Canoeing Travel Programs

Back to Programs

A Guide to Canoe Adventures Abroad

Remember paddling around on the lake in a canoe when you were a kid at summer camp, feeling like Pocahontas? You’re in luck because all ages can enjoy canoe adventures year-round in streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, or whitewater for those frisky adventurers who want to see all the colors of the wind! Whether you plan to hang out at a popular fishing hole or a bird watching spot, or experience the thrill of maneuvering whitewater or racing competitively, canoe trips are a guaranteed adventure that you’ll enjoy anywhere in the world. Pack your travel canoe and get ready for the ride of your life!


Do you desire to travel to a location where you’ll row, row, row your canoe gently down the stream? Or would you rather wildly paddle it down the river? From tranquil destinations to extreme locations, the world is 70 percent water, so the choices are endless! Pick a destination that reflects your paddling goals and the memories you want to take home with you, and the best canoe trips will be at your pruny finger tips.

Ride elephants, observe wildlife, view beautiful snow-capped mountains, not to mention ogle at Mt. Everest, during Nepal canoeing adventures! Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, like Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You might just pick up some Nepali phrases as you explore this this riveting destination!

Learn wildlife tracking and bush skills while on canoe trips deep in the heart of Africa. Explore the African bush of Botswana around the myriad of channels, lagoons, and islands of the Okavango Delta, or paddle down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, which carves out Victoria Falls. That’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world! You might even pick up some Swahili from the locals.

Visit the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, the coast of Argentario, and the Natural Park of Maremma on a canoeing adventure in Italy. In your free time, learn to speak Italian, enjoy  horseback riding, trekking, or cycling through the green paths of coastal Maremma and in the islands of Tuscany. With its rich culture, history, and beautiful natural environments, Italy has something to offer everyone.

Canoe Trips Abroad

Your adrenaline will start pumping before you even place your paddle in the water once you begin researching all of the program opportunities abroad that include canoeing adventures. Whether you plan to go with your family, a group, or alone, with a little research you’ll find a program that meets your needs. An ancient mode of transportation no more, canoes come in many styles depending on desired use and experience level. Depending on duration, location, price range, and size of the group, plenty of program packages will suit any water-loving, adventure travel junkie.

Wildlife Tracking & Bush Skills. If you are the more adventurous, adrenaline junkie type, sign up for a program canoeing in a jungle setting. Paddle 46 miles down the Zambezi River and camp amongst thriving wildlife, or find out what you are made of practicing your bush skills by poling a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) from island to island. These trips combine wildlife training, education, ecology skills, endurance, and plenty of paddle time.

High School Students. Wondering where to take your high school senior trip? You are almost adults now, so why not break away from the typical Disneyland or beach experience and book a one to two week canoeing adventure in a remote wilderness abroad with your classmates?! You’ll enjoy a remote wilderness experience filled with canoeing, camping, education, and personal growth. In the end, you’ll walk away from the experience with a bigger sense of the world, your peers, and yourselves, so prepare yourself to begin the next stage of life.

Family Adventures. For families looking for a relaxing getaway on the water, what better way to reconnect with each other than to take a five day wilderness excursion abroad together? Unplug the electronics and take a trip down a lazy river in a dugout canoe with your kids. Everyone will enjoy the scenic views and wildlife on the banks in their natural habitats, and ultimately be reminded that there is more to life than checking Facebook every ten minutes.

Language. Are you a student or young adult who is a sports junkie, a traveler, AND a bookworm? Luckily, there are adventure programs just for you! Elizabeth Gilbert romanticized the idea of learning Italian while living in Rome in “Eat, Pray, Love,” but her other idea of adventure was seeing how much food she could eat while there. You, on the other hand, want to stay fit while learning to speak the language of love. If so, get your fill of canoeing and learn to speak a foreign language at the same time by signing up for a nature and sports program abroad. Spend your mornings in a classroom setting immersing yourself in a new language followed by an afternoon of canoeing activities with a personal instructor.

