Myself an my good friend Anouk Govil have been combining our love for kayaking and traveling for many years now, and during this time we have been lucky enough to paddle across some of the world’s most incredible places. I wanted to share with you just some of our favorite places, in order to inspire you to head out with your kayak and discover these wonderful corners of the world. Without further ado then, here are some of the most special spots that my buddy and I have had the good fortune to travel to and kayak in.
Everyone understandably thinks about the Great Barrier Reef when they consider reef kayaking but have you ever considered Belize? In truth, we hadn’t either but as we were traveling down to Costa Rica for a kayak trip, someone mentioned the barrier reef of Belize and we had to try it out, thankfully we did because it is spectacular. Kayaking here is like discovering a new world under the sea, as you paddle across emerald green waters you get the very best views of the vast and multicolored reef below. This is the second largest reef in the world and it is highly recommended that you try snorkeling or kayaking here.
Galapagos National Park
The Galapagos had been on my travel list for a very ling time, but I had never really considered kayaking there. As it happens, you can gain special access to go sea kayaking in the national park, and we were fortunate enough to be granted permission. To say this trip was incredible would be a huge understatement, we were lucky enough to paddle next to sea lions, giant tortoises, penguins and we even spotted some marine iguanas on the way. The marine life is just the tip of the iceberg here however, and the hidden coves, tiny beaches and uninhabited islands made this trip one of the most special that I have ever been on.
Baja California in Mexico was somewhere that I knew quiet well from my Springbreak days in Los Cabos, but I never realized what a rich and beautiful place it was for kayaking. As it happens, they call this place the Mexican Galapagos because of its huge array of marine life and wildlife, and what we thought would be a relatively non-eventful trip, turned out to be quite the contrary. Here you can see whales, sea lions and a huge variety of multicolored fish and birds which I have never seen or heard about in my life. What made the trip even better was the fact that the sunshines very strong down in this part of Mexico, and that made those breaks on the beaches even better. The waters here are clear, the views uninterrupted and the beaches blissful, a perfect place for a leisurely paddle on your kayak.