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Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

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icon4 to 5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Start your day off right with a half-day kayak tour to South Stradbroke Island. Enjoy a great vantage point on the beaches and wildlife of the Gold Coast as you paddle at a leisurely pace, stopping to snorkel off Wavebreak Island, visit secluded beaches, and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the beach. Your expert guide shares informative commentary about the region's ecology and animals, and provides full instruction on kayaking and snorkeling — making this tour suitable for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.
  • Morning kayak tour to South Stradbroke Island
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and whales as you paddle
  • Enjoy breakfast on a secluded island
  • Stroll along the beach and look for wildlife such as golden wallabies
  • Snorkel in the warm waters off of Wavebreak Island
  • Instruction and use of kayaks, snorkeling gear and safety equipment included
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Light continental Breakfast
Professional & friendly tour guides
Use of kayaks and snorkeling gear
Lifejackets and safety equipment provided
Fish Feeding
Mask and Snorkel
Drinks
Gratuities
Charis Seafoods , Charis Seafoods, 371 Marine Parade, Labrador QLD 4215, Australia

If you have own transport, please wait at tables next to the toilets of Charis Seafoods, Harley Park Boat Ramp. This is located across the road from The Grand Hotel, Marine Parade Labrador. The tour guide will arrive in a mini bus with Australian Kayaking Adventures on it.

7:00 AM
4 Parr St , 4 Parr St, Biggera Waters QLD 4216, Australia

Tour finishes at Parr Street and Marine Parade Biggera Waters

After early morning pickup from your hotel in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach, head to the Broadwater Tourist Park to meet your guide.

Receive a safety briefing, paddling instruction and all necessary gear, then launch your kayak into the calm waters of the Broadwater channel. Paddle to two nearby islands, keeping an eye out for turtles, fish, dolphins and stingrays along the way. Pelicans and sea eagles soar through the air, and if you visit between May and November, you might get lucky and see migrating humpback whales.

Step out of your kayak on the beach and enjoy a delicious picnic breakfast. Have some time to snorkel at Wavebreak Island with the provided snorkel gear. At South Stradbroke Island, you can take a walk on the renowned surfing beach and look for wild golden wallabies — native to this island and not found anywhere else in Australia.

At the end of your half-day kayak tour, your guide leads you back to the mainland where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Australian Kayaking Adventures
Be picked up from your Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach Resort, or meet at the Harley park boat Ramp, Marine Parade Labrador if you have your own transport. Then after safety instructions launch your kayak into the beautiful Broadwater, warm and calm all year-round. While paddling across to Wavebreak Island, look out for dolphins, turtles, colourful tropical fish and stingrays swimming nearby. Pelicans and sea eagles fly through the air, and if you’re kayaking between May and November you might even see migrating whales! The kayak tour takes you to two secluded islands, and includes a delicious light continental breakfast on the beach. Snorkel in the water off Wavebreak Island, and use the snorkel gear provided to swim with tropical fish. Stroll the fantastic surfing beach on South Stradbroke Island, and see if you can spot the island’s golden wallaby, found nowhere else in Australia. With equipment included, and led by knowledgeable local guides, this kayaking half-day tour is a great way to get the day started on the Gold Coast!
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
South Stradbroke Island Resort
Stroll the fantastic surfing beach on South Stradbroke Island, and see if you can spot the island’s golden wallaby, found nowhere else in Australia.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 5 and under, children under 16 years must be with a adult.
  • The tour requires a low to medium physical activity: not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions
  • Please bring: water, wear swimwear, sunglasses, footwear that can get wet (eg. thongs, sandals), hat, towel and sunblock
  • Everyone on this tour must be wearing a lifejacket. If you don't know how to swim, please notify the tour guide and wear your lifejacket at all times
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Max weight 115kg
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Australian Kayaking Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour.

