By Conor Mihell Published: January 19, 2011 A series of frustrating pitfalls have hampered the getaway plans of British expedition kayakers Justine Curgenven and Barry Shaw in their attempt to circumnavigate Isla Grande Tierra Del Fuego. The island, the largest in South America and located at its very southern tip, has never been circumnavigated. Originally […]
It’s a gorgeous January day near Espanola Island, a 23-square-mile hunk of black volcanic rock in the south-east corner of the Galapagos Archipelago. No sooner have my wife Hilary and I dipped our paddles in the water than a smooth, whiskered brown head pops up five feet away and stares with liquid, fathomless eyes.
Darcy is pantomiming to me from an eddy at the bottom of a rapid on Ecuador’s Mishualli River. She’s pointing, tapping her head, and finally motioning with her paddle. I feel like a flustered kid on first base who has forgotten the steal sign.
Dawn spread across Shark Bay, Australia’s most westerly point, and with the tide lapping at our feet we set off across the mirrored lagoon. It was a rare pleasure watching our boats’ shadows glide silently over the seabed because out in the open the northwesterly was waiting for us. We’d left Denham, Shark Bay’s only […]
Story and Photos by Michael Powersfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 07 For many years, the renowned Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan searched in vain for a protected northerly water route across South America. Finally in 1520, he risked his entire fleet of Spanish ships to sail on a perilous journey around the tempestuous southern tip of […]
Kayakers in the Galapagos Islands experience their own epiphanies on the same mystical waters that inspired Charles Darwin. The Galapagos Islands have long been recognized as a sanctuary for rare and extraordinary wildlife. Now, they are becoming more accessible to nature-loving sea kayakers as well.
Story and Photos by Tom Bolfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 2007 “Shark! Shark! Right below you!” my wife, Cree, shouts through her snorkel. Suddenly the Jimmy Buffet song that has been playing in my head screeches to a halt, replaced by the sound of my pounding heart. Looking below my snorkel fins, I see it, […]
by Ric Gelman and Dan Heldenreich first appeared in Canoe and Kayak Oct. 2006 There was no mistaking what we heard. The sound of so much air being expelled by enormous lungs was startling. How could a living, breathing creature be so huge? We were only 50 feet away from a massive finback whale in […]
The small islands of Les Saintes form an archipelago about an hour-long ferry ride from Pointe–Pitre to Terre-de-Haut, one of the most beautiful bays on the planet. While tourists were rushing to rent scooters in the village, I eventually found a small kayak shop and escaped on waters a shade of blue I had never […]
Crossing the Border: In San Ysidro, the last exit before crossing into Tijuana, make sure to exchange money and fill up with gas. Most gas stations in Baja take only cash, so you need to be covered. There are places to exchange money in major towns (including Muleg and Loreto, near Conception Bay), but take […]
LOGISTICS Kids in Baja: Despite what many may think of traveling anywhere in Mexico, Baja is as safe as many places in the United States. With a little prudence, you can have a healthy, fun trip with kids in this unique desert by the sea. Here are a few tips for traveling south of the […]
By Larry Rice first appeared in Kayak Touring 2006 Paddling tandem through the deep blue Mediterranean swells, relaxed and in sync, my partner, Mara, and I abruptly spot a large reptilian shape floating near the surface. “Turtle! Turtle!” we shout together as the stealth figure dives. At the same time, a chorus of “Capsize! Capsize!” […]