Perfect Introduction to Abel Tasman NP
We booked the Ab Fab Marine Reserve Paddle & Walk. Booking and check-in was quite efficient. The company is super organized as it handles a plethora of trips (and even in reverse directions) quite smoothly. Hailey was our guide, and she was super fun. She helped us navigate between rocks, helped us spot baby seals, penguins, and kept the entire group engaged.
I did have a moment of panic as we were riding the water taxi out for the drop in. I did think "O-M-G what did I sign us up for; I didn't take any sea sickness medicine!" as the ride was a bit hard over the waves. There was no need for me to worry. The hardest part of the kayak adventure is padding past the break (very beginning); you hardly notice the waves when out. In fact, we thought kayaking Milford was much more demanding than this. SKC provides you a dry bag to place your keys, cameras, phones, etc, which is secured in the center compartment of the kayak. It does stay dry. There are a total of 3 compartments, so you can bring a change of shoes (like hiking boots) if that's your preference. Your life vests have a zippered pouch in the front, which is quite handy for your point and shoot. Lunch was quite nice; there was coffee, tea, juice, sandwiches, and 2 desserts...yum! We appreciated the hike portion of the tour being unguided; this way you could hike at your own pace.
I do recommend bringing a change of clothes and maybe a light jacket as there was an almost constant wind that chilled us a bit when we weren't moving. We had no troubles with sandflies; maybe we got lucky?
NoLaNooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Trip Advisor