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star-5
Awesome family experience!
Craig_W
, Feb. 2022
What a great family experience! The guides we friendly and helpful. We had an awesome morning on the water with some great sightseeing and snorkelling. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Hi Graig, So happy to hear you and your family loved kayaking and snorkeling with Australian Kayaking Adventures on the Gold Coast. Look forward to seeing you guys again when next on the Gold Coast!
star-5
Super fun!
Hassan_H
, Feb. 2022
It was a great experience and definitely was the highlight of our Goldcoast trip! The snorkelling was unreal, such an amazing sight. Awesome service from the instructor!
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thank you so much for your 5 Star review!!
star-5
The islands were...
Paulina_A
, Feb. 2022
The islands were beautiful, the guys were super friendly and polite. I would definitely recommend this tour. Was amazing! Such a great experience to have 🥰
star-5
Value for money
Sonia_M
, Feb. 2022
Anyone looking for a great half day trip adventure won’t be disappointed. Leisurely kayak over to the island was fun. Was pleasantly surprised by the variety of fish we saw when snorkelling. Great value and the guides were very thorough and made it enjoyable. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great day out
Abbey_R
, Feb. 2022
Great team, it was an easy kayak through the calm water and lovely area to snorkel, we saw dolphins too and 100s of fish right around you. overall a great day for family
star-5
Great tour operators,...
Phoebe_O
, Jan. 2022
Great tour operators, great weather and just right amount of time. Water was really clear and saw lots of fish snorkelling.
star-5
A really nice morning outings.
Irene_I
, Jan. 2022
Very friendly staffs, a very nice and relaxing morning out. We saw a few dolphins too. My daughter, her friend and I really enjoy the tour.
star-5
Amazing Kayaking Adventure
Celine_E
, Dec. 2021
the trip was amazing. all the people are very friendly and nice. They also offer pick up and drop off service with the tour❤️ very recommended!
star-5
Funtastic kayak tour GC
Ian_P
, Oct. 2021
This tour is definitely a MUST DO activity when on the GC. Our guide Steve was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Everything was safe and comfortable and paddling was relaxed and enjoyable. We saw a dolphin, that was awesome. You do not need to be an Olympic athlete, as a beginner I was able to keep up with no trouble. Lisa
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for your awesome 5 Star Review and supporting small business on the Gold Coast :-)
star-5
Didn’t see dolphins but...
Elizabeth_E
, Oct. 2021
Didn’t see dolphins but we had a great day anyway. Would definitely go again. Great guide, good pace for kayaking!
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Elizabeth, Sorry you didnt get to see dolphin on your tour, we do tend to see them around 80% of the time. So happy you enjoyed the trip regardless. See you again when next on the Gold Coast!
star-4
Had a great time paddling...
Michael_L
, Oct. 2021
Had a great time paddling across to Wavebreak Island. Short walk across the island to a great little spot for some snorkelling with plenty of fish to see. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Michael, Thank you so much for your review, thank you so much for supporting small family businesses on the Gold Coast.
star-5
My son and I really...
Julie_w
, Sep. 2021
My son and I really enjoyed this experience, Steve the host was knowledgeable and the paddle was well paced. Surrounded by fish during the snorkel. Real highlight of our sorjourn to Gold coast.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Julie, Thank you for your % Star review, so happy to hear the kayaking trip met your expectations.
star-5
Great holiday adventure
Olga_N
, Sep. 2021
Great experience. Tour guide ( Steve) was knowledgeable, helpful and with great sense of humour with made the trip more fun!
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Hi Olga, thank so much for your 5 Star review and supporting small business. Cheers Steve
star-5
Great
Isabella_H
, Jun. 2021
The tour guys were amazing and really helpful. They shared their knowledge of the area and really went out of their way to make sure you were having a good time. My partner got sick and they managed to do what they could on a remote island to get help for him to get back to shore. They were professionals and my group had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2021
Hi Isabella, Thank you so much for your awesome review and I hope your partner is feeling better!
star-5
A must do
Debby_B
, Nov. 2020
A great day out. Steve's knowledge of the environment, wildlife and marine life was vast. We were beginner kayakers but that didnt matter. The highlight of the morning was a close encounter with a dolphin and it's calf. It was amazing. I haven't stopped talking about it. Highly recommend this terrific experience when visiting the Gold Coast. Thanks Steve.
icon Response from Host , Feb. 2021
Hi Debby, Thank you so much for your 5 Star review and so happy you had such a good time out with AKA!
star-5
Kayaking
Shreshth_B
, Mar. 2020
We had an absolute blast at the tour! The guides were helpful and had a great attitude. Can be a little tiring so i'd recommend planning a light day after the tour.
star-5
Adventurous
Andrea_K
, Feb. 2020
So much fun! Our favourite bit was seeing the dolphins and snorkelling ❤️ The mentors were great, very helpful, and fun.
star-3
Sadly we saw no fish....
Priyanka_S
, Feb. 2020
The tour guides were absolutely amazing but we just didn’t get what we thought we would. They were super nice about everything but when it came to the snorkelling, the water was so sandy and misty we literally couldn’t see anything, not even our own bodies. The water was not clear at all, i understand thats not the tour guides fault, but me and my family personally did not get the most out of it, we preferred going for a walk than the actual snorkelling. Kayaking was fun but tiring (thats obvious though). All round we didn’t see a single fish as the water was sandy, and the area we were in was also very shallow. Good for first timers but, like me, not so good for people with higher expectations for the price
star-4
Low key way to view the Gold Coast from the water
raggedyrange
, Jan. 2020
Nice low key way to explore Wave Break and South Stradbroke islands and view the Gold Coast from the water. Guides were really nice and looked after everyone. Great for all ages. Start time indicated 7am on website but really not on the water until about 8am. Breakfast was very limited so wise to eat before or take something with you. Would suggest everyone takes water, sunscreen and mosquito repellent!
star-4
Half Day Island Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Emeka_C
, Dec. 2019
Had a really nice time on this tour, the guide was friendly and knew a lot about the area and when snorkeling and kayaking, provided us with very helpful tips. we were only able to head to wave break island due to high winds and rough currents, but was still a fun adventure. it was a bit disappointing that it states 'half day' when we were picked up around 7.15am and were back before 11, however the tour guide suggested we head back due to the strong currents. regardless, it was a great adventure and is great for couples.
icon Response from Host , Dec. 2019
Hi Emma, Thank you for your 4 Star review. Sometimes we get conditions out of our control and the guides do the best to make sure guests are safe and have as much fun as possible.

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