Coastal Bend Kayak
Guides are Licensed by Texas
Parks and Wildlife
Certified by the American Canoe Association.
Meet Hector Rios - Professional Tour Guide & Kayaking Instructor:
Rios has been successfully guiding and instructing novice to experience
kayakers for over twenty-five years. Equipped with a wealth of
ability and skill, Hector gladly shares his knowledge and experience with
people of all ages. Tours cater to individuals from all walks of
life and all skill levels. Kayaking is a great team-building
experience for corporate groups. Hector loves working with children and
welcomes those kids with disabilities. (Learn more about Coastal
Bend Kayak Youth Camps below.) A pleasant demeanor, good sense of
humor and genuine care of his clientele ensures that all will have a safe,
educational and fun day on the water!
professional guide is familiar with most of the resident birds as well as
the many migratory birds that call the Coastal Bend home each winter.
Tours by boat to see the endangered Whooping Cranes are offered from
mid-November thru early-April. If fast fishing action is what you're
seeking, your guides will take you those shallow flats and reefs - fishing
hotspots - where the trophy-size Redfish, Speckled Trout and seasonal
Flounder. You'll be fishing where no boat has gone before and
the peace and solitude offers a healthy break from sometimes hectic
Bend Kayak takes the time to give proper instruction before anyone hits
the water. Kayakers will be given an introduction as to what to expect and
what to do should an emergency or possibly inclement weather or other
situation comes into play. A thorough instruction of all safety
precautions is presented as well as an "equipment check." This is
followed by an "on the water" demonstration by one of our
licensed and certified guides. And there's plenty more to learn once "you"
are on the water. Swimming isn't essential, but it could come in mighty
handy if a sudden squall blows through or if your kayak is damaged. As in
any outdoor activity - be smart, careful and always be prepared for the
Consider Lessons or
a Refresher Course: As with any water
activity, there are risks involved in kayaking. Swimming ability is not
mandatory, but nice to know. All kayakers are supplied with a kayak, PDF
and paddle. Coastal Bend Kayak uses only sit-on-top kayaks so the incidence of
roll-over is greatly minimized. Training, preparation, good judgment and
having the right equipment are the best weapons against a difficult
situation on the water. If you're new to paddling--or you've been away for
awhile-- then you should probably sign-up for a beginner or refresher
course with a Coastal Bend Kayak qualified instructor.
Basic paddling instruction & equipment rental is
included at the start of each trip.
for Group Tours:
accommodate singles, couples, families, or groups on our trips. You’ll
meet interesting people like yourself from all over the globe, who share a
spirit of adventure, a love of nature, and a sense of humor. Expect to
make some great new friends! If you're a more experienced paddler who's
looking to go out on your own, you still might want to take a refresher
course from one of our licensed, certified instructors. Coastal Bend
Kayak offers guided kayak tours for every level of skill. All tours
promote safety, fun, and provide a fantastic learning forum for the young
and old alike. All trips are based upon the natural, ecological systems
that exist in the Aransas Bay complex waterways. Our staff are hands-on
instructors whose patience never seems to end. Equipped with a good sense
of humor and thorough knowledge, it's no wonder that folks keep coming
back for his tours again and again. It's important that children recognize
and understand the importance of the eco-system and Coastal Bend Kayak encourages
parents to come along as well! You'll receive expert instruction for a
safe and fun kayaking adventure!
Age and Swimming
are never to young or old to learn how to kayak, however....we recommend
age 12 for kids, and as for the other end of the equation...if you're old
enough to wonder if you can still do it...give us a call. You might be
surprised. It is preferred that a person know how to swim, but certainly
not essential. PFDs (personal floatation devices or life vests) are
provided and they will protect you. It is highly recommended that you
wear closed-toe shoes for your tour. Oyster beds and shell reefs hurt
feet; water shoes are OK too.
