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Sea & Board Sports Hawaii Tours
FROM$80 per person
5.0
Based on 514 reviews

Sea & Board Sports is located on the famous North Shore of Oahu, in the charming town of Haleiwa. They love to show young and old visitors the exciting and scenic side of Hawaii through their kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals and lessons, surfing lessons, and guided adventures. Their mission is to show our visitors how to escape the crowds and enjoy the beautiful island of Oahu from the water. read more

Aloha Kayaks Maui
FROM$85 per 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

Hawaii Turtle Tours

Hawaii Turtle Tours

Private and Custom Snorkel, Kayak & SUP Tours

FROM$100 per 9 hrs
5.0
Based on 2383 reviews

Hawaii Turtle Tours creates custom, personalized private tours of Oahu. Groups of two to 24 people can experience the “aloha” of Hawaii with a custom itinerary, whether you want to kayak, paddleboard or snorkel with turtles on the North Shore. Benefits of a custom private tour include choosing the stops, how long you want to stay and what you do!read more

Adventure Child

Adventure Child

Kayak Tours

FROM$100 per 4 hrs
5.0
Based on 23 reviews

Adventure Child offers once-in-a-lifetime guided kayak tours in the Las Vegas area. Half day adventures launch from Willow Beach on the Colorado River to paddle into the world-famous Emerald Cove. Full day adventures launch from the base of the Hoover Dam and include exploring the sauna cave, waterfalls, a hot springs dip, slot canyons, and the world famous Emerald Cove. All adventures are within 45 minutes of Las Vegas!read more

YOLO Hawaii

YOLO Hawaii

Snorkel, Kayak & SUP Tours to see Waikiki's Sea Turtles

FROM$105 per 2 hrs
5.0
Based on 1 reviews

Meet wild turtles in the seas of Waikiki. Yolo Hawaii offers a premiere tour to see wild turtles in Hawaii and enjoy ocean activities like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and exclusive sea scooter adventures at the same time. read more

Island Journeys

Island Journeys

Kayak Tours

FROM$139 per day
5.0
Based on 238 reviews

Experience two of the greatest natural attractions in Puerto Rico, all in one day with Island Journey's El Yunque Rainforest & Bio Bay Combo Tour. This tour includes round-trip transportation, a fully guided rainforest tour, and the world-famous Bio Bay Kayak Tour. Swim in natural pools, refresh in the waterfalls, slide down an exhilarating waterslide, rope swing into the river, and kayak between gorgeous rock formations.read more

Ketchikan Kayak Company

Ketchikan Kayak Company

Kayak & E-Bike Eco-Tours

FROM$139 per 4 hrs
5.0
Based on 687 reviews

Ketchikan Kayak Company has been offering intimate guided sea kayaking tours since 2003. Explore the Tongass National Forest with local Alaskan professional guides. Half day or full day adventures accommodate all ship itineraries.read more

Getaway Adventures

Getaway Adventures

Kayak Tours in Wine Country

FROM$169 per day
5.0
Based on 640 reviews

Join Northern California's premier tour company for a one-of-a-kind kayaking tour in California Wine Country! Paddle along the Russian River and the Jenner Coast in Napa Valley on a relaxing paddle adventure.read more

Beyond the Bayou Tours
FROM$175 per day (2-6 ppl)
5.0
Based on 276 reviews

Beyond the Bayou offers small group tours with passionate local guides. Explore the Big Easy on their guided plantation and kayak eco-tour, learn about the history and swamp ecosystems of New Orleans!read more

Mahina Hawaii

Mahina Hawaii

Kayak, SUP, Surf Tours & Lessons

FROM$195 per 2 hrs
5.0
Based on 440 reviews

Mahina Hawaii offers a personalized experience through their private Oahu adventures and retreats. Experience Hawaii from a local's perspective, and explore the most beautiful and lesser-known spots like tranquil swimming holes, gushing waterfalls, epic hikes, and perfect beaches. They will customize the perfect day whether you want to paddle, surf, hiking, snorkel, swim in waterfalls, cliff jump, and more!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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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

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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.

Ultimate Guide to Kayaking

If you are looking for a way to escape the crowds, get outdoors, get a great workout and potentially spot wildlife, kayaking is the ticket.  This easy-to-learn watersport will get you outside exploring, and getting fit.   If you are new to kayaking, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in our Ultimate Kayaking & Gear Guide.  This comprehensive resource is valuable for beginner kayakers and avid paddlers alike.  Get tips and tricks from experts, recommendations on gear and destinations, and more.

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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