My husband and I joined two others for the Marigot Bay - Roseau River kayaking experience. We received a thorough briefing and then were allocated kayaks to suit our height and build and were taken out by our guide, who was lovely, thorough and very knowledgeable. In order to access the river section of the trip, you have to land the kayaks on a beach around the headland and then carry/drag them just a few yards over to the river. Unfortunately on the day the water was perhaps choppier than usual (many speedboats in the area creating more chop perhaps) and two members of our group capsized the kayaks as we came in. (I was one of the unlucky ones who got wet!) We then continued through the river section and into the lagoon (which is stunning) and then had to launch the kayaks again from the same beach to get back to Marigot Bay. So in total you have 2 launches and 2 landings to do to complete this circuit, one very much more active than the other.
To be clear, in no way do I hold anyone at DFH remotely responsible for capsizing the kayak - this was down to my inexperience and simple bad luck. However, I simply wish to make the point that one should always be aware of the environment and what may potentially (however rarely) happen - so I would like to make the following suggestions. Wear factor 50 sunblock (factor 30 wasn't enough for 3.5 hours on open water for 2 pasty Brits - and don't forget your legs.) You will get wet - don't bring your phone. (I wanted to take some photos - and I was very lucky that my iPhone still worked after a proper dunking in the sea!) if you take sunglasses, have a tether in case they come off. My lovely Bolle sunnies are still in the sea somewhere. Bring a hat and some confidence and you will have a brilliant time. I would absolutely do it again.
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