SeaCanoe International operates in five different countries - four in
South-East Asia and one on the South Pacific. By coincidence, we also offer
five styles of experience. There is certainly an option for you, but please
read this Selection Guide closely to guarantee that you get the trip you
want. We want to understand which trip is perfect for you and your budget.
"I've had at least two paddling partners cry while I was paddling them in
inflatables", Caveman remembers: The first was a 93-year old lady I took
surfing off Waikiki. We rode a six footer 200 meters. When I asked about the
tears she said "I watch those surfers every day from my top floor condo, and
I've always dreamed of riding a wave. I knew it was impossible, but I just
did it." The second was a quadriplegic. I tied him in and we paddled the
Windward side. I watched him carefully, and noticed the tears. I asked if he
had salt spray in his eyes. "No, it just that I've been in a hospital room
the past 12 years and this is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."
There are hundreds of mind-bending stories like these two. They all prove
that there's a SeaCanoe experience just for you. We appeal to big wave
surfers and non-swimmers, general adventurers, naturalists and folks who
have never been camping. We have high-action for seasoned adventurers who
have never been paddling, top quality bungalow stays for the sedate and
budget minded, and if you can't travel, there are expedition videos for
armchair adventurers. We've taken people into their 90's, several
paraplegics and even a quadriplegic. Our youngest customers were both 11
months - one went caving and one went surfing in his mother's arms - both
laughed their entire trip.
There's a One-Of-A-Kind Limited volume Millennium expedition that is US$
5,000, kayak camps that cost almost nothing, and rentals for experienced
kayakers. The one thing they all share is Excellent Value for Money. Because
we build a Family of repeat business via word-of-mouth, we invest in your
trip instead of expensive promotions and brochures. And because SeaCanoe is
a Labor of Love, and we take Pride in sharing our experiences with our
friends - that's you.
Why Different Countries and Options?
Quite simply, we keep developing new trips for those of you who did all the
Even before you finish your first trip, you want to do another SeaCanoe
adventure - usually a different trip in a different country. Several members
of our "O'Hana" ('Hawaiian for "family') have done most of our trips -
starting with Hawai'i in the 80's. After sixteen years, our very first
customer finally did the Phuket overnight trip - after doing almost all the
We also have personal reasons - remember, it's a Labor Of Love. Our staff
want an international perspective; and visit their co-workers from different
countries. We all want to experience new cultures as much as you do. And
Caveman runs charters because he enjoys small, intimate travels to the
coastlines and islands he loves - or has never visited.
Most importantly, we are an Eco-development demonstration that introduces
environmentalism and enlightenment into developing economies. That's why we
left the comfort of Polynesia for the Environmental Battles of Asia.
SeaCanoe belongs to more than just one country.
An archaeologist did a SeaCanoe overnighter for our staff education program.
"How refreshing - a company that isn't out to maximize profits." In his four
days with our staff he discovered that Nature, Quality and Staff really do
come first at SeaCanoe.
Our goal is to get you and your children excited about Nature Conservation
and our shared "Family of Man". When we design a product, we ask ourselves
'Is this worthwhile, rewarding and good value for a family?" We want to make
our natural history experiences accessible for all, so we offer different
styles and standards. The one thing they all have in common is "value for
Unfortunately, remote adventures don't come cheap. Quality is often
expensive - so is getting it there. And a boat - kayak or escort boat - is
just a hole in the water that we pour money into. Three days in Phang Nga
trip is US$550, four-days in Ha Long trip is US$700, and most two-week trips
are over US$2,000 - below the industry standard, but still a bit of change.
Where we can, we offer bungalows, kayak camps or rentals. It isn't the same
standard, but the experience, quality and value is still there.
Charters - Our staff become your friends, and many people return for a
private trip with their favorite guide. We enjoy running them, so to make
them accessible, we charge only basic costs, but remember our normal pricing
is based upon a minimum of four. Single-person service, or couples, is
obviously more expensive, and our overhead is reflected in our surcharge
schedules. We don't charge extra if you request a specific guide (unless you
take Caveman away from his computer), but do expect to pay their
transportation costs to get to your trip.
Expeditions - These comprehensive 10-14 day trips cover natural history,
culture and a variety of sites with a single lead guide. They may be single
or multi-country, such as Ha Long - Lao - South Thailand. We understand most
folks want a good overview of the destination, and we feel we deliver better
cultural insights than most folks get on normal "Discovery" itineraries -
especially of unspoiled remote village life. Several expeditions are
self-paddle down extremely remote coastlines.
Escort Boat Trips - Reasonably priced, comfortable, and in calm water, these
are our most popular trips. In Thailand and the Philippines, we run 3-day
trips with Sunday and Wednesday departures; and 6-day trips with Sunday
departures. Ha Long is 4-, 6- and 8-day trips because of the drive from
Hanoi and the size of the Bay - for now, Ha Long has open departures.
Because we use a small Banca, the Philippine trips are less than the
comparable Thailand trips with their large escort boats (with shower and
Some guests prefer to sleep on deck, but even with the escort boat, expect
beach camping. Anybody who is up to camping can do these easy trips.
Non-swimmers are welcome, but must wear a life vest.
Self-paddle trips - These trips are designed for sea kayakers and other
physically active folks. They visit many of the same locations as escort
boat trips, but spend a lot of time paddling between sites. All camping,
cooking and personal gear is packed into the kayak and there is no support
boat. These trips are a bit less, but not for everyone.
Bungalows and Kayak Camps - We offer these products with thanks to two great
bungalows, in Phang Nga Bay and one at the End of the Earth in Fiji. They
are small volume programs - Nawa Nawa has a capacity of four unless you camp
- but they are excellent experiences that offer high standard room and board
with motor launch support paddling to our overnight sites. If you can book
them, Nawa Nawa and Ta Kow offer unbelievable value for money.
Day trips - Most folks book our day trips on-site in Coron, Hanoi or Phuket/Krabi.
Day trips are popular with SCUBA diver on the day before they fly, so we do
accept international bookings by credit card, but there are terms. Although
there is almost 24 hours on the water, we consider our 2-day Ha Long trip as
a day trip.
Rentals - If you have proven sea kayaking credentials and a credit card, we
rent our sit-on-top kayaks. Open and easy to snorkel from, Scupper Pros are
good long range touring boats, and the high volume Scrambler XE is even
popular. We don't recommend inflatables for long range touring, but they are
great if you are doing a lot of birding or camera work. We used to have some
decked boats, but they never got any use. If the demand is there, we can buy
some more. Despite shipping costs and customs duty, rental prices are
comparable with Hawai'i and the USA West Coast.