In the News
Kayaking with Killer Whales in British ColumbiaThe Financial Times September, 2015
"The 30-tonne creature broke the surface a mere stone’s throw from my kayak, the sun glistening on its huge black back as its 40ft body arced gracefully up and over as if in slow motion. For the next half-hour I watched, mesmerised, as it repeatedly resurfaced, its arrival heralded each time by the sudden blast of a 10ft plume of water from its blow hole. At times I was close enough to feel the moisture from those spouts drift over me; close enough to see the white barnacles encrusting its great tail as it dived."
Cuban Travel: 5 Ways to Explore CubeMen's Fitness September, 2015
"When it comes to Caribbean islands, it's hard to imagine anything other than its turquoise waters. On this eight-day paddling trip with Row Adventures, you'll get your fill of stunning sandy stretches and untouched coral reefs, but not at the cost of ignoring the country's beautiful forests and cities, too. This new people-to-people adventure, which debuts in November, combines sea, lake and river kayaking with hiking so that you can spend plenty of time in both its metropolitan and wildlife settings, including Havana, Bay of Pigs, and Zapata National Park."
Cuba Tour Isn't the Same Old Same OldChicago Tribune July, 2015
"Travel to Cuba is the latest craze, and loosening of restrictions on travel there by U.S. citizens means many tour companies are jumping into the fray. A somewhat different approach is offered by ROW Adventures, a company that specializes in adventure travel around the world. Cuba Unbound: Adventure Tour is an eight-day itinerary that naturally looks at much of the island nation's culture but also adds in kayaking and hiking."
ROW Adventures Kayak Trip Ranked Among Best in the WorldSpokesman Review July, 2015
"If you're considering a great exotic guided sea-kayaking and hiking adventure, take a tip from National Geographic Traveler, which gave high ratings to an Inland Northwest company that thinks globally. Compelling Corsica, a unique sea kayaking and mountain hiking adventure vacation from ROW Sea Kayak Adventures based in Coeur d'Alene, was named one of National Geographic Traveler magazine's 2015 Tours of the Lifetime."
10 Tourist-Free Adventure DestinationsYahoo! Travel July, 2015
Sick of overcrowded streets, congested bus rides and suffocating travel groups? You’re not alone. One of the top trends in travel this decade is the quest for the untouched – those pristine, less-traveled destinations you can explore without bumping into selfie-takers at every turn.
Luckily for us, the folks at the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) know a thing or two about traveling off the beaten path. To bring you the tourist-free experience you crave, we asked experts at the recent AdventureElevate conference in Colorado to share some of their favorite secret spots. Read on to get the skinny on these exotic locales before the crowds show up.
"Compelling Corsica" Awarded National Geographic Traveler "2015 Tours of a Lifetime"National Geographic Traveler April, 2015
Our new "Compelling Corsica" trip was selected as a National Geographic Traveler’s “2015 Tours of a Lifetime!” Now in it's 10th year, the 2015 list features 50 of the world's best guided trips chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveler. Norie Quintos, acting editor in chief of National Geographic Travel magazine said that "the 50 best guided tours selected this year offer authentic travel experiences that are sure to leave participants engaged and ensconced in culture," and that "the types of immersive and experiential trips... are going farther and deeper than ever before."
Whale Meet Again...Daily Mail UK March, 2015
Julietta Dexter only hoped to catch a glimpse of an orca whale in Canada - but ended up surrounded by them for days.
Sea Kayakers Connect with Dying WhaleSpokesman Review March, 2015
Coeur d’Alene-based sea kayaking guides connected in a personal if not spiritual way to a baby whale destined to die on a Mexico beach.
“I’ll never forget the look in that eye,” said Michelle Darnell, back in the ROW Adventures office last week.
She was working in January with kayaking guides Chris Garcia and Sam Morrison during a ROW Sea Kayak Adventures three-day trip to absorb the natural history in the famous gray whale mating and birthing waters of Magdalena Bay.
Kayaking Mexico's Sea of CortezCoastal Living January, 2015
"Now officially luxury castaways, we sleep in white tents pitched by our guides along the shore and spend two more days paddling in the protected waters surrounding the islands. Dolphins announce themselves in a watery shimmer, and then playfully swim away. A pilot whale breaks the surface, and we spot a pod of dolphins nearby it like a marine entourage. They're glimpses of the swirling world below the surface."
Adventure 101: Sea Kayaking BajaNational Geographic: Intelligent Travel December, 2014
They are scenes from our daydreams: paddling across an indigo lagoon surrounded by porpoises; coming eye to eye with a breaching whale; drifting to sleep on a beach under a dazzle of stars, well fed and soothed by top-shelf tequila...