REEF & BEACH
3 Day Sea Kayak | Snorkel | Beach Camp Tour
The 3-Day Reef and Beach is a real adventure! You will sea kayak in the sheltered, turquoise lagoons of Ningaloo Reef, snorkel numerous amazing sites, and in the afternoon land your kayak at your very own deserted wilderness beach camp. Watch the sun set, and sleep under the stars in Cape Range National Park. Dusk and dawn are our favourite times to experience the Ningaloo coastline, so why not come and share the magic? Turtles, rays, dugong, dolphins, reef sharks, myriad reef fish and an abundance of marine life make Ningaloo a brilliant place to kayak and snorkel. On land we also regularly see kangaroos, wallabies, emu, echidna and birds of prey. Three days exploring Ningaloo in a self-sufficient kayak equals a sensational experience!
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- Travel this stunning coastline in your self-sufficient sea kayak - an amazing and unique way to immerse yourself in the ancient landscape and get back to nature
- Snorkel different sites daily. You'll be amazed at the diversity and abundance of marine life that Ningaloo supports! We visit the traditional sites such as Turquoise Bay, Oyster Stacks and Lakeside, as well as taking the opportunity to snorkel from the kayaks where possible.
- Camp at different, undeveloped beach camp sites in your very own 'million-star hotel' each night: enjoy the peaceful lapping of the waves, spectacular west coast sunsets and clear night skies
SEA KAYAKING & SNORKELLING
The sea kayaking takes place inside the fringing reef, where the lagoon is rarely more than 3m deep - perfect for spotting wildlife and snorkelling. After your guide gives you the all-important paddling instruction and safety talk, we launch the kayaks and travel along the coast at a relaxed pace, stopping on secluded beaches for morning tea and lunch as we go. We usually paddle the coastline from Osprey Bay and head north with the prevailing winds, usually finishing at Ned’s Camp or Mangrove Bay.
Each day provides fantastic snorkelling opportunities. At some sites we land the kayaks on the beach and swim a short distance from shore, at other sites we anchor or moor the kayaks and slip over the side. We have discovered some excellent ‘un-named’ snorkel spots that are accessible only by kayak.
These 3 day tours are perfect for the person looking to get away from it all and immerse themselves in the beauty of Ningaloo. Each afternoon we pull up our kayaks at a different deserted beach, and, in between stories of the day, set up our camp for the night. After setting up camp, you may choose to go for a relaxing stroll along the beach, read a few pages of a good book, grab some snacks and a drink and settle in for a west coast sunset, or just relax and reflect on the beauty of your surroundings.
We endeavor to make your camping experience as comfortable as possible, with self-inflating mattresses, tents, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs, we even provide inflatable pillows! This tour is the perfect choice for those looking for an adventure and to immerse themselves in the wonders of Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park.
- Double sit-inside expedition sea kayaks with rudder for comfortable cruising
- PFDs (life jackets)
- Long sleeve sun shirts, broad-brim hats,
- Snorkelling gear: snorkel, mask and fins, wetsuit in season
- Dry bags for packing clothing, sleeping gear etc
- Comfortable camping gear: tents, pillows, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs, shade shelter
- Healthy and delicious food, drinks (alcohol not included, byo welcome)
- Transport to and from Cape Range National Park in our air-conditioned bus
- National Park entry and camping fees
- Qualified and experienced guide
- Complimentary tour photos
- Drinking water bottle (capacity for at least 1L)
- Sunglasses (polarised are great for seeing under the water)
- Sunscreen, zinc or SPF lip balm
- Towel or sarong
- Gloves (optional: fingerless cycling or paddling gloves are great for sun protection)
- Footwear that may get wet (crocs, sandals etc)
- Head torch
- Drinks for sunset happy hour
- Overnight bag with camp clothes, toiletries etc. Pack warm clothes for cool nights
- You can bring fishing gear too, however this is not a focus of our tours (please use lures rather than bait). Our camps are situated within Sanctuary Zones, where no fishing is allowed
I'd like to bring the whole family. Is this tour suitable for kids?
Minimum age for our multi-day tours is 12 years old. We have had younger children join our 3 day tour in the past, however once fully loaded, our large expedition kayaks can be heavy. A private tour or a custom 3 day base-camping tour may be an option for family groups. Please get in touch for more info.
I'm not a strong swimmer, and have never snorkelled before. Am I able to join this tour?
All levels of swimming ability are welcome. All of our guests wear PFDs (lifejackets) whilst kayaking and are welcome to wear them whilst snorkelling if needed. Our guides will run through the basics of snorkelling and are great teachers!
How many people will be on this tour?
We need a minimum of 3 people to confirm tour departure, and take a maximum of 8 guests. Tours can be confirmed for just 2 people for an additional $595.
How far will we kayak each day? Do I need to be an experienced sea kayaker?
We usually paddle anywhere between 7 and 10 kms over the day, depending on how the group is travelling and prevailing weather conditions. The daily itinerary is designed so that we travel with the prevailing breeze. We aim to provide the opportunity for 2 snorkels at different locations throughout the day. This, along with stops on the beach for morning tea and lunch, means that the paddling is broken up into manageable sections, with usually no more than 1 hour spent in the kayak at any one time. No previous sea kayaking experience is necessary. Our guides will give you the skills and info you need to safely paddle your sea kayak, as well as handy hints and tips along the way.
What style of camping will I experience?
This tour is ‘expedition camp’ style, meaning we carry all of our gear with us in the kayaks, and set up camp at a different location each day. We provide all the gear to make you as comfortable as possible: quality tents, self-inflating mattresses (Thermarest-style), sleeping bags and liners, inflatable pillows, camp chairs. The campsites we use are un-developed with little to no established facilities, therefore bush toileting may be required. Access to fresh water for washing is limited as we carry all our fresh water in the kayaks.
I'm vegetarian/gluten free/have allergies. Can you cater for this?
Yes, as long as we have ample notice, it is no problem catering for specific dietary requirements, intolerances and allergies.
How can people contact me while I'm on the tour?
There is limited mobile phone reception in the tour area, we carry a satellite phone for emergencies. This is usually reserved for outgoing calls only (to preserve battery life). If you need to be contacted urgently, our office can be contacted on 0477 685 123, and if necessary, someone will drive out to deliver a message.
Can I recharge my devices whilst on this tour?
No, we are completely off-grid on this tour. We recommend bringing spare batteries for camera and Go Pros, and switching your phone to 'flight mode' to save battery. If you have a small power bank or solar charging device, these can be handy to bring.
Qantas services the Perth to Exmouth (Learmonth Airport) route. Learmonth airport is 35kms south of Exmouth town. Shuttle bus services are available from the airport to your accommodation with Exmouth Bus Charter or Cabs On Call. Pre-booking is essential.
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