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Sea Kayak in Napoli, Italy

Exploring the Italian coastline by sea kayaking in Napoli is one of the best adventure travel activities you can do.

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Ripples extend away from the end of our paddles as each stroke breaks the surface of the warm Mediterranean Sea. Sunlight flickers and reflects off the surface as our kayak cuts through the glassy waters off the coast of Napoli. The only sounds are the splashing of the paddles and the odd laugh echoing from kids diving off the rocky shoreline.

This is kayaking Napoli at its best.

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On a recommendation from the awesome staff at Hostel of the Sun in Naples we had grabbed our togs, lathered up with sunscreen and donned our sunnies for a morning of adventures and sea kayaking with the friendly folks at Kayak Napoli.

Even getting out to the kayak Napoli centre proved to be an adventure as our only directions were to hop off the local bus at supposedly one of the best restaurants along the Napoli coast. Apparently every bus driver in the city knew where this was. Apart from the one driving our bus of course.

With fumbling Italian and hand gestures we somehow managed to stop just 200m from where we were meant to get off anyway.

Cute town Kayak Naples

Hiking down the long winding road to the coastline our backs were soon sticky with sweat and all we wanted to do was get started on our kayak Napoli trip. However, as with all things Italian, everything is done at a slow and gentle pace. Our 10.30am start time neared 11am and then flew on by before our guide showed up on his trusty Vespa.

Can’t say we were too disappointed getting to chill out for a half hour in such a cute village on the seafront anyway.

Everyone partnered up and we dipped our paddles in the water slowly stroking away from the beach.

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With only 6 of us, including the guide, on the kayak tour in Naples it really felt personal. And even with our limited kayaking skills we were actually the best of the small group with two of the girls careening into a small dinghy when they couldn’t figure out how to turn or stop.

Luckily the sea was flat and the guide experienced enough to keep us close to the shoreline should anything go drastically wrong.

At over 3 hours in length it really is an awesome and unique way to see one of the most spectacular coastlines in Italy. Away from the hustle and bustle of Naples the cliffs plunge straight into the deep blue sea. Houses perch precariously on the cliff edge with rough stone stairs carved straight into the rock leading to the sea below.

With no beaches here the locals sunbaths on the rocks with ladders to help them climb back out.

Kayak Naples Swimming

Our local guide knew all the best swimming holes and spots to rest our weary shoulders every half hour or so. With masks provided we could explore under the surface at every stop too.

We even had the chance to kayak into ancient caves that had been eroded from the relentless sea. Unsurprisingly these same magnificent caves have been used in the past for homes and storage for the wealthy.

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Each cave had winding steps leading into the blackness behind gates where we couldn’t venture. Apparently some still lead into the basements of houses.

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My favourite stop on the Napoli kayak tour was when we  stopped at the Roman ruins which were visible above, and below, the sea surface. Snorkelling gear was again donned to explore these ancient structures. I only wish we had more time here as this was definitely the highlight.

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Oh apart from helping catch our guides dinner in the form of an octopus. If only he had offered to share it with us!

It was such a fun few hours and a totally different way to explore Napoli. We definitely recommend you to check out Kayak Napoli as they run adventure trips every day and it’s a great way to escape the Italian heat.

Have you ever kayaked in Napoli or Italy? Any other recommended spots for us to explore?

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    June 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    What a peaceful and beautiful way to experience Naples. I’d love to see submerged Roman ruins and help catch (and eat!) an octopus. Beautifully written lead, by the way.

  2. Laurence

    June 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    A gentle paddle, a gentle laze in the ocean. Cave exploration… coastline vistas. I’m almost there in my mind 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      June 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Glad we could take you on a journey today!

      • marcia

        May 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        planning to be in naples for a few hours on saturday during a trip to rome. what is your recommendation for a short kayak trip for about 4 people for about 2-3 hours. how would i get to the location you mentioned from the train station. marcia

        • Cole Burmester

          May 17, 2013 at 5:44 AM

          Hi Marcia,
          Thanks for your question and stopping by the blog. Try and get hold of the guys at Hostel of the Sun in Naples and they can organise the kayaking for you 🙂

  3. Micki

    June 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Looks like a fun time. The Roman ruins below the sea surface look like an especially cool thing to check out.

    • Cole Burmester

      June 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      They were awesome Micki. Wish we had longer to explore them with our snorkelling gear.

    • T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

      July 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      I totally agree 🙂 I visited Napoli briefly in 2009, but this wasn’t something we did and I’d have to second this!

