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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 3 days kayaking
  • 1 day walking
Accommodation
  • 3 nights lodge accommodation
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$2590AUD

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Trip Code: TNK

Trip highlights


  • Kayak from tranquil, sheltered bays to towering cliffs exposed to the Southern Ocean
  • Enjoying the delicious local food and wine
  • Wildlife spotting and the chance to see Australian fur seals, dolphins and fairy penguins
  • Whale watch during the annual migration, from both the sea and surrounding cliff-tops

Tasmania is the perfect place to witness the annual whale migration as Humpback and Southern Right travel up and down the coast between May and November. The far reaching Tasman Peninsula, (just a few kilometres from the continental shelf), is a renowned destination for whale sightings, world class sea kayaking and hiking. We’ve brought all these elements together for a very special trip! Our days will be filled with the best paddling options, with the possibility of a visit from migrating humpbacks, combined with short but spectacular cliff-top hikes to allow us to watch for whales from up high. This adventure includes a half day whale watching cruise to access outlying islands and inaccessible coastlines. In addition, Gary Miller, our resident biologist, will join us each day to observe and explain the local and migratory marine life and deliver a series of specially prepared lectures in the evenings. Our base for three nights is a beachside private lodge built for peace, privacy and comfort. Join us on this special sea kayaking and whale watching experience.

Activities:

Itinerary

We start the trip with a morning pick up (around 8am) from your Hobart hotel for the two hour drive to Fortescue Bay, located in the heart of the Tasman National Park. Prior to launching, your guides will help with gear fitting and runthrough a full kayak safety briefing. We then launch the kayaks and head towards Cape Huoy, one of the highlights of the Three Capes Track. If the weather allows, we can make our way to the base of the Candle Stick, a mecca for rock climbers from around the world and conveniently located beside a seal haul-out. We will pause here while Australian fur seals play in the water around us. Depending on conditions, we can paddle underneath the candlestick to the open sea beyond, where we’ll keep a look out for whale activity. Returning to the shelter of the bay, we’ll explore hidden coves and enjoy a picnic lunchbefore a vehicle transfer to our lodge accommodation, The Bolthole Pirates Bay. After settling in and exploring the surrounds, the guides will prepare a gourmet dinner with a focus on local produce. Our resident biologist will present the first of a series of informative lectures with an emphasis on whales of the southern ocean. Paddling distance today is approximately 12-15 kms

Meals:  L,D

This morning, provided the weather allows, we launch the kayaks from the shelter of Pirates Bay and experience true ocean paddling as we paddle south past the Tasman Arch and Blowhole. Towering sea cliffs, deep sea caves and abundant marine life are highlights of today’s paddle. This excursion is perhaps our best opportunity to view whales from our kayaks as the coastline is a favourite resting spot for migrating humpbacks. Lunch is enjoyed at Bivouac Bay where we can stretch our legs on a hike with great views over the sea cliffs. We meet our vehicle and transfer back to the The Bolthole with time to relax on the large deck looking out to Pirates Bay, Clyde Island and Cape Hauy before dinner and our evening whale tales. Paddling distance today is approximately 15 kms

Meals:  B,L,D

Our third day on the Tasman Peninsula begins with a hearty breakfast before heading to Port Arthur. Launching from a nearby cove, we have a unique opportunity to experience the Port Arthur site by kayak before paddling south to sheltered Safety Cove for lunch. After a rest and a swim for the bold, we will round out the afternoon with a return hike towards Mt Brown and Crescent Bay. The hike provides exceptional views southwards over the Tasman Sea and provides fabulous opportunities to witness the annual humpback migration. Your resident marine biologist will accompany the group and provide an in-depth knowledge of whale behaviour. Transfer back to the lodge. Paddling distance today is around 8 kms

Meals:  B,L,D

On our last day on the Peninsula, we leave the kayaks behind for our morning boat trip and an afternoon hike. After a short transfer to Eaglehawk Neck, we join the crew at Wild Ocean Tasmania (WOT) for a 3-4 hour whale spotting trip. Our aim is to travel to the Hippolyte rocks, located 5kms from shore, just a little out of reach of our kayaks, to experience the myriad of wildlife. Our charter boat is a rigid hull inflatable (RIB) with a toilet and comfortable seating. RIB’s are perfect for those worried about motion sickness as they are incredibly stable, due to their low centre of gravity and air-filled pontoons. They are fully open, so you get to breathe fresh air at all times and the view is not obstructed. We hope to spot not only whales on our trip, but also dolphins, seals and albatross. After returning to land, we’ll have lunch and then stretch our legs with a spectacular cliff-top hike. The trip ends with a transfer back to Hobart and a drop off at your hotel at around 5.30pm.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Professional kayaking guides
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine/beer/cider with dinners
  • 3 nights twin share accommodation at The Bolthole at Pirates Bay with shared bathrooms
  • Return transfers between Hobart city and the Tasman Peninsula
  • Double expedition kayaks, paddles, pfd, spray skirts
  • Half day Sea-kayaking activity
  • One 20L dry bag, a paddling cag (waterproof jacket), and pogies (paddling mittens)
  • Emergency communications and group first-aid kit

  • Travel to and from Hobart
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: additional alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

About Your Leader

Our Resident Biologist - Gary Miller, PhD, Scientist/Naturalist/Guide.

Gary’s career spans over 40 years of research since he first studied polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba for his MA in Zoology. After completing his PhD in biology in 1986, he has spent many years studying and observing whales, seals, penguins and seabirds around the world. For 30 years, Gary has split his time between research and guiding tours where he enjoys sharing his knowledge, enthusiasm and experience with people from all over the world. Gary was also the scientific, penguin and Antarctic consultant (and sound recordist) for the popular film, “Happy Feet”. Gary is currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Tasmania.


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Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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Sea kayaking is an activity that any reasonably fit person can participate in and could be compared to brisk walking or cycling. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary for the four day itinerary, but it is important to have a sound level of fitness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming. In general, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the paddling. It’s a good idea to begin some regular exercise like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming well before the trip. If you have not paddled before, consider organising some tuition before your trip.


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Total Priceper person from

$2590AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementAUD$500
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Tasman Peninsula Kayak and Whale Watching Escape trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Tasman Peninsula has a cool, temperate climate dominated by the westerly flow of winds that blow across the southern ocean. November to April are the warmest months with air temperatures ranging from as low as 8°C to a comfortable 23°C, although fluctuations above and below these averages are common, often all in the space of a day! The ocean temperatures remain relatively stable over the course of the year with the temperature averaging between a refreshing 13-17°C from November to April. While rain can occur at any time of year, the summer months are typically dominated by a warm, dry northerly stream of air.

Sea kayaking is an activity that any reasonably fit person can participate in and could be compared to brisk walking or cycling. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary for the four day itinerary, but it is important to have a sound level of fitness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming. If you have not paddled before, consider organising some tuition before your trip.

The kayaks used are Wilderness Systems Tsunami singles and Mission Eco Niizh doubles, all sit-in with rudder. The kayaks are stable, easy to paddle and control and suited for beginners to experts. On day one of the trip you will be given a thorough briefing on all aspects of sea kayaking techniques with ample time to practice and familiarise yourself with the kayaks.

Paddles used are Werner Skagit at 220cm length. All paddles are split for easy adjustment to suit your style.

Other equipment supplied include your pfd (life jacket), one 20 litre dry bag, a set of pogies (paddling mittens), cagoule (an over-the-head style jacket that has seals on the waist, wrist and neck offering protection from wind and rain).

The trip starts on day 1 with an early morning pick up from your hotel. You will need to arrive into Hobart the day before your trip starts.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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