Founded in 1985 by Ben Miltner, Gulf Island Kayaking is a family owned and operated tour and rental company offering half-day, full-day, and multi-day guided kayak adventures as well as kayak, canoe, paddleboard, and bike rentals out of Montague Harbour Marina on Galiano Island.

As the original kayak outfitter in the Southern Gulf Islands, we expressly chose Galiano Island as our base because of the exceptional beauty of its undeveloped coastline, the abundance of diverse wildlife, and the reliable tranquility of its sheltered waters.

Moreover, Galiano is easy to reach by ferry from both Victoria on Vancouver Island, and is the first stop by ferry from Vancouver and the lower mainland via the Tsawwassen terminal.

Ben and his friendly and capable staff have guided countless kayak tours for both beginner and experienced kayakers around the Gulf Islands and the southern coast of British Columbia, and will ensure your paddling adventure is an enjoyable and unforgettable one!

Groups and schools enjoy discount kayak tour rates.

Travel to Galiano, your premier kayaking destination.

Your safety and comfort are of utmost importance. Contact us to make reservations or for more information.

Sea Kayak Costa Rica

Since 1987, Ben has been offering sea kayak tours and natural history & birding tours in Costa Rica weekly from December through April, during B.C.'s winter months. What makes our tours stand out is our use of expedition single kayaks, small group sizes of six or less, comfortable eco-friendly lodging, and amazing home cooking and hospitality.

It's a unique opportunity to visit the Osa Peninsula, world famous as one of the most biologically diverse places on earth! You can visit either Corcovado National Park with local naturalists to experience the rainforest or snorkel at the seamounts of CaƱo National Park.

The unique micro-climate in Drake Bay offers kayakers the wonderful experience of having no wind until noon every day due to its location in the rain shadow of the Talamanca Mountains. Sir Francis Drake chose this bay over all the coastline between Peru and Mexico to calmly wait, with good weather, ample water, and few mosquitoes, for Spanish gold.

Drake Bay Kayaking

We specialize in introducing beginner paddlers to sea kayaking in the ecologically diverse Osa Peninsula region of Costa Rica. Whatever your experience level, we can tailor your Costa Rica kayak trip to ensure a fun and exciting kayaking experience without compromising your safety or comfort. Join us for an unforgettable week of kayaking in Drake Bay, Costa Rica, or allow us to customize a kayak trip that meets your needs. Tour prices include meals and accommodation as well as return domestic flights within Costa Rica between San Jose and Drake Bay.

Contact us for more information or to book your Costa Rica kayak tour.

Talamanca Nature Tours

As a result of its varied topography and central location on the isthmus of the Americas, Costa Rica is host to the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide! Our Talamanca Nature Tours take you from the coastal rainforest to the montane cloud forest, offering and excellent and affordable introduction to the fantastic birds and wildlife of Costa Rica. Your experienced guide, Ben Miltner, will take you on a 3-day, or a more in-depth 9-day natural history & birding tour exploring the sights and diverse bird life of Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains.