My First Canoe Travel

Recently, I went for a trip down a small section of the stunning Murray River, in Australia. This was my first unaccompanied journey, taking around four hours.  Getting to experience this portion of the river has helped instil in me a love of canoeing and the excitement it can bring. 

Preparing For The Trip

My preparation for the trip began a few months before the journey. I needed to make sure that I was confident about handling the canoe, and could keep the boat balanced. To practice this, we went to a quiet part of the river. There was no tide, so I could fall in safely. At first, I did struggle to keep the boat steady for long enough to get in. However, the more I practiced, the easier this became. In addition, I found that it became easier to steer the boat and control its trajectory. Once I was confident in this area, I was able to start planning for the trip. 

The first thing that I needed to do was study the maps. Thankfully, this part of the section was wide, gently sloping its way through the landscape. The tides wouldn’t be too strong, allowing me to have a leisurely paddle. Also, I identified a picnic location, around 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) away. This would be the perfect time to have lunch before turning around and returning home. Having planned the journey, and purchased all the necessary equipment, I went to bed nervous but excited. 

Making The Journey

The next day, I rose early, excited about making my first canoe trip. The canoe was already strapped to the top of the car, so all I had to do was travel to the river. By the time I got there, it was nine o’clock. I got the canoe off the car, double-checked the water-proof bags had been closed properly and put the canoe into the water. Holding the sides of the boat steady, I got into the craft smoothly. Then, I was on my way, paddling down the Murray River. 

Instantly, I was overwhelmed by the peace and serenity. The only sounds were the wind rustling through the trees, the birds chirping overhead, and my paddle pushing through the water. The longer I paddled, the calmer I felt. Along the way, I also got to experience some of the beautiful sights that the river could offer. The riverbanks were lined with green grasses, gently swaying in the breeze. On the surface of the water, a family of birds was gently gliding along. 

By around eleven-thirty, I was getting hungry and was ready to stop for lunch and have a rest. I put my paddle back in the boat, letting it float gracefully across the river. Getting the map out the bag I studied the route carefully, afraid I’d missed the picnic spot. But just when I was putting the map back, it came into view around a curve in the river. I paddled down and pulled the canoe onto the shore, making sure that it was wedged securely. Then, I went up sitting at a table to eat my lunch. It provided all the nourishment and energy I needed for the return journey home. 

It was just as relaxing as the journey to the picnic spot. Despite traveling against the tide, I didn’t have to expend that much energy to make progress. By the time I got back to the car, it was a little after three o’clock. I had a quick snack, then pulled the canoe from the water, tying it securely to the top of the car. Though all the equipment was stowed, I stayed back for a few hours, watching the sun set over the river. This gave me some time to reflect on my day, and consider what my next canoeing adventure would be. 

Conclusion

I hope that you enjoyed this account of my first canoe trip. To help you create your own canoeing memories, I wanted to share this excellent guide which contains everything you need to know about choosing your own canoe. If you have any additional questions, you can register and ask them in this professional forum. So, make sure to get out on the water today and experience the joy that canoeing can provide.

[Guest post by George Aubrey]

SUP Benagil

SUP vs Kayak to Benagil

How to choose: SUP or kayak to Benagil

The Benagil cave is one of the most famous sea caves in the Algarve. You can visit it by boat, SUP or kayak. If you’re with an active group of people looking to visit the Benagil cave, a kayak or SUP tour should be on top of your list. Both tours allow you to get off in the Benagil cave, while on a boat tour, you stay in the boat.

But what is the best choice for you to visit Benagil cave? Let us show you by comparing SUP vs Kayak to Benagil

SUP or kayak to Benagil

The epic Benagil cave is just one of the many caves of the region

SUP to Benagil

Joining a SUP Tour to visit Benagil is a super fun way to visit the famous caves. Have you ever tried SUP before? It’s short for Stand-Up Paddleboarding, and it’s very easy to learn. You stand or knee on one of the big SUP Boards and use a paddle to move in the water.

Even if you have never done SUP before, it’s no problem. The SUP guides will always give you a little introduction at the beach about what you need to know. After that, it’s just up to you to grab your board and start paddling.

