About us

Ben Miltner established Gulf Island Kayaking (now also known as Galiano Kayaks) as an owner-operated company in 1985. Gulf Island Kayaking is located on Galiano Island in the southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada, close to the Gulf Islands National Marine Park Reserve.

Ben fell in love with the unique natural history of Costa Rica as a graduate student in geography in 1975. Years later, in 1987, Ben started offering kayak and inland birding tours in Costa Rica during B.C.’s winter months, from December through April.

With Drake Bay Kayaking, Ben and his staff offer seven-day and custom kayaking tours around Costa Rica’s stunning Osa Peninsula.

With Talamanca Nature Tours, Ben and his staff offer three-day and nine-day birding inland tours to a variety of biomes in and around the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica.

More than 25 years of experience

We have operated tours around the southern British Columbia coast since 1985, and Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya and Osa Peninsula since 1987. Our tour guides are not just kayaking experts, but also experienced group leaders and avid naturalists with extensive knowledge of local flora, fauna, and local history. We are happy to share our knowledge of inter-tidal marine life, migratory birds and mammals, coastal weather, local legends, and lore. Choose Gulf Island Kayaking for a memorable kayaking experience.

We specialize in beginners

We specialize in introducing beginners of all ages to sea kayaking with a relaxed, easy-paced approach. We paddle with the motto: “It's not the destination, it's the journey.” Accordingly, we customize our trip itineraries to suite the experience and energy level of each group, ensuring your time on the water is as enjoyable as possible. A group size limited to 6 ensures that individual attention and instruction are received. We also provide a more rigorous and adventurous experience for the experienced kayaker (ask about our Paddling with Currents tour!)