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Escape The Cold Winter to Paddle A Warm Paradise

Even if the promise of travel seems to have gone awry, the pull towards a warm, tropical paddle intensifies and brings a thawing grin to our otherwise frosty faces. Here are a few trips to bolster some excitement for what lies ahead!


Start Planning Ahead for These Trips

  1. Lighthouse Reef Adventure by Island Expeditions Co
  2. Loreto Islands Primer by Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
  3. Alligators and Orchids Kayak Eco Tour by Everglades Area Tours
  4. Caribbean Kayaking in Guna Yala Nation - San Blas Archipelago by Southern Sea Ventures
  5. Southern Exuma Cays Expedition by Spirit of the West Adventures
  6. Ultimate Patagonia - Chilean Mothership Kayaking by Spirit of the West Adventures
  7. 9-Day Supernatural Sea Kayaking in San Blas Archipelago by Tropical Sea Kayaking
  8. Costa Rica Surf Ski-Paddle Retreats by Epic Kayaks Costa Rica
  9. Hanalei | Blue Lagoon Paddle & Snorkel by Kayak Kauai
  10. Yasawa Islands Fiji Kayak Adventure by Southern Sea Ventures

1. Lighthouse Reef Adventure


$2,299.00 / person

The Lighthouse Reef Adventure starts with an overnight inland discovery of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, then heads out by boat to Lighthouse Reef, fifty-five miles off the shores of the Belize mainland. Lighthouse Reef is a tropical marine park and UN world heritage site fifty-five miles from the shore of the Belize mainland. It is abundant with marine life and offers unparalleled snorkeling and paddling. Spend six nights at this remote location in safari-style tent cabanas. This all-inclusive Adventure Basecamp is located on Half Moon Caye, a protected island managed by the Belize Audubon Society and home to 4000 red-footed boobies! Enjoy a choice of daily guided reef activities, with snorkeling excursions to ‘the Aquarium’ and to Jacques Cousteau’s legendary Blue Hole. This itinerary is ideal for families, or traveling companions of mixed abilities and interests.

Check availablity or book now with Island Expeditions Co
  • Departure Months: January, February, March, April, December
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean
  • Services Available: Guided
  • Group Rates: Upon Request
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2. Loreto Islands Primer


$1,390.00 / person

You'll love this route because it offers stunning scenery and amazing wildlife experiences. The islands of the Loreto National Marine Park are all listed by UNESCO, which calls the Islands of the Gulf "the richest and most varied of any island-sea property on the World Heritage list". If you only have a week to explore the world by kayak, come here! This trip is self-supported (carry everything with you), which means absolute freedom and self-sufficiency.

This is a very flexible trip, with time for snorkeling, relaxing, exploring the beaches, and messing about in boats. All SKBM's lead guides are British Canoeing 4-star Sea Leaders, and Level 1 or higher coaches.

At SKBM, they believe that supporting each other in work and play is a fun and effective way to be, and they include you in trip decisions. Like you, they love paddling and exploring the natural world. Let them share this amazing place and these lifetime experiences with you!

Check availablity or book now with Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
  • Departure Months: January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean, Rock Gardens
  • Services Available: Guided, Route Planning, Shuttle, Gear Rental
  • Group Rates: Upon Request
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3. Alligators and Orchids Kayak Eco Tour


$99.95 / person

Alligators and Orchids Eco Tour—the Beauty, and the Beast. Beautiful butterflies, abundant bromeliads, fabulous ferns and gorgeous wildflowers, including at least seven different species of wild orchids blooming at various times of the year. These are NOT the things that most people expect in the wilds of the Everglades! But these are some of the things that you may see on this easy-paced kayaking adventure with your the Florida-certified Master Naturalist guide. Of course, what Everglades experience would be complete, without seeing the Everglades’ most famous resident, the American Alligator? The unobtrusive stealth of your kayak often affords you the opportunity to observe these iconic, magnificent creatures from a safe distance, yet close enough to take good pictures. The early morning reflections on the water can be spectacular, with the slick-calm surface appearing as a mirror to Nature’s surrounding beauty.

