We are really pleased to have been contacted by Paul Caffyn who is in New Zealand. He as sent us a great résumé of his adventures you might like to look through. Thank you Paul.

Sea Kayaking Brief Summary - Paul Caffyn
Sea Kayaking Brief Summary – Paul Caffyn

1977-78 – First solo kayak circumnavigation of South Island, New Zealand; 1,550 miles, 75 days.
In print as Obscured by Waves, by Paul Caffyn
1978-79 – First solo kayak circumnavigation of North Island, New Zealand; 1,700 miles, 86 days, plus a solo crossing of Cook Strait.
In print as Cresting the Restless Waves by Paul Caffyn
August 1979 – first kayak crossing of Foveaux Strait and circumnavigation of Stewart Island, 140 miles with Max Reynolds.
In print as Dark Side of the Wave by P. Caffyn
1980 – first kayak circumnavigation of Britain, 2,305 miles, with Nigel Denis, 85 days. England, Scotland and Wales.
1982 – first solo kayak circumnavigation of Australia, 9420 miles (15,072 kms), 360 days
The book The Dreamtime Voyage – back in print as a 25th anniversary edition.
1985 – first solo kayak circumnavigation of Japan, 4,021 miles, 112 days.
1987 & 1989 – two attempts to kayak across the Tasman Sea from Tasmania to New Zealand – thwarted by the authorities and bad weather.
1989 – 1991 – first solo kayak circumnavigation of Alaska; 4,729 miles, 179 days:
Prince Rupert, in British Columbia, to Inuvik in the North-West Territories.
1997 – 550 mile first kayak circumnavigation of New Caledonia
1998 – 690 mile paddle along south-west coast of Greenland
1999 – 700 mile paddle along the west coast of Greenland
2001 – 2002: 610 mile trip from Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, to and around the island of Phuket, in Thailand
2007 – Kayaking in the Angmagssalik region of East Greenland, 429 miles
2008: 691 mile paddle down the SE coast of Greenland,
2009: April, a fly in by helicopter to Fiordland, for a two-week kayak trip re-visiting historical sites in Dusky Sound.
2010: August – a 25th anniversary edition of The Dreamtime Voyage self-published, with both a soft-cover and limited-edition casebound edition printed.
2012: Paul was awarded a ONZM in the New Year honour’s list, for services to water safety and sea kayaking.
2017: February – March, Paul charted a yacht to take a team of 6 Kiwi and one Aussie paddlers from Ushuia at the tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula, from where they paddled down to the Argentine Island, to mark the 80th anniversary of the end of the 1935-37 BGLE (British Graham Land Expedition).

The Kayaks

Paul’s kayak Isadora, used for the New Zealand circumnavigation, is on permanent display at the Auckland National Maritime Museum, while Lalaguli (the round Aussie kayak) is on permanent display at the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum in Victoria.


Welcome to expeditionkayak.com

The aim of this website is to enable you to discover and share the world of expedition sea kayaking. Even if you have never ‘enjoyed’ putting on cold, wet kayaking clothes day after day, never felt the need to paddle for 10 (or more) hours without getting out of your kayak or never fancied the idea of eating freeze dried food for a month, but enjoy reading about people that do, then this site is for you.

This site is a portal to a world of adventure through the sport of sea kayaking. It is also an opportunity for the sea kayaking community to share wisdom and experience. For the wannabe expedition kayaker it is a valuable resource to help you plan your first adventure. For the seasoned explorer it is a way to share your adventures with a wider audience and in so doing share your experience and knowledge gained and perhaps enable others to follow in your wake. As well as good karma, you will hopefully receive publicity that may attract the funding and support you’ll need for your next challenge.

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Members Expeditions:Circumnavigation of Nunivak island in Bering Sea

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Expeditonkayak.com  was originally built by myself for Sean Morley to promote and publicise his expedition around the British Isles in 2004. We promoted the daily updates and progress through the site from emails as Sean progressed clockwise around the British Isles from Falmouth. Sean has since moved to the USA and for many years was a kayak instructor in the San Francisco area. I however, I live in Devon in the UK where I paddle with my local club, Teignbridge Canoe Club. I am also an Instructor but expeditions aren’t what I do.  – Please register and add your own expedition descriptions. See the register button above. We look forward to seeing your expedition or kayak adventure details to this site and keep it going. Please add photographs for use on the site and as much text as you like! Thank you, Dominic Miles


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