We don’t just snap photos of epic places, we jump in a kayak and paddle through them. It’s how we row.

From the exhilaration of floating past giant waterfalls to the feeling of spotting rare wildlife in a steamy jungle waterway, kayaking is one of the most unique ways to explore. If you like to travel with an extra splash of adventure – we're talking getting up close with Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia, rafting through rapids in Costa Rica or drifting over ancient sunken cities in Turkey – then our kayaking tours are for you. With a little bit of hiking and biking thrown in there too – as well as plenty of opportunities to explore the highlights, feast on delicious food, hang out with the locals and learn about the culture – these are active outdoor adventures that give a new perspective of some of the world’s most iconic destinations.

Our kayaking tours & holidays

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Mountains, forests and beaches – soak up the spectacular scenery of Italy’s Amalfi...

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Hike, bike and kayak across Vietnam on this active tour based out of Hanoi. Trek in...

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See the best of Cambodia, learning about its history and customs as you cycle, trek and...

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Hike, bike and kayak through Negombo, Sigiriya, Knuckles, Kandy, Hatton, Weligama, and...

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Explore lakes, mountains and rivers on a 4-day Wanaka adventure, taking in Arrowtown,...

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Walk into a world that's a play of colourful houses and blue sea as you amble between...

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Be captivated by Costa Rica on an adventure through Pacuare River, Manzanillo beach,...

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Get a cultural workout on a 12-day Japan active adventure. Hike the Nakasendo Way and...

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An adrenaline charged tour of Turkey. Visit the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, hike the...

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Jump aboard an active tour of Northern Thailand. Visit Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai,...

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Explore Anchorage, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Seward on foot...

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Pump up the excitement and heart rate on this active Croatia adventure. Enjoy hiking,...

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Pamper the appetite and treat the senses on this exquisite journey through Italy’s Lake...

Kayaking tour highlights

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

New Zealand

Kayak on the shimmering surface of Lake Wanaka and soak up the South Island’s mountainous scenery while swimming in crystal clear waters. Continue the adventure on a hike through alpine landscapes to hanging glaciers and take on Otago’s most impressive cycling trail.

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A group of travellers white water rafting in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Raft the rapids of the Pacuare River and admire the nearby jungle, get up close to wildlife at Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and hang ten in the nearby surf, and spot turtles as you kayak through the tranquil waters of Tortuguero National Park.

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Cliffs in Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska

Alaska

Paddle through the calm waters of Resurrection Bay in Kenai Peninsula National Park while enjoying beautiful mountain vistas. Make sure you keep an eye out for bald eagles and cold water critters like humpback whales, sea otters, seals and leaping salmon.

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Kayaks in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam

Soak up the magic of Halong Bay as you explore the karst-studded waters surrounding Cat Ba island. Drift through hidden coves, discover secret lagoons or hop out of your kayak and get your blood pumping on a hike to fantastic viewpoints overlooking the bay.

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The ruins of Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia

Cambodia

See the best bits of Cambodia while getting active. Paddle through the stunning flooded forests of Stung Treng, spot rare Irrawaddy dolphins on a Mekong River boat trip, wave at locals as you cycle through rural villages, and temple hop through the incredible Angkor complex.

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An Asian elephant mother and her calf

Sri Lanka

Cycle through tea plantations, float down the Gin River and feast on fish curries as you hike, bike and kayak from Negombo to Colombo. With untouched coastline, ancient ruins, rugged peaks and heaps of wildlife, Sri Lanka is a dream for outdoorsy travellers.

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Kayaking tour FAQs

You don’t need to be a super athlete! But a general level of health and fitness is needed to make the most of the experience. The physical level of kayaking and other activities differs between trips, so be sure to read the Essential Trip Information in detail to understand what level of exercise is involved.

If you’re not sure if you’re able to participate in any of our Active Adventure trips, visit your doctor to see if you’re in healthy shape to fully enjoy the activities included.

Training isn't necessary, but as many of our trips can involve multiple days of hiking, biking and water-based activities, it’s generally a good idea to start walking more at home, upping your pace at the gym or undertaking regular cardio exercise prior to the trip.

Outdoor activities and being immersed in nature are a focus of our Active Adventures, but we also know that a lot of the fun happens on the sidelines. That's why these trips still feature the same local interactions and real-life experiences that are a hallmark of the Intrepid experience. Our aim is to help you discover a destination in a new way while learning about the culture and its people.

No. There is no compulsory equipment on any of the trips. Bikes, kayaks and safety gear will be provided for you, however, it's important to check the packing list for each particular itinerary as there may be items we suggest you bring, such as cycling gloves (that may come useful on other activities like zip-lining), gel seats, day packs or water shoes. Check the packing list of your trip for a full list, including what clothing and footwear might be needed.

Absolutely. Because of the active nature of our trips, we require all travellers to hold an appropriate level of insurance coverage prior to departure. This includes coverage for included and optional activities on your tour. Most insurance providers will cover all the activities we offer on our trips, but it's important you read your product information summary (or equivalent insurance policy document) carefully to ensure you're covered.  

When reviewing your insurance coverage, keep an eye out for included activities such as Via Ferrata, rafting and high-altitude trekking (checking what exact altitude you are covered for is essential). If you have problems finding insurance, please contact our adventure consultants for further advice.

We take care of all the little details so you can focus on spotting wildlife or paddling those rapids. We transport your main luggage for you while you are trekking, cycling or kayaking, but we recommend carrying a day pack to hold a few essential items such as sunscreen, snacks, camera, water bottle and any other items you may need for the day.

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