Fritz989 - 18 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent private course ”
The owner Dave took his time to get me a proper introduction to kayaking. I was surprised about the complexity; Dave clearly showed me it's more than just hitting the water with a paddle :). Having a patient teacher like him surely helps. By explaining techniques, material etc. I sure got the feeling to have a good insight into seekajaking.
Lake of Brienz offers a surprising beauty (even for me as a local) - I'm sure gonna try this in wintertime again!
Lara B - 17 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great learning skills ”
Dave the owner took us on kayaking water safety course, he was very patient and informative and I feel way more confident in myself and my capabilities now. Definitely, recommend, it was a small group so lots of individual attention and easily got to know the rest of the clients. Thanks, Dave and the whole team, we will be back for sure!!
Christopher H - 17 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Gorgeous Lake Kayak ”
Wonderful team of instructors - my wife and I had an incredible time. Would highly recommend!! They views are spectacular.
chilley87 - 17 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Hi-light of our trip to Switzerland! ”
Maria is a FANTASTIC guide! My girlfriends and I (5 total) had the best time learning new kayaking techniques while taking in the absolutely breathtaking views of lake Brientz! This is a must-do if you’re in Switzerland and love the outdoors. (Ask for Maria!)
bgries78 - 15 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great first-time kayaking ”
We were welcomed very professionally by the team, and our instructor Emilie was very knowledgeable about the lake. Lake Brienz was beautiful and calm yesterday thanks to the sunny weather, making this a somewhat meditative experience. Kayaking was much easier and fun that we thought it would be, and we will for sure repeat the experience.
Mina1993 - 31 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ When you visit Switzerland YOU MUST DO IT ”
If I go back in time I would to it hundred times. It is an experience that you will never forget.
So I took two buses from Ringgenberg to Bönigen, See. You see the Hightide Kayaking School right when you get off the bus. It was my first time kayaking and the thunder storm was expected by 12:15 noon which is just enough time to start my 3 hour tour at 9:15 am. It turned into an adventure after kayaking half way in Lake Brienz (Brienzersee) as it started raining. Sean my tour guide who is very friendly and great person lead the way to a hotel that is on the lake then he gave me a little bit of a tow to the hotel. When we arrived we found a shelter to stay under away from the rain, and he offered me his shirt and a jacket since my shirt got all wet because of the rain. Sean then generously offered me some swiss chocolate which had an amazing taste, and after the rain stopped we headed to the top of a castle next to church which has a great view of the lake. I took couple of pictures and Sean took pictures of me with his camera. After that we headed back to the kayaks and returned, but this time by the shorelines of the lake which was nice to take pictures while kayaking by and thankfully Sean took awesome pictures with his camera. I lake was very peaceful and beautiful when kayaking back. And right after we returned the thunderstorm started.
It is a great experience that recommened to everyone especially with the good equipment the have and the great tour guides plus the beautiful lake. I would definetly do it again.
jwhitbyToffen - 29 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Friendly, competent guide and good equipment. Fantastic views. ”
We were four people with rather different levels of experience for a 3 hour evening tour around part of the Brienzersee (lake of Brienz). Our Finnish guide, Maria, did a good job of keeping everyone in the group happy and interested with technique tips for those who wanted them, and encouragement for those who hadn't been in a kayak before. She even encouraged a (deliberate) self-rescue after capsize by one of our group which went surpisingly smoothly after her advice.
The kayaks in use were proper sea-kayaks from a well-known UK manufacturer, with spray-decks available for those who had paddled before. We had rotomoulded kayaks, but I think that lighter ones are available for hire. The paddles were also of good quality.
We had perfect weather for an evening tour, with the lake as flat as a mirror - very relaxing! Nothing to fault, so five stars.
Eleanor G - 28 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Brilliant morning on the water ”
We'd never been kayaking before, but thought we'd give it a try as we wanted to explore the beautiful Lake Brienz. We did the morning tour of the lake. Our guide Sean gave enough tips on kayaking technique for us to feel confident, but the emphasis was on having fun. It was a real joy to spend the morning on an almost empty lake in beautiful weather. During the trip, Sean took lots of photographs and made them available online straight afterwards, making a great record to share with friends. I can't recommend this excursion highly enough and will definitely be coming back for another day out on the water.
Lee L - 27 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Very good trip ”
Great for a visit with the family or kids. Thy have their own gear which is of high quality and will go out in poor weather as well. The guide was very knowledgeable about the area. Only downside is that half day trips are really just two and a bit hours since they include the time to get onto the water.
Lewis G - 24 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Must do whilst in Switzerland ”
Amazing day kayaking! Our guide Ben was fantastic as we hadn't been in a kayak before. The views were amazing. We stopped of at a little remote beach where we had a swim. Ben also took photos of us whilst kayaking so we've got plenty of good pictures. Don't miss out on this!
famimi371 - 23 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Awesome day trip! ”
Great coaching, super fun and friendly staff and high quality equipment...
