Some of the best parts of Tasmania look even more beautiful from the water – forested banks of World Heritage rivers, offshore islands that are havens for wildlife, fluted cliffs towering 300 metres above the sea. There are few better ways to explore the Tasmanian coastline than in a sea kayak. The close proximity to nature that kayaks allow gives detailed insights into the environment both above and below the water. Sea kayaking is therefore an easy and relaxing way to explore natural areas. Almost all the locations visited by Tasmania's sea kayaking clubs and sea kayak tour operators cannot be accessed by any other means. Most sea kayaks are designed to accommodate two people and all their gear. Most tour operators have a minimum age requirement of 13 years.
Tasmania is made for kayaking and canoeing. Whether it is a gentle paddle along Hobart’s foreshore, a kayaking adventure in the heart of Tasmania’s remote southwest wilderness, or a journey at dusk along the spectacular Freycinet coast – Tasmania caters for all. there are numerous tour operators around Tasmania who make it easy to participate in kayaking without having to have your own kayak and associated gear.
The Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast was one of Australia's first locations where sea kayaking tours were available, and is still one of the best locations around. The peninsula is famous for Wineglass Bay, just one of its many white sandy beaches and the pure clear turquoise waters that are perfect for sea kayaking. You can explore the beaches and inlets on the calm waters of Great Oyster Bay, or paddle across to Schouten Island, an easy one-day trip. Many expert kayakers prefer to paddle alongside the towering sea cliffs of the outside coastline of the peninsula, weather permitting.
If you are looking to paddle a dramatic coastline with sea caves and swell, a day trip kayaking along the coast of Tasmania is one of a number of options. After a pick-up in Hobart, guests are driven to Fortescue Bay on the peninsula. With favourable weather, they paddle along the cliff edge towards Cape Huoy and the Candle Stick - keeping eyes pealed for Australian Fur Seals on the rocks! After lunch at Canoe Bay there is a short stroll to the cliff top to take in the view. The cruise back along the coast including pausing by a semi-submerged shipwreck.
Sea kayaking is an activity that pits man against nature on the open sea, and there are few places around the Australian coast where the activity is more challenging and rewarding than the south-west corner of Tasmania. Roaring 40s Wilderness Tours operates three to seven day kayaking eco-tours out of Hobart to the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Guests are flown across isolated coastlines and mountain ranges to land deep in Southwest Tasmania, where they explore pristine wilderness harbours and ocean coastlines, remote islands and wild rivers. Under the expert eye of qualified instructors and guides, they paddle through ever changing landscapes from campsite to campsite.