More Unique Kayaking Vacations

From tranquil lakes to wild rivers and beautifully rugged coastlines, the United States has long been considered to have some of the world’s best kayaking trips. Kayaking is not only reserved for experts and professionals – a few lessons can get anyone ready to enjoy the beauty of being on the water and soaking up some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Whether you’re a passionate sea kayaker, a daredevil looking for an exhilarating, action-packed adventure, or a complete beginner, here is a range of water-based tours and guided trips in spectacular destinations around the US.

All About Water

All About Water offers guided kayaking tours in the unique geologic area of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore May through October. Guided tours begin and end at the parking area in Empire and are conducted on sit-on-top kayaks that can accommodate one or two persons. Tours include the three-hour Pierce Stocking tour, which explores North Bar Lake and takes in amazing views of Empire Bluff to the south and South Manitou Island to the north. Other tours include the four-hour Pyramid Point tour, all safety equipment such as lifejackets are provided, and expert naturalists and certified paddling instructors lead tours.

5998 West River Road, M-22, Glen Arbor, Michigan 49636, Phone: 269-214-4848

Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard Tours

Located in the Shilshole Bay Marina, Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard Tours has been offering guided kayaking tours in Seattle for all skill levels of kayakers, paddle boarders, and outdoor enthusiasts since 2013. The company provides high-quality tours that emphasize the protection and conservation of the environment by sharing knowledge about local ecology and the fauna and flora that live within it. Guests are provided with all the necessary equipment necessary, including watercraft, paddles, and PFDs, as well as snacks, water, and a knowledgeable, skilled guide. There is also plenty of storage onshore for small belongings.

7901 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117, United States, Phone: +1 206-494-3353

Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc. — Coronado

San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc is a long-standing adventure company that offers bike tours, kayak tours, and snorkeling adventures in and around San Diego County for all ages. San Diego’s only urban kayak tour explores San Diego Bay, taking in San Diego’s downtown skyline, the award-winning Coronado Bridge, and the city’s renowned architecture, little know city history and maritime culture. The tour begins at the Coronado Ferry Landing and ventures past top attractions such as the Embarcadero, Petco Park, Naval Station North Island, the USS Midway, the Silver Strand, the Coronado Bridge, the Convention Center, and Glorietta Bay. Tours are conducted in single, double, and triple stable sit-on-top kayaks and kayaks, paddles, life vests, and paddle lessons are all included in the tour.

1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118, United States, Phone: +1 858-454-1010

Everyday California

Everyday California offers unforgettable kayaking tours of the magnificent La Jolla Ecological Reserve, one of California’s most spectacular ecosystems. The Marine Protected Area is home to one of the highest concentrations of sea-life in all of California and guided tours offer visitors the opportunity to see a wealth of wildlife from migrating Gray whales on their way from Alaska to Baja California in the winter to one of the biggest Leopard Shark gatherings in the world in the summer. The tour takes in the famous La Jolla’s Seven Sea Caves, one of San Diego’s coolest attractions, and cater for all ages and skill levels from beginners to experts.

2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States, Phone: +1 858-454-6195

Gulf Coast Kayak

Explore the beautiful and tranquil waters of the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve on the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail with guided tours by Gulf Coast Kayaks. Established in Matlacha in 1992, the family-owned and operated adventure company has been promoting paddlesports safety and environmental stewardship through guided kayaking tours, lessons, and education and outreach programs. Gulf Coast Kayak offers Guided Kayak and Paddle Board Eco-Tours, Guided Kayak Fishing Trips for beginners to advanced paddlers, and kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals for adventurers who want to explore on their own. Highlights on the tours include Pine Island Sound, the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, and the 190-mile marked Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.

4120 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha, FL 33993, United States, Phone: +1 239-283-1125

Outdoor Odysseys

Established over 30 years ago, Outdoor Odysseys is a kayak touring company based in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington that offers unforgettable adventures on the water and under the stars. The company provides a range of guided tours, including half and full-day kayak tours for all skill levels, family kayak tours, kayaking with orcas, and sightseeing trips around San Juan Island. Outdoor Odyssey tours are led by experienced and professional guides, which are Wilderness First Responder certified and intelligently trained to handle emergencies both on and off the water. Guides are equipped with a VHF marine radio, a cell phone, and a comprehensive first aid kit, and lifejackets are provided.