I took a private day tour with guide Maria at lake Brienz in June, I'd had some previous kayaking experience, but felt almost like it was my first time in a Kayak at the beginning of our trip. Through Maria's point-on coaching during the trip, my moves became smoother, the different parts of my body started to finally combine the aspects of the paddle motion into one flow, I started to not just understand - but to feel what paddling is all about. That feeling, paddling back to Hightide with this incredible scenery all around after lots of laughs and calm moments of just enjoying gently moving across the lake - priceless.
Sabqat M - 21 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience! ”
We took the evening guided kayak tour. Our experience was lovely with all the staff we met there. In particular our guide Maria was great; funny, skilled and informative, plus she even brought cookies :) I found the activity to be only lightly challenging physically, and the lake is just so lovely to be on. You can get wet, so do not bring valuables if you can avoid it. I even capsized my kayak, and it was the highlight of my trip; loved it! :) Thanks Maria for the rescue there (although that did not happen before she took photos) :P I can comfortably recommend Hightide and Maria!
jyp9 - 21 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Best memory in Switzerland 패러글라이딩 말고 이거 하세요 한국분들.. ”
I was at Hightide Kayak school with my little brother(21, I'm 25) for a half-day tour and we enjoyed the tour sooooooo much. It was my second visit to Interlaken, and I went paragliding last time. I wanted to try something different, taking more time(Paragliding itself takes only 10 mins in the sky and it costs a lot..much more than kayak), and more interesting. And Kayak school was it! Our coach Maria was the best, she was so nice to teach me over and over so kindly although my body was literally not listening to her. And she took so many pictures of us, took some wild blackberries from the cliff beside the lake, talked to us, I mean she was perfect. It was definitely a 100000 star experience. Please GO TO KAYAK SCHOOL!!! Don't miss your opportunity to paddle in the deepest lake in Switzerland.
한국분들 짧게 얘기할게요.ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 30만원 10분동안 패러글라이딩하면서 날리지 마시고(그거 도착지가 인터라켄 시내에 내려서.. 산이나 경치 보는 시간은 진짜 5분?될까말까에요ㅠㅠ 나중엔 동네 구경만 실컷 하다가 빙글빙글!!하고 내려온답니다. 패러글라이딩은 담양이나 국내에서 더 싸게 하시구,, 오히려 경치도 더 좋을지도 모름. 아니면 차라리 다른 지역에서 하세요! 인터라켄 위에서 내려다보고 싶으시면 하더쿨룸 가시면 돼요. 거기서 오래오래 천천히 보시는게 훨씬 나아요!!) 반도 안되는 가격에 3시간동안 브리엔츠 호수를 누벼보세요... 저는 운동신경 1도 없어서 쬐끔 힘들었지만 언제 우리가 이 옥빛 호수에서 카약을 해보겠습니까? 심지어 스위스에서 제일 깊은 호수라고 해요 브리엔츠 호수... 그리고 중간에 카약 세워놓고 수영도 하는데 그때 다이빙도 꼭 해보세요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ저는 조끼 벗고햇다가 죽을뻔 햇으니까 여러분들은 차고하시고... 총 인원 6명이라 친해지기도 좋고 선생님도 진짜 좋으셨어요. 영어 못해도 돼요. 설명도 되게 단순하고... 말걸어주실때도 완전 스윗하심 우리 마리아선생님!!!! 결정적으로 사진도 무료로 다 보내주심니다... 패러글라이딩하면 다 내리고 나서 돈 따로 받고 유에스비 주는거 아시죠..? 아 카약 안할 이유가 뭐가있나욬ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 진짜 호수 위에서 바라보는 인터라켄... 어마어마하게 아름답습니다. 카약이나 서핑하는 다른 사람들과 인사하는것도 꿀잼! 강추강추 왕강추입니다. 꼭 해보세요~ 홈페이지에서 예약하면 메일와요!
nombob - 21 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great fun and fantastic experience on the lake! ”
First time for Rose and myself doing a proper Kayak experience with a guide. We were a bit apprehensive as to how we'd get on (over 60's), but it was great fun and very enjoyable. Maria our guide was excellent. She taught us how to manage the kayak, made sure everyone was having a good time, and had loads of interesting information along the way. Seeing the mountains and surroundings from the water was amazing - you reach places you cannot get to by road or foot, and it is fascinating. We were in a group of four on a three hour trip; noone wanted to rest or get out of the water - we just wanted to go further and see more and get better with the kayak. We highly recommend these guys; they are very knowledgable and experienced and know how to put a good outing together. We'd definitely do it again, infact now we want our own kayaks.
mariahughesjoy - 20 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Lovely way to spend a morning ”
We did the morning tour on Lake Brienz and had a wonderful time. It was a great way to see the area from a different perspective. Ben was a fantastic guide and we lucked out being the only people in the group. He took lots of great pictures that were in my inbox within hours. Would definitely recommend!