      Great article btw!

      • Cole Burmester

        July 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        Thanks T.W! We loved it and hopefully if you return you can check it out 🙂

  4. Ayngelina

    June 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Even though I profess to be lazy I would love to do something like this, what a great way to see the city.

    • Cole Burmester

      June 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Definitely an easy day out for even the laziest travellers 🙂

  5. Lesley Peterson

    June 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Now that’s a different perspective! Love the photos of the rock formations and cave…

  6. Caz Makepeace

    June 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Kayaking is such a great way to see a place. I love the sound of this adventure!

  7. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    June 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    It’s funny, I’ve actually been to Napoli, but would not have imagined it being such a great place to sea kayak. But it looks like you guys had an awesome time, especially snorkeling those ruins. Get any great pizza while you were in the area?

    • Cole Burmester

      June 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      Did we get any pizza? What a ridiculous question 🙂 I think my veins are clogged with mozzarella as I sit here haha! We didn’t think the kayaking would be great either but were pleasantly surprised. Wish we had more time to explore other areas by kayak too.

  8. Turtle

    June 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    I would never have thought of seeing Naples this way. What an awesome idea! This is going in the ‘to-do’ folder!!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      We didn’t think of it either and were going to kayak in Amalfi instead. So stoked we had the chance to explore Naples from the sea.

  9. Ali

    July 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Sounds like a great day! I’m not sure I have the arm muscles for 3 hours of kayaking, but it looks like fun!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      When we first heard 3 hours we nearly fell out of the kayaks (yes they forgot to mention it before we started). Fortunately it was really relaxed and we were doubled up in the kayaks. Seriously, anyone could do it!

  10. Natalie

    July 2, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Kayaking is hard work – My arms ached for days after doing it. Next time, I will sit in the back while hubby does the hard work instead! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      July 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      As you can see I sat in the back so took loads of photos while Adela paddled her heart out without realising I was relaxing 😉 Hahaha

  11. bronwen burmester

    July 2, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    Never would have thought to explore by kayak – thanks for the read and photos, lovely!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Would have been really fun to do it with you guys! Maybe around the Pacific sometime in a few years 🙂

  12. Angela

    July 2, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Beautiful day out, I love Napoli, beautiful landscape and awesome food.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      We love all of Italy so far and I think I need some bigger pants after all the food 🙂

  13. Natasha von Geldern

    July 3, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Wow this looks so stunning. I’ve been to Naples three times but this is a great new way to see it. And the food is always, always the best.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 3, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      The food is sooooo good! Surprised our kayaks stayed afloat after all we ate haha.

  14. Escaping Abroad

    July 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Awesome shots! You’re using a waterproof can and a wide angle lens?

  15. Cynthia Alex

    July 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Wow.. I have always loved to go to Italy and seeing this post makes me want to go more! Too bad that I live in Asia and the travel fees would be too much as of now.. maybe one day!

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  17. Inma

    January 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    We would have ever thought about kayaking in Naples if you hadn’t published this! love it and willing to give it a try next time in the city!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      We found out about it through our awesome Hostel. They provided all the details and organised it for us. All we had to do was show up 🙂 Perfect day out in Naples!

  18. Inma

    January 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    🙂 that’s how things should always work!!!!

  19. Steve

    May 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Very fun looking trip you guys had. I am going to Naples for about 3 weeks this summer mid-july into august for business. Will have evenings and weekends off. The kayak trip looks like something I have got to do. But, what if I have never been snorkeling before? Can I learn there? I also wear glasses. Will that be a problem?

    • Cole Burmester

      May 13, 2013 at 6:16 AM

      Can you wear contacts Steve? Then you can wear the mask over the top easily. The guide will also teach you to snorkel if you ask 🙂 enjoy it!

  20. Katy

    May 28, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Hi Cole:

    Thank you for a wonderful article. My husband and I are looking into renting kayaks in Naples. Do you recommend the tour? We both paddle a lot and we enjoy exploring on our own in open waters. It’s our first time in Naples so we are not sure what the best way to do it. Could you advise? Thank you!
    Katy

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Summer Events to check out in Surfers Paradise

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The weather is already heating up on the Gold Coast and everyone is getting ready for some hot days on the beach. Christmas is just around the corner and with it all the big summer events and festivals that happen at this time of year. Surfers Paradise is at the centre of it all and makes a great base for exploring the Gold Coast and attending the events on the Gold Coast’s summer schedule. There is plenty of places to stay in Surfers Paradise, so book yourself a room and check out some of these fantastic summer events.

