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Raiatea - Kayaking the Faaroa River


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Has anyone here ever done this excursion? I'm curious as to whether the kayaks used have backrests or not.  I like to kayak, but if the kayaks are sit-on-tops without backrests, I know my lower back will be very unhappy.

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1 hour ago, Folkfan13 said:

Did you enjoy this excursion?

 

If you're asking me, I can't say.  That cruise was cancelled, so I never had the opportunity to that excursion. Petoonya may be able to shed some light on it, though.

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We kayaked the Faaroa River in November - We booked through Le Taha'a Pearl Resorts.  If I knew how to post a photo, I'd show you what the kayaks look like.  There are no back rests.    We saw no other kayaks on the river - but there were some tourist boats - 

 

My lower back was a little unhappy.  My husband was more unhappy, because I was a terrible steerer!

 

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2 minutes ago, crilski said:

My lower back was a little unhappy.  My husband was more unhappy, because I was a terrible steerer!

 

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I'm glad you posted that photo...that would be a hard "nope" from me.  I can kayak for a long time with a backrest, but I'd be in agony in ten minutes without one.  There's no way I'd be able to complete a tour on THAT kayak.

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Oh wait - I did post a photo.  (I had to sign in first)  

 

Plus we kayaked upstream - got tight.  Then turned around - nicer going downstream.  But you can tell not swift at all.  Here we are in the trees . . .  were off to the side to let the boat coming at us room to pass.

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Well.....WS had kayaks with backrests but that was a few years ago. So if I had a bad back I might not risk it. Or maybe not book till you get onboard and speak to the activities director. It may have changed. I kind of doubt it since Raiatea is so small and the big ships generally don't go there, but there could be more than one outfitter.

 

Quite honestly I thought the trip was just so, so. But I live in the Pacific NW where there is tons of kayaking so am a bit jaded.

 

Gosh Crilski. My husband is the same way when we kayak. I'm not a good steer person either and feel especially handicapped when I don't have my own kayak. Don't know what my husband is doing behind me. He generally does not yell. But freaks out when we kayak in the same boat.

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