Company & Guides

Southern Sea Ventures began conducting sea kayak trips in Fiji and Australia in 1988 and have built up an extensive knowledge of paddling adventures. We have steadily grown to offer a global range of 31 different sea kayak trips around the globe. Our guides’ expertise ensures safe and comfortable holidays whether you choose a ship or yacht-based expedition, a hotel-based kayak adventure or a kayak/camping trip. Private trips are our speciality and we are pleased to be able to cater for a wide range of private trips in Turkey, Sweden, Panama, Fiji, Raja Amat, Croatia, Australia and Tonga. Bring your own group and we can help you put together your own private kayaking adventure.

Our guides have many decades of experience leading sea kayak trips all over the world. We work with a select group of partners to provide local expertise in culture, language and history of the regions we padde through.


Our Team

Al Bakker, Founder

Managing Director & Senior Guide

Al has paddled whitewater and sea kayaks for 42 years in North America, South America, the South Pacific, Japan, Australia, NZ, Antarctica, South Georgia, the High Arctic and Greenland, Russian Far East and all across Europe. He has led commercial sea kayak tours for the last 27 years and developed sea…

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Megan Grover

Sales Manager

Megan Grover has been involved in the adventure travel business for over 20 years. She has worked as a travel agency manager, in sales training for a major retail chain, reservations manager for an adventure wholesaler and has run the Southern Sea Ventures’ office for 11 years. Megan’s travels have taken…

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Judd Hill

Senior Guide / Chef

Judd has travelled extensively throughout the world, both for fun and working as a qualified chef, hiking guide, and sea kayak guide and Instructor. He has been a professional sea kayak guide and instructor for more than a decade. Judd started his kayak guiding in Far North Queensland running 7 day…

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Matt Edwards

Senior Guide

Matt loves to explore and to show others the many natural and cultural treasures this world offers. Matt’s entering his third season with Southern Sea Ventures and will be branching out from the tropical waters of Fiji to the wonders of Antarctica. Matt’s a resident of British Columbia, Canada, where he…

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Eamon Larkin

Senior Guide

Eamon comes from a background in adventure and outdoor eduction with over 15 years experience working with students and schools, now teaching and assessing potential guides. He has a passion for travel and trekking through various countries, learning languages along the way. Eamon lives on the south…

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Sandy Robson

Senior Guide

Sandy is an Australian paddler and a sea kayak instructor with 19 years of experience looking after groups in the outdoors. She first got into kayaking through her work as an Outdoor Education teacher and eventually swapped the classroom for an office on the ocean, got into kayaking through her work as an…

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Toby Story

Senior Guide

Toby Story has been working for Southern Sea Ventures since 2005, guiding trips from the Tropics to the Polar regions. He has led trips in Norway, Greenland, Spitzbergan, Fiji and the Phillipines. Toby Story is a qualified sea kayak instructor and lives in Hobart, Tasmania where he…

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Henry Murray

Senior Guide

Henry Murray is our Fijian expert. Born in the Yasawa Islands he has guided kayak and fishing trips in the Yasawa for more than two decades. Henry’s intimate knowledge of all the reefs and outdoor cooking experience adds an extra special quality to his trips.

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