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Piragis Northwoods Company

Piragis Northwoods Company

BWCA Complete & Partial Outfitting & Guide Service

FROM$48 per day
4.9
Based on 547 reviews

Discover BWCA's lakes and rivers with the Piragis Northwoods Company. Located in the action-packed outdoors Ely, Minnesota, Piragis Northwoods Company Outfitters is a full-service canoe trip outfitter for the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park.read more

Get Up and Go Kayaking

Get Up and Go Kayaking

Clear Kayak Tours

FROM$50 per 2 hrs
4.9
Based on 41 reviews

Join Get Up and Go Kayaking for a one-of-a-kind crystal clear kayak tour through the crystalline waters of Rainbow Springs. Clear kayaks allow for easy viewing of alligators, fish, turtles, otters, birds and more!read more

Tropic Water Sports

Tropic Water Sports

Clear Kayak Rentals

FROM$50 per hr
4.9
Based on 292 reviews

Observe the stunning underwater world of the Florida Keys with Tropic Water Sports aboard a 100% see-through kayak. Paddling a clear kayak through the pristine Caribbean waters and mangrove trails is the ideal way to explore and view a vast array of marine life up to 75 feet below the surface. Hourly and half day kayak rentals available!read more

Dvorak Expeditions Rafting
FROM$80 per 4 hrs
4.9
Based on 264 reviews

As Colorado's first licensed outfitter, Dvorak Expeditions has over 40 years of experience rafting Colorado's most renowned rivers. Dvorak Expeditions offers a wide range of Colorado whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas, Colorado, Dolores, Gunnison, North Platte, Rio Grande, and San Miguel rivers rafting ranging from half-day to multi-day excursions. Their guides make the difference and will make sure your rafting trip is fun, safe and memorable - whether it's a calm float or whitewater adventure.read more

Zoar Outdoor

Zoar Outdoor

Whitewater Rafting, Kayak & Canoe Clinics

FROM$89
4.9
Based on 837 reviews

Zoar Outdoor has offered top notch New England white water rafting trips, kayaking clinics, canoeing instruction, rock climbing trips and outdoor leadership instruction for over 30 years for adventurers of all abilities. Convenient Berkshire location, exceptional staff and state-of-the-art equipment - book an adventure today to experience it yourself.read more

La Vida Laguna

La Vida Laguna

Surf, Kayak & SUP Lessons & Tours

FROM$95 per 1.5 hrs
4.9
Based on 448 reviews

Play with La Vida Laguna on the magical blue Pacific Marine Reserve, a 25,000 acre protected coastal wilderness. Learn to surf in Laguna's famous waters or take a kayak or SUP lesson or tour along one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, filled with hidden beaches, contoured cliffs, crystal clear ocean, abundant sea life like sea lions, dolphins and whales.read more

Kona Boys

Kona Boys

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

FROM$12 per day
4.8
Based on 424 reviews

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

Two Good Kayaks
FROM$15 per hr
4.8
Based on 912 reviews

Two Good Kayaks is one of Hawaii's first kayak shops offering watersport rentals and tours. Rent a kayak or SUP and venture out on your own to tackle the very best of Hawaii’s watersport landscape and lifestyle! We provide the gear, you get to have all the fun!read more

Enjoy Napa Valley

Enjoy Napa Valley

Kayak & SUP Rental & Tours

FROM$25 per hr
4.8
Based on 142 reviews

Explore the beautiful Napa River and learn about Napa Valley's history, wine and wildlife. Enjoy Napa Valley offers intimate kayak and SUP tours and rentals, perfect for all levels and experience.read more

Fun Unlimited
FROM$25 per hr
4.8
Based on 110 reviews

Make the most of your summer with a kayak or SUP rental in Spokane with Fun Unlimited. Their downtown Spokane location is right on the Spokane River, so there is no need to haul the gear anywhere. Every rental comes with a mini-lesson, so beginners are welcome! Enjoy nature, get exercise, pick blackberries along the river, paddle to a brewery or distillery, and most importantly, have fun!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.

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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