Kayaking (excluding personal watercraft-see Laws and Policies for more information) is a unique and rewarding way to experience the pristine marine environment of Channel Islands National Park. Even on calm days, the wake from large ships in the channel can pose a danger to kayakers in caves. Folding kayaks are direct descendants of the skin-on-frame boats used by the Inuit and Greenlandic peoples. Between the creekboat and playboat extremes is a category called river-running kayaks.
Modern kayaks serve diverse purposes, ranging from slow and easy touring on placid water, to racing and complex maneuvering in fast-moving whitewater, to fishing and long-distance ocean excursions. KAYAK searches hundreds of other travel sites so you don't have to. Book the perfect flight, hotel or rental car and save money with mobile-only rates and Private Deals.
Sea kayaking on your own in any area of the park should not be attempted by novice or first time kayakers or anyone who is not properly experienced, trained, conditioned and equipped. If you are kayaking across the channel, kayakers should also file a formal float plan with the harbormaster before departing and contact island rangers at the beginning and end of the paddle.
With one of the largest fleets in Canada, we offer rentals of high quality single and double ocean kayaks , stand up paddleboards (SUP) , surfskis and canoes that will suit a wide range of paddling styles and experience levels. Ordinarily the seat of a sit-on-top is slightly above water level, so the center of gravity for the paddler is higher than in a traditional kayak.
Hobie Mirage Pro Anglers are the ultimate in pedal-powered fishing kayaks. Due to the many hazards of crossing the channel from or to the mainland to the park islands the National Park Service does not recommend this be attempted by sea kayakers. In addition, inflatable kayaks generally are stable, have a small turning radius and are easy to master, although some models take more effort to paddle and are slower than traditional kayaks. http://kayakday.com