The best time of the year to go canoeing will vary depending on the climate of the country you plan to visit. Most companies offer programs year-round, but be sure to check the details of the location you are interested in most because no two programs are the same. 

Tips & Advice for Canoe Travel

The best advice when preparing for your canoeing adventure abroad is to pack light! You will most likely be outdoors the majority of the time, so leave the hair dryer, make-up, and accessories at home. Since equipment such as canoes, paddles, and life vests will most likely be provided, you really only need the bare essentials. Rain gear, dry socks, and medicine will be good to have. The less stuff you have to keep up with, the more time you have to enjoy your experience.

As with any travel experience, you need to consider finances when booking your canoeing program abroad. Typical canoeing adventure travel program costs include transit within the country, gear, food, and accommodations with the booking fee. Depending on the program you choose and duration, expect to pay between $500-2000 up front. However, be sure you check with the individual company and read the fine print because no two companies are the same.

You’ll also need to consider additional costs, such as airfare to and from your destination, souvenirs, and unexpected items or emergencies. If this is your first experience abroad, consider the cost of visas or passports required as well. And let’s face it, traveling is not cheap. If you are low on funding, consider creating a FundMyTravel fundraising platform to help gain support to fund your travel experience. Also, don’t forget to search the GoAbroad Embassy Directory in your destination country.

Benefits & Challenges

No matter what location or destination you choose, the rewards of booking a canoeing adventure travel program abroad will have you wondering why you didn't book this trip sooner! You’ll gain knowledge of a new country and culture, new skills pertaining to canoeing in a different environment, new friends you will make along the way, a newfound feeling of freedom, and a realization that the world is a really big place.

Everything involved with traveling to a new county and planning an adventure in the great outdoors can be challenging and a bit overwhelming. However, facing fears and stepping outside of your comfort zone into the great outdoors will be rewarding and satisfying. Plus, just think about how envious your friends back home will be when you tell them about your exciting adventures abroad that they only dream about and you actually lived. #winning

Get rowing. Get going. You don’t want to be caught up the creek without a paddle, do you? “Canoe” think of more puns, or are these puns hurting your oars? Sign up for an adventure program canoeing abroad today and create a meaningful travel experience that is just right for you. Your adventure abroad in the great outdoors is just around the riverbend!

Read More

written by:

A Guide To
Canoe Adventures Abroad


 Choose Your Canoeing Adventure Abroad


This listing has been saved 13 times

Southeast Asia: Fun, Flexible, Adventure Travel Network

Stray Asia offers a range of adventure travel passes on our flexible hop-on, hop-off travel network that spans across Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. **Even better, it’s that very special time of year when we drop the biggest deal of the year! We’ve got 30% off Hop-on Hop-off passes and 20% off Flexi Tours. To qualify, simply start your travels between 1 May and 30 September...


This listing has been saved 33 times

New Zealand: Fun, Flexible, Guided Adventure Network

Meet adventurous like-minded travelers and prepare yourself for a trip of a lifetime on Stray's hop-on, hop-off travel network. Stray offers a truly unique way to explore New Zealand, wherein you discover some of the most beautiful ‘off-the-beaten track' destinations and have access to 8+ National Parks across its full route. Simply select a Stray Pass (North, South, or National Passes ...


This listing has been saved 83 times

Adventure Guide Internship - New Zealand

The Adventure Guide Internship was constructed as a stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry, but also is the perfect semester abroad option - offering adventure, qualifications and a job offer all in one . Over 12 weeks of adventure and travel, you’ll find yourself on the top of the highest peaks, meandering down enormous glacier-driven river valleys, exploring new golden sand beac...


This listing has been saved 306 times

Conservation, Community and Adventure Placements from $255

With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...


This listing has been saved 40 times

Broadreach Summer Adventures for Students

Broadreach offers experiential summer adventures for middle school, high school and college students, including scuba, sailing, STEM, animal science, marine biology, language learning and photography and multimedia programs that span the globe. Over the years, we've taken thousands of teenagers to some of the world's most incredible destinations -- the islands of the Caribbean, Australia, Fiji,...


