Sea kayaking is the best way to see Milford Sound if you’re up for an adventure. I recommend booking with Rosco’s Milford Kayaks on an early morning tour of Milford Sound. We booked the Easy Rider Kayak Tour, which is great for beginners or people who would like to enjoy a leisurely tour around the Deep Water Basin and over to the base of Lady Bowen Falls.
We met up with our tour guide and fellow kayakers early in the morning. We were a small group of 4 plus our guide, who gave us some snacks and outfitted us with cool stripey thermals, hats, and rain jackets. After a short lesson on how to kayak, we set out into the Basin.
Being in a kayak on the water really makes you feel so tiny compared to the sheer cliffs and waterfalls surrounding you in Milford Sound. I was so impressed with the beauty around, above, and beneath me and really felt the grandeur of it all. We didn’t spot much wildlife, but if you’re lucky, I heard that dolphins tend to swim around kayakers in the Basin. During the months of July – November, you may even spot Fiordland Crested penguins.
Throughout the tour, our guide would stop up here and there to tell us some cool stories about the history of Milford Sound and feed us interesting facts. He was super friendly, as are all New Zealanders and we also got to chat with him about his life.
The final stop on our kayak tour was to the base of the Lady Bowen waterfall to take some pictures. They say it’s the tallest waterfall in Milford Sound and is the main source of water for the nearby town.
I loved the color of the water, which changed to different variations of green, turquoise, and blue, depending on the depth of the water.
I had so much fun on this tour, which lasted about 3 hours total. The company has great staff, who are organized, but totally laid back. It was such an incredible experience to be out on the water enjoying nature.