We had booked a kayak tour so needed an early start to be at the Tourist information car park for 7:45am this meant we left the campsite at around 6:50am, a distinctly early start, fortunately we didn't meet any 'roo's on the road into Exmouth. We met up with out tour guide and the other members of our tour; 5 french tourists. We hopped onto the ubiquitous Toyota Hiace and headed down to Turquoise bay which was to be our launch pad. With our gear and kayaks unloaded we were kitted out with wet suits for the first snorkel of the day. Turquoise bay has a current flowing though it due to the constant entry of water over the reef and then back out though a gap in the centre of the bay, fortunately our guide was snorkeling with us to point out items of interest and guide us back to shore at the required time. We spent a while sorting the fitment of our masks before we entered the water, this combined with snorkels that included a drain meant that for the first time we could snorkel without too much, spluttering and adjustment of masks.
Highlights of the first snorkeling session included:
And a black spotted codfish fish that was approximately 60 years old
At the end of the snorkel it was time for a much welcomed morning tea. With tea complete it was time to start paddling to our next stop, Joanna sat at the back paddling and steering, while I got the good view and had lots of paddling to do.
On route, we saw a turtle pop up its head for air. We also were very fortunate to spot a Dugong (Sea cow) and her calf. They swam beneath our kayaks before coming up briefly for air.
Time for tea!
Can you spot us? (2nd from left)
We stopped at our lunch stop, which was Lakeside. Although we had been for here for a snorkel the previous day, was good to give it another go. Being warm in wet suites, not spluttering and having a guide makes it so much easier, although the visibility wasn't quite so good we still saw some stunning fish and coral.
We had lunch before paddling the final stretch to Ned's Camp to end the day.
We made it!
We were dropped back at the tourist information centre before driving back to Bullara for dinner.
Till next time
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