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Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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    When your cruise ship docks in the beautiful french village of Akaroa, stroll through town to the kayak base and meet your guide to begin your 3-hour tour. Following an informative safety briefing, your guides will prepare your kayak for launch then take to Akaroa’s volcanic basin waters.
    Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible way. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. 
    During your tour, paddle quietly along through the blue waters of the extinct volcanic crater and listen as your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife that you come across. After approximately one hour, stop for a 15-minute break on a remote beach and enjoy free time to swim or rest your arms!
    Replenish lost energy with a light snack, then paddle onward as your guide shares stories from the region’s colorful past. As you explore, admire panoramic views and your guide will be taking on water photos for you If you wish to take home a memory of your day.
    When your kayak adventure comes to an end, paddle your kayak back to base — an easy 10-minute walk from the wharf through he boutique shops and cafes leads you back to the main wharf. Safe and dry!
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    All reviews shore excursion knowledgeable guide safety briefing experienced paddlers excellent trip great weather geological features hectors dolphins mussels great morning guided tour new zealand early morning just the right amount an amazing guide sea life these guys
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    Reviewed 26 March 2019 via mobile

    Excellent excursion - covered basics of kayaking and then tour of bay wildlife, geology and history from Jake. Windy day but still saw loads of things.More

    Thank X5407LBhelene
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2019

    Thanks so much for the review we are glad you enjoyed your sea kayaking safari, we are very lucky as the area we operate in is sheltered from almost all weather conditions so tours are rarely cancelled and each day is different which is always...More

    Reviewed 7 March 2019 via mobile

    4 friends kayaking on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Jake was a fabulous knowledge fun guide. Saw a hector dolphin, little penguin, many shags, Canadian geese and many other varieties of birds. Thanks Jake for a wonderful afternoon!!More

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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2019

    Thanks so much for your review Deb! We were so happy your whole group decided to come along and join us on a spectacular day here in our extinct volcanic crater. You really feel like you are paddling in a postcard. What a special treat...More

    Reviewed 1 March 2019 via mobile

    My husband and I had a really perfect time during the kayak tour with Allie. We had a lot of fun, saw so man animals and felt perfectly save during the whole trip even though we had a bit of winds. This kayak tour is...More

    Thank MeMa1989
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2019

    Thanks so much guys, you were so fun to take out with us on the water and you really deserved to have a special highlight for your holiday, we wish you well on your world trip and we are proud to provide you with one...More

    Reviewed 19 February 2019

    Wonderful experienced guide, glorious scenery, relaxing kayaking - could not have asked for anything betterMore

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2019

    So happy you had an amazing experience, our guides go out of their way to make sure each sea kayaking safari is unforgettable and a highlight to every NZ Itinerary, Akaroa is one of the best sea kayaking destinations in NZ so thanks for experiencing...More

    Reviewed 19 February 2019

    These folks are amazing. Greville and Ali set us up so well (including briefing us on kayak safety) and had a huge wealth of knowledge about the waters we went through/the marine life around it. We left totally awed by what we saw, including penguins...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2019

    Thanks so much for the great review, we are so happy you enjoyed that special morning with us, we love sharing our local knowledge and we are very in tune with the marine reserve and movements of the wildlife so sharing this with our guests...More

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    Response from travelingdad56 | Reviewed this property |
    Photos were sent the next day
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    Response from TravellingScientists | Reviewed this property |
    Sounds just like the conditions we had about 2 weeks ago. We were fine - plenty of layers on and yes, the kayaks have skirts so we didn't get wet. I would still go for it!
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