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5 spectacular places to kayak

Pamela Wright for the boston globe

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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.

www.nps.gov/glba

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MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA

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One of Costa Rica’s most stunning coastlines, surrounded by tropical jungles and preserved rain forest; visit sugar-white beaches and snorkel coral reefs.

www.manuelantoniopark.com

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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.

www.vancouverisland.travel

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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.

www.phukettourist.com

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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.

www.ionian-islands.com

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PAMELA WRIGHT