So you’re considering a kayaking and camping trip because you want to see orcas in the wild or perhaps explore a particular corner of the globe. But what you actually get is so much more as you escape the stresses of daily life and immerse yourself in the beauty of our natural world. When you turn off your devices and are completely present during a nature-based vacation, the rewards and experiences come flooding in. 

Still not convinced? Here are just five things that might surprise you when you head off on a kayaking and camping trip. 

 

camping under the stars

Spectacular Stargazing

Once you escape the light pollution of the city, the night sky reveals itself at its most dazzling. It’s easy to forget how spectacular the stars and planets appear when you’re busy with day to day life, and a kayaking and camping trip is one of the best ways to rediscover the astronomer within all of us. The remote locations in which we paddle offer some incredible stargazing that will appeal to both amateur and experienced astronomers, as well as those who just want to lie in the sand and ponder at the wonder of our universe. It’s not uncommon to catch sight of the Milky Way or even the Northern Lights on some of our tours, both experiences that will stay with you for many years to come. 

 

bird eating a fish

Bountiful Birding

Encounters with big species such as whales are often the focus of our kayaking trips. But the truth is, the birdlife is also second to none. From long-legged flamingos and big-beaked pelicans to cormorants, boobies and soaring eagles, a myriad of species reside in or migrate through the waterways we explore. Twitchers will find no shortage of inspiration while paddling past remote islands and spectacular rock formations, many of which provide refuge and resting place for countless species. The lack of a noisy boat or vehicle engine only adds to the wildlife encounters, allowing you to get up close without your subject flying away. 

 

father and daughter bird watching

Real Connections and Bonding

There’s something special that happens when you take yourself away from the stresses of daily life and the distractions that alter our relationships with those around us. With limited cell service and no internet, our kayaking and camping trips offer endless time to talk, listen and laugh while connecting with the wonders of Mother Nature. It’s a great opportunity to bond with your family members or make new friends as you work together in accomplishing things each and every day. But you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with the local cultures and places we visit with the help of our knowledgeable, local guides. 

 

kayakers in the river

Exercise to Inspire

When you head off on one of our kayaking and camping trips, you’ll spend your days paddling, hiking, swimming, and snorkeling, with plenty of time for rest and relaxation thrown in. Many of our guests leave feeling recharged and rejuvenated while being in better shape than when they arrived. Add to that delicious food to refuel you throughout the day and you’ll be inspired to return to the daily grind with a new lease on life. If you’ve been procrastinating about getting in shape or need a more natural setting to encourage activity, then a paddling vacation might just be the answer. 

 

yoga on the dunes

It's an incredible Stress Relief

When you combine all of the above - human connection, exposure to different cultures, daily exercise and immersion in nature - it can feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. In our day-to-day lives, stress can quickly build up (often without us knowing) until it all becomes too much. Nothing is quite as restorative as connecting with people and nature in a setting that offers inspiration around every corner. Our kayaking and camping trips also offer an escape from domestic duties, such as cooking and any heavy lifting, which is all handled by our guides. This gives you plenty of time to relax at camp and revel in the fresh air before falling asleep beneath a never-ending starry night sky.

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