This listing has been saved 20 times

Summer Camp Counselor in Europe

Camp Europe offers specializes in language & adventure sport camps for children & youth throughout Europe. We offer different positions, such as: Language Coach, Camp Counselor, Program Area Director & Group Leader. Camp Europe provides an intense training through which you will obtain professional instruction in many outdoor education fields, form canoeing, kayaking, swimming, archery, clim...


This listing has been saved 131 times

Work and Travel Canada

Our Work & Travel Canada program gives U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 a chance to experience the beauty of our northern neighbor while earning money throughout the year. Start with an arrival orientation in Vancouver or Toronto and continue with job support throughout your program. If you already have a job in mind we can also help you organize your 12-month working holiday visa! ...


This listing has been saved 9 times

Centre For Italian Studies - Taormina, Sicily

Founded in 1992, the Babilonia Italian Language School is wholly committed to promoting the culture and heritage of Italy, while studying the country's famous language. Whether the participant is a local or international student, Babilonia is open to all those who wish to fully immerse in the culture and gain a broader perspective of the Italian way of life. The school is located in a historic ...


This listing has been saved 10 times

Summer Camp Counselor job in Canada

Through Camps Canada you will obtain a cycle of benefits, from travel experience, to meeting people from many parts of the world, spending time in full contact with nature away from screen and electrical devises, performing as a role model or a support staff, and being an element of a Canadian educational outdoor center. All of this while having a blast of fun singing, playing, running, swimmin...


This listing has been saved 1 time

100% Pure New Zealand study tour + optional voluntary work

New Zealand's flagship program .. the next tour is for 14 days and based in the rugged and beautiful South Island. Commences 11 June 2018. This study tour takes you from whale watching to glaciers, hiking through national forests and LOTR sites, visiting wildlife and marine conservation sanctuaries, ecotourism, the home of bungy, ride the world famous TranzAlpine train across the southern al...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Standard Spanish Course + Homestay Program

Live together with your Spanish Teachers in a warm and loving family in the south of Spain. Improve your Spanish Skills every day, every hour with Agualivar Spanish School. Take advantage of a real Spanish immersion. Attending this standard program of Spanish lessons in the mornings with only 2 hours per day, lessons completely customized to your needs. Enjoy a wide variety of activities in S...


This listing has been saved 4 times

Westcoast Connection | United States Summer 2018

Travel throughout the United States with Westcoast Connection, home of our first teen travel program 36 summers ago. We offer a wide range of 10-40 day summer programs on our teen tours, pre-college enrichment, baseball, Seventeen fashion and community service. Our mission is to provide you with the summer of a lifetime. Travel the full stretch of California from San Francisco to San Diego, ca...


This listing has been saved 3 times

Cultural Exploration Alaska - Putney Student Travel

Travel to the edge of the Arctic Circle as you make your way from the taiga and tundra of interior Alaska, to the coastal marine environment of the Kenai Peninsula. Stay in rustic yurts on an educational farm in Fairbanks and harvest vegetables, clear trails, and try your hand at blacksmithing at the farm's learning center. Hone your camping and outdoor skills at the farm before traveling to De...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Boundary Waters Dog Sledding & Texas Big Bend Semester

Expand your classroom and your skills as you travel through two spectacular and dramatically different regions of the U.S.! This intensive 10-week leadership semester course is an outstanding opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the rugged landscapes of the Rio Grande and Boundary Waters wilderness areas – and can also complement a traditional college education. Acquire an extensi...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Coop&Internship in Armenia

With over 800 placement partners, positions are available year-round in a wide variety of sectors and organizations, including business, education, environmental sciences, arts and culture, finance, health, governmental and non-governmental agencies. In addition to placements, AVC provides all logistical support from airport pick-up, to host-family living arrangements, Armenian language classes...