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10 Luxurious Destinations For Honeymooning Kayakers

Fall in love all over again with these dreamy guided trips

a luxurious tropical island destination for honeymoon paddlers
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Are you dreaming of a kayak adventure for your honeymoon? It’s true, North America has plenty to offer, but setting your sights beyond the borders of Canada and the United States reveals a world of romantic paddling possibilities in exotic international kayak destinations. These include historic Mediterranean rivers, tropical islands and northern fjords—magical places that set the stage for an unforgettable honeymoon voyage.

Sign up for a guided trip for the ultimate in convenience, regardless of your paddling skill. You can trust these local experts to take care of all the complex logistics, including dealing with language barriers, providing top-notch paddling equipment, and planning the best itineraries to take in all the highlights. Options range from luxurious cruise and kayak voyages to multiday coastal kayak touring expeditions, depending on your skills and expectations.

We’ve probed all corners of the globe to assemble a list of the best honeymoon trips for kayakers, including tropical paradises, polar seascapes and everything in between.

Portugal

Portugal’s comfortable Mediterranean climate, friendly people, great food and sweeping pastoral landscapes make it a renowned destination for travel. It’s great for paddlers, too, and a trip on the historic Douro or Mondego rivers makes for an ideal honeymoon blending fantastic kayaking with Old World romance.

1 Douro River

Douro Kayak Expeditions offers multiple tour options on the Douro River, also known as Portugal’s “River of Wine.” The company offers six- and 10-day fully guided paddling journeys tracing the Douro as it flows peacefully through rolling hills and ancient vineyards across Portugal. You’ll spend nights in riverside manors and enjoy local food and drink, as well as visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$2231 USD | $2985 CAD Package Price

Douro Kayak Expeditions

Kayak the Douro River Across Portugal

A six- or 10-day itinerary paddling the flat water Douro River (River of Wine), sleeping in beautiful manor houses and lovely inns. Sharing sumptuous Portuguese food and wine. All inclusive tour in three World Heritage Sites in this little visited part of Europe. You will paddle past grape vine terrasses that have been hand harvested since Roman times. This is truly the tour of a lifetime.

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$2231 USD | $2985 CAD Package Price


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You can also sign up for a nine-day kayak tour of the Douro and two of its tributaries, the Tua and Tamega rivers, with 7 Rivers Expeditions. This fully guided trip takes in historic sites and bucolic landscapes, from Porto to Barca de Alva.

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$3593 USD | $4749 CAD Per Person

7 Rivers Expeditions

Kayak the Douro River and Its Tributaries

In the 20th century, with the construction of 5 dams in Portuguese territory, it allowed safe navigation between Porto and Barca d’Alba. On our Kayak expedition, we will explore Douro River and two tributaries: the Tua River and the Tâmega River. Both tributaries have economic and historical interests as well as an incredible and varied landscape. For 9 days we will explore hidden places! Come with us!

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$3593 USD | $4749 CAD Per Person


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7 Rivers Expeditions offers another nine-day trip on the Douro, which takes in stunning shorelines near the Spanish border, passes through the valley where port wine originated, and wraps up at luxurious thermal springs.

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$3550 USD | $4700 CAD Per Person

7 Rivers Expeditions

Douro Cliffs

1st day: Welcome day; 2nd day: The beautiful train ride to Pocinho; 3rd day: The Expedition begins, on Internacional Douro River; 4th day: We will paddle from “Barca d `Alva” to Côa train station; 5th day: From Foz do Sabor river to Cais da Preguiça; 6th day: From Cais da Preguiça to Ferradosa; 7th day: Through the valley where Port Wine is produced; 8th day: On the way to Caldas de Aregos – Thermal Waters; 9th day: Free day in Oporto.

