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Tantabiddi Sanctuary Zone Kayak Trail

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  • Half day

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 1.3-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.

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.

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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

ACCESS: From the beach access track to the left of the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp

DURATION: Allow three hours return time, including snorkelling. 

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. 

 

BEWARE OF CURRENTS AND WINDS AT ALL SITES. CHECK LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SHORE. ALL MOORINGS ARE LOCATED IN SANCTUARY ZONES – NO FISHING PERMITTED 

 

SAFE KAYAK AND SNORKELLING TIPS

All sites require kayak and snorkelling experience. It is your responsibility to ensure your experience is suitable for the site. If in doubt don’t go out.

Check the local weather conditions prior to your activity.

Kayak with a friend to enhance the enjoyment and safety of your kayaking adventure.

Carry adequate water, food, sunscreen and sun protection. Some return journeys may take up to four hours so you will be exposed to the elements for a significant time. 

Ensure your kayak has a suitable attachment to securely attach to the kayak mooring, as well as the ability to safely secure your gear (e.g. paddle) while snorkelling. 

Please ensure your kayak 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 and a bailer (if not self draining) − see the Department of Transport Paddle Safe brochure. 

Always ensure someone knows where you are, and your estimated time of return. Remember to let them know when you have returned safely. 

Once at the site, assess the currents prior to entry − it is recommended to snorkel into the current at the beginning of your snorkel to enable an easy return to the mooring. 

The moorings hold a maximum of ten kayaks at any one time. For further information contact the Milyering Visitor Centre on (08) 9949 2808

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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

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.

Facilities

  • Car Park

Best time of year

April to November

Fees

National Park entrance fees apply

Trail Access

Self drive

Prohibited Items

ALL MOORINGS ARE LOCATED IN SANCTUARY ZONES – NO FISHING PERMITTED
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