Whilst sitting around a camp fire on a remote beach or in the classroom on a 4 Star Assessment a question which regularly comes up is “What are the the 5 best sea kayak trips that you have ever done”? Just take a minute to think about what are the best 5 days that you have spent in a sea kayak, factors to take into account might include companions, scenery, wildlife, weather etc. What is interesting is that if you repeat the process in a couple of days time you will probably come up with some different paddles.
So I thought, what are my 5 most memorable sea kayaking day trips at the present time? I present them below in no particular order.
There is something special about kayaking through the heart of the world’s great cities. London and Paris have both been memorable paddles but looking back towards New York from the Statue of Liberty is second to none.
Heading through the Ecrehous reef. Located approximately half way between Jersey and the coast of Normandy and visit to this delightful ref is a must for any sea kayaker who is visiting Jersey. There will be a number of paddles arranged here during the Jersey Symposium in May
The west coast of Scotland is justifiably popular with sea kayakers and the paddle at from Elgol into the heart of the Cuillin Mountains has to be one of the finest one day paddles that there is. This was a beautiful day a few years ago, the day trip at last years Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium included a quick visit to the neighbouring island of Soay.
Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland has many of the basic ingredients of classic sea kayaking, isolation, dramatic scenery, memorable wildlife etc. what makes it so special though is kayak through ice whilst there are historic and cultural links between the region and the kayaks we paddle.
This small island is Er Lannic in Morbihan, southern Brittany. Where else is it possible to paddle in tidal streams which reach nearly 10 knots whilst less than a hundred metres away it is possible to explore semi submerged stone circles, several thousand years old?