Adventure Travel Ratings: Explorers' Corner - National Geographic Adventure Magazine

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Overall Score

Rating Criteria Scores

Quality of Service91.00
Spirit of Adventure95.50
Client Satisfaction95.00

Outfitter's Primary Activity

  • Paddling

Outfitter's Other Activities

  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Adventure Cruises
  • African Safari
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Exploratory Trips
  • Family Adventures
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Multisport
  • Photography Adventures
  • Paddling

Explorers' Corner


Founder Olaf Malver is a glass-half-full kind of guy: He believes there are plenty of corners of the planet still left to explore. EC's roster of first-in sea kayaking trips includes places like Irian Jaya, the Tuamotus, and the Andaman Islands. Belize's barrier reef and other classic destinations are also part of his portfolio, but mostly he's the go-to guide for far-and-away paddling adventures.

Signature Trip: Sea Kayaking in Darwin's Paradise; kayaking; 11 days; Galapagos, Ecuador

New in 2009

  • Name:Hudson Bay, Canada: Kayak with Beluga Whales
  • Destination:Canada
  • Duration:8 days
  • Price:$3,490


Countries Visited

  • Africa:Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania
  • Asia:Bhutan, China, Georgia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Turkey, Vietnam
  • Europe:Switzerland, France, Croatia, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Russia, United Kingdom
  • Latin America:Belize, Chile, Ecuador, Peru
  • Oceania:Australia
  • Antarctica & Arctic:Antarctica
  • U.S. & Canada:Canada, United States
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