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“Fantastic experience”

Doubtful Sound Kayak
Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Manapouri
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Doubtful Sound Kayak Full Day Tour is designed to maximise the time spent on the water of Doubtful Sound. Kayak with us and experience Doubtful Sound from Sea Level during your 4 hour Kayak from Deep Cove at the head of Doubtful Sound, followed by return water taxi Your Doubtful Sound Kayak Adventure is the longest kayaking day tour of Doubtful Sound. During your 4 hour paddle you will journey up to 15km* into Doubtful Sound following Hall Arm, “The Sound of Silence”. We are a local company showing Doubtful Sound to 10 guests per adventure. This ensures a personal experience is provided by your Kayak Nature Guide. Meet us in Te Anau or Manapouri. Car parking is available in Te Anau at our office. Your Doubtful Sound Journey includes a coach from Te Anau, relaxing cruise on Lake Manapouri and transport over spectacular Wilmot Pass into Deep Cove. Launch your kayak into Doubtful Sound at Deep Cove. Wildlife encounters may include Dolphins, Seals or Penguins. Your return to Deep Cove is via Water Taxi Cruise
Reviewed February 27, 2014

We stayed two extra days in Manapouri to do the kayak trip to Doubtful Sound and thoroughly enjoyed it. One trip to Te Anau with the endless coaches and tour companies for Milford Sound made us doubly sure this was the right decision. Whilst the trip is expensive, it is good value for money - the equipment us excellent, the staff friendly and knowledgeable and there are four boat journeys and two bus rides involved all on their own private transport. Doubtful Sound is absolutely stunning and in the several hours we were on the water we saw just two other boats. Special mention for our guide Cloudi who was full of interesting and detailed information about the history and environment of the area.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We have been all over New Zealand in our year here and this was a highlight of our trip. Not only did Jo kindly pick us up from Te Anau and bring us to Manapouri, but she helped us with booking accommodation and transport back. We did Milford by kayak and it was beautiful but Doubtful sound was the true hidden gem of our trip. Do the all day kayak trip if you can, if the weather is nice you can even camp in a remote area of the lake. You travel far out into the Fiords and kayak freely for hours - even if it is raining, it is a magical time. The experience was amazing and I would recommend it for anyone who would like a more back country, unique experience of Fiordland. Just make sure you actually know how to kayak somewhat before you go, there were 2 people that could not and they slowed everyone up!

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We did the full day kayaking tour on Doubtful Sound, and it was a fantastic experience. The traveling (boat and bus) is a bit tiring to get out there, but it is definitely worth it! The views are unmatched.

Our guide, Kye, was very personable and made the experience that bit better. He had a vast knowledge of the area, including plants and wildlife, even though he had only been there for a few months.

I'm very glad we opted to do Doubtful, because the day was mostly undisturbed by big cruise boats and the like, which allowed us to really soak in the beautiful scenery. It was amazing how quiet it was out there.

Make sure to bring some insect repellent, as we forgot to, and every time we stopped by the trees we were swarmed by bugs, which ended up giving me a nasty rash (either that or the water).

Great experience!

1  Thank Nicholas C
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We just had a really great day with this firm in Doubtful Sound. It seems to take lot of organizing this trip (Bus, Boat, second bus and second boat). After all the money spent didn't feel so much as it felt beforehand. Guide was great. He knew a lot about the area although he wasn't local and had spent only one month in the area. Good group management and guiding all in all.

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

If you only have time to do one sound, make it Doubtful! We did a 2 hour cruise on Milford and then a day kayak with Fiordland on Doubtful. An incredible 10 hour day with great guides, fun, loads to see and a relaxed atmosphere plus barely seeing anyone as opposed to the buses of people at Milford - well worth the money!

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