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Two Good Kayaks Tours
FROM$55 per day
4.8
Based on 912 reviews

Two Good Kayaks is one of Hawaii's first kayak shops offering watersport rentals and tours, Two Good Kayaks' expert tour guides are ready to help you explore the beautiful island waters of Kailua. read more

Alki Kayak Tours & Adventure Center
4.7
Based on 129 reviews

Join Alki Kayak Tours for a sea kayak tour and learn about the history and ecosystems of the Puget Sound. Alki Kayak Tours is committed to the conservation of Puget Sound as a working marine ecosystem. They strive to leave the smallest possible ecological footprint with their tours, and provide paddlers with a greater understanding and appreciation for this unique corner of the world.read more

Sawtooth Outfitters

Sawtooth Outfitters

Canoe, Kayak, SUP Rentals, BWCA Outfitting

FROM$42 per day
4.6
Based on 134 reviews

Located 1.5 hours north of Duluth, Sawtooth Outfitters is your one-stop Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and Lake Superior North Shore outfitting company! They offer BWCA outfitting gear rentals, new and used canoes, kayaks, bikes and skis for rent.read more

Vela Baja SUP & Kayak Rental
FROM$15 per day
4.5
Based on 23 reviews

Vela Baja is here to help with your exciting, action-packed and hassle free Baja Sur vacation where you can practice, learn or improve your favorite adventure sport in the glorious Baja sunshine and scenery. From 15th November to 20th March each year their team of dedicated, experienced and friendly personnel will help with your kayak and SUP rental needs.read more

Zaloo’s Canoes

Zaloo’s Canoes

Canoe, Kayak, Tube Rental

FROM$20
4.5
Based on 305 reviews

Zaloo's Canoes offer canoe, kayak, and tube trips along the historic New River in Jefferson, NC. Paddle from 5 hours to 5 days on this scenic & wild North Carolina river. read more

The Hub

The Hub

Kayak, SUP Rentals

FROM$45 per day
4.4
Based on 34 reviews

The Hub has the latest kayak and SUP gear for rent to equip you for the rivers and lakes just waiting to be explored in the Pagosa Springs area. With plentiful National Forest, State Parks and wilderness surrounding the town, it's an outdoor recreation paradise! read more

Active Oahu

Active Oahu

SUP, Kayak, Surf & Snorkel Rentals

FROM$12 per day

Active Oahu escapes the mainstream and helps get you off the beaten path and out on an adventure. They deliver kayaks, snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards, surfboards and more to the beach or your accommodation. Experience the North Shore of Oahu through self-guided kayak tours, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and surfing.read more

Kona Boys

Kona Boys

Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Snorkel Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$12 per day

Kona Boys are Purveyors of Ocean Lifestyles.  Providing watersports rentals, lessons and tours for ocean sports enthusiasts on the Island of Hawaii since 1996. If you are looking for the best activities on the Big Island, Kona Boys offer amazing opportunities to explore the Kona Coast, learn about the Hawaiian culture and have the best day of your vacation.read more

Paddle Sports Center

Paddle Sports Center

SUP, Kayak, Surf Rentals & Tours

FROM$20 per 2 hrs

Sandwiched between rugged coastal mountains and south-facing beaches, Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera. The dramatic geography and warm Mediterranean climate are best appreciated on the ocean, by kayak. Paddle Sports Center has kayak, SUP and surf rentals, as well as expert guided tours that offer you a front row seat to view wildlife of the region, from sea lions to sea stars, pelicans to dolphins.read more

Aqua Flight

Aqua Flight

SUP & Kayak Rental & Tours

FROM$20 per hr

With Aqua Flight, you can paddle your way through the back waterways of the intercoastal to see the homes of the rich and famous, or venture out and explore nature at its finest with a kayak or SUP rental or guided tour! 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.

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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

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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

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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
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