86 Cedar St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, United States, Phone: +1 360-378-3533

Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Explore the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the waters of Lake Superior in Michigan on a guided kayaking tour with Pictured Rocks Kayaking. Located along the southern shores of Lake Superior in Upper Michigan’s Peninsula, the adventure company offers guided kayaking tours of the central section of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore beginning in Miners Beach in Munising. Kayakers can soak up spectacular views of the dramatic multicolored cliffs, and sandstone formations are Miners Castle and Chapel Rock, the dense forests and Bridalveil Falls on the scenic Lake Superior, the beautiful sandy beaches of Mosquito Beach, the caves of the Bloody Chiefs, and the magnificent rock arch called Lovers Leap.

1348 Commercial St, Munising, MI 49862, United States, Phone: +1 906-387-5500

Rookery Bay Reserve Kayak Tours

Explore the beautiful backwaters of Southwest Florida on guided kayaking tours with Rookery Bay Reserve Kayak Tours. Led by certified naturalists, active local biologists, and certified kayaking instructors, tours include Heart of Rookery Bay Kayak Tours, Sunset Bird Rookery Tours, and Mangrove Tunnels and Mudflats Tours, which explore the calm, beautiful mangrove tunnels, swampy mudflats, and delicate oyster reefs that are packed with a fantastic array of wildlife. Guided tours are led by experienced, professional paddlers and naturalists who share their passion and knowledge of the area and cater for all levels of fitness and experience, from beginners to advanced.

1 Shell Island Rd, Naples, FL 34113, United States, Phone: +1 239-530-5972

Sea Life Kayak Adventures

Sea Life Kayak Adventures offer guided and self-guided tours of Sarasota’s Lido Key Mangrove. Tours explore the swampy mudflats, mangrove tunnels and waterways of Florida that teem with an array of wildlife including manatees, rays, turtles and terrapins, and wading birds. Experienced, personable guides lead tours with CPR and first-aid training and decades of experience on the water who provide beachside safety and paddling instruction, as well as quality late-model sit-on-top ocean kayaks, dry bags for small personal items, flotation devices, and snacks and beverages.

Phone: (941)400-2740

Sea Me Paddle Kayaking & SUP Tours & Rentals

Sea Me Paddle Kayaking is a popular kayak and paddleboard guiding company on Flathead Lake that offers guided tours of the 200-square mile lake and its surrounding waterways. The company caters to all sizes of groups, from individuals to corporate groups and all skill levels from beginner to advanced paddlers. Sea Me Paddle Kayaking also offers water equipment rentals on Flathead and Whitefish Lakes, including a full line of single kayaks, tandem kayaks, pedal boats, and stand up paddleboards (SUPs). The company also offers bike rentals and guided tours in Glacier National Park through their sister company, Spoke & Paddle Outdoor Adventures.

7220 US-93 #3, Lakeside, MT 59922, United States, Phone: +1 406-249-1153

Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions

Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions offers unforgettable sea kayaking vacations and customized tours in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. Kayaking tours are led by biologists and environmental scientists who are also highly-trained outdoor educators and sea kayak guides and share their passion, knowledge, and vast experience with guests on every tour. Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions offer kayaking tours in the state of Washington’s San Juan Islands, Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and Alaska’s Inside Passage, and provide visitors with the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife including sea lions, seals, bald eagles, river otters, porpoises, gray whales, and orca whales.

Friday Harbor WA 98250 USA, Phone: (360) 378-5767 or (888) 589-4253

Wild Louisiana Kayak Swamp Tours

Wild Louisiana Kayak Swamp Tours is a small family-run company that specializes in personalized New Orleans swamp kayak tours. Located in the historic town of Frenier in the heart of Plantation Country, Wild Louisiana Kayak Swamp Tours was the first kayak outfitter in the state of Louisiana and is the only full-service outfitter in the Manchac area offering high-end outdoor experiences. Highly trained guides lead tours with extensive knowledge of the swamps and ecosystems and the fauna and flora that reside within it. The company also provides accommodation, guest services such as advice on good restaurants and plantations and other tours in the area.

