Types of Kayaking Holidays / Vacations

There are a few options to think about each with advantages and disadvantages.

Do you want to paddle with a guide or have a self-guided trip? Do you want to kayak with a large group or as a couple? There are a few options to think about each with advantages and disadvantages.

Self-Guided Kayaking Trip

This is where you get a company to handle all the ins and outs of your trip. Kind of an all-inclusive of kayaking holidays.

Advantages;

Included is everything you need for a stress-free trip; kayaks, tents and cooking equipment are included. You usually get a guide book and a map showing the best routes. A few kayaking companies also offer local transport and pre-bought food service, all of which helps keep your kayaking trip stress free.

Disadvantages;

The only disadvantage is that it is more expensive than organising everything yourself.

Guided Kayaking Trip

This is where you have a guide with you at all times throughout your kayaking holiday. They will show you the best places and will often talk about interesting features along the way.

Advantages;

Having a professional guide with you will make you feel more at ease when kayaking and is a safer option.

Disadvantages;

The disadvantage is that you will have to spend your holiday with someone else who you may or may not like.

DIY Kayaking Trip

This is where you organise everything from local transport to hiring kayaks, tents and arranging food.

Advantages;

The advantage is that this is the cheaper option.

Disadvantages;

There are plenty of kayaking centres out there which will hire kayaks and a few which can hire a tent, and it can be a little awkward to arrange some of the other aspects of a kayaking holiday, for example buying food, gas and local transport. Also the kayak centres will often ask that you end your trip back at the centre, meaning you may have to come back on yourself.

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