Matapica kayak tour

A special 3-day canoe trip across Suriname’s savage coast.

Matapica canoe coastal journey
Trip type: 
Adventure trips
Date of outward travel: 
by request
Date homeward travel: 

Travel time:
3 days

Price EUR 295 all-inclusive

Suriname has a wonderful coast, oftentimes referred to as “the savage coast” because of its vast expanse. The Suriname beach is insignificant when viewed globally in miles. But the beaches of Suriname are known to deeply attract both scientists and nature lovers who are interested in the ups and downs of sea turtles.

The beaches of Matapica and Galibi belong to the most desired nesting places for these giant marine mammals. Suriname’s coast line has very clean water, but it’s brown of color because of the mud that has entered the sea through in-land rivers.
Thousands upon thousands of sea turtles visit the Suriname beaches every year to lay their eggs, especially in the Galibi Nature Reserve and the Matapica area. We will travel through the Matapica area with the Tarpon 160i of Wilderness Systems.

Day 1

We gather at Suriname Kayak Adventures’ ‘Plantage Peperpot’, from which we travel to Leonsberg by bus, where the boat is docked that takes us to Aliance. This is where the kayaks get unloaded and where we begin our amazing canoe journey. We spend the night in tents on the beach.
Spacious 2-person expedition tents, full board.

Day 2

Today we paddle across the uninhabited coastline of Suriname.
It is a unique journey and it will be quite the experience to paddle along the beach at a relaxed pace; where we carry an amazing view over the shore and the forest.
Spacious 2-person expedition tents, full board.

Day 3

Today we arrive at the fishing town Braamspunt. We once again enjoy the lovely scenery at the estuary of the Suriname river, before we load up our kayaks
and board our boat that takes us back to Paramaribo, where we arrive at the beginning of the afternoon.

Commonly asked questions

The wind will keep you from noticing the sun’s brightness, so you will need to protect yourself well by regularly applying protective lotion with factor 30.

No. Anyone who is decently in shape and of good health can participate in this canoe trip. It is not a race and the intention is to enjoy the amazing environment in a more active way.

We use the new Tarpon 160 Sit on Top kayaks for this tour. A flat bottom in the cockpit ensures for a stable boat, while its length and limited depth give it sufficient speed. The boat has a comfortable backrest, plenty of storage to accommodate a longer expedition, two cockpit hatches and a large oval cockpit. Length 4,27 meters/width 71 cm / weight 28 kg, in short; the ideal boat for this tour!

In principle, all those without prior canoe experience can participate in this tour, but we do advise those travelers to rent a canoe a few times beforehand to gain some experience. Experienced guides will accompany you during this journey, who will assist you wherever possible.

You will not find any dangerous animals per se, but you’ll have to combat mosquitos during dusk. That is why we recommend proper protection like long sleeves, long trousers and an anti-mosquito solution like ‘DEET’.

The largest part of the equipment is made available to you by Travel4Pros, but give us a call should you hesitate about your equipment. An extensive packing list will be sent to you during booking.

We do not usually employ an age limit. It is much more important that you possess a flexible attitude and team-spirit. This is a journey through rugged and uninhabited natural terrain, where the chance persists that we deviate from the pre-determined route because of local conditions.

Matapica Coast kayak tour is inclusive:

Experienced guide, transport, complete Wilderness System kayak, pick-up service, all accommodation during the trip in comfortable one or two person tents, mealplan full-board during the kayak trip, medical kit, safety equipment, waterproof luggage box, domestic transport Paramaribo , taxes

Not included:

Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, medical expenses, airport departure tax , insurance, tipping, meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions, International & Domestic Air fares, expenses caused by factors beyond our control like air plane delays, lost luggage, etc., personal gear and clothing (sleeping bag, pad, boots, outerwear, all other clothing)