Kayaking is a great and refreshing experience that suites all ages. In the summer months it is one of the most popular activities, done mostly at the Jordan River. This river is mostly known as an historical sacred waterway, but it is also a stream that offers rafting on inflatables, or kayaking. Joining the current by a slipway, navigating your way through the thick vegetation, occasionally sliding on small cascades, is a great and exhilarating experience! And where the pace is slower, the calming views are majestic. The river’s banks are lush green, coated with rich aquatic plants, bushes, and trees. Occasionally turtles and frogs can also be traced.
Several companies offer a rafting and kayaking experience along the Jordan river, each in a different section of its waterway:
Kfar Blum / Hagoshrim – These two popular operators are located not far from Tel Dan. Both offer a 3 mile ‘Family Route’ that takes about 1.5 hours, or an extended ‘extreme route’ of about 4 miles, that can take about 2 hours. Both routes begin in the fast-flowing waters of the Snir stream, and end in the Jordan River. At the end point of Kfar Blum it is also possible to zip-line into the river or practice your skills in wall climbing.
Jordan River Rafting – Located 1 mile north of Gesher Benot Yaakov, the Jordan River Rafting offers a more relaxed canoeing experience along the river. Here, the Jordan river was channeled in the 1950s to drain the Hula marshland. The slow and scenic rafting take about 1.5 hours, and end right under the medieval castle of Chastellet, just before the Jordan River Rapids.
Abu Kayak – Opposite et-Tell, the possible location of Bethsaida, Abu Kayak also offer a relaxed rafting experience along the, before its estuary into the Sea of Galilee. The route is 3 miles long and takes about 1.5 hours, ending near another site of Bethsaida.
Kayakineret – In recent years the water level of the Sea of Galilee rose to a level that it is possible to canoe up into the River’s estuary. The lagoons, wildlife, and the serenity around here is magical. It is also possible to canoe to Holy Christian sites in this area, possibly throught where Jesus walked on Water. Both routes are about two and a half hours, no experience required and suitable for all ages.
Rob Roy – South of the Sea of Galilee it is also possible to canoe along the Jordan River, near Degania. Named after the canoe of John MacGregor, who explored the Jordan river in the 19th century, Rob Roy offers a relaxing ride in a quaint part of the river, next to an Indian style camping site.
Rafting along sections of the Jordan River can be combined with a day tour in the north.
Kayaking in the Yarkon
In northern Tel-Aviv Daniel Rowing Centre offers kayaking along the Yarkon river and sea kayaking on the Mediterranean Sea. The more experienced can also join a extreme surf ski session. At Park Hayarkon it is also possible to rent family peddle boat. This activity can be combined in a day tour of Tel-Aviv and Jaffa.
Kayaking in Eilat
Among the many watersport activities offered at Eilat, it is also possible to rent kayaks and raw in the Red Sea’s calm water. Furthermore, at some places you can rent transparent kayaks. With its crystal-clear bottom, you can see right through the kayak, spotting the corals and the exotic colored fish of the Red Sea.
This activity can be combined in a tour to Eilat.