Ace Hardware French Quarter, 732 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA, Phone: +1 985-205-1527

Kayak Lake Powell

Located on the shores of Lake Powell in the city of Page, Arizona, Kayak Lake Powell offers guided kayak tours and kayak rentals, guided fishing trips, hiking trips, and stand-up paddleboard rentals and outfitting gear on Lake Powell and the Colorado River. The family-owned and operated business offer professionally guided kayak tours ranging from a few hours to overnight and multi-day trips on Lake Powell and include Lone Rock Canyon Morning or Sunset Tours, Antelope Canyon Morning or Sunset Tours, Antelope Canyon Breakfast Tour, and Labyrinth Canyon Overnight Tours. Kayak Lake Powell also offers a variety of combination packages, Colorado River trips, kayak and powerboat rentals, and gear rentals.

816 Coppermine Road. Page, Arizona 86040, Phone: 928-660-0778

Kelii's Kayak Tours

One of Maui’s oldest and most experienced kayak companies, Kelii’s Kayak Tours has been providing aquatic adventures for the past 25 years. Guided Maui kayak tours are limited to small groups of eight people and are led by experienced, personable guides with CPR and first-aid training and many years of ocean experience. Guides provide beachside safety and paddling instruction, as well as quality sit-on-top ocean kayaks, dry bags for small personal items, high-end snorkeling equipment, and personal flotation devices, and snacks and beverages.

1993 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, United States, Phone: +1 808-874-7652

La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks

La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks offers guided kayaking tours along the magnificent Pacific Ocean coast and the La Jolla Shores, including the famous La Jolla Ecological Reserve, the La Jolla Sea Caves, and surrounding areas. Single 90-minute tours provide guests with the unique opportunity to experience southern California's surf culture and the diverse array of marine environments and wildlife life that inhabit the coastline, including dolphins, migrating Gray whales, turtles, rays, sharks, and sea lions. Explore rocky reefs, sandy beaches, waving kelp forests, soaring sea cliffs, and deep-water canyons, led by experienced, professional paddlers and naturalists who share their passion and knowledge of the area.

2164 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States, Phone: +1 858-454-0111

Live Love Paddle

Live Love Paddle is a kayak rental business that offers guided tours of Austin and Congress Bridge, which include incredible views of its famous bat colony. Based on Lady Bird Lake, the company provides watercraft rentals and offers single and tandem kayaks in all shapes and sizes, as well as canoes and paddleboards. Tours include Congress Bridge Bat-Watching Tours, Urban Kayak Tour of Downtown Austin, and Full Moon Kayak and Live Music Tours on Lady Bird Lake's only island. Visitors can also enjoy an exclusive July 4th Fireworks Tour, which includes bat-watching, live music, and fireworks.

1610 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741, United States, Phone: +1 512-804-2122

Makena Kayak and Tours

Makena Kayak and Tours aim to share the beauty of Maui and the spirit of the ocean with people through their range of ocean-based adventures. Kayaking and canoeing tours provide the chance to get away from the crowds and experience Maui from a unique viewpoint from a seat on the water while cruising along the island’s scenic coast. Makena Kayak and Tours travel along the coastline of some of the island’s best locales, such as Honolua, Kapalua, Olowalu, and Makena, and cater for all levels of fitness and experience, from beginners to advanced. Guided tours are led by experienced, professional paddlers and naturalists who share their passion and knowledge of the area.

Makena Landing Beach Park, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 96793, Phone: 808 879-8426

Manhattan Kayak + SUP

Located at the Pier 84 Boat House in Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan Kayak + SUP is a small local business that provides kayaks and stand-up paddleboard lessons and guided kayaking trips on the Hudson River around Manhattan. A variety of tours is offered for all skill levels from novices to experts, ranging from guided trips for beginners to intermediate guided adventures that explore Sinatra Beach, Secret Beach, Sushi Trip, Surf City, GW Bridge. Multi-hour advanced tours on sea kayaks visit Freedom Tower, Liberty Quest, Palisades Picnic, Governor’s Island, Brooklyn Beach. Elite guided adventures include Red Hook Ride, Manhattan Circumnavigation, Alpine Adventure, Staten Island.