Check availablity or book now with Everglades Area Tours
  • Departure Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Services Available: Guided
  • Group Rates: Yes
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4. Caribbean Kayaking in Guna Yala Nation - San Blas Archipelago


$2,495.00 / person

9 day trip: 5 days kayaking and jungle hikes

This trip starts with an arrival transfer from Panama City airport to the group hotel. You’ll meet your guide at the hotel for a trip briefing. The next morning, the group travels overland from Panama City to the port of Barsuggum, before a short boat ride to Isla Tigre. On arrival, you’ll be introduced to the community and Tigre’s local chief. It’s a privilege to be a guest of the Guna communities and to experience a taste of their way of life. The Guna women still wear nose rings and traditional vibrant rainbow-colored dresses emblazoned with the world famous mola patterns of fishes, birds, jungle animals or geometric designs. After a night on Isla Tigre you start your kayak adventure, paddling from one tropical island to the next. A local panga boat is used to carry fresh food and water as the outlying islands are quite remote. The overnight camp spots include the islands of Diadup, Sichirdup and Estrellita. You spend one day exploring the pristine banks of the crystal-clear Rio Paloma river on the coastal mainland. This is a great opportunity to wash in the fresh clean river water and hike along the creek bed among primary rainforest, with many opportunities for wildlife viewing. After six days of island life, you’ll head back to Panama City and explore the canal before a celebration dinner. The last night of the trip is spent at a Panama City group hotel. The trip finishes the next morning with an optional transfer to the airport.

Note: Prices may change based on current exchange rates.

Check availablity or book now with Southern Sea Ventures
  • Departure Months: January, February, December
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean
  • Services Available: Guided, Meals
  • Group Rates: Yes
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5. Southern Exuma Cays Expedition


$1,995.00 / person

All-inclusive 6-day sea kayaking and exploring with unique, tropical wilderness camping and excellent exotic camp cooking in one of the best warm water locations in the world. Sun, Sand and Fun in the beautiful Bahamas! These tours have been designed to provide the perfect balance between kayaking and time spent lounging under a palm tree, snorkeling and generally just enjoying all that the Bahamas has to offer. The Southern Exuma Cays Expedition takes you into many places too shallow for larger boats, including a mix of mangrove and beach habitats, by an impressive blowhole, islands inhabited by iguanas and to areas formerly used as sea salt collecting flats. This is a well-rounded and approachable expedition-style tour for kayakers of all ability levels that starts and ends in George Town on Great Exuma Island.

Spirit of the West Adventures Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient bookings, safety threats including natural disasters, political instability, terrorism or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. See website for full terms & conditions.

Check availablity or book now with Spirit of the West Adventures
  • Departure Months: March
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean
  • Services Available: Guided, Route Planning, Shuttle, Gear Rental, Meals
  • Group Rates: Yes
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6. Ultimate Patagonia - Chilean Mothership Kayaking


$6,950.00 / person

Explore the islands and fiords of southern Chile. FROM CHILEAN WINERIES TO THE SAN RAFAEL GLACIER. This tour allows you to experience the best of what Chile has to offer in a mothership style sea kayaking tour: wine, wildlife and wilderness paired with sea kayaking in one of the most stunning places on earth, all from the comfort & convenience of a personal expedition ship. Spirit of the West Adventures has crafted this trip to take in most of the highlights that they’ve discovered over the past 8 years of travelling to the area, and feel that it is an excellent & in-depth introduction to the area. Highlights include paddling in beautiful & pristine Traiguén & Goñi Islands finding traces of the original inhabitants of the area among small islands of the archipelago, viewing abundant wildlife, soaking in hot springs, basking in the immensity of the San Rafael Glacier and taking in a traditional asado (barbecue) at a remote estancia. Visit the website for all details & the tour itinerary.

