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Keweenaw Adventure Company

Keweenaw Adventure Company

Lake Superior Sea Kayaking Tours, Lessons & Rentals

FROM$69per 2.5 hrs
  • No Booking Fees

Keweenaw Adventure Company specializes in Lake Superior sea kayak adventures. Guided 1/2 day, full day and multi-day kayak tours and rentals to discover Lake Superior's barrier islands, finger bays, sea caves, cliffs and spiny ridgelines that parallel the peninsula. read more

Delta Kayak Adventures

Delta Kayak Adventures

2019 Voted Best of the Delta

FROM$18per hr
5.0
Based on 67 reviews

Delta Kayak Adventures offers kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals, tours and classes year round, whether you would like an hour or a full day exploring. They are located at the Antioch Marina, on the San Joaquin River, gateway to the California Delta. The Delta is popular for its diverse paddling experiences and exceptional bird watching. read more

Aloha Kayaks Maui
FROM$85per 2 hrs
5.0
Based on 904 reviews

Discover the wonders of Maui's east bay with Aloha Kayak's guided kayak and stand up paddleboard tours and snorkel adventures. With amazing sea life below and a backdrop of the picturesque West Maui Mountains, a day out in Olowalu is the perfect Hawaiian vacation activity.read more

Charleston Outdoor Adventures – Rentals
5.0
Based on 3220 reviews

Charleston Outdoor Adventures is a professional family of guides and captains dedicated to offering adventures through some of the most beautiful saltwater estuaries in South Carolina. Rent kayaks or SUPs to experience the Lowcountry in a way you will never forget. Located on Bowen’s Island – a natural, scenic and cultural area that is not impacted by industrial tourism. read more

Charleston Outdoor Adventures – Tours
FROM$47per 2 hrs tour
5.0
Based on 3220 reviews

Charleston Outdoor Adventures is a professional family of guides and captains dedicated to offering adventures through some of the most beautiful saltwater estuaries in South Carolina. With their guided kayak and SUP tours you will experience the Lowcountry in a way you will never forget. Located on Bowen’s Island – a natural, scenic and cultural area that is not impacted by industrial tourism. read more

Amelia Island Adventures

Amelia Island Adventures

Kayak Tours & Rental

FROM$40per 2 hrs
5.0
Based on 73 reviews

With Amelia Island Adventures' kayak tours you will learn about eco-life, plant variety, nature, and history of the area as you paddle and explore the special areas around Amelia Island.  Each tour offers a little something different, from a black water creek, turtles, alligators, a salt water estuary, and occasionally dolphins or manatees.read more

Wheelies and Waves
FROM$39per 2 hrs
5.0
Based on 31 reviews

Wheelies and Waves is passionate about the outdoors and provides top quality paddling equipment for exploring the beautiful alpine lakes and rivers of the Crested Butte area. read more

OEX Point Loma
FROM$65per day
5.0
Based on 183 reviews

OEX is located in beautiful Sun Harbor Marina on the San Diego Bay in Point Loma. OEX offers onsite SUP & kayak rentals to paddle the protected waters of the America’s Cup Harbor or venture out of the cove for views of the amazing San Diego Skyline and Coronado Island. While you’re paddling keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like pelicans and osprey, seals and sea lions, rays, dolphins and even an occasional whale.read more

Virginia Key Outdoor Center Kayak & SUP Tours
FROM$45per 2 hrs
4.9
Based on 646 reviews

Experience the Florida Keys just minutes from Miami at Viriginia Key Outdoor Center. Join an authentic guided SUP or kayak experience - from manatee safaris to sunset kayaking, Virginia Key Outdoor Center has tours for all. Enjoy white sand beaches, pristine coastal trails with highly endangered flora and fauna, and miles of water to paddle. read more

Pagosa Mountain Sports

Pagosa Mountain Sports

Kayak, SUP, River Tube Rentals

FROM$30per day
4.9
Based on 58 reviews
  • No Booking Fees

Pagosa Mountain Sports is a bike, SUP & outdoor store located in beautiful downtown Pagosa Springs, CO. Whether it’s biking, stand up paddling, cross country skiing or just playing in the outdoors that gets you excited, they have the gear, knowledge, and experience to help you enjoy it to the fullest!read more

Kayak Rentals Near Me

TripOutside is the largest kayak rental and tour booking website to help you find and book different types of kayaks from the best outfitters around the world.

If you haven’t rented a kayak before, below is a rental guide that you may find helpful in picking the best kayak for your adventure.

But don’t worry, you’ll be renting with the highly experienced outdoor businesses that will make sure that you get on the best kayak for your adventure.

What are the different types of Kayak Rentals available near me

Recreational Kayak Rentals

Most kayak outfitters offer recreational kayaks as their rental option as these are the most versatile option for any type of water. The recreational kayaks may not be great at any one thing, but they are the jack of all trades. The main option to consider when renting a Recreational Kayak is whether you’d like a sit on top or a sit-inside kayak (if the rental options are available).

