Island Kayaking Adventures: The World’s Top Spots

Picture yourself paddling across sparkling turquoise water, with the balmy ocean breeze in your hair and a paradise island as the backdrop. You could spend a lifetime choosing idyllic destinations for island kayaking adventures. If it’s inspiration you need, here’s a look at some of the world’s top spots. Time to start ticking off that travel bucket list with your yak!

Where to Go for Island Kayaking Adventures

The Maldives

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To immerse yourself in scenes straight from travel brochures, movies and your dreams, pack up your Oru Beach LT for a trip of a lifetime to the Maldives. Often coined as the world’s best, over 1,000 islands boast beaches with impossibly white sand, encircled by coral reefs to glide over across the azure Indian Ocean. 

The base for your island kayaking adventures will be a resort, each of which is on its own private island. Choose from some of the world’s most exclusive hotel chains, complete with overwater bungalows, luxury spas and gourmet restaurants. You’ll also find plenty of resorts that are budget-friendly, family-friendly or purely romantic. The best thing is, all you’ll need to do is wander out of your room, pop up your inflatable kayak and drift on out to sea. 

Bali, Indonesia

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Nature truly smiles on “The Land of the Gods”. Stunning landscapes range from emerald rice fields to dramatic volcanoes and beaches of astounding beauty. If you’re looking for fun rapids, stay in Ubud to kayak down the thrilling Ayung River. You’ll do so surrounded by jungle scenery and cheeky monkeys. 

For sea kayaking, head to Pandawa Beach in South Kuta and paddle across aqua water framed by soaring cliffs. For calm water that’s great for families or beginners, stay at Sanur, Benoa or Nusa Dua. Plenty of hotels for every budget, fantastic restaurants and activities combine with island kayaking adventures for a memorable vacation. 

El Nido, Philippines

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El Nido encompasses a cluster of islands off the tip of Palawan Island in the Philippines. Incredible blue waters and dramatic rock formations form landscapes of astonishing beauty that simply beg to be explored in your yak. Plus, if you love diving, you’ll find over 30 sites brimming with underwater magic to discover. 

Launch your yak straight from paradise beaches to find your own private stretches of sand, hidden coves and glittering lagoons. Don’t forget your snorkel and mask to slide into the water and get up-close and personal with those colourful fish you’ll see while paddling. Of course, you’ll want your camera for perfect Instagram shots. Therefore, pack a dry bag to keep your phone or camera safe. Check out the Ultra Dry Premium which comes in a range of fun colours to suit your fun island kayaking adventures. 

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Tahiti’s most famous island, Bora Bora, is a dream destination for many and one of the globe’s top honeymoon destinations. So, it’s the perfect place for tandem kayaking with your loved one, while lapping up the romantic atmosphere of the South Seas. 

The turquoise lagoon is protected by a coral reef and the striking Mt. Otemanu provides a dramatic backdrop for adventure. Book an overwater bungalow for the freedom of launching your yak straight from your own private deck. 

Milos, Greece

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What could be better than succulent fresh seafood, numerous pristine beaches, bewitching caves and tranquil coves, to go with your island kayaking adventures? Milos is part of the Cyclades Islands and it’s a volcanic gem of contrasting landscapes. You’ll paddle across secluded bays and drift by picturesque local villages. Stop to ease your hunger at traditional restaurants with mouthwatering local produce. 

Out on the water, expect to see remote, rocky caves, fascinating rock formations rising from the sea and colourful fishermen’s houses lining the shore. To stay and make the most of sea kayaking, the island offers plenty of accommodation options. Choose anything from family-run guesthouses to luxurious, five-star hotels. If you’re looking for an inflatable for use out on the open sea, check out Advanced Elements, with a range of options to suit different needs. 

Have you found a paradise destination that’s perfect for island kayaking adventures? We’d love to know all about it, in the comments below. 

For more blue seas framed by postcard-worthy beaches, check out Hawaii Kayaking: Breathtaking Spots for a Paddle
Nicole West
 

Nicole Leigh West is an internationally published travel and lifestyle writer. She's traveled to more than 60 countries and you'll most often find her kayaking, diving and swimming across the globe.

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