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Best Kayaking Tour (2021)

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Kayaking combines aerobic fitness with the chance to immerse yourself in nature, whether it be the mangrove forests of Florida or the glacial bays of Alaska.

  • Rising Tide Explorers

    Rising Tide Explorers
    Naples, Fla.

    Certified local biologists lead every tour of Naples and Marco Island with Rising Tide Explorers. Paddle through mangrove tunnels and past mudflats in search of Southwest Florida wildlife, or glide through the waters of Rookery Bay Reserve for some spectacular birdwatching.
    Photo courtesy of Rising Tide Explorers

  • Get Up And Go Kayaking

    Get Up And Go Kayaking
    Florida

    Get Up And Go Kayaking uses clear kayaks that allow guests to soak up the scenery around them, as well as under them. Choose from tours in the Florida Keys, Winter Park, Tampa, Rainbow Springs, Crystal River, Vero Beach, Jupiter or Rock Springs.
    Photo courtesy of Get Up And Go Kayaking

  • Green River Adventures

    Green River Adventures
    Saluda, NC

    Green River Adventures offers whitewater kayaking experiences and personalized kayak lessons from Saluda, North Carolina. Their Lower Green River adventure is perfect for families and those with more moderate activity levels, while their Upper Greek River experience is geared more for the experienced kayak enthusiasts who are looking for heart-pumping excitement and Class IV rapids!
    Photo courtesy of Green River Adventures

  • Glass Bottom Rentals

    Glass Bottom Rentals
    Boca Grande, FL

    Glass Bottom Rentals provide clear kayak rentals and tours at Boca Grande, Florida. Paddlers can view amazing marine wildlife through the glass-like bottoms of their kayaks. Many guided tour options are available for all levels of paddlers - eco-tours, shelling tours, sunset LED night tours, and more.
    Photo courtesy of Glass Bottom Rentals

  • Maine State Sea Kayak

    Maine State Sea Kayak
    Mount Desert Island, Maine

    Maine State Sea Kayak seeks to introduce visitors to the “quiet side of Acadia” through guided kayaking tours. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, bald eagles, osprey, crabs, porpoises and sea stars as you paddle along the less-visited backside of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park.
    Photo courtesy of Maine State Sea Kayak

  • Great Turtle Kayak Tours

    Great Turtle Kayak Tours
    Mackinac Island, Mich.

    Great Turtle Kayak Tours has been leading tours through the waterways of Mackinac Island for more than 20 years. Paddle at sunrise to Arch Rock and the Rock Maze, watch the sunset from Devil’s Kitchen near the Grand Hotel, circumnavigate the island or enjoy a challenging trip across the Straits of Mackinac to Round Island in Hiawatha National Forest.
    Photo courtesy of Great Turtle Kayak Tours

  • Whidbey Island Kayaking

    Whidbey Island Kayaking
    Langley, Wa

    Whidbey Island Kayaking offers kayaking experiences for first-timers to kayaking veterans from their location in Langley, Washington. Guests may be treated to magnificent views of the Cascade Mountains during the day or experience padding by the full moon in the evening. Whale watching in the spring and fall is also a frequent adventure.
    Photo courtesy of Whidbey Island Kayaking

  • Desert Adventures

    Desert Adventures
    Boulder City, NV

    Desert Adventures provides kayaking experiences in and around the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Las Vegas, Nevada. Beginner and experienced paddlers can enjoy half-or full-day adventures on Lake Mead and the lower Colorado River or longer kayaking/camping events through Black Canyon and the upper Colorado River. Kayak 101 training and more advanced courses are also available.
    Photo courtesy of 4kodiak // Getty Images

  • Sea Kayak Adventures

    Sea Kayak Adventures

    Sea Kayak Adventures, based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, provides sea kayaking adventures across the globe. Their kayaking trips include familiar locations such as Baja, Mexico, and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, but also less famous locations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
    Photo courtesy of Sea Kayak Adventures

  • Above and Beyond Alaska

    Above and Beyond Alaska
    Juneau, Alaska

    Above and Beyond Alaska Wilderness Trips provides sea kayaking trips near Juneau, Alaska. Experiences include ocean and mountain views while paddling in Auke Bay, paddling with humpback whales in the Channel Islands, or wildlife and brown bear viewing experiences near Admiralty Island.
    Photo courtesy of mcpaulk // Getty Images

The top 10 winners in the category Best Kayaking Tour Company are as follows:  

  1. Rising Tide Explorers - Naples, Fla.
  2. Get Up And Go Kayaking - Florida
  3. Green River Adventures - Saluda, NC
  4. Glass Bottom Rentals - Boca Grande, FL
  5. Maine State Sea Kayak - Mount Desert Island, Maine
  6. Great Turtle Kayak Tours - Mackinac Island, Mich.
  7. Whidbey Island Kayaking - Langley, Wa
  8. Desert Adventures - Boulder City, NV
  9. Sea Kayak Adventures
  10. Above and Beyond Alaska - Juneau, Alaska

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all the winners on the 10Best list!

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