyons such as Glen Canyon, a gorge in the state of Utah formed by large Navajo sandstone cliffs. It is an iconic scene for paddling beneath rocky walls, with its characteristic range of colors altered by the flows of the water, and then on to Moqui Canyon. The route by kayak, it’s found in the well-known area of Lake Powell.

Distance

13.33 nm

Elevation +

26 f

Distance

13.33 nm

Elevation +

26 f

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Visiting the Marble Cathedral (Chile)

The blue caves in the Marble Cave Nature Sanctuary, in the General Carrera Lake.
The blue caves in the Marble Cave Nature Sanctuary - Photo by @koslinsky

The Marble Chapel Nature Sanctuary is a museum of natural art with mineral formations made up mostly of calcium carbonate. The waters from General Carrera Lake have eroded the calcareous rocks thereby creating the wavy shape and nearly cosmic blue hues that you can visit. Either reached by kayak or canoe, you will see the whole set from the Marble Cathedral, the Marble Chapel to the Marble Cave, all of which are a chromatic fantasy worthy of your best photo.

Distance

4.63 nm

Elevation +

194 f

Distance

4.63 nm

Elevation +

194 f

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Going down the Tsiribihina River by pirogue (Madagascar)

The Nosy Ampela Waterfall on the Tsiribihina River, in Madagascar, ideal for carrying out pirogue tourism.
The Nosy Ampela Waterfall on the Tsiribihina River - Photo by @quibe

On the idyllic island of Madagascar, said to be one of the countries with the greatest amount of nature in the world, there are multiple options for going on tours by canoe, such as the one going down the Tsiribihina River, in the west. This African river is found at the Tsingy National Park of Bemaraha which is a World Heritage site. Here you can get in touch with the Malagasy, see lemurs, photograph pirogues at sunset and bathe in waterfalls surrounded by fairytale jungles.

Distance

56.75 nm

Elevation +

965 f

Distance

56.75 nm

Elevation +

965 f

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Kayak in Lan Ha Bay (Vietnam)

The islets in Lan Ha Bay, the best kept secret in Halong Bay, located in Vietnam and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The Cát Bà Archipelago - Photo by @Janna Thamers

On the northern coast of Vietnam lies the famous Halong Bay, which is a World Heritage Site made up of miles of islands and islets among emerald waters. This astonishing place has a secret called Lan Ha Bay, located in front of the southern coast of the Cát Bà Island and covered in tropical forests and fishing ports. A less explored destination where you can go on a kayaking route among islets, beaches and floating villages. What a better way to end the day by having a pho soup!

Distance

1.41 nm

Elevation +

144 f

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Distance

1.41 nm

Elevation +

144 f

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