If there is one common feature of a Batstar guest it would be their reaction to the physical beauty of the West Coast. The mixture of ocean, islands in a backdrop of the Vancouver Island and/or Coastal mountain range presents an ever changing canvas. It is a dynamic area, where open ocean meets land and the tides, waves and swell have a pervasive, persuasive rhythm. Most people like it—a lot.
Each trip on the water limited to a maximum of 12 guests. This in an industry standard that we follow. If you’ve ever had a group of 25 sea kayakers land on a beach, you’ll know why this is frowned upon from a group safety, etiquette and ecological point of view.
Many of our new guests have never been in a sea kayak and it is rewarding to see people get in touch with the rhythms of nature. Helping people experience an environment that is typically much different from their regular one makes our job very enjoyable. The whole notion of confronting the unknown or the out of the ordinary tends to make people quickly forget the outside world and quickly unwind once they get comfortable in their new environment. This is where our planning makes your trip run smoothly. The sooner you get comfortable, the faster you will start to explore this rich and diverse land & seascape.
From easiest to more challenging.
- The Broken Group Islands is the easiest for novice paddlers
- The Deer Group Islands has exposure to open ocean
- Clayoquot Sound has currents, surf landings and exposure to open ocean
Ages 12 and up for the with parents who are experienced sea kayakers.
Some of our guests are allergic to peanuts, fish, shellfish, etc. and we have been able to easily adjust our menu. Very little of our menu is comprised of packaged goods, typically just the salty snacks & granola bars, etc. All of our fruit and vegetables are fresh and whenever possible, organically grown on local farms. Our desserts are centered around fruit and some baking!
You do not need to train to go sea kayaking but as with any activity, you will enjoy it more if you are moderately fit. If you plan a fitness program and have not been active for a while, consult your physician. There are some kayak specific exercises which a good personal trainer can show you. Contact your local fitness club.