Frequently Asked Questions
How fit do I have to be?
You don't have to be really fit to join our day trip, anyone who enjoys a bit of exercise can do it.
How long does it take to reach Dunk?
It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to paddle across to the little islands off Dunk. Here we take a break and have some homemade muesli bars, stretch our legs and check out the mangroves growing near the island. Then we paddle slowly across the fringing reef, which is only a short distance to the beach.
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.
What marine life will we see?
Whilst paddling across we may be lucky and see dolphin. As we get closer to the islands we often see turtles resting on the surface. As we cross 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 occasionally. We often see many sea birds, many terns breed on these islands and osprey and sea eagles inhabit Dunk island as well.
What are the guides like?
Coral Sea Kayaking is a small company and either David or Attie will guide your trip, they have both lived in Mission Beach for many years and have a great love and knowledge of these islands and waters. They are both experienced adventure guides and qualified Sea Kayak Instructors, they are good fun and enjoy sharing the wealth of information they have about the region.
What do we get for lunch?
Everything is supplied for your whole day. We will have a picnic on the beach, which includes yummy fresh salads, cold cuts, and loads of fresh fruit most of which is grown in our own garden. There is plenty for lunch to satisfy even the hungriest paddler.
Do we go into the forest?
Yes, your guide will tell you about the type of forest on the islands, the trees and seeds that can be found. What plants were used by the aboriginals and also about the fauna. You will also learn which birds live or visit the region and much more about the cultural and natural history of the islands.
Do I need to be experienced?
No, you don't need to have any experience of paddling or sea kayaking and 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 pretty simple though.
What if the weather is bad?
In the event of very strong winds, the trip will not go. However if the conditions are good we will depart. Sometimes the wind may build up during the day, but as we have access to many different beaches, we can always find a beach on the lee side of the island. When paddling home we will have the wind behind us so it will be helping us along. If the weather deteriorates during the day and the guide feels it would be unsafe to paddle back it is possible to return to Mission Beach via the water taxi; although, this is a very rare occurrence. The guides always carry a mobile phone and have first aid qualifications in the event of an emergency. A first aid kit is carried on all trips.