Watersports in Palm Cove

Watersports in Palm Cove

Pacific Watersports – The Home of Watersports in Palm Cove

 

Here at Pacific Watersports, it is our honour and privilege to offer you watersports in Palm Cove.  We are obsessed with getting out on the water ourselves because we know how great it makes us feel, and we want you all to experience it too!  Whether you come on a kayaking tour, take a kitesurfing lesson or try paddleboarding, we will help you to have fun on the water.

 

Watersports in Palm Cove- What do we offer?

We offer 4 awesome watersports experiences in Palm Cove. Whether you are here on holiday or are a local looking for adventure, we’ve got you covered!

 

Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour

That’s right, TURTLE tour! On this Kayak tour, we head out to Double Island and look for Turtles.  There are many Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles hanging out around the coral reef just to the south of the island.  As we cruise over the reef on our kayaks, we look down through the clear blue shallow water and count the turtles as they pass underneath us.  Sometimes they pop their heads up to take a breath too! This is an incredible experience for the whole family and one of our most popular watersports in Palm Cove.

Double Island is just a short paddle from our base at the South end of Palm Cove beach.  After we have paddled over the reef, we go around the island, stopping on a beautiful secluded beach for drinks and snacks and a quick dip.  We then enter Double Islands secret cave, before heading back to the mainland.

Perfect for those that want to be out on the water for half a day.

Watersports in Palm Cove

 

Island Hopping Kayak Tour

We don’t just have Double Island within arms reach of Palm Cove… We also have Haycock Island (aka Scouts Hat).  Scout’s Hat is Double Island’s little brother and just sits slightly to the north of Double Island.

On our Island Hopping Tour, we do everything that you do on a Kayak Turtle Tour (above) AND we explore Scout’s hat by foot, spend time snorkelling around the islands and have a relaxing lunch over on the islands (provided).

Perfect watersports in Palm Cove for those that want to be out on the water for the whole day!

 

Cairns Watersports

 

Kitesurfing Lessons

Perfect for those who want to try adrenaline fuelled watersports in Palm Cove! 

Learn to fly with us! We will teach you how to become independent and confident riders here in paradise Palm Cove.  We take our lessons in 2 different locations, Yorkeys Knob and Palm Cove.  The Kiteboarding community in Palm Cove is awesome! If you are a local that has wanted to learn for a while, the support network available here will really help you to get comfortable with this sport quickly.

 

Kiteboarding Lesson Palm Cove

 

Paddleboarding Tours and Beach Lessons

Paddleboarding is the perfect activity for the whole family.  Whether you come on one of our Kuranda Rainforest Paddleboarding Tours, or just take a paddleboarding lesson at the beach, you are sure to have an awesome time.  It doesn’t take long before everyone gets the hang of this awesome watersport activity.

 

Watersports in Palm Cove Beach

 

We hope to see you soon trying some watersports in Palm Cove!

 

 

 

Top 3 Cairns Adventures Not To Be Missed!

Top 3 Cairns Adventures Not To Be Missed!

Want to add some Cairns Adventures to your Bucket List?

Cairns, Far North Queensland is an incredible part of the world.  There is so much to do here, which is why so many people return here for their holidays time and time again.  The tropical climate of the Cairns area means we all spend a lot of time outdoors and Cairns Adventures are usually part of everybody’s experience in Far North Queensland.

 

Top 3 Cairns Adventures with Pacific Watersports

 

Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour

Join us for a morning kayak adventure to the magnificent Double Island.  Double Island is situated just 1km from the coast of Palm Cove.  Our Kayak Tours leave Palm Cove daily at 7 am (click here to book a spot!) and return at around 10.30 am.  

On our Kayak Turtle Tour, we paddle over to Double Island on our Kayaks (25-minute paddle) as a group.  To the south side of the island is some amazing coral reef, so we slow it down a bit here to look for some of the green turtles and hawksbill turtles that feed here.  We often see other marine wildlife too, including rays, reef sharks and a variety of different tropical fish.   We then continue our paddle around the back of the island, pulling up on a pristine and secluded tropical beach for some drinks and snacks (provided by us).  On our way back to the mainland we explore Double Islands secret cave and have plenty of time for taking great pictures.  This is one of the Cairns adventures not to be missed!

 

Cairns Adventures

Explore Tropical Islands

 

Island Hopping Tour

Another morning kayaking adventure not to be missed! On our Island Hopping Tour, we leave Palm Cove daily at 8 am and return at 1.30 pm.  In this tour, we explore double Island and the surrounding reef in much the same way as the Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour, but we also explore Haycock Island.  Haycock island is the small island that sits just to the south of Double Island.  Within this tour, we have more time for snorkelling over the reef, as well as exploring Haycock island by foot.

A perfect Cairns Adventure for the whole family! Exploring tropical islands… what is not to love?  Click here to find out more and book your spot.

 

Cairns Kayaking

 

Rainforest Paddleboarding Adventure 

Visiting the rainforest is a must when you are visiting Cairns.  Another of our Cairns Adventures not to be missed! 

Join us on a rainforest Paddleboarding adventure.  This tour usually operates in the afternoon (from around 2pm-5pm) and pick up is available from anywhere in Cairns should you need it.  We start the tour with an introduction to paddleboarding on the river bank, before jumping on our sups and cruising downstream.  The rivers gentle current carries us down, with minimal effort needed!  We travel down the river, observing the beautiful rainforest all around us.  This tour really is suitable for the whole family, from kids to seniors.  

Click here to find out more and to book your spot!