Australian PGA Championship

Pacific Pines Resort is one of the premier golf courses in Australia. The country’s biggest golf tournament will make its way here from the 30th of November until the 3rd of December, where the best golfers from Australia and overseas will compete for the title. This is a must attend event for golfers, and there will be plenty of food and entertainment on offer across the four days.

Beachfront Markets

The foreshore in Surfers Paradise comes alive every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, with over 100 market stalls filling up the esplanade. The iconic Beachfront Markets will continue throughout the summer and provides the perfect opportunity to get out and about on those warm summer nights, browse the stalls for some unique buys, and then head out on the town for dinner.

Christmas in Surfers Paradise

Experience Christmas in true Aussie style by attending the popular Christmas in Surfers Paradise event that fills up Cavill Mall from the 13th – 24th of December. The entire mall is transformed into a festive wonderland, Surfers style. Even Santa himself will be wearing boardies and travelling in a surf boat sleigh. The kids will love getting to visit Santa in the mall, and the whole event ends with the popular Carols on the Beach on the 23rd of December. Where else in the world can you experience Christmas Carols on the beach on a hot summer’s night?

New Year’s Carnival

Surfers Paradise is one of the best places to celebrate the New Year in the country. The New Year’s Carnival happens on the foreshore of Surfers Paradise across five days from the 27th of December until the 1st of January. It will be one big celebration with lots of rides and fun filled activities, music and more. On New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy massive fireworks displays over the water, with three different displays lighting up the skies above the Gold Coast. There will even be an earlier fireworks display for the little ones. This is definitely the place to be to bring in the New Year.

Magic Millions Carnival

One of the first big events to check out in 2018 will be the extravagant Magic Millions Carnival. On from the 7th until the 13th of January, the Magic Millions Carnival is the premier event of the summer horse racing season. This is a $10 Million horse race and it is sure to be a huge event, with all the glitz and glamour and socialising that goes with it. On the 9th of January, head to the Surfers Paradise Foreshore for the Barrier Draw, where you can watch the horses on the sand and enjoy food and beverages from the stalls. The big race day will be held on the 13th of January.

Burleigh Pro

Surfing is huge on the Gold Coast and one of the best surf spots is at Burleigh Heads. The Burleigh Pro has grown to become one of the biggest surfing competitions in Australia and will see some of the world’s top surfers compete for the title. Local surfers and visitors should definitely attend this one. The Burleigh Pro will be held from the 25th – 28th of January.

Sand Safari

One of the more unique and interesting events to check out this summer will be the 2018 Sand Safari. This arts festival focuses on Australia’s talented sand sculptors, who will compete in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. These sand artists carve out incredible, often life sized sculptures entirely of sand, and you will often be truly awed by what they are able to create. The main sculpture competition takes place on the beach along the Surfers Paradise foreshore, however this is a big event from the 2nd to the 25th of February, and you will be able to find special sand sculpture exhibits all over Surfers Paradise.

Summer of Surf

The Summer of Surf is a massive event which will see the country’s best Ironmen and Ironwomen compete in a gruelling six discipline event across six rounds, including the highlighted IronMan and IronWoman competitions. These athletes are the epitome of endurance, and the competition will hit Surfers Paradise for round five of the competition on the 3rd and 4th of February.

The Village Markets

Burleigh Heads is one of the most picturesque and laid back places on the Gold Coast and well worth heading to for a few hours. A good time to visit is during the twice monthly Village Markets which have become an integral part of the Burleigh atmosphere. This popular and laid back market has a beachy, artsy feel to it, and you will find all kinds of unique buys here from the many stalls on offer. Street food stalls are also a big thing here so you can sample some delicious delicacies while browsing the stalls. Finish the day by relaxing on the beach, or sit down for a drink at the Burleigh Surf Club.

Whether you’re looking for a destination for a family holiday or just wanting a quick getaway to unwind this summer, Surfers Paradise is a great choice. With so much happening from cultural night markets to world class sporting events, you are sure to find something of interest in this iconic Gold Coast location.

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Top 5 Adventure Activities for a Vacation to Las Vegas

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Mention a vacation to Las Vegas and one of the first things people think about is the hotels and gambling.  And while these are major attractions to the city, they aren’t the only things you can do in and around Las Vegas.  Here are five ideas for fans of adventure holidays.

