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Bring a sunhat, sunscreen, towel, drinking water, swimwear and shoes that are okay to get wet e.g. thongs, sandals or deck shoes.
Why do we love this
We love that there's the chance to see local wildlife on this tour, including sea turtles and soaring eagles!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Experience the highlights of the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands on this amazing sea-kayaking adventure. Glide across the beautiful turquoise ocean, laze on a tropical coral beach and keep your eyes out for sea turtles and soaring eagles! On this half-day tour from Airlie Beach, you'll explore nearby tropical islands and encounter the incredible natural beauty of Australia’s famous Whitsunday Islands. This area is a must-see for any East Coast adventurer - it's the perfect place to relax but at the same time full of adventure!
This tour is suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced paddlers.
Departing from Airlie Beach bright and early at 8:30 am, your morning begins with a short drive to the jump-off point at Shute Harbour. Your expert guides will lead the way as you paddle through turquoise waters. Kayak over fringing coral reefs and explore the nearby White Rock and enjoy this beautiful water oasis.
These incredible islands are home to some of the world’s most unique marine and bird life, including sea turtles and soaring eagles. Over the winter months, you might even encounter a humpback whale as they migrate to give birth in the warm sea before returning to Antarctica.
After kayaking through the inner harbour islands, you'll cross over to nearby White Rock. Take a break from paddling and dive into the beautiful turquoise water or relax on the warm coral beach. Revitalise yourself with ice cold beverages and a delicious cheese and fruit platter before climbing back into your kayak for a final paddle.
Enjoy one last glimpse of the incredible marine life and picture-perfect panoramas as you head back to the mainland by 12.00 pm.
Whitsundays Sea Kayaking Tour - Half Day
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Absolutely! We like to encourage families. If your child is under 15, they must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult per child, so they share the kayak). Minimum age 7 years, a half day trip is usually long enough for children under 15. Please talk to us in advance and we will endeavour to suggest a day when the weather is at its best.
A medium level of fitness is required. if you are concerned about your level of fitness – then a half day kayaking trips is probably the most suitable trip for you. In need – feel free to give us a call to discuss.
If your camera is waterproof, then bring it along. We do have dry bags – but we would suggest that you leave your non-waterproof camera behind. Our guide takes professional photos along the way. You can purchase a disc of photos at the end of your trip – however, there is no” hard sell” and absolutely no obligation to do so!
Naturally, your safety is of utmost importance & we want you to enjoy your sea kayaking experience. We don’t cancel if we have light rains, however, if becomes torrential and this causes visibility problems – then we have to cancel or reschedule. Fortunately, the rain here is warm!
Strong winds make life on the water difficult and dangerous so we cancel or reschedule trips if winds exceed 20 knots
Salty Dog Sea Kayaking reserves the right to delay, postpone, substitute or cancel a trip as a matter of safety for our guests and guides.
Occasionally, the guide may need to change the route of the trip for safety reasons or to suit the abilities of the group. If a situation arises such as a dramatic worsening of weather during the trip and the guide deems it unsafe to continue, Salty Dog Sea Kayaking will cover the cost of the water taxi for our clients back to our base at Shute Harbour.
This tour is suitable for: Beginners to experienced paddlers (a medium level of fitness is required)
Children 7 years and above (children must be accompanied by an adult)
In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:
Cancellation before more than 48 hours before departure: 15% of the total cost
Cancellation within 48 hours of departure: 50% of the total cost
Cancellation within 24 hours of departure: 100% of the cost
In the event of a no-show: no refund will be given
If operator must cancel for any reason, we are happy to reschedule where possible or we give you a full refund.
Advance booking of kayaks is advisable, especially in school holidays. We require either payment in full or minimum 20% deposit plus full credit card details to secure a booking, this includes full name on the card, credit card number and expiry date. Any balance owing will be taken on the day of departure, we accept Visa, Mastercard, cash or travellers cheques. Camping permits must be booked in advance through Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, see camp site bookings for details).
