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Double Island kayak

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Jules Lund does quite like relaxing on a beach, but there's always something in his head that urges him to check out what else is around him, in this case Double Island off Palm Cover. But how to get there? Kayak!

When he was in Palm Cove in northern Queensland recently, he kept wondering about an island he could see, so he kayaked over with Palm Cove Water Sports on one of their half-day tours.

They operate year-round and cater for anyone wanting a peaceful paddle or a bit of adventure. They will teach you strokes and techniques and safety information is demonstrated. Their single and double kayaks are highly stable and suitable for beginners or experienced paddlers.

On the way to the history-rich Double Island there are often encounters with dolphin, turtles, mangrove rays and other marine life. On the first leg out of Palm Cove you will notice the water becoming shallow and the first signs of a fringing reef. Tide permitting, kayaks are beached and you can walk along the sand back to get a close look at the aquatic life.

Your guide gives you an insight into the history of Double Island as you soak up the stunning coastline and other surrounding islands. Between May and November you can snorkel the reef.

Then you paddle to the northern side of the island to a sheltered little beach nestled between rocky cliffs and pandanus trees. Tropical fruit, cakes and juice are served as you enjoy views of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

After completing the circumnavigation of Double Island you take the 45-minute paddle back to the mainland.

By the way, Double Island is privately owned. If you fancy staying there you will need to book the entire island, just as Keanu Reeves did a few years ago.


Palm Cove, 25 minutes north of Cairns.


Palm Cove Watersports half-day kayak and snorkel tours are $88 for adults and $68 for children. They depart Palm Cove Beach at 8.30am and 12.30pm. Bookings are essential. Minimum fitness is required. Transfers are available from hotels in Cairns or Port Douglas.

Virgin Blue has one way fares to Cairns from:

  • Brisbane $149
  • Sydney $169
  • Melbourne $199
  • Canberra $229
  • Adelaide $239
  • Hobart $249
  • Darwin $279
  • Darwin $249
  • Perth $239

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at April 29, 2010, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at April 29, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Palm Cove Watersports
Williams Esplanade
Palm Cove 4879
Mob: 0402 861 011

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