Anywhere there is a beautiful body of water, there are those of us who can’t just sit on the sidelines.

Not everyone is as hardcore about kayaking as our team at SeaKayakerMag.com. A lot of people just enjoy kayaking as a way to soak in a little sun, enjoy the water, and keep themselves fit.

Of course, if having a little fun on the water is your goal, then what better way to enjoy this activity than with a friend (or a loved one)? While I love doing solo trips, I also love cruising in a tandem kayak over a beautiful body of water.

Anyways, enough rambling.

Below are SeaKayakerMag.com’s 5 top rated tandem kayaks for the year, along with links to individual tandem kayak reviews.

5 Best Tandem Kayaks of 2016

While finding the best five tandem kayaks on the markets lends itself to being somewhat subjective, there are a few front runners that merit inclusion. They include:

1. Ocean Kayak 12 Feet Malibu

The Ocean Kayak Malibu is a tandem, sit-on-top recreational kayak that can works very well for one person, two people and can even support two adults and a small child along for the ride. Maximum weight capacity is 425 lbs.

The Ocean Kayak Malibu has three seating positions on top of the hull. They are located at the bow, stern and middle for paddling solo. It includes two comfort seats, one extra molded in well seat for child, carved out wells for the feet, safety straps and skid plate. Made from durable plastic and easy to store.


>> Find out more about the Ocean Kayak 12 Feet Malubu here <<

2. Lifetime Manta

This lite tandemm sit-on-top kayak is made from a durable polyethylene plastic, which is perfect for kayaking through rocky water streams. It sits up to three people with two wells carved out for primary seating. These two seats come with comfortable back support.

It also has a cargo area on the bow, which is perfect for carrying camping or fishing gear. Two 2-piece paddles are included at an affordable price as well as backrests. This kayak is very easy to carry and store.



>> Find out more about the Lifetime Manta Tandem here <<

3. Intex Challenger K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak

If you’re looking for a very affordable tandem kayak, this is one of the best and most affordable on the market. It is made from a durable, puncture-proof, UV-ray proof vinyl material that is perfect for trolling through calm waters. Yes, its an inflatable kayak, but its very well made and a perfectly capable vessel.

The Intex Challenger measures 30 by 15 by 138 inches with a maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs. Two comfortable, built-in cushioned seats provide maximum comfort for two people.

It comes with a cargo storage net that attaches to the bow, two aluminum oars, air-pump and fast and easy repair kit.



>> Find out more about the Intext Challenger K2 here <<

4. Lifetime Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak

This tandem kayak is easily adaptable for use for one or two persons with mid-range pricing. Great for fishing in deep water with a large hull that provides optimum balance.

It comes with two-seat wells (middle and stern) with comfortable cushioned seat-backs. The large storage area with shock cord on the bow is perfect for carry a large number of camping and/or fishing supplies, or could be used as a sitting area for a third person.

It also come with two 2-piece sports oars and is easy to carry and store.



>> Find out more about the Lifetime Sport Fisher here <<

5. Coleman Big Basin(TM) 3-Person Kayak

This is an article about tandem kayaks, but sometimes you want to carry a 3rd person along for the ride. This 3-person kayak is, as the name suggests, suitable for three adults.

This inflatable kayak is made from durable Heavy-duty PVC on top with a puncture resistant Tarpaulin bottom, all of which provides maximum stability and allows for the extra weight of a third adult.

Multiple secluded air chambers allow for protection against sinking should one chamber become punctured. It comes with three adjustable seats and splash covers. Air pump not included.



>> Find the best price for this Kayak here <<

Identifying Tandem Kayak Types

As indicated above, tandem kayaks come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They are also used for a variety of reasons, which will often dictate what the buyer wants to look for in a kayak. Here is a guide of the different types of tandem kayaks available on the market.

Tandem Fishing Kayak

Tandem fishing kayaks are usually designed for two people and outfitted with special features that would make fishing from a kayak a bit easier.

They are made from durable material to prevent punctures from hooks and other fishing equipment. The usually come with a large storage area around the bow to allow for the carrying of both fishing and camping supplies.

Most of the popular brands come with fishing pole holders, a shock cord to hold supplies in place and comfortable seating for at least two fishermen.

In this category, the Lifetime Sport Fisher Single or Tandem Kayak is the best on the market. It provides all the necessary features and provides a stable and comfortable outing.



>> Find the best price for this Kayak here <<

Tandem Sea Kayak

If heading out to the ocean for fishing or sight seeing is the objective, a kayak specifically designed to endure the pounding of waves would be in order. They usually come with seating built into the hull for maximum comfort and protection.

They also have overlapping foot wells to help provide extra protection from being tossed about and slipping out of the seat. These kayaks are made from durable materials that are proven water proof and sea-worthy.

The larger models provide the most stability is rough waters while the smaller ones are designed to get across the smoother waters found in the harbor.

Several varieties of a Pelican tandem kayak should do the trick. The Pelican Pursuit 126T Kayak is one of the most popular models due to handling capabilities in choppy waters and a cockpit that covers almost the entire length of the vessel. With an extra drop-down storage hatch to secure supplies, this kayak is both sea-worthy and affordable.



>> Find the best price for this Kayak here <<

2 person inflatable kayak

For those people with limited storage space, a tandem inflatable kayak saves much space while providing the same functionality as kayaks made from plastic or other heavier materials. Aside from the benefits of easy storage and transporting, inflatable kayaks tend to be safer due to the extra buoyancy provided by the air bladders.

The only real downside is the time it takes to inflate the vessel, but this can be minimized by the use of standard, high-powered air pumps that are available in most outdoor specialty stores or department stores.

Note: If price is an issue, you can find an inflatable tandem kayak from $100 and up. The Intex Challenger K2 Kayak comes with a classic design and is suitable for on or two people.



>> Find the best price for this Kayak here <<

2 person sit on top kayak

With this type of kayak, the seating wells are position right on top of the hull with seat-backs fastened behind. Structurally, they provide a good deal of protection from capsizing and are easy to return to normal riding position if they do capsize.

They are also very easy to get into and exit from without hassle. The main negative would be the complete exposure to the water for both the passengers and supplies. While it may be on the more expensive side of the spectrum, the Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Tandem Kayak has proven time and again to be worth the investment for a true sportsman.



>> Find the best price for this Kayak here <<
Conclusion:
Kayaking is one the most exciting water sports on the planet. The secret to having a great time and maintaining optimum safety is to choose your kayaking equipment wisely.

As is the case with other tandem kayak reviews, the goal here is to identify the best tandem kayak and/or best tandem fishing kayak available on the market. It is worth noting that a 2 person kayak can be built from a variety of materials (inflatable rubber, plastic, etc.) and be used for a variety of purposes (recreation, racing, fishing, survival, etc.).

The key to finding the best kayak is to find the one that best suits your needs at the most affordable price. By choosing one of the models mentioned above, you should be set to get the most out of your kayaking experience.

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