Archipelago Kayaking Destinations
Galapagos National Park
The legendary Galapagos Islands are said to be enchanted. Kayaking the area is an enchanting experience, according to those who've been there. Iridescent turquoise waters, lava channels, blue lagoons, deserted coves and white sand beaches are the stuff of dreams.
The islands are usually sunny, another kayaking plus. Both shores and water teem with life. Sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoise, blue footed booby, and the Galapagos hawk are regular residents. The ocean houses the Pacific green sea turtle, Galapagos penguins, rays, dolphins, whales and white sharks in addition to other aquatic life.
Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park
Broughton Archipelago is a maze of little islands off Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The area is accessed only by water. This very popular sea kayaking destination houses a large collection of birds and wildlife.
While kayaking the Archipelago, paddlers are likely to see orcas (killer whales), Harbour seals, Harbour porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, river otters, mink, raccoon, black-tailed deer, black bears, Bald eagles, Harlequin ducks, cormorants and Great blue herons.
The islands are undeveloped and the setting is primitive. Organized Archipelago kayaking tours are available through various providers.
Located just south of Stockholm, Sweden, this sea kayaking Archipelago destination features untouched wilderness. Kayakers can tour the calm inner area, the lush central region or the outer regions.
Located in the southern part of Burma, the Mergui is a collection of over 800 islands, most of which are covered in rain forest. This kayaking Archipelago destination takes paddlers deep into the rain forests. Kayak Jungle Rivers visit the sea gypsy village on Nyaung Wee Island and learn about Moken culture.
Stunning beaches and a variety of wildlife and birds give the islands a lost paradise feel. Kayaking visitors have reported seeing wild elephants, flying foxes, civet cats, gibbons, crab-eating monkeys, wild boar, monitor lizards, turtles, armadillos and fruit bats. Birds include sea eagles, hornbills and parrots.
Nova Scotia's East Dover sea kayaking destination lies in a protected Atlantic harbor. Numerous uninhabited islands invite exploration.
The preservation area lies between East Dover and Peggy's Cove. Granite boulders dot the landscape, spread by melting ice over 20,000 years ago.
Many of the islands are accessible via sea kayak. Some islands are so rocky that it isn't possible to beach the kayak.
Island plant life includes rare orchids, Pitcher plants, lichens, juniper, and wild rhodendron. Osprey, loon, Blue Herons, and Bald eagles reside on the islands. Starfish, mussels, and lobsters can occasionally be seen.
This British Columbia sea kayaking destination is well known for the abundance of whale sightings. Whales aren't the only creatures causing a stir. Dall's porpoises, Harbour Porpoises, Harbour seals, Stellar sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Orca whales, Minke whales, and Humpback whales are seen often.
Sea kayaking at night gives paddlers a chance to see the area lit up by bioluminescence. Kayaking Archipelago destinations take boaters away from everyday life and into undiscovered, uninhabited, truly natural areas.
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