A Tour to do SUP to Benagil is perfect because you can really access the cave. By going by SUP to Benagil, you can explore also the region just around the Benagil cave with its beautiful beaches. SUP to Benagil also allows us to get really close the Algarve coast.

During a SUP Tour to Benagil, we can even paddle through some arches and grottos! It’s a real adventure. And the best thing is that you also stay very fit while doing SUP – it’s a great exercise for core, legs and arms. Whenever it gets too hot, just jump in the water and after you can easily climb on the board again!

SUP to Benagil is a great choice for people looking for a new challenge or even all SUP-lovers out there. The SUP Tours to Benagil are only done as long as the sea conditions are nice and calm, so you don’t have to worry about the waves. With the Stand-Up paddling, you can also go to the little beach inside the Benagil cave. 

You can join the Stand-Up Paddle tour to Benagil in the morning or in the afternoon. We even have a sunrise SUP Tour to Benagil, which is the perfect way to visit the caves. Early in the morning, you can admire the cave without the masses of tourists and boats.

Kayak to Benagil

Choosing a Kayak tour to Benagil is also a great way to visit the cave. Going by Kayak to Benagil is a lot of fun for the whole family. On our kayak tours to Benagil, there is always a support boat next to it. This makes it a great choice for groups where some might not want to kayak and prefer staying on the boat.

Kayaking is very easy and you don’t need any previous experience for it. You sit comfortably in the sea kayak together with one more person usually and paddle together to explore the Algarve coastline. Admire the beautiful caves around Benagil beach.

Each kayak takes 2 people

Each kayak takes 2 people

On our boat and kayak tour to Benagil, the biggest part of the tour is done by boat. Once you get closer to Benagil, you can switch over to the kayak and get really close to the caves and grottos.

Let the guide show you secret passages in the rock formations and take you to hidden caves and grottos. With the kayak, you can also access the beach inside the Benagil cave! That’s why it’s a great choice to visit the famous Benagil cave by kayak! And of course, you also stay fit and get a nice tan during the kayak to Benagil. 

Benagil boat tour in Algarve

The Benagil Cathedral is just one of the many impressive caves of the area

SUP vs Kayak to Benagil

Alright, as you can see, both a SUP or Kayak Tours to Benagil have a lot of great arguments for it. But what should you choose? A tour to do SUP or Kayak to Benagil

It really depends on the type of person you are and the group of people you are looking to do the tour with! If you are looking to visit Benagil cave with a group or family, that is generally quite active and love sporty adventures, we can highly recommend choosing the SUP to Benagil cave.

However, if somebody on your group doesn’t want to do something too tiring or even if you are travelling with little kids, then kayak to Benagil is the perfect choice for you. There you always have the option to get back to the boat or just stay on board while the ones who want go out exploring the coastline!

But in the end, both SUP and Kayak to Benagil promise to be a lot of fun and a great experience during your holidays in the Algarve! If you need more help making up your mind, just send us an e-mail to [email protected]!

Top 5 kajak tours in Portugal

Tijdens je vakantie in Portugal wil je soms, naast luieren op het strand, ook wel eens iets actiefs doen. Een van onze kajak tours in Portugal is een van de leukste manieren om meer uit je vakantie te halen. En het is niet alleen leuk, je bent meteen sportief bezig! Hieronder hebben wij een top 5 gemaakt van de meest gave kajak tours in Portugal die je niet mag missen!

De kajak tours in Portugal die wij voor je hebben opgesomd lopen uiteen van 2 uur tot 6 uur en van 25€ tot 75€. Of je nu alleen wilt kajakken of dit wilt combineren met een boottocht, alles is mogelijk! Alle kajak tours die wij aanbieden hebben ieder iets speciaals. De eerste vier kajak tours die hieronder staan beschreven zijn voor alle leeftijden en niveaus van ervaring. De intensiteit van de kajak tours in Portugal zal worden aangepast aan het niveau van de groep. Ben je al een beetje ervaren? Dan hebben wij uiteraard ook een nieuwe uitdaging voor jou, namelijk punt 5, de kajak tour in Sagres.