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$3550 USD | $4700 CAD Per Person


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2 Mondego River

Portugal’s largest waterway, the Mondego traverses a landscape of vineyards, Mediterranean forests and small rural communities. 7 Rivers Expeditions’ six-day Mondego trip captures the local flavor in terms of food, drink and people, making for a great honeymoon journey for couples who love to paddle and have authentic cultural experiences.

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$2130 USD | $2910 CAD Per Person

7 Rivers Expeditions

Paddling on the Mondego – Portugal’s Biggest River

On this expedition we will explore the upper Mondego river as well as one of its beautiful tributaries, the Dão river, known for its famous wine. The whole expedition takes place in a valley surrounded by fields and forest. We will get to know the local communities, the typical food of the region as well as the wine. In all our expeditions we always try to integrate the local community, supporting the sustainable and responsible development of these small communities.

Portugal

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$2130 USD | $2910 CAD Per Person


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Bahamas

It’s hard to imagine a better option for Caribbean sea kayaking than the Bahamas. This chain of sandy islands stretching southeast from Florida boasts warm, sparkling water, great snorkeling and friendly people. It all makes for a paradisiacal destination for a honeymoon kayak trip.

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3 Exuma Cays

The Exumas are made up of 365 islands and cays in various sizes, from tiny sand spits to Great Exuma, a strip of limestone and sand measuring about 60 kilometers in length. Breakwater Expeditions’ Exuma Cays tour offers four to five days of sea kayaking in the Exumas, with a mix of camping and lodge accommodations and daily distances perfect for novice to intermediate paddlers. This trip is great if you’re looking for local knowledge and the opportunity to challenge your skills in amazing tropical waters.

Bahamas, Caribbean

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$2250 USD Per Person

Breakwater Expeditions

Sea Kayaking in Exuma Cays Bahamas

The Exuma Cays are a string of over 350 islands that comprise the Exuma district of the Bahamas. These islands stretch lazily across the Tropic of Cancer about 300 miles southeast of the coastal United States. The Islands, formed of oolitic limestone, have been dramatically carved by wind and water to form breathtaking cliffs and overhangs that merge seamlessly with white sand beaches and sapphire waters.

Bahamas, Caribbean

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$2250 USD Per Person


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Meanwhile, Canadian outfitter Wanapitei Canoe Expeditions offers a six-day Exumas sea kayak tour for paddlers looking to experience wilderness camping on spectacular Caribbean islands. The tour island hops north of Great Exuma, featuring sand beaches and the Bahamas’ characteristic sapphire waters. All equipment, meals and professional guiding is included. Just bring your swimsuit, mask and snorkel.

Bahamas, Caribbean

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$1995 USD Per Person

Wanapitei Canoe Expeditions

Bahamas Sea Kayaking

The Bahamas offers some of the most beautiful ocean kayaking anywhere. In the Exuma’s you get to be up close and personal with the beautiful islands and reefs. Experience this secluded tropical paradise and see for yourself what it’s like as we island hop our way between the various Cays North of Great Exuma. Great paddling, great snorkeling, great camping! Enjoy the beautiful sand beaches, warm shallow waters with their sapphire blue colour.

Bahamas, Caribbean

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$1995 USD Per Person


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Mexico

Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is a classic sunshine destination where you can extend your sea kayak season into the winter months. It is the perfect place for a honeymoon journey, with crystalline waters, pristine beaches, unique desert landscapes and starry night skies.

4 Carmen Island

Paddle with Sea Kayak Baja Mexico on a 10-day expedition into the heart of the Loreto Marine Park. This guided, all-inclusive journey features plenty of wildlife in the sea and on land, including dolphins, blue whales, sea turtles and bighorn sheep. The shoreline is a stunning mix of beaches, sea caves and cliffs. It’s the perfect trip for wilderness lovers looking for a life-list trip in a magically diverse place. The 100-kilometer itinerary is best for paddlers with some sea kayaking experience.

