Rafts, Kayaks and SUP’s

Many of the places I go do not have boats or kayaks available or if by chance there is something there, they cannot be transported with the rental vehicle.

There have been countless times when I wanted to cross a small channel or fish a bonefish flat just off shore that could not be reached on foot.

john and kayakNow, I always travel with my own inflatable kayak.  These have proven to be invaluable and the flexibility they provide more than makes up for the increased luggage cost and hassle.

There are a variety of kayaks on the market and we have tested many of them.  Don’t go cheap on the kayak which I think is self explanatory.  We have had kayaks that blew apart, fell apart, mysteriously got holes in them on the plane and a variety of other disasters.

I can guarantee that at some point you wil puncture your kayak (coral, limestone, mangroves) so make sure you take one that can be repaired easily.

I currently use the Airis Play lightweight inflatable kayak and the BadFisher from SUP On The Fly.

In addition to the kayak and paddle the travel bag should include the pump, repair kit, some rope and room for throwing in a few extras.  The kayak, bag and accessories weigh between 23 and 33 pounds.

The airlines now charge for the extra bag so expect to pay both ways but it is a minor cost when compared to reaching areas you cannot get to by wading.