katmun6 - 17 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Unforgettable experience ”
We had such a marvelous time. It was our first kayaking experience and Ben, our instructor was fantastic, he took the time to teach us how to do it right and was very patient with our nervousness. Also the pictures that he took were amazing. We recommend it 100%. And will definately come back.
tbart123 - 17 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Fun way to eperience the lakes in Interlaken! ”
We are a family of five traveling through Switzerland this August, and one of the highlights was a kayak tour on Lake Brienz through Hightide Kayak School. Our guide, Ben, was great with our three young children, providing both useful kayak instruction and coordinating fun games. The lake itself was stunning, with the glacier waters taking on a clear, turquoise color that would have been hard to appreciate by boat. We were able to shore up to a rope swing, that the kids used to fling themselves into the lake - some of the best memories (and pictures!) of the trip! There was barely anyone on the lake, so the quite and solitude took on a magical quality on this morning kayak ride. We loved it and would recommend this to anyone looking for a bit of active adventure during their time in Interlaken.
Kirill V - 15 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Kayaks are fun! ”
This adventure was pre-planned by my wife, I and the children had little expectations for this day. In fact, the kids didn't know where we were going that morning until the very last minute.
The surprise worked too well! Not only the location was quiet and beautiful, not only the views of the lake and mountains were breathtaking, not only we were lucky with the weather. The adventure itself was unforgettable and joyful, mainly thanks to our guide Maria who kept both adults and kids excited throughout the journey. Safety, professionalism, equipment, fun games with kids - everything was of the highest quality. Many thanks team! I cannot comment on the pricing as it was all organized by my wife :)
I highly recommend this adventure to families with kids who happen to be in this part of Switzerland.
MariedudW - 14 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing! ”
We spent our sunday kayaking on the brienzsee with the family on a beautiful sunny day. Our instructor was Sean and he's just a great bloke! Had a lot of fun and the view is incredible. Kayaking is, in itself, relatively easy so don't worry if you're not a natural in sports like myself!
I could not recommend doing the kayak tour enough!
danielmwchu - 14 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience and fun ”
The experience with Hightide Kayak School is great. They responded very fast with the email and all the details. On the day, we have 12 people in our group with young children but our guides, Steve and Sean manage to give us the kayaks we need. Although we did not go very far, Steve and Sean were very caring towards our young children and interact with them with games. The children like them very much. They also will take photos for you and send you a email with dropbox link to get them. In conclusion, I would recommend Hightide to anyone who would like to do some water activities around Interlaken especially the beautiful Brienzersee.
Lisa Jane M - 13 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Perfect tour and instruction ”
We had a great time and our guide (Maria) was wonderful. We really appreciated that she taught us multiple paddling techniques. The kayaks and equipment were much higher quality than we have experienced elsewhere. We highly recommend High Tide, and we'll come back again if we can!
Samantha C - 13 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Highlight of our holiday! ”
We had such a great time kayaking with our instructor James. It was good that there was only the four of us in the group. Our 14 year old daughter was quite nervous at first and James helped her gain confidence with some special attention and soon we were kayaking across the lake. James was knowledgable about the lake and local area and we played some games which made the whole experience so much fun. Throughout our experience James took photos and these were sent to my email address the same evening 77 photos in all - great idea. We spent 9 days in Switzerland and we all agreed this was the highlight of our holiday!
Janet F - 10 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Memorable experience! ”
Our guide James Caley from Hightide Kayak School provided an amazing experience on a 3-hour kayaking adventure at beautiful Brienzersee! Fully prepared and organized, knowledgeable about the surroundings, James made it fun and memorable. I would highly recommend James Caley and Hightide Kayaks!
Lori K - 08 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ My 6-year old & I had an amazing time kayaking with our guide Maria! ”
I can't overstate how lovely our kayaking experience was with our guide, Maria. My 6-year old daughter and I were set up in a double kayak and she paddled pretty much the entire duration of our ~2 hour adventure. Maria was extremely knowledgeable about the area, absolutely wonderful at keeping up a conversation with my daughter, and ultimately helped make this excursion one of the highlights of our trip to Switzerland.
My daughter wasn't a fan of wearing the provided wetsuit (which would have been too hot), so she just wore her own clothes. I'd recommend families with young kids bring some water-friendly clothes (layers!) along in case their kiddo has the same issue.
Alice92163 - 06 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Beautiful! ”
Had a brief stop in Interlaken on the way to Montreux. We did the 3 hour tour with Chris. It was very easy to get off the train and take the 103 bus to Bönigen See stop in front of High Tide. (Also across from the tourist info center). They had room for us to change, and stow luggage. The kayaking was just beautiful with a brief stop to swim (for the brave ❄️– it is a glacier fed lake) and rest. Chris took some amazing photos to share with us, so all we had to do was enjoy. Only wish we had more time in Interlaken, oh well... reason to return.
