GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE, ALASKA
Paddle among giant tidewater glaciers and floating ice, flanked by snow-capped mountains, sheer rock walls and towering waterfalls; wildlife, including brown bears, whales, sea lions, otters, and dolphins, are abundant.
MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA
One of Costa Rica’s most stunning coastlines, surrounded by tropical jungles and preserved rain forest; visit sugar-white beaches and snorkel coral reefs.
JOHNSTONE STRAIT, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Narrow channel on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island is one of the premier places in the world to view killer whales; pods of orcas swim near kayakers as they paddle the nutrient rich feeding grounds.
PHANG-NGA BAY, PHUKET, THAILAND
Limestone islands and rocky cliffs dot the emerald green waters of the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Phuket; kayak (above) through caves and caverns dripping with multihued stalactites.
IONIAN ISLANDS, GREECE
Paddlers find sandy, uncrowded beaches, secluded harbors, and warm, crystal-clear waters on the west coast of Greece; island hop to visit seaside villages and ancient historic sites.
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