Check availablity or book now with Spirit of the West Adventures
  • Departure Months: January, February
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean
  • Services Available: Guided, Route Planning, Shuttle, Gear Rental, Meals
  • Group Rates: Yes
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7. 9-Day Supernatural Sea Kayaking in San Blas Archipelago


$2,499.00 / person

Join Tropical Sea Kayaking for a 9-Day escape kayaking the unknown San Blas archipelago existing of 365 tiny tropical islands set in the Caribbean sea right off the coast of Panama. Experience the true meaning of paradise while paddling from one deserted island to the other. Protected by the outer reef, you will paddle the warm, crystal clear waters crossing canals, and along stretches of mangrove forests, and into fresh water rivers flowing down from the jungle mountains that dominate the coastline. You’ll meet the indigenous Kuna people and visit one of the communities for an introduction to their congress, school, churches, homes, and their dancing rituals. Besides the cultural aspect of the trip, you will get to enjoy paradise as you’ve all imagined it. This is an all-inclusive trip with all transportation, meals, guides, support boat, first & last night in Panama City + staying at 5 (private) islands. Sign up now for this highly unique, once-in-a-life-time sea kayaking experience

8. Costa Rica Surf Ski-Paddle Retreats


$975.00 / person

Epic Kayaks Costa Rica offers professional surf ski training from ocean safety to downwinding and everything in between in the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, including an opportunity for all levels of paddlers to enjoy time out in the ocean.

Explore the untouched waters, while sightseeing, whale watching and viewing the abundant bird and sea life of the Pacific Ocean. If you are new to paddling, you can learn surfski in Costa Rica and benefit from a low-impact, cross training sport, which can advance your fitness level & balance for all types of other sports! For the more experienced paddler, Epic Kayaks Costa Rica offers intense training sessions. Push your envelope to improve your fitness, endurance level, and strength while experiencing the uniqueness of off shore ocean kayaking.

You will paddle various locations with a chance to circumnavigate the crystal-clear waters around the island of Cabo Blanco Reserve. Also offering kayak fishing and retreats can include yoga, stand up paddling, snorkeling, diving and more!

Check availablity or book now with Epic Kayaks Costa Rica
  • Departure Months: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip, 2-3 Day Trip, Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Kayak Fishing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean, Surf
  • Services Available: Guided, Gear Rental
  • Group Rates: Upon Request
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9. Hanalei | Blue Lagoon Paddle & Snorkel


$95.00 / person

You have time to do it all: from blue water paddling to snorkeling, bird watching, beach combing, perhaps exploring a few tide pools and caves, all during a memorable day that combines 5 hours of intermittent sea and river kayaking with beach and reef time within the enchantment of Hanalei River, Bay, and Estuary.

Depart in Kayak Kauai's air conditioned 14 passenger van with your guide to the beautiful verdant North Shore and Historical Hanalei Pier. Paddle the calm idyllic and scenic Hanalei Heritage River as your expert guide(s) keep you safe and entertained with local lore, legends and natural history. You will see Green Sea Turtles and Spinner Dolphins accompanied by avian antics of such birds as the Boobie and Layson Albatross. Shore birds and river birds such as the Wandering Tattler, Gallinule and Black Capped Night Heron are seen as well.

Check availablity or book now with Kayak Kauai
  • Departure Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean
  • Services Available: Guided, Shuttle
  • Group Rates: Upon Request
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10. Yasawa Islands Fiji Kayak Adventure


$1,515.00 / person

8 day trip 5-6 days kayaking: The first night of the trip is spent at Southern Sea Ventures' Nadi hotel where the group meets their guide for a trip briefing. The next day, paddlers head out to the northern Yasawa Islands on the transfer catamaran, stopping at numerous lagoon-fringed islands before arriving at our kayak base on Tavewa Island. After arriving on the island, you’ll pitch tents, enjoy an introductory paddle in the lagoon and watch the sunset while eating a delicious dinner. The next morning you begin a self-supported kayak expedition paddling a loop among the northern islands on the 8-day trip, or in the case of the 11-day itinerary, a 120km adventure kayaking the length of the island chain. The days are filled with paddling adventures, camping on isolated beaches, snorkeling the coral reefs and staying in small native villages getting to know the friendly locals. Time is spent on an uninhabited island where everyone can explore the secluded island at their own leisure. You'll farewell the islands on the last day of the trip and head back to the mainland with fantastic memories of your time in the Yasawas.

Note: Prices may change depending on the current exchange rates. Contact outfitter for most current pricing.

Check availablity or book now with Southern Sea Ventures
  • Departure Months: June, July, August, September, October
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean
  • Services Available: Guided, Meals
  • Group Rates: No
See all trip details

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