Sun Dolphin Journey Fishing Kayak Review

If you want a 10-foot sit-on-top fishing kayak, the Sun Dolphin Journey Fishing Kayak is a great option. Although not a full-blown sea kayak, it’s ideal for rivers and lakes. Most fishermen will like its lightweight portability, and its nice compromise between paddling, tracking and stability.

Sun Dolphin Journey Fishing Kayak Review

Product Review

For the money, the Sun Dolphin Journey fishing kayak provides excellent value. Although you’ll find better tracking kayaks if you pay a bit more, for most people this is a great little paddler. Fishermen will love its two flush mount and one swivelling fishing rod holders. You’ll also appreciate the large, comfortable seating with adjustable foot pegs and thigh pads. Taller paddlers will have to bend their knees, but all-in-all it’s a pretty comfortable place to be. Add in a decent sealed storage area, and you’ve got a nice all-round boat.

Pros of the Sun Dolphin Journey Fishing Kayak

  • Value for money
  • Dry storage compartment
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Integrated rod holders as standard
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • Paddle holder is useful when you’re playing fish
  • Good compromise between comfortable paddling and stability

Cons of the Sun Dolphin Journey Fishing Kayak

  • Scupper plugs not included and the standard plugs tend to leak
  • Can be a little tippy compared to other kayaks
  • Base is a little thin and flimsy

Best Feature

Without a doubt the best feature for fishermen is the fact that the Journey comes with three rod holders already in place. Two of them sit flush to the kayak, the other is on a swivel. There’s also a paddle holder, which you may find invaluable when dropping the paddle to grab your rod!

Worst Feature

Unfortunately the kayak doesn’t come with all-important scupper plugs. The standard set-up can leak from the bottom, especially when carrying a heavy load. Buying additional pugs might be an added expense you’d rather avoid.

My Personal Tips

If this is the kayak your heart desires, we would recommend getting some properly sealing scupper plugs at the same time as buying the boat. Save yourself a wet bottom!

Customer Reviews

At more than 100 Amazon reviews, this little kayak is still tracking at an admirable 3.9 stars out of 5. And for good reason. For the money, you’ll find it hard to do better.

If you’re looking for something to mess around in on a budget, this thing is perfect. If you’re going to be getting serious about kayak fishing, save up and get something a little better.

How to buy

This kayak is available for purchase on Amazon. Buy it now >>


The Sun Dolphin Journey Fishing Kayak is comfortable for all but the largest angler, has a large comfortable seating area with thigh pads and adjustable foot braces, and it comes ready to fish – complete with rod and paddle holders. It’s not the best quality kayak on the market, so if you expect to do a lot of paddling, you might consider spending a little more, but for most, this is a great little tool.


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James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.