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6 Days$1890USD

Activities
  • 5 days sea kayaking
Accommodation
  • 5 nights wilderness camping
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts
6
Moderate to Challenging
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Travel this stunning coastline in your self-sufficient sea kayak - an amazing and unique way to immerse yourself in the ancient landscape and get back to nature
  • As we sea kayak around the islands of the Dampier Peninsula north of the Burrup Peninsula, we'll catch glimpses of incredible petroglyphs. With over 1 million individual engravings, we'll be paddling amongst the largest outdoor art gallery in the world!
  • Between June and September, humpback whales are commonly seen in the Dampier Archipelago whilst migrating between their Antarctic feeding grounds and Kimberley calving grounds. Four species of turtles (flatback, hawksbill, loggerhead and green) can be seen in the area, with flatback, green and hawksbill turtles nesting on several of the outer islands. Osprey and white-bellied sea eagles are a common sight, and if you look carefully you may be lucky enough to spot the shy Rothschild’s rock wallaby on some of the larger islands.
  • Camp at island camp sites in your very own 'million-star hotel' each night: enjoy the peaceful lapping of the waves, spectacular west coast sunsets and clear night skies

The Dampier Archipelago and Murujuga National Park are located in the Pilbara area of north western Western Australia, adjacent to the town of Karratha. The traditional custodians of Murujuga, the Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi, Yaburara-Mardudhunera, and Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo have taken the lead in putting this area forward for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List in early 2023 – this is currently pending approval.

The tour is an expedition-style tour for guests who have prior sea kayaking experience; you will spend 6 days and 5 nights exploring Murujuga/Dampier Archipelago Islands, camping on beaches as you go, carrying everything in the kayak with you. The focus area of this tour is the islands immediately to the north of the Burrup Peninsula and Murujuga National Park: Angel, Gidley and Dolphin Islands, and Flying Foam Passage.

Join us to explore a sea kayaking paradise, with numerous islands, tidal channels, mangrove creeks and sweeping beaches to explore. The combination of an incredible cultural landscape, checkered European history, and diverse marine ecosystems make this tour one not to be missed.

Trip Code: EAD

Guests fly into Karratha (KTA) airport at 3.20pm. Our staff will meet you at Karratha airport arrivals area, and after a brief stop in town for any last-minute essentials, transfer you to our campsite (in Dampier town) for the night. For guests arriving in Karratha a day early, pick up can be arranged from a central Karratha city location at approximately 3.45pm. Upon arrival at our campsite, your guides will ensure you are familiar with your camping equipment, and we set up tents for the night. Dry bags for packing personal items will be issued, and if time allows we will fit some of our activity equipment. At approximately 6pm we’ll head to a local Dampier restaurant SOAK for a group dinner (at own expense), where we can discuss the plan for the next 5 days.

Meals:  Nil

We have an early start this morning, as we have to pack up our camp, have breakfast, load the bus and drop off our excess luggage for storage, all before 8am. This morning we head to the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) at 8am to participate in a Cultural Awareness presentation, followed by a rock art tour at Nganjarli. The presentation will provide guidance on how to be culturally safe and enjoy the wonders of Murujuga; provide an insight to the history and management of the area, as well as the opportunity to yarn with one or more of the indigenous rangers. At the conclusion of the rock art tour (around 11am), we take the 15-minute drive to our expedition launch point. Your guides have a lot of talking to do today, as the group navigates getting the kayaks and gear packed and prepped to be self-sufficient for the next 5 days. Following a paddle briefing and safety talk, we’ll launch our kayaks and head north towards Flying Foam Passage. Along the way we may stop to look at some more incredible examples of rock engravings and a late picnic lunch on the beach, before we arrive at our campsite for the night. After setting up camp there may be time for a swim or some beach combing before we start dinner prep for the evening meal. Enjoy your first night of island life under the stars!

Meals:  B,L,D

The prevailing weather conditions determine the exact itinerary for this tour: every tour will be different depending on the forecast wind, tide and swell. Luckily there is plenty to explore amongst the Dampier Archipelago Islands: shallow mangrove habitats alive with juvenile turtles , rays and baby reef sharks; jumbled rock piles etched with thousands of years of artwork; sandy coves and turquoise water tucked amongst towering cliffs, and remains of early European pearling operations are some examples. If conditions allow we may enjoy a snorkel (either by anchoring the kayaks and sliding over the side, or swimming from shore) at some locations.

Meals:  B,L,D

We pack up our tents for the last time this morning and begin the paddle back to the mainland. We aim to arrive back at our launch site by noon, to allow ample time to unpack our kayaks, load them on the trailer, and return to town to pick up extra luggage, before we drive to the airport around 3pm for the 5pm Qantas Karratha to Perth flight.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Complimentary Karratha airport or Karratha city pick up to Dampier town camping accommodation on Day 1
  • Transport to and from KTA Karratha Airport (only for flights indicated in the itinerary)
  • Cultural Awareness presentation and rock art tour delivered by Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation indigenous rangers
  • Double sit-inside expedition sea kayaks with rudder for comfortable cruising, paddles
  • PFDs (life jackets), spray decks and gloves
  • Long sleeve sun shirts and broad-brim hats
  • Camping gear includes: twin-share tents, pillows, self-inflating mattresses, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs
  • Dry bags for packing clothing, sleeping gear, etc.
  • Snorkelling gear: snorkel and mask
  • All meals - 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners + Snacks
  • National Park entry and camping fees
  • Qualified and experienced guides
  • Group first aid kit, risk management, emergency planning and communications
  • Complimentary tour photos taken by your guide

  • Flights to and from departure points
  • Pre or post tour accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages (BYO welcome)
  • Group dinner at Dampier restaurant SOAK on the first night

Accommodation


Departure dates


Notes

NB:
All pricing is on a twin-share basis. For those wishing to have a private 'solo' tent, a $100 single supplement applies. You are welcome to bring your own lightweight, hiking style tent to avoid the single supplement, as long as it is compact and will be appropriate for the trip (please provide details of the tent to confirm).
NB:
We are happy to cater for vegetarians and other special dietary requirements. Please note that there is a $25 surcharge for dietary requirements (other than vegetarian) including vegan, gluten free/coeliac, FODMAP etc, due to the costs of sourcing special ingredients from our small, remote town. You are welcome to bring your own alternatives to avoid this surcharge. Please contact us if you have any questions.
NB:
Experienced sea kayakers may request exclusive use of a single kayak for the duration of the tour (limits on how many we can provide each departure) for an additional supplement of $100.You may be asked to provide evidence of past multi-day experience successfully paddling a fully loaded single expedition sea kayak in a variety of sea conditions for this option.
NB:
Child pricing is for ages (14 – 17)

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Priceper person from

$1890USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Dietary Requirement - Excluding VegetarianUSD$17
  • Single Supplement - TentUSD$70
  • Single KayakUSD$70
  • Child price (14-17 yrs)USD$1570
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Dampier Archipelago and Murujuga Sea Kayak Expedition trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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