Titiasterchi - 03 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Marvellous ”
Me and my thirteen year old son went on a 3 hours guided tour. It was the best! We were both able to kayak right away. The guide, Sean, was very friendly, patient, explaining enough and not too much. The lake ist amazing. I would do it again any time and will recommend it to anyone with at least an average condition. Thank you Hightide for the perfect organization!
Le T - 03 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Beautiful Place ”
Went Kayaking during the day in a small group, quite suitable for couples. It was very enjoyable and tiring but worth it! The scenery is amazing, you have to be there to see it. Our kayak tour guide was very flexible with whatever we wanted to do, we got to visit one of the castles nearby as well so make sure to have footwear in water with you! Overall, loved it!
Caitie S - 02 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Really fun half day trip ”
Interlaken was one of the most beautiful places I've ever kayaked. The scenery was gorgeous and the kayaking was really nice and low-key. My favorite thing about Hightide is that the groups are so small. It was just me, my sister, and one other person with our guide. Every other time I've booked a kayaking excursion elsewhere, there was at least 20 to 30 other people so it was really nice to have a small intimate group. Our guide Maria was the best!! Loved her!! Really friendly and personable. Both my sister and I clicked with her right away and had fun spending time with her. She also takes a lot of pictures of us kayaking, which is great to have! One of my favorite parts was towards the end where we took a break to eat cookies and had the opportunity to swim. The water was so clear and beautiful. We had such a nice day here - I definitely recommend it!
Kevin L - 02 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ One of the Best Ways to Spend 3 Hours Near Interlaken ”
My bride and I visited Interlaken this weekend and attended the Hightide Kayak School. It was absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to local visitors (we came from Basel) or to visitors Internationally. Our instructor, Maria, was absolutely phenomenal. We spent 2+ hours on the lake and it was relaxing, good exercise, and so fun to sightsee from the water!
Enjoy your kayaking! Cheers!
Augustas M - 28 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Half Day Trip Tour ”
It was a wonderful attraction and Maria was a great instructor. These tours require some physical abilities especially if wind is getting stronger but Maria excellently provided a route back so that everyone could get back safely. Also, equipment is good and you can leave all you stuff easily in their office.
HelenI824 - 26 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A day of Highs thanks to Hightide Kayaking ”
This was my 2nd trip with Hightide Kayaking and I keep coming back for more :) The tour was on Lake Brienz, which is truly stunning as to arrive to brightly colored kayaks lined up by the turquoise blue waters of the lake, with the backdrop of the mountains and blue skies, is beyond words. Everyone from complete beginners to those who have kayaked before are all welcome and though I have kayaked numerous times before, I always learn something new with Dave. The morning was spent learning kayaking techniques in a fun way, and after lunch we got to put all into practice all we learnt by taking a leisurely trip down the stunning lake.
Wetsuits , booties, buoyancy aids were all included in the price ( so no hidden extras at the last minute!). For a day of highs, meeting new people and lots of laughter in stunning locations, I truly recommend High tide kayaking :)
Kim1234512345 - 25 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing! ”
I prebooked this trip before I arrived in Switzerland, so it ended up falling on a rainy day. It honestly didn't even matter, the lake was so peaceful and my guide, Dominic, was wonderful! Very friendly and unbothered by the rain, and made sure everything in our trip was to my liking!
I can't say enough good things about the trip, it was such a memorable way to see the beauty of the area!
DNATravel - 25 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ What a blessing! ”
My boyfriend and I knew we wanted to kayak during our short stay in Interlaken, and we are so glad to have chosenn Hightide. We chose the evening trip at 5p which, according to our fantastic guide Sean, provided calm waters and a different view of the lake and the surrounding area. It was peaceful and serene without taking away from the fun and adventure of it all. Sean was very open to our requests, and even provided me with some great information about the Swiss life. He took amazing pictures of our group that I am sure we will cherish and look back on fondly.
Sean and his colleagues at Hightide Kayak School are exactly what one should hope for in the tourism industry, professional, kind, and engaging. Should luck and planning bring us back to Interlaken (next time with friends!), we will absolutely book with them again!
smshoosmith - 24 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Fantastic kayaking on Lake Brienzersee ”
Maria is a brilliant tutor, tourism guide and lots of fun! She passed on loads of helpful tips and her enthusiasm for kayaking is infectious! The views from the Lake are stunning. Try to also visit the castle and Lake Thunersee when you're in the area. :)
kenzieking - 23 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Incredible Tour, Guides, and Views ”
We originally booked a Friday evening tour which had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. Hightide was incredibly accommodating and called several times to help us work a time for a make up tour into our schedule. Upon arrival they were extremely friendly and helped us get all of our things in order! Our guide was so so so amazing, funny, and informed! He really helped improve my kayaking skills while also giving us an amazing tour of such a beautiful lake. The small hike to the castle half way through was an awesome bonus to the excursion and the photos they take during the trip are so wonderful! After the tour, out guide gave us some cool and helpful recommendations of things to try in Interlaken! I could not have asked for a better experience with the breathtaking tour and the beyond incredible staff!
