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  • Nick and Dariece | August 22, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    3 Lesser-Known Kayaking Destinations

    3 Lesser-Known Kayaking Destinations

    All photos by Goats on the Road unless otherwise indicated.

    Kayaking is a great way to get out on the water, get some exercise and enjoy nature. If, like us, you love a place with good kayaking possibilities, you're going to love this post. While you can kayak pretty much anywhere there is water, not all destinations are created equal. It's important that there are good kayaks available for rent and if you can find a tour operator that organizes paddle trips, it's usually well worth the expense. Today I'm going to list three of our favorite kayaking destinations for those who love to paddle when they travel.

    1. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

    You really can't beat the scenery on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. This glistening body of water sits in an extinct volcano crater and is home to a wide variety of birds, including Lesser Goldfinch, American Coots and Prevost's ground sparrows. There are kayaks for rent all over the lake, but if you stay at Sunset Lodge you'll get free access to the accommodation’s kayaks every day. Both paddle and peddle kayaks are available, so if your arms get tired, you can switch it up for a leg workout.

    kayaking on lake atitlan guatemala

    There are some dangerous walking paths around the lake, so kayaking can actually be a great alternative way to get between villages. The paddle between Panajachel and Paxanax is a long one, but it's fun to do. Just watch out for speedboats!

    2. Gozo Island, Malta

    Another absolutely stunning place to kayak, Gozo is very different from Lake Atitlan. The terrain here is dry and desert-like and you'll be paddling in the Mediterranean Sea. The coastline here is fringed by deep caves and overhangs that you can go inside, as well as steep towering limestone cliffs and jagged rock formations.

    READ MORE: A Few Reasons Traveling by Kayak Is the Coolest

    Definitely check out Gozo Adventures if you're interested in kayaking around the island. The company has professional and experienced guides and will take you to all the best parts of Gozo and (depending on the weather) Comino Island.

    Kayak Gozo

    These tours are typically 14 km or more, so it's wise to be in shape before setting out. Also, make sure you bring plenty of water and sunscreen as hot days can be very draining. If you get the chance, the paddle to the Blue Lagoon on Comino Island is absolutely stunning.

    3. Grenada

    This tiny island in the southern Caribbean Sea is one of our favorite places on Earth. The topography here is absolutely breathtaking with craggy cliffs and white sand beaches lining much of the coast, and a mountainous, rainforest-clad interior climbing up to the sky. You can rent kayaks independently on Grand Anse Beach for a quick paddle, but to go on a proper kayaking trip, we suggest Conservation Kayak. As the name suggests, they run an eco-friendly operation and take some beautiful trips around nearby Hog Island, Woburn Bay and Benjy Bay.

    Conservation Kayak Grenada

    Photo courtesy of Conservation Kayak.

    As a tourist to the island, you're likely to spend almost all of your time in the Grand Anse area, so by going with Conservation Kayak, you'll have an opportunity to get out and see some areas where few tourists go.

    Hog Island is actually one of the most beautiful places around Grenada. It's a tiny little atoll connected to the main island by a small bridge that is no longer accessible by car. After your kayak trip, I highly recommend heading back up to Hog Island for a hike around. The hilly interior of the island offers great views of Grenada and the nearby harbors. You can also stop in at Roger's Beach Bar for a cold one. This bar was rated one of the funkiest places in the Caribbean, and when you see it, you'll probably agree.

    READ MORE: Lake Atitlan for Adventure Seekers

    Paddling and Traveling is a Great Combination!

    Even if you're not normally a kayaker, you may just find that getting out on the water becomes a highlight of your trip. While you're not likely to go to destinations specifically for the kayaking, if you end up in any of these three places, you should definitely give it a try. The outfitters listed in this article are not only great companies, but they also help to raise awareness about the environment and increase appreciation for local eco-systems. By supporting them, you're also supporting the conservation of the natural areas that you visit. You can call it giving back!

    Either way, get out there and explore your next destination on a kayak. It's a blast.


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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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