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Kayak the Whitsundays

Paddle and snorkel in sparkling blue water, bushwalk across islands, and camp under the stars on a remote white sand beach. 2 days off work.

  • Australia
  • Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport, Prosserpine. Check flights

Spend a weekend sea kayaking the Whitsunday wilderness with a friendly and informative guide. Paddle through turquoise waters that lap at white sands, marvel at the iconic views from White Rock, and enter an amazing underwater world of fringing coral reefs. Snorkeling, bushwalking and camping out under the stars are all part of an experience you’ll never forget. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days of kayaking the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
  • 2 nights camping on an insolated beach
  • 1 night accommodation at a hostel in Arlie Beach
  • All meals
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Professional, experienced guide
  • Airport transfers (both ways?)
  • All camping, reef and park taxes and fees

Perfect for:
This is the perfect wilderness escape for active travellers seeking fun, sun and adventure. No previous kayaking experience needed.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Proserpine
  • Monday airport transfer (??)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.

Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

The Whitsundays are generally protected and calm, so the kayaking is peaceful and mellow. You’ll paddle for about 4 hours each day with frequent breaks to go hiking or snorkeling.

This trip is suitable for anyone in moderate physical condition. No previous kayaking experience is needed—your guides will teach you all there is to know. You must know how to swim.

Be prepared for 4 hours of kayaking each day intermingled with bushwalks and snorkeling.

You’ll eat at camp or picnic style while out exploring.

Breakfasts include bacon and eggs, bread and spreads, cereals, and juice, coffee and tea. Lunches include rolls, salads, cold meats, fruit and cake. A sample dinner is crackers with cheese and dips, pan-fried mackerel, fresh rocket salad and a tropical fruit platter.

On Sunday night you’ll eat a Mangrove Jacks, a restaurant in central Arlie Beach serving delicious woodfired pizza.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

The Whitsundays are at the same latitude as Fiji, so you can expect a subtropical climate with lots of sunshine and blue skies.

The average summer temperature is 30 °C, and the average winter temperature is 23 °C. It cools off a bit at night, so bring some warmer layers.

Your host will provide:

  • Kayaking equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Snorkeling gear, including a stinger suit
  • Dry bags
  • Safety equipment with the guide (extra water, first aid kit, flares, maps, satellite phone and radio)

Pack for a combination of kayaking, bushwalking and camping. We recommend you pack:

  • Lightweight, long-sleeve t-shirt for paddling
  • Warmer layers for evenings
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Footwear that is suitable for getting wet
  • Walking shoes (runners are fine)
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof camera
  • Head torch
  • Personal toiletries and medications

Start point?
The airport shuttle will be waiting to take you to Shute Harbour on Friday. Please schedule your flight to arrive no later than 11:50. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off at Proserpine Airport on Monday morning. Please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 12:25. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Proserpine Airport (also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport) (PPP) is served by regular, inexpensive flights from most major hubs in Australia. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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With sparkling turquoise waters, uninhabited islands and endless white sand beaches, the Whitsundays are a true tropical paradise in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. There are 74 islands in the group, and only 8 are inhabited. Most of the islands and waters are protected by a variety of national parks and marine parks.

You’ll be based in the Molle Islands across Molle Passage from the mainland. South Molle Island is the largest in the group with 16km of walking tracks, numerous white beaches, open eucalypt forests, rainforest and grasslands. It’s a beautiful and scenic retreat for nature lovers.

Wildlife abounds on the islands. On land you can see wallabies, goannas and sea eagles. In the water you’ll find manta rays, sea turtles, colourful reef fish, dolphins, dugongs, and, from June to September, calving humpback whales.

Start point?
The airport shuttle will be waiting to take you to Shute Harbour on Friday. Please schedule your flight to arrive no later than 11:50. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off at Proserpine Airport on Monday morning. Please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 12:25. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Proserpine Airport (also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport) (PPP) is served by regular, inexpensive flights from most major hubs in Australia. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

The Plan

Friday: Arrival and kayak to South Molle Island

Fly into Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport where the airport shuttle is waiting to take you to Shute Harbour (45 minutes).

Meet your kayak guide, learn about kayaking technique and safety, then begin your first day’s adventure.

You’ll spend the afternoon paddling across the crystal blue waters of the Molle Passage.

Arrive at Sandy Bay, a long white beach on the west shore of South Molle Island. Set up camp, relax on the beach and watch the sun set over the mainland.

Saturday: Explore the Molle Islands

You have a full day to explore the islands, bays and beaches that surround you in every direction.

You’ll paddle out to Planton, Denman, North Molle and Mid Molle Islands, with frequent stops to snorkel among fish and turtles at protected fringe reefs.

There are 16km of walking trails on South Molle Island. Hike across the island and enjoy epic views of the turquoise sea.

Return to camp in the evening for a fresh cooked meal and star gazing.

Sunday: Paddle back to the mainland

You goal for the day is to make it back to Shute Harbour, but there’s no rush.

After a leisurely breakfast in paradise, pack up and paddle across the Molle Passage via the Inner Islands.

Stop at White Rock for iconic views, and, if the tides are right, pay a visit to Cane Cockie’s Beach.

Arrive back in Shute Harbour in the afternoon. Check into an excellent hostel for your last night, then go out for dinner at a woodfired pizza restaurant in the heart of Arlie Beach.

Monday: Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hostel. The airport shuttle bus will take you back to Proserpine to catch your flight home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll spend two nights at the Sandy Bay campsite on South Molle Island. The site is located on a long beach and is only accessible by foot or boat. There’s a pit toilet and picnic tables, but otherwise you’ll be completely unplugged in the wilderness.

On Sunday night you’ll stay at Backpackers by the Bay, a hostel perched on a hillside above Arlie Beach with excellent ocean views. The hostel is just a 5-minute walk from central Arlie Beach. Dorm rooms sleep 4 – 8 people with shared bathrooms, free wifi, and breakfast included.

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