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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 Ampat, 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

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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Toby Story

Director, Senior Guide, Chief of Operations

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 also works in the outdoor industry…

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Megan Grover

Trip Consultant

Megan Grover has been involved in the adventure travel business for over 25 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 over 15 years. Megan’s travels have taken…

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Jane Newman

Trip Consultant

Jane Newman has worked in the travel industry in a variety of roles since 1996. Jane has specialised in travel sales, reservations and worked extensively with non profit organisations creating and implementing itineraries for their charity challenges. Jane has travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, South America...

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Eamon Larkin

Senior Guide

Eamon comes from a background in adventure and outdoor education 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 Robson is Australia’s most experienced female sea kayaker. Sandy has led commercial sea kayaking trips in Australia and Fiji.  2019 will see her fourth season guiding for us in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands.

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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 fourth 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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Enrico Carrossino

Senior Guide

Enrico runs our Italian and Corsican sea kayak programs and with his incredible knowledge of Italy and passionate love for his country he makes our sea kayaking adventures a smorgasbord of cuisine and culture. He is a certified whitewater and sea kayak instructor…

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Josko Matusan

Senior Guide

Bio coming soon...

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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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James Thorp

Senior Guide

James Thorp has been working for Southern Sea Ventures for the last couple of years, guiding trips in the Tropics. James has a world wide resume leading and instructing whitewater kayaking, whitewater rafting and sea kayaking programs in the polar regions, Nepal, India, Mexico, South America, Canada, New Zealand, Norway…

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