How to turn Kayaking into a Romantic Date [year]

Taking your partner on a kayaking date can be one of the most interesting things you do with them – especially if you usually see a movie or go for a fancy dinner. It’s a break from typical routine and the adventure can help to create new, interesting, and long-lasting memories. 

Even if things don’t go perfectly, it can still create a funny story to reminisce about years later. If the two of you end up enjoying it, there’s no reason you shouldn’t do it more regularly. Particularly when you consider that kayaking is great for your health

So if you’re planning to take your partner on a kayaking date, here’s how you can make it romantic:

Set Up Ahead of Time

You don’t need to have every little detail planned out, but you should have the bare bones of the date ready and waiting. If you’re renting the kayak, then you should explain to the renter in advance what your plan is. They might even be able to help you. 

It’s also a good idea to have a rough idea of where you want to go, how long it’ll take and what the water will be like. Unless you’re both prepared and experienced kayakers, I would recommend choosing calmer waters for your date. 

In addition, you’ll want to make sure you’ve secured both phones against potential water damage. You can try waterproof cases, but even storing your phones in a ziplock bag will work wonders. Keep them safe in the storage compartment, and try to avoid using them in case they accidentally fall into the water. 

If you do plan to keep the kayaking aspect a surprise, at least make sure they know to dress appropriately for a kayak date. There’s nothing worse than being incorrectly dressed for something because you were unaware. 


Use a Tandem Kayak

You’re on a date, so you’re going to want to spend time close to each other. That’s really hard to do in separate kayaks, and you’re more likely to run into issues. The easiest solution to this is to both share a kayak. That’s where tandem kayaks come in. 

Most kayak rentals should have tandem (or two-person) kayaks available. Being able to properly spend this time beside each other will make your watertop date incredibly special; far more so than each trying to coordinate a separate kayak would have been. 

You’ll have to make sure you’re able to paddle it yourself, and it’ll give your arms a good workout – but it’ll be worth it for the romantic experience you’ll be creating. Who knows, maybe you’ll have such a good time that you decide to start kayaking together?


Hit the water before Sunset

This might be obvious, but if you want to make it a really romantic experience, you’re going to want to be on the water as the sun goes down. In order for that to happen, you need to have everything set up and ready to go before sunset occurs. 

Allow some time to paddle around before the sun goes down, and have an area where you’d want to stop in mind. When you get there, you can point yourselves towards the horizon, and bask in each other’s company as the last golden rays of the day slowly sink away. 

You could even take a lantern with you so you can still see when the light starts fading. It’s the small touches that build the best experience. 


Bring the Decor

Initially, it may seem like an odd suggestion, but don’t forget to bring a few little bits and pieces to bolster the atmosphere. When you’re out on the open water placing some floating candles alongside the kayak can really improve the mood, while adding some water lilies to the mix is a great way to strengthen the romantic ambiance. 

If you need more room on the kayak, you can always attach a floating buoy and drag some things behind you. Try tying a bottle of your preferred wine, to give you both something to drink on your romantic sunset voyage.

Bringing a few things with you will make the date seem incredibly special. It’ll also show your date that you’re capable of forethought and planning, both of which are highly attractive traits. 


Drop the Anchor

When you’re out on the water, you’re going to want to stop for a while. Perhaps to share the aforementioned bottle of wine, or just relax as the sun falls gently behind the horizon. Don’t be afraid to drop the anchor and just pause, as you both enjoy the moment. 

This is the crux of your date. Everything has been building to this moment, so don’t rush it and just enjoy your time together. It’s important not to put pressure on yourself or your date, simply relax and see where things go. 


There are fantastic places all over the world to go kayaking, and if you’re looking for some inspiration, feel free to check out our guide on the best places to go kayaking with your family. Note that you don’t have to go with your family, these remain wonderful, awe-inspiring locations to visit with a partner.