When booking, select the Hobart kayak tour that matches your interests and how much time you want to be on the water.
For a short experience in central Hobart, select the 2.5-hour city tour, which takes you along the Derwent Estuary, providing unique views of city landmarks and attractions like Battery Point. Take the 7-hour cliffs, caves and beaches tour for a beautiful experience among rugged cliffs, sea caves, sandy shores and other coastal scenery. Or, for the longest time on the water, choose the 10-hour Tasman Peninsula tour, which gives you the chance to spot wildlife like wildlife fur seals, dolphins, sea eagles and penguins; this tour requires a good level of fitness.
Each tour includes use of equipment (kayak, paddle, life jacket and spray jacket) and instruction from your guide. Read the Itinerary section for more details about the three different options.
Hobart City Kayak Tour (2.5 hours)
Take a relaxed 2.5-hour tour that leaves right from the center of Hobart. After a paddle lesson and safety briefing, follow your guide along the waters of the Derwent Estuary for a different perspective on this harbor city. See historic Battery Point, now known as one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Hobart, and pass the vibrant Salamanca district with its restaurants, art galleries, shops and offices. As you paddle by busy docks and under fishing wharves, check out other watercraft such as elegant tall ships, working fishing boats, sleek yachts and modern cruisers. If you work up an appetite, you can refuel on some of Hobart’s legendary fish and chips direct from a dockside fish punt—without even leaving your kayak. Your experienced guide shares informative commentary and can help with any kayaking questions throughout your trip. Suitable for beginners and families, this tour does not require prior paddling experience.
Tasman Peninsula Kayak Tour (10 hours)
Head out of Hobart to immerse yourself in spectacular scenery of high cliffs, sea caves and wildlife, including Australian fur seals, dolphins, sea eagles, penguins and other sea birds. After leaving Hobart, travel by comfortable air-conditioned minivan for about two hours along scenic roads to reach the starting point for your kayak trip. Paddle through remote and beautiful waterways for a memorable wilderness kayak experience. Learn from your guide about the natural history and wildlife of the region as you soak up the beauty of Tasmania's coast, and stop for a picnic lunch at a gorgeous bay. A good level of fitness is required, enough to sustain approximately two hours of paddling at a stretch, although you do not need to be an experienced kayaker for this trip. This tour is not recommended for children under 16 years.
Hobart's Cliffs, Caves & Beaches (7 hours)
Depending on the wind's direction, this tour will start from either a beachside suburb of Hobart called Taroona, or from Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve, which is located a 45-minute drive from the center of Hobart. The trip goes one way between these two points with a drive in the other direction. No matter where you start, the paddle takes you by rugged lichen-covered cliffs that jut out from the ocean and stunning coastal landscapes. Explore sea caves and sandy beaches, with a stop for a delicious picnic lunch on the beach. Your guide points out places of interest and shares informative commentary about the animal and plant life, including the large variety of seaweed that is found in the reserve. This leisurely tour is suitable for beginning and experienced kayakers, and for children 10 years old and up.