Mexico, Baja

Kayaking

Guide Service

8 Days or More

$2995 USD Package Price

Sea Kayak Baja Mexico

Carmen Island Journey, Mexico

The gem of Loreto National Park, Carmen Island sports dramatic cliffs, sea caves, marine fossils, bighorn sheep, inviting beaches, ghost town, rare plants, and 60 miles of endlessly varied coastline. Dolphins, blue whales, sea turtles, blue-footed boobies, and other exciting wildlife cruise Carmen. Immerse yourself deep in the heart of World Heritage territory in a self-contained journey where tasty meals come out of kayak hatches and lifetime memories are forged.

Mexico, Baja

Kayaking

Guide Service

8 Days or More

$2995 USD Package Price


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5 Isla Espiritu Santo

Sea Kayak Adventures offers a touch of extra comfort in its five-day Isla Espiritu Santo package, featuring panga (motorboat) support for lighter, easier paddling and more flexible plans. Adventures abound in and around the crystalline waters of the Sea of Cortez on this guided and fully outfitted beginner-friendly trip—including great snorkeling, desert hiking and beachcombing on a coastline that’s home to whales, sea lions and so much more.

Mexico, Baja

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$1490 USD Package Price

Sea Kayak Adventures

Isla Espiritu Santo Kayak Tour

Baja is an iconic paddling destination with transparent, warm water, bountiful marine life and spectacular scenery. Our La Paz-based kayak trips go to either Isla San Jose or Isla Espiritu Santo. Trips are panga (motorboat) supported, keeping kayaks lighter and plans more flexible. We camp on vast sandy beaches on the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez, hike among cactus, swim with sea lions, snorkel with colorful fish and relax under a star-studded night sky.

Mexico, Baja

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

4–7 Days

$1490 USD Package Price


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Australia

Looking to combine a bucket-list destination and a honeymoon kayak trip all in one? Voyage Down Under for a honeymoon adventure that checks all the boxes. This continent has something for everyone—first and foremost an amazing coastline including countless options for sea kayaking.

6 Tasman Peninsula

Located south of Australia, on the island state of Tasmania, the Tasman Peninsula is a stunning combination of rocky cliffs and paradisiacal beaches—about as far off the beaten track as you can journey for a honeymoon paddling retreat. Southern Sea Ventures organizes an all-inclusive, four-day Tasmanian kayak adventure based from a romantic beachside private lodge. The surrounding waters are home to migrating humpback and southern right whales from May to November. The adventure includes a special guest biologist to help you learn more about this rich ocean ecosystem.

Australia

Kayaking

4–7 Days

$2044 USD Package Price

Southern Sea Ventures

Tasman Peninsula Expedition Cruise and Kayak

The coastline of the Tasman Peninsula is largely covered by national park with spectacular dolerite cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches and sheltered bays, making it an ideal paddling and whale watching destination. Short but spectacular cliff-top hikes will allow us to watch for whales on land and enjoy the fauna and fora of the Peninsula. Our base for three nights is a beachside private lodge built for peace, privacy and comfort. Enjoy a Tasmanian escape!

Australia

Kayaking

4–7 Days

$2044 USD Package Price


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Fiji

With great beaches, warm water and endless sunshine, it’s hard to imagine a better destination for a honeymoon trip. Adding kayaking makes a trip to this Pacific paradise the ideal vacation for couples.

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7 Yasawa Islands

Join Southern Sea Ventures for a unique Fiji sea kayak tour that includes a cruise from Nadi to the Blue Lagoon in the Yasawa Islands. This incredible weeklong adventure is offered May through October, and includes stunning beaches, limestone caves and swaying palms. You’ll experience a traditional Fijian village and combine amazing tropical kayaking with world-class snorkeling.

Fiji

4–7 Days

$1800 USD

Southern Sea Ventures

Fiji Expedition Cruise and Kayak

We begin this spectacular Fiji sea kayaking vacation in the Yasawa Islands with a boat transfer from Nadi to our base in the Blue Lagoon. Dream of tropical islands and spectacular snorkeling as we paddle a loop among the four northernmost Islands in the chain. We take in spectacular sunsets, limestone caves, white sandy beaches fringed with swaying coconut palms, and spend two nights as honoured guests in a traditional Fijian village.

