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Frequently Asked Questions

Hobart Half-Day and Full-Day Tours

What do I need to bring?

Hat, sunglasses, refillable water bottle and shoes that can get wet (sandals, running shoes, deck shoes are suitable). Or we can supply wet suit booties for you on our full day trips. No special clothes are required, just dress appropriately for the weather and a change of clothes for the trip home. 

We will have dry bags you can use to store any small personal items in the kayak.

Where do I meet you?

For our 2.5 hour Hobart City kayaking tour meet us on the beach opposite 16 Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay.

For our full-day Tasman Peninsula and Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches tours we will pick you up at the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre on the corner of Elizabeth and Davey Streets, Hobart.

I haven’t paddled before, is this OK?

Yes, our tours are suitable for beginners to experienced paddlers. We provide stable-double kayaks and experienced guides to ensure your safety and enjoyment.  Our guides will also give you a short overview of kayaking techniques at the beginning of your tour. If you are not sure of your ability, we recommend starting with our Hobart City tour before trying a full-day adventure.

How many people will be in the group?

Our 2.5 hour Hobart City kayaking tour has a maximum of 16 participants. Our full-day Tasman Peninsula and Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches tours operate with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 participants to give you an intimate encounter with Tasmania's beautiful coastlines.

How fit do I need to be?

Our Hobart City tour is a relaxed and easy paddle suitable for all fitness levels. It is perfect if you have never paddled before or if you are unsure of your fitness for a full-day paddle. This paddle is also perfect for children over 7.

On our full-day tours, to enjoy your tour, we recommend you have a moderate fitness level. If you occasionally play sport, walk or are somewhat active, you will enjoy the day. Our Tasman Peninsula paddle is our most demanding day paddle, with approximately 5 hours in the kayak, with a break for lunch. Our Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches paddle there is approximately 4 hours in the kayak, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours after lunch. We also paddle in a one-way direction on the Hobart's Cliffs paddle, depending on the forecast wind direction, meaning you should have the wind at your back helping you along most of the day.

Are there height or weight limits?

Our kayaks are sit-in sea kayaks and fit people up to approximately 195cm (6 foot 5 inches) in height. The kayaks have an enclosed seat pod and most people up to 120kgs are able to comfortablely sit in the seat. If you have any queries regarding fitting in the kayaks plaese do not hesitate to contact us. 

I am living with a disability – can I still come kayaking?

We can cater for people with some lower body disabilities and visual impairment, usually by pairing with an experienced paddler (or guide). People living with some mental health issues can also be catered for.  Please contact us for further specific tour information.

What if I can’t swim?

We provide life jackets and our double kayaks are very stable and unlikely to capsize. However, if you are a non-swimmer you must inform your guide/s prior to the trip and they will keep a closer eye on you.

Will I get wet?

You will get wet feet getting into and out of the kayak, but otherwise you should not get too wet. You may get slightly wet midriff if it is very windy or raining. We recommend you bring a change of clothes to change into after the tour.

Can children come on your trips?

Absolutely. Our Hobart City paddle is perfect for children over 7 years old and our Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches full-day paddle is suitable for children over 12. If your child is under 16, they must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note the Tasman Peninsula tour is a longer paddling day and is not suitable for children under 16.

Do you cancel in bad weather?

Your safety is of utmost importance to us and we also want you to enjoy your sea kayaking experience. We will check the weather forecast the night before your tour and if the forecast is not favourable for a safe and/or enjoyable experience we will contact you. If we do need to cancel, you will be given the option of a full refund or to transfer to another day and/or tour.

Can I bring a camera?

If your camera is waterproof, bring it along. Disposable waterproof cameras are also ideal. We do have dry bags and you are also welcome to bring your non-waterproof camera, but please note we do not take responsibility for any water damage to your camera. 

What sort of safety equipment do you carry?

On all our tours we carry the following safety equipment:

  • Satellite phone
  • Mobile phone
  • VHF radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares
  • Extra water
  • Water pump and sponges

What if I have paid and I need to cancel?

Please give us at least 24 hours notice so we can attempt to fill your spot. No refund will be given for cancellations within 24 hours. If you cancel more than 24 hours prior to your tour we will provide a full refund less a $20 administration fee per booking.