Simknab - 22 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Half-day kayak tour around Brienzersee ”
Great activity. The lake is stunning. Make sure you go at the top of the castle to enjoy the beautiful view from there (take some shoes that you're not afraid to put in the water). Thanks to our guide for this great morning trip :)
Pirjo V - 20 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Outdoors with kids ”
I went on a guided kayaking tour with my daughters who are 9 and 12 years old. It was a chilly day and so our fantastic guide Maria was really careful about choosing the right gear for the whole group. Maria was also patient and very encouraging with the girls who were first-timers paddling, the younger in a double kayak with Maria. In addition to the amazing views, we learnt many things about Lake Brienz and the surrounding areas. Thank you for this unforgettable experience, it was great to find a new way to spend time outdoors with the kids. Playing the game in the end really got everybody excited (sorry for the sunglasses Maria!). Looking forward to our next visit!:D
citybreakaddict274 - 20 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing, amazing, amazing!!! ”
We had a morning half day kayak tour with Sean and had an incredible time! After a brief introduction to the kayak and how to get the most out of it we went out onto the lake.
Wow wee it was pretty much just us, Sean and the occasional steamboat chugging past for the entire 2.5 hours we were on the lake. The water is like glass and such a vivid turquoise colour, super clean and just a pleasure to kayak on!
The mountain backdrop, the towns and the lush greenery make the distance you are kayaking seem like nothing. We kayaked over to a castle on the left side, hopped out for a walk up to see the views. Then we paddled back to a beach so I could have a swim in the very cold but very clean water. Then finally we made our way back to dry land after an incredible morning.
Sean was really friendly, knowledgable and helpful and managed to keep his cool despite me not being the best kayaker! The equipment was all very clean and modern. As an added bonus you don't have to bother with cameras and go pros as Sean took his camera out and took some amazing photos of us during the tour. They were sent along with a thank you email the same day of our tour - talk about a great service!
Kayaking on Lake Brienz with Hightide kayak school was one of the most incredible things we have ever done and we have memories that will last a lifetime! A huge thank you to Sean and the team for such a wonderful experience!
PS it is totally walkable from Interlaken - just follow the river round to the left of the Ost train station and enjoy the views on the 30/40 minute walk!
debbiecastleberry - 20 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great way to see the gorgeous lake waters up close ”
We loved it! James was a wonderful guide and took great care of us. He took lots of pictures while we were kayaking which was very helpful so that we could just enjoy the moment and not worry about pulling out a camera to take photos. (James downloaded the pictures to a dropbox that day and they were easy to access.) The water was amazingly smooth. Helpful hint - if you want a double kayak, request that in advance. Our family had 2 grandparents, 2 parents, and 3 teen boys so the doubles were great for the grandparents.
Jakob R - 17 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A great day on the Brienzer Lake ”
I had a great Kayak Trip with my girlfriend on the Brienzer See. It was a guided tour with Dominik. He took his girlfriend with him. So it was four of us. Dominik knows a lot about the lake. He even took us up on an old small castle next to the lake. Weather was awesome, sunny, almost no wind. So it was super easy and relaxing to paddle. The surrounding mountains are stunning. I can definetly recommend the trip.
redbaron22 - 16 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent Service, Excellent Location ”
Excellent service, prices, and amazing area! Surprisingly, there were very few tourists on the lake and in this area--which is extremely surprising given how close it is to Interlaken. We rented a tandem sea kayak for 3 hours. We had some trouble getting back in time due to heavy winds, but they were understanding and helpful.
azhcski - 15 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A Terrific day on the lake! ”
My Husband and I recently went on a guided kayaking tour of Lake Brienz. We had an amazing, knowledgeable guide, Maria. We highly recommend her. We had a lot of fun and learned about the surrounding area. Maria is both attentive and friendly. Our Hightide Kayak School experience exceeded our expectations! This is a "Must Do"
Chris T - 14 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Had a great time! ”
My wife and I recently went on the half day tour and we're fortunate enough to have Dominic as our guide. I can highly recommend this activity to anyone!
The pace is leisurely, you will only move as fast as the slowest person in the group, which is usually fine and gives plenty of time to lift your head and take in the views.
There are other ways of getting an adventure kick on the lake, but if you want to be able to do something and still have the time and energy to move on to something else in the afternoon, this is perfect!
The guide will also have a waterproof camera with them to be able to catch candid snaps while you go :)
drobnymonika2 - 13 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great start of the day ”
We have booked our family on a morning kayaking tour at Brienz Lake and we hoped for lots of fun and Great water adventure. Steven did fantasting job with his challenges bringing smiles and some splash :) to our team of three. Also his tips on kayaking techniques were helpful and much appreciated by us. Overally great time on the water with awesome mountain and lake views. Thanks Steven! Your first Polish team looking forward to be back.
