Cruising is not only an amazingly relaxing way to travel around the world, but it also offers some incredible views all along the way. Sometimes getting to the best spots doesn’t require strenuous hikes or slow-paced tours, but instead a tranquil kayaking trip through your surroundings. Kayaking has not only become an exciting mode of transport, but is also perfect for adventuring around destinations at your own pace, even if you have never done it before.
With so many cruise lines offering kayaking tours across their itineraries, here are some of the best places you can kayak around the world.
The Norwegian Fjords often appear on any list that might have the words ‘stunning’ or ‘jaw-dropping’ in them, and this is for good reason. The fjords are constantly praised for their beauty and so, whether you have visited them before or planning to return, taking a kayaking trip is a great way unwind. Whether you are floating past colossal cliffs or traversing to the nearest hiking spot, kayaks are the ideal option to experience what the fjords can truly offer.
In the azure waters of the Baja California, kayaking is a must. Home to some of the most biodiverse aquatic life in the world, including sea lions, mobula rays, blue whales and fin whales, there is no wonder that so many kayak enthusiasts come here every year. Apart from the amazing wildlife, there are several desert islands, volcanic escarpments and, of course, the mainland to enjoy. Baja California is not only known for its coast but the local resorts and waterparks have helped this region flourish into a more diverse location.
Apart from the glistening water alongside the rugged Dalmatian coast, there is thousands of years’ worth of history in the surrounding islands. Fortresses, palaces and ruins left over from the Roman Empire all add to the experience. Plus, with options to walk the old towns and across the city walls, the Dalmatian Coast doubles as a great walking destination too. Once you have finished exploring the shoreline and islands, there are numerous cities to traverse including Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik, Biograd and Makarska.
Everybody who knows about the Galapagos Islands knows it’s a popular destination, and for good reason. Whether you have come here in search of the wildlife or for the sense of adventure, Kayaking is a great way to navigate the calm waters. The unique species that live here include playful sea lions and giant tortoises, most of which you can get close to for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Finally, each island has a diverse terrain, making them perfect for adventurous hikes and breath-taking views.
Vietnam may not be your first choice for cruising, but Ha Long Bay should definitely be on your bucket list. Everything about Ha Long Bay is perfect for kayaking. From the authentic fishing villages to the lesser-known caves, these calming waters are easy to navigate for seasoned pros and first-time kayakers. Apart from kayaking, there are plenty of cultural activities, during which cruisers can learn how the locals have adapted to the bay and made it their home. The region also supports a wide variety of sea and birdlife, including the spectacular sea eagle that soars through the blue skies.
The destinations listed above are only a small portion of the extraordinary destinations that you can visit via a cruise.
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