“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Our Kayaking season
Our sea kayaking operation is based in tropical Australia so we get a wet season and a dry season. All our expedition trips are run during the dry season May – November. Our Coral Sea Kayaking Beyond Borders trips to the Louisiade Archipelago (PNG) are run during April/ May then again in Nov/Dec.
As with any ocean going activity we are governed by the tempestuous nature of the sea. During the dry season the weather is mostly stable but as with many tropical regions of the world we get a trade wind which mostly blows from the South East during the winter months. When the wind is not in our favour we often have to change our paddling plan to suit the conditions and to ensure the safety and comfort of the group. So with such a dynamic environment to deal with on a daily bases we ask our customers to be dynamic individuals regarding the flexibility mother nature often demands in the itinerary. Rest assured though that your guides are out there to give you the best experience possible.
Your safety is our first priority. At coral sea kayaking we believe that safety is no accident that’s why we pride ourselves on having the best guides in the industry to lead our trips. Our guides are true professionals who manage the risks of sea kayaking on a daily bases. They have many tried and tested systems that you will learn which help to keep our groups safe on and off the water. We have an impeccable safety record and uphold a very high standard in all our field practices. All our guides are trained in first aid and all our expedition trips are provisioned with a comprehensive medical kit, satellite phone and an EPIRB. Our equipment is of a high quality to ensure safe and happy paddling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be experienced?
No, you don't need to have any experience of paddling or sea kayaking. Our guides are fully qualified to instruct you in all the basic paddling strokes and are there to help teach you all the skills you need. Sea kayaking is not a complex skill, so most people pick it up quickly.
How many people join your trips?
We offer trips that have minimal ecological impact on the places we visit. We therefore restrict the group size to twelve, however most trips depart with between 5 and 8 participants. Two guides accompany our average size trips and by travelling in small groups we have a better appreciation and understanding of the natural environment.
How fit do I have to be?
You don't have to be an athlete to join our sea kayaking trips; anyone who enjoys some regular exercise can do it. We do however; encourage a reasonable level of fitness, as we find this will add to your enjoyment of the trip. But, don't worry, many people with a desk job, join us too!
What marine life will we see when paddling?
Whilst paddling we may see dolphins along the coast of the islands and turtles relaxing and resting on the surface. When we paddle over the fringing reef we often see rays and other fish. Dugongs do frequent the local waters but they are very shy and are only seen on occasion. Not only will we see plenty of marine life but also many species of birds, including eagles and the Sooty Oystercatcher. During the months of July, August & September we are often lucky enough to encounter the superb humpback whales that migrate annually to these northern waters.
What are the guides like?
Coral Sea Kayaking is a small company and the owners accompany nearly all trips. We have lived in North Queensland for over twenty years and have a great love and knowledge of both the rainforest and reef. All our guides are experienced adventure guides and enjoy sharing the wealth of information they have about the region's natural and cultural history. Not only are they all excellent company, but they are marvellous cooks and great entertainers as well.
Can I join the trip on my own?
Sure, many people join our trips on their own, our trips appeal to people who are looking for a new and adventurous way to experience nature. The small group size and the style of trip, brings people together and encourages new friendships.
Do you offer snorkelling?
Yes, we do provide snorkelling gear and you can snorkel off the beaches, over the fringing reef you will see some corals and small colourful fish. If you haven't snorkelled before our guide will be more than happy to help you get started.
Should I be concerned about crocs?
Essentially estuarine crocodiles exist all through the coastal regions of Far North Queensland from Bundaberg north to Cape Tribulation, so in that regard we do paddle in what is considered croc habitat. Mostly crocs are isolated to mangrove estuaries and lower reaches of river systems. It is very uncommon to find them out on the islands and in 20 years of operation Coral Sea Kayaking has not had any encounters with crocodiles and customers swim, snorkel and paddle on a daily basis. The most common croc encounter we have is with the footwear variety, which makes for a great sea kayaking shoe. So don't worry be happy.