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6 Paddling Trips to Experience Wildlife

Experience wildlife with this handful of paddling trips. Dolphins and monkeys and bears, oh my! If you are a wildlife fanatic, these trips are for you.

View the trips below to find out:

  • What is it?
  • Why I should go?
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1. Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour

by Everglades Area Tours

What is it?

Your experience begins with a naturalist led boat tour into the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge that surrounds Marco Island. It is one the most beautiful natural areas in Florida and one the few get to experience. 

Why should I go?

Every day is different, but, you can expect to encounter a wide variety of wildlife depending on the day's conditions - manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and many different species of shore birds.

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Your Florida Master Naturalist guide and US Coast Guard Captain will introduce you to the area's unique ecosystems, its history and its culture. 

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2. Epic Belize

by Island Expeditions Co

What is it?

Experience the best of Belize on this multi-sport journey taking you off-the-beaten-path to coral reefs, rainforests and Mayan villages.

Why should I go?

An ideal trip if you are looking for an active, adventurous Belize vacation. Kayak and SUP Glover’s Reef and paddle the Moho River rapids.

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Discover one of the more unique corners of Belize - paddling the pour-overs of the Moho River, jungle camping and visiting Mayan villages.

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3. Yukon Experience: McQuesten River

by Ruby Range Adventure Ltd.

What is it?

This little-known nugget, just west of Dawson’s famous gold fields and the North Klondike Highway, is a genuine hidden treasure. 

Why should I go?

The McQuesten River is perfect for ambitious beginners who’d like to learn to paddle on a faster, smaller wilderness river. There are no real rapids, but tight bends and sweepers keep things interesting.

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Rarely visited by paddlers, the McQuesten offers excellent fishing, particularly for arctic grayling, with a good chance of sighting moose, wolves, and bears.

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4. Willow Cove Expedition

by Descanso Beach Ocean Sports / Catalina Island Expeditions

Location - Right outside of LA

What is it?

This is a 1/2 day guided paddle tour approx. 2.5 miles each way.

Why should I go?

Natural History of the island. Beach landing at Willow Cove, snorkel 'Mike Nelson Rock', film site of many 'Sea Hunt' episodes, picnic and relax before the paddle back.

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Catalina Island Expeditions is located at the Descanso Beach Club, 15 min walk from the boat landing on Catalina Island, one hour off the coast of Los Angeles

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5. Deception Pass & the Salish Sea

by The Power of Water

What is it?

You will take day trips to Deception Pass, Canoe Pass, Rosario Strait and explore of its many islands.  In addition to the spectacular paddling conditions and abundant sea life, you might also see orcas, seals and sea lions. If you’re lucky we may even see minke and humpback whales.

Why should I go?

There will be options to paddle classic tide races, go rock gardening and take a few longer exploratory journeys using the massive tidal flows in the Strait.  The trip is planned to take advantage of the larger spring tides.

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Deception Pass and The Salish Sea trip includes 7 days of coaching, lodging in a house, breakfasts and lunches plus 4 dinners.  You’ll eat out at  local restaurants a few times.

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What is it?

Wild tropical fjord w/ mangrove rivers, rainforests, national parks, dolphins, monkeys, turtles, macaws, ecolodges & 3 natural meals daily!

Why should I go?

Escape the busy (winter) life & explore this unique, untouched Gulf. Learn about the tropics, it's ecosystems, and the amazing wildlife!

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Discover the beauty of the Golfo Dulce with our superb guides, paddling new, comfortable kayaks. Let us show you a different, natural world!

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