Durf jij de Portugese kust op een ecologische en gezonde manier te verkennen?

Dit is onze top 5 kajak tours in Portugal

Zelfs honden willen mee

Zelfs honden willen mee

1. Kajak tocht in Lagos

  • Duur: 2:30 uur
  • Locatie: Lagos, Portugal
  • Prijs: 30€

Lagos is een van de meest populaire vakantiebestemmingen in het zuiden van Portugal, de Algarve! Een kajaktocht op deze plek is dan ook zeker de moeite waard! Ken je de mooie kliffen van Lagos al? Nee? Dan is dit een hele gave tocht voor jou! Geluidloos varend over het water zal je kunnen genieten van de prachtige kliffen, grotten en verborgen stranden. Er is genoeg tijd om af en toe te stoppen bij afgelegen strandjes. Hier kun je even lekker uitrusten of je kunt ervoor kiezen om te snorkelen, het gebied is prachtig! Wij zijn zelf echt fan van deze kajak tours in Portugal vanaf ons eigen stadje 🙂

Er gaan meestal 2 personen in een kajak

Er gaan meestal 2 personen in een kajak

2. Boottocht en een kajak tour in Ponta da Piedade

  • Duur: 2 uur
  • Locatie: Lagos, Portugal
  • Prijs: 30€

Ja je leest het goed, deze excursie is een twee in één! Eerst vaar je met een boot richting het prachtige gebied rond de grotten van Ponta da Piedade. Eenmaal in de buurt zal je overstappen op een kajak om de grotten van Ponta da Piedade van dichtbij de ontdekken. Deze tour is erg geschikt om met de hele familie of een groep vrienden doen. Het fijne is namelijk dat je niet per se hoeft te kajakken als je dat niet wilt. Dus mocht je moe zijn, of wil je je oma meenemen? Het kan allemaal! Op de boot kun je namelijk heerlijk genieten van de zon, een koel drankje en eventueel een verfrissende duik in de kristalblauwe oceaan!

Benagil cave

Ja, hier kan je naartoe kajakken!

3. Boottocht + kajak tour naar Benagil

  • Duur: 3 uur
  • Locatie: Ferragudo, Portugal
  • Prijs: 65€

Ik kan wel zeggen dat deze tour een van de populairste tours is die wij aanbieden. De tour duurt maar liefst 3 uur en is het geld meer dan waard! De combinatie van een boottocht met kajak tour maakt deze tour zeer unieke manier om te kajakken in Portugal. En dan gaat deze tour ook nog eens naar momenteel de populairste grot van Portugal, de grot van Benagil.

De tocht gaat al vroeg in de ochtend van start, maar dit is om twee redenen: ten eerste voorkom je dat je op het heetst van de dag gaan kajakken en ten tweede is het in de vroege ochtend nog heerlijk rustig, je bent dus een van de weinigen die al lekker op het water dobbert, heerlijk! Ook op deze boottocht hoef je niet per se te kajakken maar kun je heerlijk genieten van de omgeving vanaf de boot. Wil je echt met je voeten in het zand van de grot van Benagil staan? Dan moet je wel mee met de kajak!

Coastal canoeing Sesimbra

De omgeving van Sesimbra is geweldig

4. Kajak tour in Sesimbra

  • Duur: 4 uur
  • Locatie: Sesimbra, Portugal
  • Prijs: vanaf 25€

Tijdens een kajaktour in Sesimbra kom je beslist langs de mooiste stranden in de buurt van Lissabon. Sesimbra ligt niet heel ver van Lissabon vandaan (ongeveer 30 minuten met de auto). Als je even wilt ontsnappen van de drukte van de stad en behoefte hebt aan een beetje natuur, dan is deze kajak tours in Portugal beslist iets voor jou! Je zult verstelt staan van de ongerepte stranden het het kristalheldere water. De natuur is in de omgeving van Sesimbra zo adembenemend, en dat zo dicht bij Lissabon! Op deze tour kan je het hele jaar door kajakken in Portugal.

