The Sun Dolphin Journey 12 Fishing Kayak

9.9 score
[Editors rating (9.9) + Users rating (10.0)] / 2 = ( score (9.9)/10

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Editor rating: 9.9 / 10
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Editor's Pros & Cons
  • With a length of 12’, this kayak is a good compromise between speed and maneuverability and with a width of 29.5”, it is a reasonably stable fishing platform, it is really hard to flip over and tanks to its special lowered seat area it is very easy to get back in.
  • It has a very comfortable seating system that is also height adjustable, it includes adjustable foot braces, and it has a stand assist strap.
  • Plus, the outfitting is absolutely top notch and it has a paddle keeper to keep your paddle from driving you crazy when you are fishing.
  • Also, it has sufficient dry storage space with a hold in both the bow and the stern, a tank well, and it is available either with or without a rudder.
  • With 58 lbs of weight, this kayak is on the light side, which makes it easy to handle by one single person.
  • Its lowered sat design gives a lower center of gravity which drastically increases the overall stability while sitting or standing.
  • With a length of 12’, this kayak is less maneuverable than shorter kayaks in the 10’ range
  • Other than that, the only problem I have with this kayak is that the 29.5” width it won’t be very comfortable for larger people to get in and out.


The Sun Dolphin Journey 12’ Sit on top Fishing Kayak is perfect fit for lakes and rivers, especially good to reach those remote fishing areas. It is made from rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High Density Polyethylene, it tracks and paddles with great comfort and stability. It is light weight and easy to carry which makes it also really great for transport.


The seating area features adjustable backrest and foot rests which provides with great versatility and comfort for person of all sizes.

Two flush mounts and one swivel fishing rod holder, gives you the possibility to use up to three rods or combinations of different fishing methods.


I have to admit that for the very low price, this kayak is actually a really good fishing model. Especially good for beginners, it is very efficient and easy to handle both inside and outside of the water.


Even while being called a sit on top kayak, it has a lowered seat are that is very close to the bottom of the hull which greatly improves its stability.


It does is a great kayak that rides truly amazing with very little effort, it is very easy, even for beginners to maintain direction at any speed.


The way it is designed and built makes it a really good option and has nothing to envy from top line kayaks. It includes features to fulfill every fishermen needs.

Bottom Line

While I have to admit that this is a really nice fishing kayak, it is well designed, it has the right set of features, it is extremely stable and easy to handle.

If you are comfortable with the lowered seating area, which makes it a bit harder to get in and out of the kayak, and don’t want to spend big bucks on a kayak you don’t really know that you’ll like, then this model is a good choice for you and you won’t regret purchasing.