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3 Day Island Sea Kayaking

Coral Sea Kayak & Camping Adventure
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  • All Meals included
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3 Day Island Sea Kayaking Info

Join us on a 3 day Tropical Island Adventure.  This trip will give you the opportunity to experience absolute paradise, exploring, sea-kayaking and camping on the deserted beaches of the scenic Family or Barnard Islands.  These islands make up part of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Situated just off the coast of Mission Beach, the Family Island Group consists of 11 lush tropical islands surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Coral Sea.  The waters abound with marine life, we will watch for turtles and dugong as we paddle and snorkelling on the fringing reefs from the island beaches offers the opportunity to see an array of colourful tropical fish and corals.

The day’s activities consist of approximately 3 hours sea kayaking through the islands, allowing plenty of time to explore the rainforest and snorkel over the colourful coral reefs, or just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of such a stunning natural environment.  From late July until late September we look out for the spectacular humpback whales, which visit these waters. 

Laying just further north are the Barnard Islands, similar to the Family Islands.  These islands offer a great paddling option if the conditions are breezy, and are a bird watchers paradise being a major nesting site for several species of terns and many other sea birds.

In the evenings we enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset, before tucking into a delicious hearty dinner under a canopy of stars.

Inclusions:

  • All camping equipment  
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Paddling and safety equipment
  • 2 person sea kayaks
  • All meals
  • Transfers from Mission Beach
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and National Park fees.
  • A wealth of knowledge, experience and humour from your friendly guide

Inclusions:

This moderate level trip will be most enjoyed by participants who are reasonably
active and happy to participate in paddling, swimming/snorkelling and walking for up
to six hours a day. Due to weather conditions some days may include some
strenuous activity and our itinerary may alter to offer you the best remote island
experience we can. In windy conditions we may decide to visit the Barnard Islands a
rarely visited group of eight islands, which lay to the north of Mission Beach. These
small islands have stunning coral beaches and rainforest clad hillsides and are a bird
watchers delight.

Pre trip meeting:

The pre trip meeting will be held at 6.30pm the evening prior to
your trip. Our guides will introduce themselves and discuss the planned itinerary and
answer any questions you may have regarding your trip. They will also issue you
with dry-bags for your personal belongings, these should be packed and ready when
you are collected the following morning. Any belongings not being taken, may be
stored at our office.

Day 1:

After your pick up at 8.00am from your accommodation we arrive at
the beach to pack our kayaks. Your trip leader will give a safety
briefing and paddling instruction. We then set of for our first day on the
water, paddling through the Family Islands, passing Timana and
Bedarra Islands to our destination, Wheeler Island. This lush verdant
island will be our base for the next two nights. After lunch we set up
our camp. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the island,
snorkelling or just relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of
an uninhabited tropical island. During the evening watch a canopy of
stars overhead whilst we tuck into a scrumptious dinner.

Day 2:

We spend the day exploring the rest of the Family Islands, after
breakfast we paddle along the coast of Coombe Island over the
fringing reef to visit the further islands of Hudson, Bowden and Smith.
These three islands are the southern most islands of the group giving
a spectacular view of the peaks of Hinchinbrook Island. Here, we can
snorkel off the beach to view the fringing reef and colourful fish. After
a luscious picnic lunch we can spend more time exploring these gem
like islands before getting back in our kayaks. Back on Wheeler
Island we can watch the sunset over the mainland whilst sipping a
glass of wine and nibbling some pre-dinner snacks.

Day 3:

A hearty breakfast is served, and the morning is spent at a leisurely
pace, there is time for a swim before we begin to pack up camp and
load the kayaks. On our last day we head northwards towards
picturesque Dunk Island, for a delicious lunch and a snorkel or a bit of
beachcombing, then we paddle to our final destination of South
Mission Beach.

Trip notes:
Off the tropical coast of North Queensland between Ingham and Etty Bay lie 24
continental islands, 21 of which are National Parks surrounded by the waters and
fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. They range from Hinchinbrook
Island, 39,000 ha, the largest National Park Island in Australia to tiny Purtaboi Island
situated just of the coast of renowned Dunk Island. These islands present a
magnificent landscape of unspoilt sandy beaches, precipitous headlands, rugged
mountains, waterfalls and dense rainforest, all of which offer the most spectacular
backdrop for our sea kayaking adventures.

We spend three days exploring these tropical islands enjoying the peace and
tranquillity of the secluded beaches. Our small group will travel approximately 12 to
15 kilometres a day in our compact two-person sea kayaks, over fringing reefs and
amongst stunning islands and coastline. Marine life abounds in these waters with
dolphins, sea turtles, rays and many tropical fish. The rarely seen dugongs also
inhabit the waters off the nearby islands and coast. During late July, August & early
September we are sometimes lucky enough to encounter the superb humpback
whales that immigrate annually to these northern waters. Your time on the islands
can be spent relaxing in our hammocks, taking lazy beach walks or you can explore
the dense rainforest, and the pristine blue waters and fringing reefs. The bird life is
plentiful, with white-breasted sea eagles soaring above and many birds sighted along
the beaches and rocky headlands.

Our Company principles are to take care of and enjoy this beautiful fragile
environment. We have a wealth of knowledge about the local ecology and cultural
history of this natural coastline. As we travel through these islands we strive to
leave them as natural and wild as we found them with little or no trace of our passing.

Departure dates for 2016

  • 23 May 2016
  • 6 & 20 June 2016
  • 4 & 18 July 2016
  • 1, 15 & 29 August 2016
  • 12 & 26 September 2016
  • 10 & 24 October 2016
  • 7 Nov 2016