Cancellation by client – We understand that travel plans vary and that occasionally you may need to alter or cancel your reservation with us. Provided that sufficient notice is given, this is not usually a problem and we can usually organise a rescheduling of trip to a more suitable time or a partial refund. Short notice cancellations however means that we may have turned down other clients and will have occurred expenses for permits, food, transport, staff etc. In these instances, a refund is not available. Full details of our policy is set out below.
No-Shows & Cancellation Fees
Cancellation of half day and day trips within 48 hours will occur a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds are made for cancellations within 24 hours. All other cancellations incur a 15% of full trip price cancellation fee. Please note that in the event of a no-show, full payment is required. For overnight tours and kayak rental, 3 weeks cancellation notice is required. In such instances a cancellation fee calculated at 15% of full trip price will apply . At the supplier discretion this fee may be used as a credit towards a future trip or hire. Cancellation of an overnight tour or hire agreement within 5 – 21 days will incur a cancellation fee equivilent to 50% of full trip price . No refunds will be made for cancellations within 5 days. No refund on any portion of a guided trip or hire can be made after departure. Please note that in the event of a no-show, full payment is required.
Note: For sea kayak rentals, once your trip has commenced, there are no refunds for any reasons, including bad weather. This includes an individuals or group that returns before their period of hire has finished. If strong winds or sea conditions on the last day of your hire means you can’t safely kayak back to our base at Shute Harbour, you should contact the supplier as soon as possible. The supplier will usually offer a couple of alternatives including:
1 Staying out an extra day until it is safe to kayak, there will be no extra cost for this day, or
2 Catching the water taxi back to Shute Harbour, any costs incurred with this option will need to be Covered by yourselves.
Groups – Occasionally only part of a group with a booking arrives with no prior notice of the partial Cancellation. In this situation, the redundant booking is payable by the group in full.
Cancellation by the supplier
The supplier reserves the right to delay, postpone, substitute or cancel a trip as a matter of safety for our guests and guides. We will make the final call whether to cancel for safety reasons on site at the time the event is scheduled to begin. If we must cancel for any reason, the supplier is happy to reschedule where possible or the supplier gives you a full refund less any booking fees payable to your booking agent (please check their policies at time of booking). Please note the supplier has a minimum number of 4 on overnight trips.The supplier highly recommends you take out suitable travel insurance to cover any refund shortfall. Overnight and extended trips – If the forecast is for improving weather conditions, the supplier will ask our clients if they can accept a delayed start or reschedule onto another trip.
If the weather deteriorates once the trip has commenced to the point where safety is compromised, the supplier may have to transfer clients via water taxi (we cover this cost). In this case a partial refund will be given based on a pro rata per day for each day not spent in the National Park.
Half Day and Full Day Guided Trips – Once your trip has commenced there are no refunds. Occasionally, the guide may need to change the route of the trip for safety reasons or to suit the abilities of the group. If asituation arises such as a dramatic worsening of weather during the trip and the guide deems it unsafe to continue, the supplier will cover the cost of the water taxi for our clients back to our base at Shute Harbour.
Kayak Rentals – Occasionally the supplier needs to cancel a client’s Sea Kayak Rental where it is evident that they don’t have the ability or skills required to safely undertake this activity. Where this situation arises, rental fee less commission payable to booking agents (usually around 15%) is refunded.
1 The supplier reserves the right to cancel a client’s tour in the event of non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the rental – in this situation, there is no refund.
2 The supplier reserves the right to change the itinerary of a trip due to such things as prevailing weather conditions and group abilities. Such a change is not just cause for a client to cancel a trip without application of the cancellation policy.
The supplier strongly advises all clients to consider arranging appropriate travel insurance. With rentals, clients are solely responsible for their personal equipment, including any luggage or personal belongings left behind at the supplier depot.
Guided Trips – On the supplier guided trips, the supplier needs to consider the expectations of all of our guests as well as safety aspects. For this reason, Guided Trips longer than a half day are usually restricted to paddlers 16 years and over, unless specific arrangements have been made (eg school trips, customised family tours).
The supplier has taken children of all ages from toddlers to 80 years of age, but please discuss your options with the supplier prior to booking, the supplier can help find a time with conditions suitable for your family’s needs.
Freedom Rentals – Kayakers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian 18 years or older. Please discuss your options with the supplier before hiring kayaks for youths or children.