KAYAKING IS FOR
EVERYONE - ALL AGES AND LEVELS OF ABILITY! MANY EXTRAORDINARY
PLACES TO KAYAK IN THE COASTAL BEND!
Equipment: Wear Closed-Toe Shoes...Always!
like to stay current with the top equipment in the business. Coastal Bend
Kayaks features Ocean Kayaks®,
and Bic Sport Kayaks®, three of the most
popular names in today's kayak market. Choose from a mixture of single and
double kayaks, with ample room for trip supplies. We go 2 per tent for
multi-day trips; singles will be accommodated where possible. You'll be
given a check list of items to bring when you book your trip and reserve.
Experience Level and
Beginner Level -
If you have
never tried kayaking before AND you are not likely to be confident on the
water, OR you just don't think you'll be able to paddle far at all, then
request a slower, more relaxed tour. We will teach you the basics
then take it very easy on a short tour in a protected part of the bay or
inlet so that you'll have a good idea of how kayaking could be used to get
you to some great places. Next time you will be ready for a longer, more
rewarding kayaking tour. If you are already skilled, we will
customize your trip to suit your interests.
Intermediate Level - If you are not timid around water and of
average fitness, you'll find the tour more interesting and exciting.
Generally, tours last from 4 to 5 hours with approx. 2 - 3 hours of
paddling. There are two breaks - one in the morning and one in early
afternoon to stretch and have a snack or cold drink...or just lay back and
enjoy the incredible beauty and pristine water surrounding you... so
& Seasonal Info:
The regions we kayak through
generally have moderate weather in spring, summer, and early fall, but we
can experience extreme heat, rain, or wind and sometimes all in one day.
Dress accordingly and be prepared. The only predictable aspect of Coastal
Bend weather is that it is rarely predictable, be it a sunny, hot day that
suddenly gives way to a thunderstorm or a 60 degree day at the beginning
of what is usually the hot season. Average Freeze Dates in Spring and Fall - (Rare Occurrence)
First in Fall..................Mid-December
Last in Spring............First of February Note: Winter month trips schedules vary. Call us for off-season
tour dates and details!
Safety & Guest
no previous kayaking experience is required on our tours, as with any
adventure there is always an element of risk. While our trips are not
considered to be strenuous or physically demanding, and we do not require
a high level of fitness, good general physical condition is necessary. If
you have any physical limitations or concerns please let us know. As we
are not qualified to evaluate your level of fitness we ask that you (and
possibly along with your doctor) determine whether or not you are able to
join one of our adventures. We just ask that you welcome your adventure
with an open mind and be able to laugh and have fun when encountering the
unexpected. Coastal Bend Kayak Tours is dedicated to providing safe,
environmentally sensitive, well organized, fun-filled adventures.
Coastal Bend Kayak is
CPR and First Aid Certified.
Bend Kayak Tours is located in the heart of the Texas Coastal Bend
area along the Gulf of Mexico and includes the communities of Aransas
Pass, Port Aransas, Rockport-Fulton, Ingleside, Gregory/Portland and the
Corpus Christi Metroplex. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Corpus
Christi, 3 hours from San Antonio, 4 hours from Austin and 3 hours from
Houston. HEB Grocery and Wal-Mart are conveniently located and perfect
for picking up those last minute items like sunscreen, snacks and your
favorite cold drinks. There is an ATM located inside the store as well as
Right Tour Guide:
It's important to find
a kayak guide who will take the time to tailor the tour and equipment to
the client's skill level. And paying more doesn't necessarily guarantee a
better experience. If possible, talk to other paddlers who've been on the
tour you're considering. And don't be shy about calling the guide
personally with questions. What will I need to bring? Get a detailed list
of everything you'll need for this particular tour. If this will be a
multi-day trip, what food services will be provided? Who will do the
cooking, and what kinds of food will be served? A good tour guide will
want to know as much about you as possible, especially helpful when
matching you with group paddlers of the same skill level.
A Licensed Guide is
Trained to Handle Any Situation.