Anders R - 12 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Lovely morning on the lake ”
We had a great time on the lake with Steve. Beautiful settings and a nice, laid back tour through them. No kayaking experience necessary for this tour, Steve took good care of us. We misunderstood each other while booking, but with the great help of Maria and Steve everything was sorted out - big thanks! And maybe even bigger thanks for the beautiful pictures you took!
/Lina och Anders
Amir Z - 11 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ An amazing trip to Geisbach waterfalls ”
We toke the half day trip to the beautiful Geisbach waterfalls in lake Brienz guided by Maria. The trip was extremly fun and once in a life time experience for us, we just wished it would never end! :)
Maria was super professional and warm and was a main reason why the trip was so amazing.
Alpenyuppi - 09 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Giessbachfall Kayak Tour ”
On a warm July evening, my girls and I made our first Kayaking Trip to the Giessbachfalls with Maria. We had perfect conditions and a perfect guide. She has given us many usefull tips and made our first kayaking trip unforgettable. We will sure come back to spend some more awesome evenings on the lake.
Andrea, Christina and Livia Walker
fam0f3 - 08 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ 2 days on Lake Brienz ”
My friend and I booked a 2 day private tour for the two of us last weekend and had the best experience. Our guide Steve was awesome, and we made it 30+km up and back (with headwinds both ways) still finishing with smiles on our faces! The private tour option was great as we could keep our own pace and our own jokes :-) On the second day we discovered an amazing forest spot to stop at and could have made a fire to dry off from the rain, if we'd only been a little more prepared! Don't forget the matches next time Steve ;-) We'll definitely be back to Boningen and HIGHLY recommend this group for long or short sessions. The Oberlander hotel right next door is also an excellent place to stay and the perfect setting for some post-kayaking drinks and dinner. It was hard to leave on the Monday ... We wanted to be back out on the water ....
astridarob - 08 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Lake beautiful ”
We booked the kayaking for four mature ladies, was not aware we would have to carry kayaks across the road to the lake, then returning carry them back and asked to lift them on to stand. When we had done this we were a bit put out to find 4 men in the store talking about team meetings when they were aware we were returning the kayaks and did not offer to help.
Sarah J - 08 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent afternoon! ”
Had a great time with Maria and our lovely group on a sunny Lake Brienz doing the half day kayak trip. Maria was very helpful and made sure everyone was happy before we set off. She was very attentive and made our trip very fun. Our group of four had a fab time and would definitely recommend giving Hightide kayaking a go!
Ka Ka H - 06 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Spiritual and spectacular scene ”
We were so lucky as we had three beautiful young Swiss ladies to join our trip in the last minute. Otherwise, the waterfall trip would not be going on.
The whole trip took about 4 hours including the travelling time. We enjoyed so much as they planned the route so well and we could meet the local people.
Also, the weather was great that water views were spectacular. The color changed of the water with sunset was just what we were longed for seeing.
No need to worry about the skills and strength of Paddling. Maria taught us with clear explanation even first time user could follow the speed. Safety issue was one of their concern. The safety suit, kayan boat and the paddle were new and easy to handle.
Maria is a great and funny guide. She explained the paddling well and give helps whenever we need. She also prepared well and love paddling. What a surprised she brought some snacks for us to celebrate a new trip route.
Kaka and Eric
kamandabaker - 03 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Favorite part of my trip to Switzerland! ”
After doing some research leading up to my trip to Switzerland, I'd already decided that kayaking was at the top of my list of things I wanted to do while in Interlaken. Even though the weather forecast when we arrived called for rain the next morning, my friend and I decided to sign up for the morning half-day anyway. I'm so glad we did -- the weather was perfect the next morning, and I think I would've enjoyed it even if it was raining. The views were beautiful and it was a great way to see the lake. Our guide, Dominic, was super friendly and made the experience even better. I would definitely recommend!
Stephen C - 03 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Best way to experience Interlaken ”
I have been Kayaking a couple of times before and I never really appreciated it.
BUT Kayaking at Hightide gave me a new found appreciation of Kayaking and how awesome it is!!!
I can't get enough of it now :-)
It makes all the difference when you go kayaking, and you have awesome instructors with a passion for kayaking, top quality well maintained gear, and of course one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.
If you are a novice to Kayaking I would recommend doing one of their courses, you will be supersized how much easier and enjoyable it can be when you are doing the right thing.
Wan-Cheng T - 02 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Nice view with a nice coach ”
I can feel the amazing Brienzersee so closely - touch it, see it , find beautiful reflection on the cliff ,and have fun with it.
I can't swim but I can kayak!
I don't have friends to travel with me but I have a nice coach for kayak and taking nice pictures haha.
If you don't have much budget for traveling, kayak is pretty worthy it.
