Go on a sea kayaking adventure from Bunbury and you’ll find yourself gliding along pristine waterways brimming with dolphins and hundreds of spectacular water birds.
The waterways surrounding Bunbury include the Collie River, the Leschenault Cut, and Koombana Bay. As the weather heats up over the coming months, an increasing number of dolphins and waterbirds return to the area, making Bunbury a great destination for nature lovers. Dekked Out Adventures operates out of Australind (located 11km north of Bunbury) and offers a range of sea kayaking tours – one of the best ways to get up close to this raw natural beauty.
If it’s dolphins that interest you, there’s no better way to see them in their natural environment than from a sea kayak. Bunbury is home to a very large population of Bottlenose Dolphins. While the best place to see them is Koombana Bay near the Dolphin Discovery Centre, the friendly mammals are also encountered at various other locations along the tours. In the later spring months it’s not uncommon for a pod of dolphins to swim alongside your sea kayak.
Popular with families is the Eaton Foreshore tour. This half-day experience gives visitors an opportunity to view a wide variety of bird species including ospreys, sea eagles and oyster catchers. Once you get out to the Leschenault Cut – a local fishing spot for those in the know – your guides teach you the intricacies of fishing from a kayak in the ocean where you’ll have an opportunity to catch a variety of fish including herring and tailor. Prices for the Eaton Foreshore Tour are $50 for adults, $40 for students and $120 for a family of four consisting of two adults and two children under the age of 10.
For the more adventurous paddler, the day-long Cape Region tour is a seven-hour kayak trek that takes in Eagle Bay, Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste. Explorers will experience towering sea cliffs peppered with caves along the way, and encounters with seals and dolphins are common. If you enjoy surfing, this tour also offers an opportunity to catch some waves if there’s a decent swell. Prices for the Cape Region tour are $90 for adults and $75 for children. The tours run from Friday to Sunday but are available on other days by appointment.
If this all sounds a little too strenuous, maybe you should consider the Sundowner tour. Starting at the Bunbury Harbour and Jetty, this one and a half hour paddle passes through tranquil waters and finishes at Bunbury’s popular Jivin J’s restaurant at Marlston Hill. Here, your efforts can be rewarded with a glass of your favourite wine, although with more than 300 to choose from, make sure you reserve some energy for decision making.
If you’re more of “do it yourself” adventurer, Dekked Out has a large range of equipment available for hire including sea kayaks, two-man Canadian canoes, two-man rafts, mountain bikes, tents and backpacks.
All Dekked Out Adventures tour guides are Australian Canoeing Accredited and conduct Australian Canoeing Accredited Training Courses in sea kayaking including basic instructors level for individuals and groups.
For more information or to discuss particular needs for your sea kayaking tour call (08) 9796 1000 or email [email protected]