Kayaking through the Estuary

Explore the estuary and mangrove forest in one of our tandem kayaks, perhaps at sunrise or sunset, to view exotic birds and experience some much needed tranquility. The estuary is about 1 ½ kilometers long, with plenty of unexplored nooks and lush over hanging foliage to navigate through. Guests can take a one and a half hour guided tour of the estuary, or simply explore on their own. 

The serenity and solitude of kayaking through the calm waters put paddlers at ease. The sounds of tropical birds and other animals in the trees above make this trip unique. Paddling in this area is ideal for bird watching. Ornithologists estimate that around 70 to 90 species of birds can be observed in the reserve, making Morgan’s Rock a sanctuary for bird-watchers. Inhabitants of the shallow waters include crabs, big and small, sardines, and various types of fish. Guides provide a short lesson in paddling so you can explore to your heart’s desire!

About Kayaking

Many people have heard of kayaking. But did you know that the small, agile vessels commonly used today have a history that dates back thousands of years? The first “kayak” or “quajaq” probably originated in Siberia, and was used for hunting. The first people to use the kayak in North America were the Inuit and Aleutian peoples. The original kayak was designed for one person (a smaller version of the earlier boat called an umiak). Its sleek design allowed hunters to venture far out to sea in search of fish, otters, seals, and whales. The boat was made out of driftwood or whalebone. Animal skin was stretched across the frame, and different animal parts were used to make the vessel waterproof, buoyant, and able to navigate efficiently through icy Arctic waters. By the 19th Century a version of the kayak was introduced to Europe, used mainly for sport and recreation. Explorers continued to utilize the kayak to navigate difficult, icy waters near the North Pole in the Arctic. Today, kayaks are made most often out of plastic or fiberglass, and their recreational uses are many. Adventurers appreciate their small size and agility as they explore rough waters, or speed down whitewater rapids. The kayak comes in many different designs, according to its function. Kayaks are used for fishing, “surfing,” riding whitewater rapids, racing, exploration, and leisure. They always feature a double sided oar, and the paddler can be either tucked in with a waterproof “skirt,” or will sit on an open surface, as in a canoe.

At Morgan’s Rock, paddlers are provided a tandem (two person) kayak, and given a quick lesson in how to navigate the placid waters around the estuary and mangrove forest. No whitewater rapids here, but an inspiring excursion nonetheless!

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