Kayaks under $300 – Best Buys

by frank on March 19, 2014

Three-hundred bucks for a kayak!!!

Not a small chunk of change by any means. But realistically, spending $300 will not buy even close to one of the best kayaks on the market. Just wanted to let you know this in case you are brand new to the sport.

But don’t worry, you don’t need the best to enjoy kayaking. We have a list of best buys in this $300 price range further down the page.

If you are currently looking for a cheap 10 foot kayak let us recommend the Sun Dolphin Bali Sit-on-top.

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It is possible to get a decent and nice looking kayak for this price, just don’t expect a high performance top of the line model. Most will be simple recreational models, many found on our list can also be considered good for beginners.

We also have a few that would make a nice cheap kayak for big men and if you are looking for a cheap fishing kayak we will also provide you with a few suggests.

Many kayaks run over $400, $500, $1000, $2000 and even $3000 in price. But there are some high quality kayaks to get for around $300 but you need to know where to look and also have a little background information on the companies that make these.

But there is still some quality to be had in this price range, we list below our best picks. 

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Below you will find our list of the TOP kayaks under $300

 #1 Sun Dolphin Bali SS – The 10 foot model

The 10 foot version of the Bali Sit-on-Top has a price around $275. It might not be the style you are looking for but we really do like this one. There’s plenty of room on top and cargo areas and a storage department in back for your gear.

If you were looking for something in expensive for fishing there are two flush mounted rod holders on the left and right behind the seat. See the best price and our review.

Sun Dolphin Bali SS Kayak 10 foor review

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#2 Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit on top Kayak 8 Feet

This The Bali 8-foot model is perfect for smaller people under 6 feet tall. The kayak is price around $225. It’s lightweight, stable and easy to paddle. Provides a lot of fun. Read other reviews on this model.

See customer’s opinions on this 8-foot kayak

Sun Dolphin Bali ss sit on top Kayak 8 Feet

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#3 PERCEPTION SPORT Sunrise 100 Kayak 

An ideal kayak for beginners, great for smaller kids. Made by Perception Sport, this company is well respect for making quality products. See the lowest Price and more product information.


#4 Sun Dolphin Aruba sit in Kayak  8 Feet  

A lightweight design built for calm lakes and ponds. The Aruba 8 Foot Sit-in-side kayak is liked by many women who are just looking to do some simple paddling and relax out on the water with friends. Read other opinions

Sun Dolphin Aruba sit in Kayak  8 Feet  Red

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#5 Future Beach Sit On Top Kayak  

This is a very stable kayak and the 8 Foot model goes for just under $300. Made by the company Future Beach. This is one of the newer companies in the industry but their products have been getting consistently high ratings from customers

Future Beach Sit On Top Kayak  price

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This page is specifically dedicated to help you find the best kayak for under or around $300. We will be adding more choices as gather more information and talk to people about what models are the best in this price range.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

don gabbert March 24, 2014 at 2:35 am

I like the looks of the Sun Bali SS. I have used kayaks for many years and enjoy the advantages of the sit-on-top kayaks best. I am retired and on a limited budget. I would be interested in a used or demo kayak, if you have such a one. Is the price inclusive of shipping? The Sun Bali SS seems to be an exceptional price.


don gabbert March 24, 2014 at 2:39 am

I meant the Sun Dolphin Bali SS 10 footer. I am about 5 1/2 feet tall and weigh about 158. Maybe the 8 footer would work. My last kayak was a 9 footer and worked well for me. I fish in small ponds and stay along the edges of small lakes in the Fort Worth, Texas, area.


frank March 24, 2014 at 5:50 am

Hi Don,

I only review kayaks as a hobby. I try to offer people advice in finding what they need. I don’t actually sell kayaks. I do agree the Bali SS 8 or 10 footer is a very nice kayak for the price. If you are looking for a used kayak you might want to check out craigslist or even eBay will sometimes have reduced priced used models.


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