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10 Best Kayaking Tours in the U.S.

Paddle your way through America's most amazing destinations. 

By Alli Hill

10 Best Kayaking Tours in the U.S.

Kayaking tours bring you closer to some of nature's most amazing wonders—sights you wouldn't otherwise be able to experience from land. From exploring saltwater marshes to finding hidden waterfalls and hiking trails, you never know what you might discover next. Beginners and seasoned paddlers alike can explore the world from a different perspective with these 10 best kayaking tours in the U.S.

Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventures, Kane'ohe Bay, HI

Oahu has become synonymous with eco-adventures and no trip to the island is complete without stepping off land and embarking on a water-filled journey. Their kayak tours take place in picturesque He’eia State Park, featuring beautiful mountain backdrops and crystal blue water. Book a professionally-guided kayak and snorkel tour, or make your adventure!

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La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks, La Jolla, CA

The diverse wildlife you’ll discover on this epic adventure is reason enough to join a tour. Groups are small so you can get the most from your experience. Leopard sharks and sea lions call the area home, as well as other marine life in four unique environments.

Kayak St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL

Florida’s oldest city is a treasure trove of curiosities on and in the water. You might just encounter some of its famous wildlife, including dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles on your adventure. If you have beginners in your group or you're traveling with family, try their Dolphin Experience tour. To see everything from monkeys to alligators, check out the Silver Springs State Park Wildlife Tour. 

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Hawaiian Paddle Sports, Kihei, HI

Maui is brimming with Hawaiian sea life and your kayak will take you closer than ever to see it all! Tour guests have reported snorkeling with turtles and seeing gorgeous reef fish that make every moment of this tour magical.

Savannah Canoe and Kayak, Savannah, GA

Whether you want a quiet paddling experience along the smooth saltwater marshes or you prefer seeing manatees and other marine life, you’ve got plenty of kayak tours to choose from with Savannah Canoe and Kayak. They offer half-day and full-day tours to give you as much adventure as you can handle.

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Kayak Lake Powell, Page, AZ

Kayak is the best way to explore the geological wonders of Glen Canyon and Lake Powell. The tour company offers a variety of tours for paddlers of all skill levels, with some tours combining paddling with hiking and even camping!

Canyon Voyages Adventure Company, Moab, UT

The 45-mile stretch of Labyrinth Canyon is a sight to behold. This multi-day guided paddling trip offers plenty of time for camping and hiking to give your paddling arms a break.

Kayak Adventures Key West, Key West, FL

Key West is brimming with ecological discoveries that you can only experience via kayak. Tour guides teach you all the basics of paddling so don’t let a lack of experience scare you off. Cruise through mangroves, see Key West wildlife, and even fish straight from your kayak!

Coastal Expeditions, Mount Pleasant, SC

One of Mount Pleasant's most beloved tour companies offers a variety of kayaking tours through its famed marshlands. From sunset adventures to dolphin watching to combination kayak-and-hiking tours on Bull Island, there’s something for every interest and skill level.

Enjoy Napa Valley, Napa, CA

Napa Valley isn’t just wine country—it’s also an opportunity to explore its diverse river life! Join the River History Tour and get a history lesson while you paddle past the area’s most scenic sites. 

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