Helicopter trips

One of the best ways to see Las Vegas from the air is from one of the helicopter trips on offer around the area.  These offer a unique view of the city and its startling hotels.  It is also a great way to see more of the surrounding area – the Grand Canyon, the red sandstones at the Valley of Fire State Park and even the Hoover Dam.  Helicopter trips are great fun and often come with extras such as rafting tours along the floor of the Grand Canyon or exploring the area on an ATV.

Hiking

Las Vegas may be a largely desert area and pretty flat, but it is surrounded by mountains and that makes for great hiking opportunities.  Mount Charleston is just to the west of the city and has some great locations to hike including Mary Jane Falls for beginners or Mummy Mountain for more experienced hikers.  Look out for Raintree, the 3,000 year old Bristlecone Pine that is believed to be the oldest living thing in the state.  If you want to upgrade the experience, look out for the rock climbing schools around the city that offer climbing for all levels.

Kayaking

As well as kayaking as part of a helicopter tour, you can go for a more comprehensive kayaking experience in a number of spots around the city.  The Colorado River is one where you can visit spots like Emerald Cove that really lives up to its name.  Lake Mead is another ideal kayaking spot and somewhere you can also try stand up paddle boarding.  There are lots of little islands to explore around the lake, but the winds can be testing so don’t forget your safety gear.

Biking

Hire a bike when on vacation in Las Vegas and you get the chance to see some of the best of the area.  The Red Rock Canyon Loop is a 20-mile loop that includes the famous Joshua trees as well as the red rocks that give the area its name.  A lot of the loop is quite flat.  There are also some good routes around Lake Mead including more challenging ones that use the landscape carved out by lava when there was volcanic activity.

Snowboarding

Being in the desert, Las Vegas isn’t a place you would associate with snowboarding.  But for a few months of the year, the Lee Canyon near Mount Charleston becomes a snowboarding heaven.  It offers something for beginners and also some challenging areas for more experienced snowboarders including some good trails above the lift drop off point.  There is even a lodge that offers hot chocolate and other drinks to warm up between runs.

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Top 5 Unusual Luxury Cruise Destinations

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If you love the outdoors and wildlife or are an adventure holiday fan, a cruise may not seem like the ideal holiday for you.  But there are a few cruise destinations around the world that offer both luxury and something different.  Here are five ideas to inspire you to book yourself a luxury cruise for your next vacation.

Australia and New Zealand

Tours around Australia and New Zealand offer the chance to see some amazing scenery, wildlife and also visit some of the top spots around these two Southern Hemisphere countries.  Visit cities such as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Dunedin and Auckland in New Zealand as well locations such as the famous Bondi Beach and the island of Tasmania.  For northern areas, April to September is a good time to travel while March to August is best for the more southern locations.  Head to New Zealand in December to March for the driest months.

Japan

The ancient cities of Japan are just part of the attraction of taking a cruise around this country.  Top spots to visit include the capital Tokyo, with its brilliant blend of historic buildings and cutting-edge technology that sums up much of Japan.  Other locations to look to visit include Kagoshima on the southern edge of Kyushu with its palms trees and beautiful sea views.  Hakodate is another popular spot where you can visit the Mount Hakodate Observatory looking out over the sea.

Galapagos

For wildlife fans, the fascinating islands of the Galapagos are one of the dream cruises available.  Here you can see species of animal not found anywhere else in the world including giant tortoises, penguins and hilarious looking blue-footed boobies (a type of bird).  Each island has its own species so there is plenty to see.  December to May are the best times to visit when the seas are calmest and the animals most active.

Central and South America

While many people have experienced a Caribbean cruise, there is also plenty to see and do on the mainland of Central American and down into South America.  You can even find large cruise ships that can travel a distance up the Amazon River, being that it is so wide and deep.  Look for expeditions that allow you to visit Mayan ruins in Mexico or go kayaking in sea caves.  And there is the rich wildlife of the area to enjoy – monkeys, parrots and big cats to name just a few.  You can even find a cruise that takes you through the famous Panama Canal and across to the Pacific coast.

Antarctica

Antarctica might not be somewhere you associated with a cruise, but it is becoming a popular destination for people who want to go somewhere different.  There are places like the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well as parts of Antarctica itself.  The wildlife is a big draw for people with elephant seals, fur seals and an amazing amount of bird life – who can resist penguins?  It is also a good chance to see historic locations associated with polar exploration.

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