Discover the caves around Armação de Pêra

Discover the caves around Armação de Pêra

5. Kajak tour in Armação de Pêra

  • Duur: 2 uur
  • Locatie: Armação de Pêra, Portugal
  • Prijs: 25€

Kun je je voorstellen dat je foto’s maakt terwijl je langs de indrukwekkende kliffen en stranden rond Armação de Pêra peddelt? Ontdek de kustlijn van Armação de Pêra tot Praia da Albandeira op een sportieve manier over zee, op deze fantastische tocht per kajak in Armação de Pêra.

We hebben nog meer tours om te kajakken in Portugal beschikbaar. Helaas doen we geen kajak verhuur om te kajakken in Portugal want vinden de tours een veiligere optie. Mocht je verder nog vragen of tips hebben, neem dan gerust contact met ons op!

Kayak in Vilamoura

Why you should go kayaking instead of taking a boat tour

This is a guest post by Mark from Kayakguru.com

Portugal is a beautiful country, with rich and diverse natural environments. With a warm-to-hot climate that is convenient for year-round outdoor activities, the Portugal coastline is perfect for exploring by water. If you prefer convenience, you might consider a boat tour. These are often narrated, and can offer restrooms, snack bars and other amenities that a casual tourist will find useful.

But if you are a more adventurous type of person, and prefer to do things for yourself, you may find that a kayaking trip is more your style. There are several advantages that paddling a kayak has to offer.

Join us on a kayak tour in Portugal

Join us on a kayak tour in Portugal

Kayaking Is Relaxing

One of the biggest advantages that kayaking has over a boat tour is peace and quiet. Most of us spend our time in urban environments, surrounded by the sounds of engines, noisy crowds and notifications from electronic devices.
There are many benefits to escaping the stress of the modern world and spending time in nature, including:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Pumping up the heart rate
  • A general sense of well-being

With the noise of the engine and the other people on a boat tour, you might find that you aren’t getting the escape that you were looking for.  Kayaking, by contrast, eliminates all of these factors. Leaving behind the engine and the crowds, you are left with your ‘yak, the sounds of your paddle in the water, and maybe a close friend or two (human or otherwise!). Paddling with a tandem kayak can be really fun if you’re not alone.

Kayaking can be done all around the Portuguese coast

Kayaking can be done all around the Portuguese coast

It Brings You Closer To Nature

In addition to relaxation, the relative silence and increased maneuverability of a kayak, also allows you to see more of the nature that you are looking for. On a boat tour, you are limited to a pre-planned route. You may see wildlife from a distance, but a larger boat can only get so close before the size and the noise of the engine potentially chases them away.

Kayaking is a completely different story. The compact size leaves you free to explore coves and small creeks, circle islands, and even land on shore and walk around when you see something interesting. When you do encounter wildlife, you are less likely to disturb their activities, because you can stop paddling and drift. This lets you get much closer, and really see nature in action. If you are planning to fish from your kayak, you will find that the decreased noise and disruption will improve your catches.

Kayaking in a group is a lo of fun

Kayaking in a group is a lot of fun

Kayaking Provides Beneficial Exercise

If the benefits of being truly within nature aren’t enough for you, there are also the advantages of the physical activity of kayaking. Some of us need to find time for more exercise anyway, and this is a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone (not literally!).

Kayaking is a full body sport that offers many health benefits, including:

  • An excellent upper body workout
  • Weight loss
  • Increased core strength
  • Toning of the legs
  • Improved cardiovascular health

But don’t let this scare you; kayaking is not the same as trying to squeeze a workout into an hour at the gym. You can set your own pace, so you won’t have to be pushing yourself the entire time! Even at a casual speed, the exercise offered by kayak is a whole lot better than nothing.

It Is Better For The Environment

As well as the benefits to you, kayaking is also better for the environment you are exploring. Kayaks, in addition to not using a motor, are easy to clean, and don’t require water resistant surface paints that can leach chemicals into the water. With all of these factors to consider, kayaking is often a better option, for your health, and for your overall experience.

If you are thinking about exploring Portugal in a kayak, you can choose from many planned tours, or you can simply grab your paddle and explore on your own. See you out on the water!