Remember it is a really activity of exercise lol
MarthaMBell - 29 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great day on the lake ”
The Hightide tour included all the equipment we needed, including jackets for all, and delicious chocolate cookies during a break. Steve, our guide, clearly enjoys showing the lake to visitors and giving kayaking tips. The weather was a bit uncertain, but that added a bit of drama to vistas -- clouds lifting, then rolling in, shadows racing across the steep sides of the mountains all around. If you want a great time and a different view of the gorgeous Interlaken area, this is a must-do. Apparently, you can even enjoy a kayak tour in winter!
paulkathy2017 - 28 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Kayaking with guide ”
We had an excellent time kayaking on the lake--such a beautiful blue! Our guides were superb--they aligned the tour with our preferences. They explained everything well, and were very patient. It was a very pleasant morning. They recommended that we did not bring a camera, but they took loads of great pictures on their camera and sent them to us later that day (no extra charge.) A very enjoyable experience.
Christina L - 27 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Wonderful Experience ”
We had a wonderful kayaking tour with Steve. The views of the lake are absolutely amazing from the water and there is a nice break time to walk up to the top of a castle and get a better view of the lake. Another nice feature to this tour is that they take pictures for you so you do not have to worry about taking your phone on the trip. I highly recommend the evening tour, it will ensure great views and amazing memories.
Tanmay G - 24 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing Experience ”
We did the 9:15 family fun tour with Maria. And it was beautiful. Maria is a very fun person but also made sure the ride was safe and not very tough, even though we had unexpected winds and currents. Would definitely recommend. And also she clicked many great photos that are included in the package, so we didn't have to worry about that at all!
Jarno H - 23 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Absolutely lovely ”
We received excellent service from Maria who in our native Finnish explained us all the necessary information a beginner needs.
I wholeheartedly recommend the experience. The kayaking was fun and the scenery was absolutely amazing. Coming from a flat country, the mountains a something to behold, and nothing sets the scene quite like paddling in the lake.
Lyhyesti sanottuna, loistokokemus.
rahulk825 - 22 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A must do activity ”
We were 4 guys with almost no experience in kayaking. But because of our amazing guide, Maria we had an amazing time with nothing to worry about. Anyone who loves adventure must definitely try this. Can't wait to get back in the waters. 😍
Caitlin O - 19 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Awesome kayak tour ”
We did the half day kayak tour starting at 1:15. Maria and Dominic were our guides and they were awesome!! Very helping and accommodating and told us a lot about the area. We are not very experienced kayakers but this was no issue. It was not too hard and the views were just incredible. Highly recommend. Ask for Maria and Dominic as your guides-they make it that much more fun!
Emily B - 19 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Peaceful Kayak Tour on Gatorade Blue Water ”
This was one of my best experiences during my short stay in Interlaken! My guides, Maria and Dominick, were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I do not have much experience kayaking, but they paddled at my pace and did not overly exert me. We leisurely paddled under stunning cliffs and even stopped for delicious cookies! My favorite part were the photographs. Maria and Dominick had waterproof cameras to take candid photos of my friends and me. They turned out great and are some of my favorite photos ever taken of me!
Alexa H - 19 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Half day kayak tour ”
My boyfriend and I did a half day kayak tour with our awesome tour guide Steve this morning. It was a beautiful day to go kayaking. Steve took us to an area on the lake with a rope swing. He took pictures of us as we kayaked, it was a great time. We would recommend families, couples or even if your solo to rent or sign up for a kayak tour.
A TripAdvisor Me - 19 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing and a must do! ”
I can't imagine a more beautiful way to see Lake Brienz. High tide was a professional, awesome company. My guide, Steve, was really cool and helped me kayaking for my first time. He was friendly, fun and took us to a rope swing, beach and even offered us some cookies! I would do this again in a heartbeat. It was 3 hours and totally reasonable price for all the equipment the guide and the insider tips on where to go on the lake. They also take pictures and share them with yay for free! Below are some pics Steve took for me. Book this excursion!
Emer8888 - 15 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent kayaking experience ”
My family of 4 visited yesterday and rented 2 double kayaks for 3 hours. Despite having no prior kayak experience, it was an amazing experience kayakking in Lake Brienz, where we were marvelled at beautiful sceneries of mountains and warer. Equipment provided was in perfect condition, and the experience was made even better by excellent service provided by Hightide's very friendly and patient staff Maria, who assisted us from the start and at the end. Would definitely recommend this!
mom4wow - 14 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A serene beautiful kayaking experience ”
We took the evening kayak tour. The views, quiet traffic-free glacier lake with alpine mountains rising from the shore made the experience truly unique. Our guide, Steve, quickly adjusted to our small groups' sarcastic friendly interactions. He took amazing pictures during the tour. I've lived and touristed in Switzerland for a year. This activity is now my "must-do" attraction for my visitors.
marybethvandeh - 11 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Kayaking in Interlaken, Switzerland ”
Our family of 6 went Kayaking in Interlaken. Dave was our personal guide. This was one of our top experiences of our trip. We had an amazing time looking at all the beauty of the alps, Dave informed us of so many things in the area, he had us playing some fun games on the water and encouraged us all to get-in-the-water!! Which we did! Thank you so much for ALL the pics! We laughed and have those to keep as some of our fondest memories there!!! Great place. It was well worth the money and I would HIGHLY recommend this place to ANYONE!!! Thanks, Dave!!!!
