One of the best ways to explore Raja Ampat is by sea kayak. This is a little-known secret as most people don’t realize that kayaking through Raja Ampat is an amazing way to explore Indonesia’s crown jewel and the last paradise.

While kayaking, you can truly embrace the landscape, becoming one with the lush green islands, towering rock formations, and crystal-clear turquoise waters for which the area is so famous. Glide on the surface of the world's most biodiverse marine environment with dazzling coral reefs teeming with colorful fish and sea creatures underneath you.

Paddle your way over calm, glassy waters and discover secret beaches, secluded lagoons, and hidden caves accessible only by kayak. It is only by kayaking Raja Ampat that you can truly feel the thrill of exploration and come face-to-face with the untouched beauty of this natural paradise.

What Are The Benefits Of Kayaking?

The benefits of kayaking Raja Ampat are countless: in addition to enjoying the feeling of merging with the stunning landscape, it is also the best way to explore the archipelago and its endless coves, islets, lagoons, bays, channels, and hidden beaches. It’s a fantastic off-the-beaten-path experience, ideal for adventurers and explorers.

Not only is it a great activity for sightseeing, but you can also reap the benefits of kayaking: 

Eco-Friendly & Sustainable: Kayaking is one of the greenest ways to get out on the water without disrupting local ecosystems. Thanks to their shallow drafts, they don't damage coral reefs or seabed habitats when used responsibly. They are also completely human-powered which means no gasoline, no oil, and no sound pollution from motors. You can paddle in silent bliss with just the sound of the paddle and the breeze,minimizing disturbance to birds and wildlife.

Improves Fitness: Kayaking in Raja Ampat  is a low-impact activity that can improve your overall fitness, strength, and flexibility. Long-term kayakers have reported improved cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength particularly in the back, arms, shoulders, and chest, and increased torso and leg strength. It’s also great for mental health as the repetitive movement of the paddle can be meditative and soothing.

Excellent Wildlife Viewing: We know by now that Raja Ampat is teeming with rare birds, wildlife, and incredible sea creatures. Sea kayaking lets you observe them in their natural habitat without scaring them away with loud motor sounds. You can sit quietly in your kayak and watch the birds flit from tree to tree, observe the fish right underneath you, or spy a wild boar in between the trees.

How Hard Is Sea Kayaking?

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Sea kayaking is not difficult, especially here at Kri Island where the water is almost always calm and clear. And this is where our resorts–Kri Eco Resort and Sorido Bay Resort–are advantageously located. Rest assured that very little skill or strength is required for kayaking in Raja Ampat. Kayaks are safe to use and hardly tip over, and once you’ve learned the basics, sea kayaking is great for beginners.

You’ll be in good hands Kayaking with us at Kri Eco Resort or Sorido Bay Resort. Our team of guides and staff are happy to assist when needed. You can even bring your own sea kayaks and paddles or use the ones at our resorts. We can provide helmets and life jackets, but don’t forget to bring a waterproof bag for your camera, phone, water bottles, snacks, and other essentials.

 

Raja Ampat Kayaking With Papua Diving Resorts

You can kayak in Raja Ampat as much as you like when you stay with us at Kri Eco Resort or Sorido Bay Resort. Book one of our stay packages and enjoy unlimited complimentary use of our stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and sea kayaks throughout your stay. We have a variety of kayaks available for different levels and experiences. Our staff will be happy to help you choose the right kayaks and paddles according to your height. Once you’ve sorted out your sea kayaks, take your time to explore the coastline or speak to our staff if you’d like a guided tour.

 

Full Day & Half Day Tours Raja Ampat

In addition to kayaking and paddleboarding, you will also have the option to book a full-day or a half-day tour to the most enthralling locations in Raja Ampat, including excursions to Mushroom Islands and Fam Islands. Other fun activities available include hikes to waterfalls, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting. 

Raja Ampat is also home to friendly locals with neat cultures and traditions you’re most welcome to witness. Village tours are available for those who are interested.

Resorts With Kayaking

Sorido Bay Resort

 

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Perfect for those who want to experience island living with a touch of luxury, Sorido Bay Resort offers a collection of 7 charming bungalows with spacious rooms and ensuites, each with AC or electric fan and a veranda that overlooks a vibrant house reef.

 

Kri Eco Resort

 

Kri Eco Resort

 

Looking out over the dark blue waters of the Dampier Strait and distant mountain ranges, Kri Eco Resort is a cluster of authentic Papuan-style water bungalows built from locally sourced materials. With three room types to choose from, each offers you a perfect view of Raja Ampat’s stunning sunsets.

Ready to enjoy Raja Ampat kayaking with Papua Diving Resorts? Book your Raja Ampat holiday with the best rates and inclusions.