Kayak the Whitsundays
When to Go
This is one seriously epic Best Life ‘Back-Pocket’ Adventure in more ways than one – and we can’t wait to take it on with you!
The stunning beauty of the Whitsundays islands are best explored by water, far from the madding crowds and we’ve curated this expedition from our intimate knowledge of the Whitsundays, having experienced them by land, air and sea over the last decade.
We’ve brought together the best parts to deliver you a kayaking adventure like no other. Paddle the eastern seaboard, explore hidden coves and bays, and camp under a carpet of stars.
Our Kayak the Whitsundays expedition will take you on an ocean safari around one of the most internationally recognised island archipelagos in the world. But, that’s only half of it – sunrise from summits, sunsets into the ocean, hike the trails, snorkel the fringing reefs, and watch whales alongside as we circumnavigate the islands.
We’ll also enjoy a number of other mad experiences, best suited to the warmth of the Whitsundays and our proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.
To end our week we unveil a Best Life Adventure’s finale to cap them all, with an…..oh hang on, you only get to find out what it is in the latter part of the week, but we guarantee it’ll be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.
This will be a true Best Life Adventure for the mind, body and soul.
MINIMUM NUMBERS – this expedition is subject to a minimum number of paying guests. Once this number is reached the expedition is guaranteed to go ahead, if not, it will be cancelled, and you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate expedition or departure date or receive a full refund. If you’d like to find out more about how COVID-19 may impact this trip click here.
|DAY 1||WELCOME TO YOUR KAYAK ADVENTURE
Meet us at either Shute Harbour or Hamilton Island marina for a departure by private launch for the trip to Whitehaven Beach. We check into our luxurious campsite (which we have to build of course), meet the team and set up the kayaks to prepare for the adventure ahead. We spend the afternoon exploring Whitsunday Island, dive underwater to meet the fish, before returning to camp to farewell the day boats which leave us as the exclusive residents on Whitehaven Beach.
Dinner is served under a carpet of stars before turning in for an early night to prepare for a big day on the water.
|DAY 2||PADDLE / TREK – WHITSUNDAY AND HASLEWOOD ISLANDS
We head out for the day on a mission to explore Whitsunday Island and its closest neighbour, Haslewood – home to gorgeous Chalkie’s Beach and a brand new walking trail.
We head back to Whitehaven Beach for our second night under canvas.
|DAY 3||PADDLE – WHITEHAVEN TO CAIRN CAMP
Heading north we paddle along Whitehaven Beach, and head into Hill Inlet to explore the shallow, sheltered waters taking stingrays and turtles by surprise.
After a swim and explore we climb to the viewpoint to look back down Whitehaven where we started the day. It’s then back into our boats for the long paddle around Tongue Point, up the eastern side of Whitsunday Island, and into Cairn Campsite, where we end our day.
|DAY 4||PADDLE – CAIRN CAMP TO MAUREEN’S COVE
After breakfast, we break camp, load the kayaks, before crossing Hook Passage to start the paddle around Hook Island. Late in the afternoon, we pull into a sheltered beach on the northern side of Hook Island to build our camp.
|DAY 5||PADDLE – MAUREEN’S COVE TO BALI HAI
We head west from our overnight campground for a day on the water. We’ll circumnavigate Hayman Island, stop at Blue Pearl Bay, swim with the maori wrasse and manta rays, before turning south towards our destination Bali Hai and Langford Spit, where lunch is served on the beach.
|DAY 6||BEST LIFE ADVENTURE’S EPIC FINALE
One of the best parts of this Best Life expedition is you don’t find out about the last 24 hours until it’s happening. Prepare for a seriously, epic adventure into the unknown – all you need to do is sit back and soak it up.
Oh, and bring a Black Tie or Cocktail dress you don’t mind getting wet – is your mind-boggling yet?
|DAY 7||TIME TO HEAD HOME (drop off at either Shute Harbour or Hamilton Island marina)|
KAYAK THE WHITSUNDAYS: $3,100 per person (twin-share) (Single Supplement Price $500 paid in addition to above price).
- Accommodation – camping and mystery accommodation for the 7 days / 6 nights listed in the itinerary. We will stay in a variety of Queensland Park and Wildlife campsites around the Whitsunday Islands in twin-share tents. For the final night, you’ll be somewhere suitably luxurious and will only find out where, when we leave the kayaks and the campsite behind on our penultimate day.
- All meals from lunch on Day One to breakfast on Day Seven
- Soft drinks and water
- All activities – two-person kayaks including all safety gear
- Camping equipment
- Park entrance fees
- Flights are not included in this expedition. You need to fly into either Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast Airport) or Hamilton Island. Please meet us at either Shute Harbour or Hamilton Island Marina. Please see the Additional Info tab for further details about our departure times. Please note there will be an additional charge for collections or drop off at Hamilton Island.
- Any meals or drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
Once you book we’ll share our recommended gear list with you.
FLIGHTS – Due to our early departure time on Monday August 9th, we advise flying into either Proserpine Airport/Whitsunday Coast (PPP) or Hamilton Island (HTI) the day before the expedition starts, and overnighting so you’re ready to roll the next day.
DEPARTURE / RETURN TIMES – to be confirmed.
COVID POLICY – Best Life Adventures may postpone or cancel this Event due to Covid-19 travel restrictions being imposed by national, federal, state or local governments which limit travel to the Event and result in the event being postponed or cancelled. A decision on whether the Event will take place will be made prior to the event based on the most up-to-date information available at the time.