Fiji

4–7 Days

$1800 USD


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Chile

Chile is a legendary destination for adventurers and a perfect place for a honeymoon retreat during the austral summer. You’ll find welcoming people and a country that makes adventure travel easy. Better yet, go guided for an all-inclusive and more immersive experience.

8 Patagonia

British Columbia’s Spirit of the West Adventures’ vision of the ultimate Patagonia sea kayak tour is a 12-day, mothership-based adventure amidst icebergs and along the edge of the San Rafael Glacier. Coastal Patagonia features deep fjords, hot springs and mountain views, as well as amazing marine wildlife. This fully guided tour includes overnight stays aboard a comfortable mothership, gourmet meals and beginner-friendly paddling options.

Chile

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$7495 USD Per Person

Spirit of the West Adventures

Ultimate Patagonia

Maneuvering your kayak amongst icebergs and along the spectacular San Rafael Glacier is an adventure with everlasting memories, and just one of the many highlights this journey offers to passionate travelers! It doesn’t matter what you have experienced in the past, our diverse excursions, fantastic crew and the dramatically wild landscape of land and sea will blow your adventurous mind!

Chile

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$7495 USD Per Person


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Norway

Norway is a classic sea kayak destination that’s well known for an intriguing mix of cold, exposed waters, tall cliffs, deep fjords and captivating Norse culture. Its advanced paddling conditions make it a good option for intermediate and more experienced paddlers, though a range of guided trips makes Norway accessible to everyone.

9 Tromso

Looking for a honeymoon adventure combining sea kayaking, sailing and hiking? Meet your guides and group in the northern Norwegian town of Tromso to begin an eight-day exploration of the island nation’s rockbound fjords, which are interspersed with gravel beaches and austere sea stacks—all resting beneath a backdrop of soaring mountains. TRAK Camps & Tours handles all the logistics and offers expert guiding to promise the trip of a lifetime.

Norway

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$2300 USD

TRAK Camps & Tours

TRAK Tour – Northern Norway Expedition

Take the next step, or the first step, in developing your expedition skills to empower your next trips. Join TRAK in Tromsø, Norway, for this spectacular sea kayaking and sailing expedition, including hiking and viewing the aurora borealis. The northern Norway coastline is renowned for its beauty; a forested terrain contoured with rugged mountains and vast fjords that has twice been voted the best travel destination in the world by National Geographic.

Norway

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$2300 USD


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10 Svalbard

Derived from old Norse, Svalbard translates to “cold edge”—an apt name for a place of polar bears, pack ice and midnight sun. This eight-day package with Southern Sea Ventures blends luxury with kayaking adventures in Svalbard’s Arctic waters. You’ll enjoy boutique accommodations and gourmet meals aboard the 50-passenger Polar Pioneer, while also participating in guided day tours amidst icebergs and along rocky shores. Southern Sea plans for at least one full-day, linear kayak trip where paddlers are dropped off by the ship and picked up elsewhere. A spring departure date maximizes opportunities to see polar bears and provides the magic of nearly 24 hours of daylight.

Norway

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$7005 USD

Southern Sea Ventures

Svalbard Expedition Cruise and Kayak

Svalbard, translates literally to the cold edge in old Norse and it is the perfect place to experience polar bears, pack ice and arctic history amongst jagged peaks and glaciated terrain. Travelling in the early part of the season we will maximise our chances of seeing polar bears on sea ice and experiencing all the wonder of the Arctic. Whether you are a sea kayaker or cruiser, the Svalbard archipelago is a must visit destination.

Norway

Kayaking

Paddling Trip

8 Days or More

$7005 USD


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Feature photo: Donovan Kelly/Pexels

 

 

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