With the worldwide increase in wildlife viewing tours it is more important than ever to ensure that wildlife viewing is done responsibly, with little to no impact on the wildlife being viewed. Joining a guided kayak tour can be a low impact and responsible way to view whales and other wildlife.
With some knowledge and respect for wildlife, the slow speed, quiet nature, and ability to access shallow water close to shore make kayaks ideal crafts for viewing wildlife. However, these same characteristics can also cause kayakers to more easily disturb wildlife if not done properly.
The main goal when viewing any wildlife should be to ensure that our actions do not cause the animal to change their normal behaviour. For example, from a silent kayak it is often easy to surprise sea lions hauled out on rock basking in the sun or to scare an eagle away