Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-On Kayak Review

If you want a good, cheap kayak that is not rigged for fishing, then take a look at the Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-On Kayak. This one has a lot to offer and is actually a great hard-shell kayak for beginners.

This one is designed for solo use, but you could probably take along a small child or dog as well, assuming that you are not over the weight limit for it.

All things considered, this is a good kayak under $500 if you are on a budget or just want the best money can buy in that price range. And you can save yourself some money by shopping around to find where the price is the cheapest.

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What is cool about this kayak is that you can order it in one of three different sizes, which makes a big difference in the tracking. It’s nice that you can get complete control of it like this. You also get you choice of color, though I am partial to the green!

Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-On Kayak Features

As you might have already looked for information about this kayak online, you probably noticed that there is not much info on it out there. So, I want to help you out by sharing what I’ve learned about it right here. Take a look at some of the top features of this kayak:

  • Great for rivers and lakes
  • Large, comfortable seating area with protective thigh pads
  • Adjustable, padded seat back
  • Tracks and paddles with ease while offering maximum stability
  • Storage compartment
  • Adjustable foot braces — great for tall people!
  • Retractable carrying handles
  • Paddle holder
  • Open cockpit allows the easiest of entry
  • P.A.C. (Portable Accessory Carrier) can be used as a tow behind or extra storage compartment
  • Rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High Density Polyethylene
  • Shock cord deck rigging, paddle leash
  • weight limit: 395 pounds

As you can see, this is a pretty good choice of hard shell kayak at a great price right now. Of course, if you’re going to be using it for fishing then you will need to rig it yourself as it does not come already rigged. So, plan on needed to purchase some rod holders and other gear to outfit it for fishing before taking it out on the lake.

You can order it in 8-foot, 10-foot or 12-foot length.

Bottom line: the Sun Dolphin Bali 12 SS is relatively inexpensive for a 12 ft kayak and is extremely stable but also extremely slow, it is wide at over 30″ and has a hull design that aids stability but greatly detracts from speed, it’s a great play-boat for real small lakes or large swimming pools and will fit inside a full size van such as the Ford E150. If you intend to paddle the rivers, oceans and go touring then you should spend a little more for a lot more kayak, a touring/sea/ocean kayak is roughly twice the price of the sun dolphin Bali 12 SS but it is also three times faster and much easier to paddle, you will want to sell it and buy a touring kayak after the first paddle so just save up a bit longer and go shopping for a better boat.

Our rating:

(4.2 / 5)
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