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Capricorn Seakayaking

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Safety Bay, Australia
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About Capricorn Seakayaking
Spend a full day sea kayaking through the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and get up close and personal with Australian wildlife in and out of the water. Take a guided walk to explore Penguin Island and enjoy snorkelling among the limestone reef full of marine life. It's a fun filled day out for all ages. Penguin and Seal Island are part of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, which is approximately 45 minutes south of Perth City or 5 minutes south of Rockingham. Sea kayaking is a fantastic way to explore these rugged limestone islands (approx 1km offshore) and their unique wildlife including: Australia sea lions, Little Blue penguins, colonies of pelicans and thousands of other sea birds that use these islands as safe nesting places. We also offer snorkelling during the warm summer months as a way of exploring these shallow waters, limestone reefs and fish life.
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Sea kayaking is a unique and intimate way to explore the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and observe Australian wildlife in and out of the water.

Our guides are qualified, experienced and friendly, and are there to make sure your experience is unforgettable! The focus is on fun and safety, whilst taking in the amazing coastal scenery and wildlife from the best seat in the house: your double kayak.

Take a guided walk to explore Penguin Island and enjoy snorkelling amongst the limestone reef full of marine life. This is a fun filled day out for those of all ages.
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Wingyu wrote a review 17 May
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our guide Jimmy was very friendly and approachable, he was encouraging and gave us a good push to challenge ourselves. He was also knowledgable about the islands and gave us a tour around the penguin island, showing us interesting sights and features. We managed to see some sea lions lying on the beach. Lunch was a hearty DIY wrap prepared by Jimmy, and there was hot tea to warm ourselves after the kayak. He was hospitable and went the extra mile to ensure we had the best experience. Jimmy also offered to take pictures for us! Initially we were a little apprehensive about kayaking in mid May as it might be cold, but apart from slight winds, the conditions were ideal for kayaking. Do take note that you might get a little wet (we did not capsize), especially your legs. Strongly recommend this tour by Jimmy if you wish to explore penguin island. Give this a try! If even unfit city girls like us can do it, I’m sure you can too!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Jimmy L, Owner at Capricorn Seakayaking
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for the review. I am glad you had good time. Jimmy
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Kevin G wrote a review Apr 2022
Ireland3 contributions1 helpful vote
The whole day was great. Jimmy was relaxed, inviting & fun throughout, creating a great vibe. The picnic lunch was super, fresh and healthy. The sea-lions, penguins, pelicans and skinks were interesting to us and our two girls. A guide with great local knowledge and interest trumps all, he even found the girls a friendly octopus when we were swimming. No hesitation to recommend for any age.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Nasir2014 wrote a review Apr 2022
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions1 helpful vote
Highly recommend! We had a fabulous morning kayak over the April holidays. It was a little cooler for snorkeling :), but WOW! Amazing landscapes, scenic views, and the guide provided a good history of the geology of the area. We loved being out on the water. p.s. Lunch is fabulous. A nice selection of vegetable and meat options with lovely herbal teas. (Just right after you have been kayaking on the water.) Well recommend it to anyone.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Jimmy L, Owner at Capricorn Seakayaking
Responded 11 Apr 2022
Hi Nasir, I am glad you and your family trip with us. Hope to see you soon. Jimmy
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megmath28 wrote a review Apr 2022
Cairns, Australia2 contributions
I booked this half day trip for my brother and I and we had a fantastic time. Jimmy was a great guide, provided a comprehensive overview of Seal and Penguin Island and the the kayaking wasn't strenuous. We were fortunate to view some Sea Lions and managed to view the Penguin feeding. The lunch was fresh, filling and perfect for the day. Would absolutely recommend this trip.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from Jimmy L, Owner at Capricorn Seakayaking
Responded 4 Apr 2022
Thank you for your review Meghan. Jimmy
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woozie3 wrote a review Mar 2022
Western Australia, Australia744 contributions67 helpful votes
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I wanted to have a good day out, and based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I expected it actually. However, my thoughts mirror those of A.B on this site, who had a poor value for money experience. My main disappointments were the poor communication and advertised experiences falling through. In hindsight, we did book through a third party whose advertisement of the experience is different to what's on Capricorn Sea Kayaking's own website. Someone needs to fix this up. "Penguin feeding at the Discover Centre" did not happen. However, "Snorkelling gear" is advertised on the company's own website and "Snorkelling mask and fins" advertised on the third party website. We were only given a mask... no fins- fine, but no actual snorkel?? As it was, we didn't even realise that "snorkelling" was happening after our walk so that some of us didn't even bring our gear with us from the kayak. The communication was such that someone from the tour group had to ask "So is this Penguin Island?" while lunch was happening. Here's a summary of our tour experience, so people might be better informed: Third party website information tells us to arrive at 7:30 am for an 8:00 am start. Guide did not even show up until ~8:15am. We were fitted with life vests, sun hats and the snorkel mask without the snorkel (if you needed these), given kayak skirts, and signed our waivers. The group then helped carry all the kayaks from the carpark to the beach, where we had brief instructions on how to paddle, how to band our kayaks together and how to use the kayak rudder. After the talk and packing all our stuff into the kayak, it was well past 9am before we actually got out onto the water. Kayaking is nice, but don't expect a relaxing paddle- there were small waves and we were a little tired out by the end. First is Seal Island and from quite a distance out in our kayak, we did see 4 or so sea lions laying about. Not much was said about them and we paddled away soon after. One sea lion did play in the water near us for a couple minutes, which was nice though brief. Next we landed on Penguin Island, which was not communicated. Just told to make sure we bring our covid masks and take out the lunch bags from our kayaks. We had lunch on a partially shaded grassed area- flat bread that you can stuff with cold meats (pork or turkey) and vegetables. Grapes were nice and there were tea bags that can be cold brewed. No information was given as to our schedule and we hung around until the guide said to move on. Next bit was a leisurely walk around the island with some information about the man who lived on the island for a time, and about the island's formations. We saw a colony of pelicans, but no penguins; only some of their little houses here and there. Finally we arrive at a quiet bay and was told we could do some swimming here if we wished. Confusion...and then someone overheard someone else mentioning this is the snorkelling spot. The guide disappeared for a bit and we waded out into the water- it was a bit cold for swimming, but the water is nice and clear. Not sure if there were many fishes to see. We didn't know how long we had, but ended up relaxing on the beach until the guide came back and got us to the next stop- the Penguin Island Discovery Centre. Once inside, we saw 7 cute little penguins standing by a pool, but that's all they did while we were there. As I said, penguin feeding didn't happen. Nothing was said to us- a group member had to ask after sitting around expectantly for quite awhile. There were apparently 3 time slots for feeding but group numbers were restricted due to covid, I overheard. We sat around the pool some more, expecting some sort of talk about the penguins, either from the guide or the Discovery Centre lady he was talking to, but there was again nothing. Out we went and finally kayaked back to Shoalwater by ~1:30pm. The group then had to wash the sand off the bottom of our kayaks and help carry them back to the car park for stowing away.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from Jimmy L, Owner at Capricorn Seakayaking
Responded 4 Apr 2022
Hi there, thank you for the review and we really appreciate your comments as this will assist us to work with our guides to ensure that we provide the best experience for our guests. We have reached out to our suppliers about the arrival time as everywhere else is noted 8AM arrival/start time. We have located the supplier and it has been amended. Take care and hope to see you soon.
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