This adventure holidays travel guide is not just for those who are merely seeking an adrenaline hit on holiday, but also for those simply seeking some fun. Be it on the water, climbing mountains, close to home or on the other side of the world. Adventure is for everyone – whether you want to climb mountains, sail the seven seas or cycle every European byway and highway.
Sea Kayaking - Activities
We teach anglers how to kayak, and they teach us how to fish. That way we get a great day out, and a kayak full of cod.
Catch cod from a kayak
If sea kayaking isn’t wonderful enough, fishing for your lunch, throwing it in the cool box and then paddling to a remote island to cook it up, with a bit of foraged seaweed as seasoning, is verging on just downright showing off. Many sea kayaking companies offer angling as an extra, so seek and you will find.
Our Sea kayaking Holidays
Instead of paddling from A to B, we stop, enjoy the nature, ancient history and visit the ruins and hot springs, then jump back in the kayak and carry on.
Some sea kayaking guides combine a paddle with a bit of land exploration, such as in Sweden where you kayak around the Saint Anna archipelago before foraging in the forests for food to be enjoyed around the campfire. Or in Croatia, where there are so many surprisingly verdant islands, you always want to have your hiking boots in your dry bag.
As a guide, I never tire of sea kayaking. In fact, I always say to my guests, thanks for booking this trip, as it makes me feel I'm on holiday.
Leaving the coast in a sea kayak with tents, food and water packed into the storage holes, is a sure way to escape the monotony of daily life. And this is what rocks a real sea kayaker’s boat. Paddle, make camp, make fire, make food, have a beer and a laugh. What’s not to love?
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CoasteeringPembrokeshire is one of our favourite places to have a sea kayaking holiday, but they often throw coasteering into the mix too. Decked from head to toe in Neoprene, plus helmets and buoyancy aids, coasteering is, basically, all about chucking yourself into deep water from rocky heights. No ropes, just scrambling up rock faces, with the supervision of qualified instructors, and then jump. And swim. Climb up somewhere else, jump in again, and swim. Or, as one instructor put it, "all those things your mother wouldn’t let you do in the sea when you were a child".
A good coasteering operator also helps you discover marine life as you traverse the tide line. Forage for seaweed, lose your fear of jellyfish by learning how to hold one properly and learn about limpets and urchins. You don’t have to do the jumps when you go coasteering and a good guide will not pressurise you into any jumping. It’s just about being in the sea and clambering into secret, rocky places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to explore. Coasteering is childs play, for all ages.
More about Sea kayaking
Our paddling holidays are some of the most popular trips on Responsible Travel, and that is not just because they are very cool adventures but also because they tick so many boxes of responsible tourism.
One of the joys of paddling is that it is such a tranquil activity. And so sea kayaking wildlife experiences are not uncommon. In Canada you can kayak out to see whales, and in Wales you can go sea kayaking to see seals.
There is sea kayaking and there is responsible sea kayaking. Responsible tour operators don't only put safety first, they also work closely with local communities and are totally switched on to marine conservation.
To sea kayak in Croatia is to paddle your way through paradise. Choose between Istrian and Dalmatian archipelagos, richly forested islands with otherwise inaccessible coves, or secret caves to paddle and swim through.
Montenegro is a great location for sea kayaking with the sheltered shores around the Bay of Kotor creating an array of UNESCO-listed old towns and rugged mountain scenery.
You really can kayak the Camino de Santiago, following a spectacular route along Galicia’s northern coast. Crowd free, and the prettiest of paddling. Read on for more details…
Sea kayaking in Wales is as wild and wonderful as you can imagine with myriad marine animals and secret sandy spots to be found along the shores of the Pembrokeshire coastline, opening up a whole new world.
Camp and hike on uninhabited islands; paddle between beaches and rocky coves; snorkel with sea lions and watch whales and dolphins; sea kayaking in Baja is the best way to bring the beauty of Mexico leaping into life.
Welcome to Saint Anna archipelago, wild and pristine, the most renowned place for sea kayaking in Sweden. Explore this remote, almost uninhabited landscape, where every sunrise promises new adventures.
Sea kayaking in the Komodo Islands is a chance to be immersed in nature, paddling your way to remote corners of this beautiful national park, camping on beaches and sleeping under the stars.
A sea kayaking holiday in Devon is the ultimate way to discover the southern coast, from the reed ringed estuary of the River Dart to your own private coves, only accessible by the ocean.
If you've always fancied paddling but didn't really know where to start our top 10 sea kayaking spots will put you in the picture as you seek out secret shores in the company of local experts.
There are so many reasons to love sea kayaking with kids, from watching them gain confidence on the water and see places from a different perspective to teaching them about marine conservation.
Our sea kayaking tips from expert paddling guides to travellers who are keen kayakers, range from the gear you need to places to seek out, to safety advice.
The most important thing when it comes to responsible sea kayaking is ensuring that you paddle safely, with highly trained expert guides, and always respect marine wildlife. Read on for more of our tips.