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David Tofler

About David Tofler

Sea Kayak Guide


A native Australian, David has always had an appetite for adventure and the beauty of wild places. As a teenager, he explored the waters of the New South Wales south coast by boat and later took up whitewater kayaking and rafting.

His career in expedition and adventure tourism soon found David traveling to the best and biggest whitewater rivers, starting with Australia’s iconic Frankland River, deep in the Tasmanian forests, and the wild and remote Herbert River, and then rivers in Europe and Africa. David was based in Africa for 4 years, leading paddling expeditions on the Zambezi and Omo rivers and participating in the first descent of the upper reaches of the White Nile. Living and working in such beautiful, unspoiled environments fostered a great curiosity and love of the diverse flora and fauna throughout the world’s varying bioregions.

While the adrenaline rush of whitewater was David’s introduction to paddling, the call of the ocean was never far away and sea kayaking soon became his great love. Luckily, Australia offers world-class sea kayaking destinations, and upon returning to his homeland, David and his partner set up Coral Sea Kayaking, developing kayaking excursions and expeditions to a range of islands within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. For almost 20 years, these islands and reefs have become David’s backyard and he has developed a vast knowledge and appreciation for this marine and island ecosystem, with a special interest in the marine mammals and birds.

David’s life in a tropical paradise has not curbed his eagerness to explore. He worked as an audio tech with an adventure film crew on the early seasons of the U.S. hit TV show Survivor, as well as on world-renowned eco-adventure races and exploration challenges in such remote locations as the Marquesas Islands, northern Kenya, the High Atlas Mountains, the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea and remote islands in the Philippines.

Living only 17 degrees from the equator, where a 72ºF (21ºC) day is considered rather chilly, David has developed a fascination with colder climes. Over the last five years, he has ventured far from the equator, leading river and sea kayaking journeys and other adventures in Patagonia, northern British Columbia and Iceland, and becoming part of the Quark Expeditions kayak team.

David’s experiences mean he always has a great story to tell and is enthusiastic for the next adventure.