Of course, now owning a kayak meant I had to buy all the kayak accessories, so the total price after roof racks, life vest and straps, was closer to $300. Still a bargain if I say so myself.
I thought I would take this opportunity to share all the kayaking adventures we have had together so far.
Eden, NSW, Australia
In 2014, Phil and I spent our first summer together at Pambula. I thought it would be a great idea to get out into the ocean for a different vantage point of the Sapphire Coast. We booked through Ocean Wilderness Sea Kayaking and took off from Eden out into Two Folds Bay. I didn’t see any whales due to the migration season being well and truly over, but we got a history lesson on the whaling practices that started in the area back in the 1800’s.
Yarra River, VIC, Australia
We decided to spend the day outdoors for our second anniversary. So Phil and I went kayaking down the Yarra River from the Studley Park Boathouse in Kew. It was all very romantic. The Yarra is the river that starts from the Hobsons Bay in Melbourne through to the north east past the famous Yarra Valley. It would be a great experience to kayak all the way, but I am not sure if you are allowed or even if you can. There are plenty of places to launch your kayak along the river’s edge, so if you can have a go. It offers a new vantage point of the most liveable city in the world - Melbourne
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Technically not kayaking, but canoeing, we took on the large red boats (often seen in pictures of the famous lake) and rowed towards the mountains. We initially wanted to canoe at Moraine Lake, but the canoes were not being operated the day we wet. It was still a wonderful experience during the canadian summer months.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
This year, we were in New Zealand over Christmas and New Year period. We didn’t have a rainy day the whole two weeks. When up in the Bay of Islands, I rang to confirm our booking with a company - we were supposed to hire their kayaks and gear for a two day kayak trip. However they advised they don’t take bookings. Anyway, I was slightly disgruntled and moved on to another provider of kayak tours. This tour would take us up the Waitangi River at sunset up to Haruru Falls. We not only got a wonderful tour guide and history lesson, but the river was full of wildlife but also still and calm. Even though we missed out on our multi day kayak tour, we still got to see a interesting part of the Bay of Islands area.
Also if you have also have a kayak and want a cruising buddy - let me know!
Until next adventure,