Jump in a kayak and cruise the beautiful, pristine and remote beaches around Jervis Bay.
Jervis Bay is a wonderfully sheltered bay featuring many clean white beaches with crystal waters thanks to the fact that there are no rivers flowing into it.
Dolphins and penguins are regular visitors to the area and humpback and southern right whales call by between June and October on their annual migration journey. There is an extensive array of wildlife on land and in the air too.
Jervis Bay is the perfect place for kayaking, allowing you to silently glide past natural parklands, untouched landscape and undeveloped environment in an area nine times the size of Sydney Harbour. The bay reaches a depth of 26m in parts, making it one of the deepest waterways in the southern hemisphere.
Ross and Janet Boardman run the Jervis Bay Kayak Company and they offer guided tours, rentals, tuition, sales and rental in Jervis Bay and surrounding areas.
The Boardmans have 15 years worth of experience and are totally committed to their clients' enjoyment in all areas of their kayaking adventure.
They have state-of-the-art Mirage Double Expedition kayaks, Crosswind double sea kayaks, Q-kayaks Penguin and Perception EcoBezhig single sea kayaks. Each is fitted with a foot-operated rudder for easy manoeuvring and storage compartments for personal items.
The kayaks are comfortable and stable and come with waterproof jackets, personal flotation devices, radio contact and full first aid support.
Tours are aimed at anyone who loves the outdoors, needs to escape for a few hours or a day or a weekend and has average or better fitness. The maximum number in a group is eight and experience is not necessary.
You travel 15 minutes by bus from the Boardmans' shop in Vincentia to the launch site where you will be given a briefing about the equipment, safety and paperwork.
You usually hit the water at around 9am and paddle for around 90 minutes through varying landscape. You then arrive at Murray's Beach which is sheltered by Bowen Island and has safe swimming and snorkelling in crystal water, seagrass beds and rock formations. The sea is edged with eucalypt forests. In the right conditions you can paddle in the open sea.
There are 15 trips you can take part in. The Booderee National Park tour is the most popular as the water on the way is glassy and the scenery diverse and spectacular.
During your hour stopover on Murray's Beach, morning tea is served and after a swim and maybe some frisbee throwing, you meander back to the launch site, this time close to the Darling Road coastline.
There are wonderful camping sites all along St George's Basin and you can hire most equipment, such as tents, sleeping mats, stoves, water containers and of course, your kayaks, from the Boardmans.