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Tantabiddi Sanctuary Zone Kayak Trail

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  • Half day
  • 3 km

Tantabiddi Sanctuary Zone Kayak Trail is one of four trails in the Ningaloo Marine Park with designated buoys for kayaks to tie off on while snorkelling the reef. Each buoy is located near a particular feature of the reef system.  A 1.4-kilometre paddle (about 30-minutes) west north-west from the boat ramp to the sanctuary zone will take you to two kayak moorings within the Tantabiddi Sanctuary Zone. Snorkel the sites and return to the boat ramp.

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The trail starts at the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp

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MOORINGS: There are two KAYAK ONLY moorings within the Tantabiddi Sanctuary Sanctuary Zone.  They are easily identifed by their black colouring and white labels.

  • Kayak 3 – Staghorns: 21° 54.471'S, 113° 57.983'E
  • Kayak 4 – The Bombies: 21° 54.527'S, 113° 57.869'E

SITE INFORMAION: Snorkelling at high tide only is recommended. Kayak 3 and Kayak 4 Site depth ranges from 1.5 to 3.5 metres. Snorkelling inside Tantabiddi Sanctuary Zone is second to none. You are surrounded by beautiful coral gardens with vast staghorn, plate, and porites coral formations. The topography varies from shallow staghorn gardens to deep crevasses where porites bombies emerge from the depth, supporting a great variety of marine life. 

These sites may be attempted individually or in any combination. The line on the map is for illustration purposes only. The actual route and duration is dependent on the number of sites visited, based on your own abilities.

For more info, please see the 'Kayaking Within Ningaloo Marine Park' PDF in downloads.

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Time / Duration

Allow three hours return time, including snorkelling.

Length

Distance varies, depending on how many sites are visited

What To Pack

Group F (Paddling trails) required.

Trail Start

The trail starts at the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp

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Trail End

Return back to Tantabiddi

Difficulty Notes

S03 - Sheltered coastal waters with possible wind against wave or tide effects and moderate breaking seas. Possible surf entry and exits less than 1m, currents less than 4km/h, up to 5km crossings or from safe landing sites.

Hazards & Warnings

Beware of Currents and Winds at all sites. Check local weather conditions prior to leaving the shore.

Stay alert and maintain a 360-degree watch when you are paddling in areas shared by power boats.

Irrukandji jellyfish can be present at Ningaloo - wearing stinger suits or rash shirts can reduce risk of being stung.

Maintain safe distance from wildlife - Look, Dont Touch!  

Safety

Please ensure your craft is seaworthy and has the required safety equipment aboard as most of these sites are more than 400 metres from shore. The required safety equipment includes life jacket, flares/PLB and a bailer (if not self draining) − see the Department of Transport Paddle Safe brochure.

Drinking water is not supplied in the National Park - Please bring your own water.

Facilities

Tantabiddi Boat Ramp is located approximately 40km from Exmouth on the west side of the cape.  The boat ramp is extremely busy, especially during the main tour season where it is the main start point for boating tours. You'll find parking, toilets, and rubbish bins located here.  There is Telstra mobile phone reception.  Yardie Homestead Caravan Park, 4km north of Tantabiddi, has a convenience store.

  • Car Park
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

April to November

Fees

Fees only apply if you enter Cape Range National Park

Trail Access

Self drive

Prohibited Items

ALL MOORINGS ARE LOCATED IN SANCTUARY ZONES – NO FISHING PERMITTED

NO DOGS OR OTHER DOMESTIC ANIMALS

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