The next decision is whether you’d like a solo kayak to yourself or if you want to paddle with a partner in a tandem kayak.

Sit on top kayaks:

  • A sit on top kayak is an open platform kayak where you sit on top of the kayak with your legs open and exposed.
  • Best Kayak For Beginners

    Easy to get in and out when you’re getting in and out and it’s easier to get back into the kayak if you flip over.

    Things to consider when renting a sit on top kayak

    You legs are exposed to the sun and the elements and you could get splashed on a bit more and slightly higher chances of getting wet

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Sit inside kayak rentals

  • Sit inside kayaks allow you to sit inside the kayak rather than on top of it. The sit inside recreational kayaks are very common, easy to paddle, and a great multi-purpose kayak. The two options you will have to choose from are Solo or Tandem kayak rentals.

sit inside solo kayak rental near me

sit inside kayak rental near me

Touring / Sea Kayak Rentals

Touring kayaks are generally longer and narrower than a recreational kayak as they are designed to go faster and further than a recreational kayak but they are not as stable.

Touring / Sea / Ocean kayaks also have a bulkhead on either end of the boat that creates extra buoyancy and helps the boat stay afloat in open water in case of a turnover.

You do not want to rent or use a sit-inside kayak without one of these bulkhead options in a large body of water as they may accumulate water and sink instead of floating.

  • Solo Touring

Touring kayak rentals

  • Tandem Touring

tandem touring kayak rentals

Inflatable Kayak Rentals / Duckies

Inflatable Kayak Rentals are becoming more popular for many reasons including the ease of transportation and their ability to paddle rivers and waters with rocks and rapids that you typically can’t or wouldn’t want to in a recreational kayak.

These kayaks can be inflated in a matter of minutes at the start of the trip, which means you don’t need to have a large vehicle or kayak racks to be able to transport them.

Another ease of using an inflatable kayak is that they are easier to paddle for beginners but, they are slower than a recreational kayak. They are best suited for paddling with the flow of water where paddling efficiency is not as important.

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Kids Kayak

Most often, kids can join adults in a tandem kayak and it’s best for them to sit in the front so you can keep an eye on what’s going on and help them paddle by providing guidance and instruction. But, when the kids become old enough or proficient enough at paddling and want their own kayaks, there are a few options available for them to enjoy their own journey.

Check with the outfitter before renting a kids kayak to see which options they provide and it is crucial to know what the water conditions are like and make sure that it’s the best decision for the kids to paddle by themselves.

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Whitewater Kayaks

whitewater kayak rentals near me

How to Choose A Kayak to Rent

It really depends on where do you want to paddle, your outfitter partner will help you pick the best kayak based on their location and available paddling locations. In general,  here are some guidelines.

    • Lake
      • Small lake or a pond: A recreational kayak is perfect for paddling a small lake or a flat river. You just have to decide whether you want solo or tandem and/or sit on top or sit inside.
      • A big open water lake or ocean: A touring kayak is necessary and recommended if you’re padding in a big lake or open water. You need a separate dry compartment, a bulkhead, which is a great safety feature to provide buoyancy for the boat in open water.
    • River (flat)
      • A recreational or a touring kayak will be perfect for a flatwater river trip
      • If it is a river with a lot of turns and small narrow channels, go with a recreational kayak as it will be easier to maneuver and balance than a long touring kayak.
      • A long flat river: You could go with a touring kayak if you want to do a long day trip or a multi-day trip.
    • A river with rapids
      • Inflatable kayaks/duckies: With class 1-2 rapids, you could potentially go with a recreational kayak or an inflatable kayak.
      • Caution: talk to your outfitter before deciding which kayak to choose if the river that you’re planning on running has rapids. Inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity to run rivers with rapids when you don’t want to be on a rafting trip and like doing your own DIY adventures.
      •  For more extreme rapids, you may need a whitewater kayak but these aren’t typically rented out just to anyone as the risk of flipping over is very high and there is training required to learn to flip back over.

Frequently Asked Questions on Kayak Rentals

How much does it cost to rent a kayak?

Kayak rentals are generally very cost-effective to rent, in most cases, recreational kayaks priced average:

  • Per hour averages are around $10-$15 
  • Half-day rentals range from $30-50
  • Full-day and the prices range from $40-$75 an hour

Tandem kayaks can cost $5-$20 more for the same time periods but you do save money instead of renting 2 kayaks.

Touring kayak rentals cost more and therefore their rental prices are also higher ranging $10-$20 more than recreational kayaks.

What to Wear Kayaking

Essential Gear for Kayaking

Helpful Items to Pack for Kayaking

  • Insulated jacket 
  • Paddling gloves

What to Wear Kayaking in Summer

  • Quick dry top and shorts/pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Long sleeve top for protection against sun and bugs
  • Layered clothing

Personal Items for Kayaking

  • ID 
  • Phone
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • Lip balm
  • Whistle 
  • Lighter
  • Food/snacks