The World’s Top Kayaking Locations

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A man of wisdom delights in water. ~ Confucius

The following are ten great kayaking locations:
Retirement kayaking New Zealand Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island, has more than 37,000 acres to explore by kayak in emerald-green waters. Sandy beaches provide for camping beneath the Southern Cross and huts for those seeking shelter. Extensive wildlife including birds and seals inhabit the area and there are many trails for hiking.

Retirement kayaking in Maine Acadia National Park, Maine

The first water trail created in 1993 in the US passes directly through Arcadia National Park and enables kayaking and exploration of nearly 3500 miles of coastline with various locations for launching kayaks and campsites along the route. You can view beautiful sunrises, incredible sea life, and rocky coves and astonishingly blue water all from your kayak.

Retirement kayaking in Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a coastline of nearly 650 miles making exploring by kayak a joy. The National Park is one of the top kayaking locations with crystal clear waters, sandy white beaches and a tropical jungle along the coast. Coast Rica’s top rated conservation program protects over 25% of the country and features spectacular wildlife and fauna.

Retirement kayaking in Thailand Phuket, Thailand

The emerald waters of Phuket and Phang-Nga Bay are ideal for kayaking and exploring many nearby tropical islands, water filled caves and narrow limestone pathways. There are many secluded beaches available for swimming, snorkeling and viewing the spectacular vistas. Some of the most interesting kayaking is in Phang-Nga National Park featuring narrow caves that lead to gorgeous hidden lagoons.

Retirement kayaking in Italy Sardinia, Italy

There are several locations for kayaking in Sardinia including the Maddalena Archipelago National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site). The island offers warm Mediterranean weather and secluded beaches and coves. There are views of shear limestone cliffs and rock formations while paddling through crystalline Mediterranean waters. The island also provides many prehistoric archeological sites to explore.