A couple seen from behind on kayaks.

What is the average price of a kayak? A few interesting kayak options for beginners

Kayaking is a popular (and entertaining) summer and spring activity (well here in Florida we do it all year). While renting a kayak for the day is wonderful, owning one allows you more flexibility to kayak early in the day or even at night. However, kayaks are not cheap to buy. The type of kayak you desire (or require, depending on what you intend to accomplish with the kayak) will dictate the amount you pay. But you should know that kayaks these days start at $150, so not that bad.

Kayaking on a mangrove.
Kayaking on a mangrove.

Kayaking appears to be an expensive sport at first impression. It doesn’t take much, but certain tools are required. First, the kayak, paddle, and life jacket, as well as other modest equipment, must be purchased. Beginners must make an initial financial investment.


– High End Inflatable Kayak: Bote Zeppelin
– Fishing Kayak: Shad Fishing Kayak by Van Hunks
– Pedal Kayak: Hoodoo Tempest
– Foldable Kayak: Oru Kayak
– Best for Beginners: Sea Eagle beginner pack


Kayaking is an excellent method to stay fit while enjoying the beauty of nature. It enables you to get away from it all, relax in the fresh air, and discover special quiet areas. If you want to practice, fish or sightseeing, you may take a paddle in the sea, in the lake, in the river or in the canal at anytime you like with your own kayak. Your arms and abs will get a decent workout as well!

A couple on their kayaks in a river.
A couple on a Kayak

Which kayak is the best?

What works for one person may not work for another. The best kayak for you is determined by the following factors:

  • Will the kayak be used by children or adults? What is their tallness, weight, fitness and experience?
  • Where are you going to use a kayak (in open, still seas or rapids on narrow rivers?)
  • When you’re going kayaking (during the warm summer months or during the frigid winter months?)
  • How long have you been kayaking (are you a novice, intermediate, or advanced racer?)
  • How often will you use the kayak and how long (for years rarely or each weekend) will you be using it?
  • How long do you want (a few beach days in the summer or years of camping and beach days?)
  • Whether or not you can provide it transportation to and from the water? Is it a trolley?

What is the least expensive kayak I can purchase?

Kayaking is becoming increasingly popular year after year. On the one hand, it’s a fantastic way to spend a day on the sea. It makes no difference if you wish to paddle on lakes, rivers, or seas. Kayaking, on the other hand, is a great whole-body workout that doesn’t feel like one at all.

Double paddles power kayaks. This sets them apart from Canadians who use a paddle to paddle. Inflatable kayaks have been a popular fad in recent years. The actual kayak in these versions is only a plastic cover that must be inflated before usage. This isn’t about air mattresses. When inflated, today’s inflatable kayaks are as solid as a rock and can hardly be separated from solid kayaks.

Inflatable Kayaks: affordable, great for storage and carrying

An inflatable kayak is a good option if you only want to have some fun for less money. Inflatable kayaks are cheaper than $100 and can provide hours of entertainment a couple times over the summer. To be clear, if you plan on utilizing your kayak for sport, trips, or for the long haul, we do not advocate going with an inflatable as naturally you will prefer something more “professional” for your evolution needs.

Bote Zeppelin Aero 12′6′′ Graphite Inflatable Kayak Review

Bote Zeppelin Aero Inflatable Kayak in action.
Bote Zeppelin Aero Inflatable Kayak in action.

The BOTE Zeppelin Aero is the company’s newest inflatable kayak, and it’s a terrific choice for solitary kayakers or those looking for a sturdy platform to paddle with a partner. Capable of supporting over 600 lbs, two adult kayakers and equipment they choose to carry with them will have more than adequate stability.

The kayak is light and maneuverable, and despite the fact that it only comes with a single-chamber pump, inflating it and getting it ready for the water took less than 10 minutes. BOTE is well-known for its extensive range of accessories mounted on your watercraft, and you can also test the new system with the Zeppelin Aero! If you have a corresponding thermos or tumbler, it snaps and locks into the magnifying pad, which is not tight when you kayak.

Whether you are searching for a new inflatable kayak, paddle with your children or have a buddy together, see our review to find out why we highly suggest the Zeppelin Aero BOTE.

Fishing Kayaks: Shad 10’4 Fishing Kayak by Vanhunks

An example of fishing kayak. A fishing kayak has accessories and storage to make you confortable when out fishing for hours.
An example of fishing kayak. A fishing kayak has accessories and storage to make you confortable when out fishing for hours.

The 10’4ft shading kayak is an advancing kayak and has all its characteristics shaped into a great vessel for a keen fisherman and a leisurely paddler who wants to take in the sights.

The Shad comes included with a detachable Tool Pod. With the Tool Pod, this is an extremely maneuverable 10’4 fishing kayak that provides exceptional stability. By removing the tool pod and installing a fin drive, you can alter your Kayak in just a few simple steps. If you prefer to use a propeller drive, that is not an issue; the Shad is fully compatible with either Fin Drive or Propeller Drive. In one Kayak, you have various upgrade options. Should you wish to add an electric engine to your Kayak, the Shad has fittings for it on the stern.

Pedal Kayak: Hoodoo Tempest 120P

Pedal kayak has pedals for propelling forward the vessel.
Pedal kayak has pedals for propelling forward the vessel.

A wonderful alternative to the HOODOO Tempest 120 Hybrid, the HOODOO Tempest 120P features a pedal drive and hand controlled rudder. So, put the paddle in the paddle keeper, relax back in the ultra-comfortable aluminum frame seat, and pedal to your fishing paradise.

So, put the paddle in the paddle keeper, relax back in the ultra-comfortable aluminum frame seat, and pedal to your fishing paradise. Boasting a true hybrid experience between an angler and a fast track kayak. Cut through the water with its sleek, hydrodynamic hull, or just relax by casting a line. This revolutionary hull has a recessed hand-controlled pedaling mechanism with precise control, increased speed and less fatigue! This boat is both large and comfortable, and it can be handled quickly and easily on the water.

Foldable Kayaks: Did Oru Kayak get a deal on Shark Tank?

In 2014, Shark Tank featured Oru Kayak, a collapsible kayak that folds up and fits in the back of a car. Robert Herjavec put $500,000 into Oru in exchange for a 25% stake. One of Oru’s biggest hurdles is marketing a product (a 12-foot long plastic boat) with a hefty price tag — an Oru costs $1200. Oru has worked with Get Outfitted, a catalogue firm which has begun to rent outdoor equipment since Shark Tank (tents, backpacks, snowshoes, etc.).

Oru foldable kayaks.
Oru foldable kayaks.

The best kayak for Beginners

The kayak market can appear confusing to new paddlers interested in obtaining their own kayak and improving their skills. Although kayaking necessitates a variety of accessories (such as a paddle and a personal flotation device), the most critical piece of equipment for a novice is a solid entry-level kayak.

Kayaks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each built for a certain purpose and to best fit a specific sort of paddler. Sit-in kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, inflatable kayaks, tandem kayaks, and folding kayaks are some of the categories that beginners should be aware of.

Girl kayaking with another person on another kayak.
Girl kayaking with another person on another kayak.

Best for beginners: SE-370 Sea Eagle inflatable pack

The Sea Eagle 370 is the SE-330’s big sister. Only 6 lbs. (32 lbs.) heavier with a bigger capacity of 3 or 650 lbs. You’ll be able to bring enough stuff for a full weekend of fishing, camping, or river running. The Sea Eagle 370 is America’s second most popular inflatable kayak due to its form and function.

This inexpensive inflatable kayak is as light and portable as it gets, yet incredibly sturdy and long lasting.

Max Francisco