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 and wildlife
Sea kayaking is all about getting out into the wild, so all the trips we feature will bring you in contact with some wildlife. And because paddling is a peaceful, tranquil activity you have much better chances of convening with nature. Here are just a few of our favourites.
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Whales & dolphins
Dozens of islands and islets lie scattered between La Paz and Loreto in the tranquil Sea of Cortez, and one of the best ways to explore the Baja California Peninsula without disturbing the wildlife is by kayak. Sea lions and pelicans are fixtures on land, while dolphins leap offshore. Visit during February and March and you might want to swap craft and board a small boat as this is grey whale watching season. Watching grey whales emerge in sheltered lagoons is an amazingly unique experience. Find out more about responsible whale watching in Baja.
Monkeys, rays & dragonsSea kayaking in Komodo National Park opens up untold animal encounters where buffalo, deer and monkeys turn heads on dry land whilst manta rays and sea turtles glide by at sea. For many it will be the chance to spot a Komodo dragon that will stick longest in the mind however, don't discount the amazing coral reefs off Sebayor Kecil and the mangroves close to Kanawa if you're looking for a really wild sea kayaking experience in Indonesia.
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Seals & puffins
Paddling with seals is quite an amazing feeling and July until October is peak seal time in Wales. It is unusual to go out on the bays of Pembrokeshire at this time and not see a head pop up to say hello. There is a veritable fiesta of sea birds in the spring, such as razorbills and guillemots which live in the Irish Sea all year but come ashore to breed and nest in the cliffs. So kayaking is a great way to see them. Skomer Island is home to thousands of puffins too, but you will need a bit of sea kayaking experience to get out there.
Bears & eaglesA sea kayaking holiday in British Columbia is like breaking open an exquisite piρata of wildlife. Turn your eye from the mind blowing sightings on the water towards the land, you have the chance to see grizzly bears along the shores, with bald eagles flying overhead. Combine this with wilderness camping for a sea kayaking holiday that feels like it is straight out of a David Attenborough special.
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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.
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 Galicias 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.
Other activities to expand a sea kayaking holiday include coasteering, fishing, nocturnal kayak sessions, and throwing hiking shoes in a dry bag so as to explore isolated islands after landing on them.
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.