One of the most exciting things to do when traveling to foreign lands and remote destinations is to get on the water and explore the natural boundaries between the land and sea. If you’ve ever been kayaking, you already know how much fun this can be and what a great workout it is. Why not take the time to explore the lakes, streams, and coasts the next time you travel?
Here are some of our favorite places to hit the water and get lost in the majesty of the planet we call home:
- Glacier Bay, Alaska
- Those that like to get in touch with nature and wander far from the beaten path will love Alaska. The scope of the landscapes combined with the undeveloped environment create an experience you won’t forget. Just imagine the unique photo-ops you’ll encounter as you paddle in between ice bergs, soaring glaciers and peaks, and even a whale or polar bear sighting.
- Indeed, kayaking the waters around Glacier Bay National Park is a great way to see humpback whales, polar bears, and sea lions in their natural habitat, while along the shore you’ll likely see signs of wolves, black bears, and other critters. Did we mention there are bald eagles? Don’t forget to look up. All of the wildlife combined with rugged landscapes are things that most people will never see outside of a television.
- Na Pali Coast, Hawaii
- On Hawaii’s Kauai Island, nicknamed the Garden Island, you’ll find the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park. While most people are visiting Hawaii for luxury resorts and lounging around the beaches, we suggest spending at least some time exploring this one-of-a-kind stretch of shoreline. Located northwest of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the pristine waters wash into lava-forged “pali”, or cliffs, and sea caves graced with glorious waterfalls and a bounty of marine life.
- You’ll likely encounter dolphins and seals while exploring the hidden inlets, and the lush tropical beauty of the island makes the idea of being a castaway seem rather inviting. It’s also an ideal place to camp out or hike, as well. The Kalalau Trail within the state park has plenty of points of interest to keep you entertained if you decide to dry out for a bit. It splits across Ke’e Beach, Kalalau Beach, and 5 valleys, including the Hanakoa Valley, known for its native flora and fauna and ancient agricultural terraces.
- Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
- The coastal splendor of Croatia is simply magical. The opportunity to explore lush natural environments between visits to the wonderful port towns are leading this area to grow in popularity and quickly become a hot spot for European tourism. The land is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world, and there are chapels and monasteries scattered along the coast that blend with the natural beauty perfectly.
- Just two amazing places to check out by kayak are the Kornati Archipelago and Zadar. Enjoy the expansive turquoise blue waters as you paddle island to island in the Kornati Archipelago, with its eye-catching views and plenty of swimming spots to cool off. Or, take a kayak tour in Zadar, another unique experience. You’ll get to see views of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Sea Organs, which plays music as ocean waves move through tubes built underneath a set of large marble steps, and Monument to the Sun. Be sure and have your water proof camera ready – the views from Zadar’s beaches are so beautiful you’ll want to remember them forever!