CORAL BY KAYAK
HALF DAY KAYAK & SNORKEL TOUR
Explore beautiful Ningaloo Reef and the amazing coral formations of the Tantabiddi Sanctuary Zone by kayak on our half day kayak & snorkel Coral By Kayak tour. Enjoy the exhilarating experience of kayaking out to a snorkel site and snorkelling from your kayak. You'll be amazed at the diversity of coral formations and fish life - with over 300 species of coral and 500 species of fish caring Ningaloo Reef home, there's always something different to see!
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:
Sea kayaking in double sit-on-top kayaks | Snorkelling from your kayak
7am to 11am (October to March); 11.30am to 3.30pm (April to September). Tour time includes travel time to and from Exmouth.
TOUR INCLUSIONS AT A GLANCE:
Pick up/drop off from Exmouth accommodation | Sun protection gear: long sleeve sun shirts, broad brim hats, polarised sunglasses | Snorkelling gear: Quality snorkel and mask, fins, wetsuits in cooler months | Kayaking safety equipment and qualified guide | Morning or afternoon tea | Photos
Tantabiddi Sanctuary Zone, accessed from Tantabiddi boat ramp, Ningaloo Reef
Adult: $125 | Children (8-17): $110 | Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): $400* Additional children $94*
(*Direct bookings only. Please contact us for other family/group rates)
This tour will run with a minimum of 4 guests, and a maximum of 16. We work on a strict safety ratio of 1 guide to 8 guests for our adventure tours.
Our kayaks have a maximum weight limit of 110kg/person. Minimum age is 8 years old. This tour involves a moderate level of physical activity.
TOUR MEETING POINT:
Pick up from Exmouth accommodation starting 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Please select your preferred accommodation/meeting point when booking and note your pick up time. Tour departures are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.
Your day begins....
....With pick up from your Exmouth accommodation just before 7am (October to March), or 11am (April to September). We then take the half hour drive around the NW Cape to the Tantabiddi boat ramp. Along the way your guide will fill you in on the unique human and natural history of this World Heritage-listed area, point out flora and fauna, and share stories about their experiences living and working in Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef.
Upon arrival, you'll be kitted out with all of the necessary equipment, and following a kayaking and safety briefing, paddle your double sit-on-top kayak out to the Tantabiddi Sanctuary zone, a trip of approximately 30 minutes, where you'll enjoy spotting beautiful corals under your kayak.
Once you are in the sanctuary zone, your guide will tie your kayak off to a dedicated 'kayak-only' mooring, and following a snorkel and safety briefing, you'll slide over the side of your kayak to enjoy the wonders below. Look out for huge porite coral 'bombie' formations, which are hundreds of years old; stunning blue/purple staghorn coral gardens; and colourful parrot fish and butterfly fish. With over 300 species of coral, and 500 species of fish calling Ningaloo Reef home, there's always something different and amazing to see. Your guide will be by your side every step of the way to point out marine life, take photos to share with you, and ensure that you are having the best experience possible.
When it's time to re-enter your kayak your guide will be there to lend a hand if necessary - don't worry - there's a few different techniques and tricks to getting back in easily, and most people find it much easier than anticipated.
You'll then take the 30 minute paddle back to shore to dry off, load your kayak back on the trailer, and make the return journey to Exmouth town. Your guide will have an individual snack pack for you to enjoy on the return journey, to help you re-energise after your adventure. Upon arrival back in Exmouth, your guide will farewell you at your accommodation with a promise to have the photos of your adventure uploaded for you to enjoy as soon as possible.
- Enjoy the exhilarating experience of kayaking out to a snorkel site and snorkelling from your kayak
- Be amazed at the diversity of coral formations - large and small - whilst snorkelling, with some formations hundreds of years old
- Your guide will point out colourful fish and other marine life - there's always something different to see!
- Complementary photos, taken by your guide, will be available to view after your experience - proof of your memorable experience
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR?
Your safety and enjoyment whilst participating in our Coral By Kayak tour are a top priority for us here at Exmouth Adventure Co. We provide the following good quality, clean equipment for our customers to use on this tour:
- Double sit-on-top sea kayaks, PFDs (lifejackets)
- Snorkelling gear - snorkel, mask, fins, wetsuit in the cooler months (you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it)
- Long-sleeve sun shirts and broad brim hats, polarised sunglasses
- Dry bags for valuables
- Snacks to re-energise (morning or afternoon tea)
- Pick up and drop off from your Exmouth accommodation (or you can meet us at the Tantabiddi boat ramp)
- Complementary tour photos taken by your guide
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Please bring the things that you would normally take on a trip to the beach, and come dressed with your bathers under your clothes. We have limited storage in the sit-on-top kayaks, so we only take the essentials out in the kayaks with us.
You'll need to bring:
- Board shorts/quick dry shorts or leggings (something that you don't mind getting wet). A sarong can be handy to drape over your legs in the summer months, for sun protection
- A bottle of water to drink (in summer at least 1 litre), and sunscreen (please consider using reef-safe sun protection products)
- Footwear that you don't mind getting wet - sandals, crocs, reef shoes or flip flops
- If you have a Go Pro or underwater camera you are more than welcome to bring that along. We can provide dry bags if you would like to bring your phone or camera that isn't waterproof, however cannot be held liable for any loss or water damage.
Is this tour family friendly?
Yes, this is one of our recommended tours for families to enjoy together. The minimum age we take on the kayaks is 8 years old, there is no maximum age!
I am a solo traveller and would like to book this tour. Do you take single bookings?
Yes we do! Solo travellers are most welcome on our tours. Please note that on most tours we use double kayaks, so you may end up paddling with another participant, or the guide.
How many people will be on the tour?
We will run the tour with a minimum of 4 people, and usually have no more than 8 people; however during busy periods we will take up to 16 guests with 2 guides. We can also cater for larger groups and provide customised tours, please contact us for more info.
Do you take novice snorkellers?
Yes, novice snorkelers are welcome. Our guides will give you a quick lesson on fitting and using the equipment prior to snorkelling, and will be on hand to give you tips, offer assistance and point out marine life in the water. To fully enjoy this tour, we recommend practicing in a shallow water or pool environment prior to joining the tour. Please note, we discourage the use of full face snorkelling masks on our tours due to safety concerns.
I've never been sea kayaking before, can I book this tour?
Yes, this tour is suitable for novice to experienced sea kayakers. Our guides will give you the skills and information you need to safely enjoy the tour, and be on the water with you at all times.
Do I need to be super fit to enjoy this tour?
No, an average level of fitness and mobility, and a sense of adventure, are all you need to have a blast. The tour does involve snorkelling from the kayaks (don't worry, getting back in is easier than you think - we'll show you how), and you may be asked to help with carry kayaks to and from the water's edge. The kayaks have a weight limit of 110kg per person
What is this tour's Cancellation Policy?
This tour has a 72 hour cancellation policy. Cancellations made within 72 hours of tour departure will incur 100% of the tour cost. Cancellations made outside of 72 hours will receive a full refund, minus any booking fees already paid.
Any cancellation due to COVID-related government restrictions beyond the customer's control, received by EAC in writing within 24 hours of restrictions being announced, is eligible for a full refund, minus any booking fee paid.