555 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States, Phone: +1 212-924-1788

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures provides deeply engaging, unforgettable experiences led by expert naturalists and certified paddling instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the watery world in and around Longboat Key in Florida. Based on Anna Maria Island, Happy Paddler Kayak Tours offers a variety of tours, ranging from nature and romantic sunset tours to full moon tours, and kayak rentals. The company also provides paddling lessons, private expedition services, naturalist courses, and assistance with media productions on Florida's natural ecosystems and habitats.

6844 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228, United States, Phone: +1 941-773-1920

Hike Bike Kayak Adventures

Hike Bike Kayak Adventure Tours offers guided cycling and kayaking tours, lessons, and surfboard and snorkel gear rentals in La Jolla, California. A variety of guided kayaking tours provide unique experiences that explore the beautiful La Jolla Shores, including the famous La Jolla Ecological Reserve, the La Jolla Sea Caves, and the surrounding areas. Visitors can see a wealth of wildlife from the biggest Leopard Shark gatherings in the world in the summer and migrating Gray whales on their way from Alaska to Baja California in the winter. Tours are led by experienced, professional paddlers and naturalists who share their passion and knowledge of the area and the surrounding ecosystems and the fauna and flora that inhabit it.

2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States, Phone: +1 858-551-9510

Honey Island Kayak Tours

Honey Island Kayak Tours offers adventurous, exhilarating, and educational kayaking tours in Louisiana, New Orleans. Based on Pearl River, tours are conducted in small intimate groups and are led by experienced outdoors enthusiasts who share their extensive knowledge of the local ecosystem, fauna, and flora. Visitors will discover the rich history and heritage of the historic waterways of the famous Honey Island Swamp, a 400-year-old cypress and tupelo swamp that is home to a wealth of fauna and flora. After the 2.5-hour tour, visitors can enjoy a cold brew at the Honey Island Swamp House.

65583 Slough Pump Road, Pearl River, LA 70452, Phone: 504-517-3066

Jenny's Eco Everglades Wilderness Tours

Jenny's Eco Everglades Wilderness Tours is a small family-owned and operated company that offers guided eco-kayaking tours in the Florida Everglades. Tours are conducted by passionate and professionally trained local naturalists who share their knowledge of the Everglades and the surrounding ecosystems and the fauna and flora that call it home. Sightseeing tours include the historical Fakahatchee Island and the spectacular Ten Thousand Islands, which are home to the second-largest mangrove forest in the world home. Other tours include Prairie, Mangrove, and Bromeliad Kayak Eco Tours through the Big Cypress National Preserve and Halfway Creek and guided fishing kayak tours.

801 S Copeland Ave, Everglades City, FL 34139, United States, Phone: +1 239-719-0565

Kayak Excursions

Kayak Excursions offers a variety of guided paddleboard and kayaking tours in the Lee County area of Fort Myers in Florida. Eco-tours depart from Bunche Beach and explore the surrounding mangroves, shallow bays, and the beautiful coastline, in which a diverse array of wildlife resides such as dolphins, manatees, rays, turtles, and birds. Tours are led by experienced, professional paddlers and naturalists who share their passion and knowledge of the area and the surrounding ecosystems and the fauna and flora that inhabit it. Kayak Excursions also offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals and free delivery service to several areas including Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Matlacha, Pine Island, Bonita Springs, and Naples.

17950 John Morris Road, Fort Myers, FL 33913, Phone:239-297-7011

Kayak Lake Mead

Kayak Lake Mead is a small business that offers customized kayak trips and personalized kayak lessons on the tranquil waterways just outside of Las Vegas. Established in 2004, the company specializes in tailor-made tours to suit personal needs, ranging from beginner kayaking lessons and trips to adventure fitness training experiences on Lake Mead on Boulder Basin, on Lake Mead out of Temple Bar, in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Kayak Lake Mead tours include Half-Day and Full-Day Kayak Trip, the Desert Adventure, Moonlight Paddle, and an Adventure Fitness Vacation, and trips can consist of a clinic of advanced paddling skills. Kayak Lake Mead also offers guided hiking trips within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

21368 N Palm Desert Dr, White Hills, AZ 86445, United States