KatieBuggies - 08 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Kayaking Interlaken ”
My husband, sister, and I did a half day tour on Lake Brienz. It was absolutely beautiful and well worth the money. Our tour guide, Maria, was fabulous! She even provided us with little cookies and Swiss Chocolate during our break on the beach. Best thing we have done in Switzerland!
Amanda Z - 06 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ An Experience You Won't Get Anywhere Else! ”
We recently visited Interlaken during a trip to Switzerland for our honeymoon. Both of us love outdoor activities and so Kayaking was a natural fit for us. The aqua water and Swiss Alp views are unbeatable!! Reservations were easy to make and the gentleman that helped us the day of was super friendly and helpful. We only Kayaked for about an hour and half but we had a great time. We did not book a tour - just kayaked on our own but had a great time!
Samantha L - 06 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Half day tour ”
This was a great tour! We got to see a lot of the lake and t was absolutely beautiful. We stopped at a cool castle half way for cookies with an amazing view. The staff was so nice and Steve was a great tour guide. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting interlaken! Even though the weather wasn't great, the tour was great and the free pictures they took were really nice.
Maggie R - 06 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Beautiful lake, amazing guide, very enjoyable! ”
I did this tour with 2 other friends, and there were only 7 of us total. It was a nice small group. Life jackets were provided and wetsuits were offered. Our guide, Steve, was awesome! He got to know each one of us and gave us all tips on how to kayak better. I would say it was the perfect amount of time since it's kind of a workout. You get the opportunity to swim and they give you cookies half way through! You can even drink the lake water. Steve took pictures throughout the trip and we all got them for free at the end. He also offered to get any shots that we personally wanted to capture. Definitely recommend! Well worth it!
Olivia P - 05 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Must Do Activity in Europe ”
I'm a student studying abroad in Italy this summer and spent the past weekend in Interlaken, Switzerland. I have been fortunate to see many cities and places in Europe so far and Interlaken is easily one of my favorites. On top of the beautiful town, my experience with Dave and Sean made the trip even more amazing. They were both knowledgable, friendly, and great photographers! If you're looking for an activity that will allow you to see the beautiful scenery of Interlaken and not break the bank then absolutely kayak with Hightide. Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places in Europe and kayaking with Hightide lets you see some of the most beautiful views of the mountains and water.
Meredith M - 02 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Best experience off our trip ”
We reserved our spot a few weeks ahead of time, but even still we were the only group doing the tour at that time- which ended up being super nice because it was basically a private tour and we were able to choose what we wanted to do. Our guide, Steve, was amazing- he had recommendations of what to do in town and was generally enjoyable to talk to. The amount of time spent on the lake seemed perfect, and we thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to swim in the lake a bit! The best part of using High Tide was probably that they provide photos. We didn't have to worry about bringing along a phone or camera and risking it getting wet, and now we have a ton of pictures of both of us, rather than just pictures we may have taken of each other. I would highly recommend using High Tide!
LaurenP521 - 02 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ No regrets - rain or shine! ”
Thank you, Steve, for turning a rainy afternoon into one of the highlights of our Swiss vacation!
We had been looking forward to kayaking Lake Brienz for many weeks while planning our trip to Switzerland. So we were quite bummed to wake up the day of our reservation to cold, rainy weather.
We decided that if our guide was still game, we would be game as well. Steve was very enthusiastic to take us out on the lake even though we were the only two on the tour that afternoon. We suited up in winter drysuits so we were actually very comfortable! Halfway through the trip, we stopped at Kirche Ringgenberg for hot tea, Swiss chocolate, lovely conversation, and a beautiful view.
My husband and I will cherish the memories made that day, and Steve even took the pictures to secure those memories!
We would recommend this excursion to anyone making their way to Interlaken, rain or shine!
Jonavan L - 02 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A must-do in Interlaken! ”
Interlaken is flanked by 2 lakes Lake Thun and Brienz, what better way to experience them than to kayak their crystal clear waters? My family of 5 went kayaking with Hightide Kayak School on 27 May 2017. It was nearing summer so the temperatures were cool enough not to wear the wet suits but we still wore them anyway as a precaution for falling into the cold waters. Our kayak guide was Steve from the UK and he did a great job of guiding us and giving us insights into life in Switzerland. He also brought us a hot flask of tea and chocolate which he gave us at the halfway point. Yup, a definite must-do in Interlaken!
Chad V - 01 jun 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Freaking Kayaking! ”
Dave and his wife Olivia made took our vacation to the next level. The kayaking excursion involved scenic views, geological explanations and mechanical tips to improve our kayaking. Dave was our guide on the water and friend off the water. The entire experience was the highlight of our trip! Look no further. Best experience, period!