Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: For a different perspective, get out in a kayak to see the world or your own neck of the woods. There’s nothing quite like gliding across a waterway using the power of your own  effort.

Amava Take: There are beautiful kayaking spots all over the world. Kayaks are agile and relatively easy to maneuver, so caves, mangroves and other interesting wonders of nature are not out of the question by boat. If you love to get up close in nature, put on your life jacket and get paddling!

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of people enjoy kayak adventures?

Anyone who enjoys physical activity, nature and being out on the water. 

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Map your route, chart the weather in advance and consider the distance. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to paddle a mile in a kayak.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

That’s up to you! Just be safe. If you go on a tour, your schedule will be set for you.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of kayaking?

I love how quickly I can get somewhere and how easy it is to get really close to the surface and some of the beautiful things you can see close to shore.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Blisters on the thumbs can be an occupational hazard.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

I didn’t realize there was a whole world of kayaking enthusiasts out there to meet!

Special Requirements: To go on a kayaking adventure, you need water safety knowledge. If you’re going someplace you’ve never been before, consider a tour company so you’ll have back-up and can conveniently rent gear if you’re far from home.

Related Classes: Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera, Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer

Finding a Position: Prime kayak spots are all over the world, so you can create a kayak wish list or just look for the places that are convenient and affordable. Some companies specialize in sea kayaking and run organized trips. Large adventure companies have tours of all varieties, durations and destinations and are a good place to start doing your research.