 

Cairns Adventures Paddleboarding

Chilling in the Rainforest

 

Any questions? Contact us and ask away!

Things To Do In Palm Cove

Things To Do In Palm Cove

Things to do in Palm Cove, Cairns

 

Palm Cove is one of the top holiday destinations of Far North Queensland.  And with its pristine palm-fringed beaches and clear waters, it’s easy to see why!  In this article, we will share with you some of the best things to do in Palm Cove, whether you are a local seeking adventure, or visiting our tropical paradise.

Things to do Palm Cove

Palm Cove sunrise

Top 6 Things To Do In Palm Cove

1) Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour

Here at Pacific Watersports, we offer an amazing tour for adults and children alike, to Double Island.  Double Island is a stunning tropical island 1km off the coast of Palm Cove.  It’s a 25-minute paddle on our kayaks out to Haycock Reef- an amazing area of Coral Reef which sits to the south of Double Island.  Here we slow down our paddle and observe the sea life through the clear waters below.  We nearly always see Green Turtles or Hawksbill Turtles (see our Turtle blog for more info about these amazing creatures!) and often see small reef sharks, rays, all sorts of colourful fish and if you are really lucky… Dolphins!!  

The tour lasts for 3 and a half hours, departing Palm Cove at 7 am daily, and returning at around 10.30am.

For more information, and to book a place at a Kayak Turtle Tour with Pacific Watersports, click here.

Things to do in Palm Cove

2) Island Hopping Tour

Our Island Hopping Tour is the perfect tour for those that want to be out on the water a little longer!

This is another Kayak Tour that we offer here at Pacific Watersports and is the perfect activity for those with a sense of adventure.   Lasting 6 hours, on this tour we visit Haycock Island (a.k.a. Scout’s Hat- the small island next to Double Island) and explore its beaches and surrounding reef.  We do some snorkelling, turtle spotting, explore the cave on Double Island and pull up on some of Double Island’s secluded beaches for a lunch break (lunch is provided).

The Tour starts at 8 am daily, and we return to Palm Cove at around 2 pm.  

For more information and to book a place on an Island Hopping Tour, click here.

Kayak Turtle Tour

3) Rainforest Paddleboarding Tour

Without a doubt, one of the most relaxing tours that you can do in the area.  Our Rainforest Paddleboarding Tour is actually in Kuranda (about a 35-minute drive from Palm Cove into the Rainforest), but we pick everyone up in Palm Cove (or from anywhere in the Cairns Area).

On this tour, we cruise down the Upper Barron River and through the Rainforest on our Paddleboards.  This really is an activity suited to the whole family- we recently had a 75-year-old do the tour and really enjoy it! Suitable for all ages, from kids to the older generations.  The smooth surface of the river makes it the perfect place to try Stand Up Paddleboarding for the first time and the tour is down-stream, meaning you don’t need to work too hard to get moving!

Within this tour, we leave the main river and take a detour through a smaller river deep into the rainforest- a truly magical experience.  We also stop on a sandy bank for snacks (fruit, cake and juice provided) and a swim in the river.

If you are looking for things to do in Palm Cove that the whole family will enjoy and you haven’t been into the rainforest before- this is the tour for you!

For more information and to book a place on a Rainforest Paddleboarding Tour, click here.

Things to do in Palm Cove

 

4) Paddleboarding Lessons in Palm Cove.

If you fancy spending the day at the beach but want activities to do in between beach naps (!) why not come and try a Paddleboarding lesson with us at Pacific Watersports?  You can find us (and our trailer) at the very South end of the Palm Cove Esplanade (opposite Jack and Shanans and Portofino restaurants).  It’s usually best to book in for a lesson with us as it can get busy in the peak season, but you are also welcome to drop past and say Hi and see if we have a board available for you to play around on.

30 minute or 1-hour lessons are available. The perfect lazy day activity!

Paddleboarding lessons Palm Cove

5) Kitesurfing Lessons

Here in Palm Cove, we can get quite a lot of wind in the afternoons during our winter months (May-October).  But this doesn’t have to mean that you need to retreat from the beach… Learn to Kitesurf instead!!

We offer Kitesurfing Lessons on Palm Cove Beach, at Yorkey’s Knob and at Double Island.  The perfect activity for the adrenaline junkies in the family!  The first lesson is usually on the beach, learning how to fly the kite safely and with good control.  We then introduce the board and take your new kite skills onto the water!  We usually recommend 2 or 3 lessons if you are really serious about learning the sport and becoming independent on the water.  However, we also offer ‘taster’ lessons for those that want to see if this may be the sport for them, and group lessons if a few of your want to try Kitesurfing together.

So if you are looking for things to do in Palm cove when it’s windy, this is a great option for you!

For more information, and to book a Kitesurfing Lesson in Palm Cove, click here.

Kitesurfing Palm Cove

6) Beach and Poolside Yoga Classes

Hartig Yoga offers amazing yoga classes, for all levels, on Palm Cove Beachfront.  So if you are looking for things to do in Palm Cove in the mornings and early evenings, a beachfront yoga class may be right up your street.

Hartig Yoga’s Beach classes are held at the south end of the Palm Cove Esplanade, on the grassy beachfront area in front of Alamanda resort and NUNU restaurant.  The classes are multi-level, meaning everybody of every age, shape and fitness level is welcome to come- and is sure to get something out of it.  Practising yoga on a paradise beach front, under swaying palm trees is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and a must try for tourists and locals alike.

For more information and to book a place at a class, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle Spotting on a Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour

Turtle Spotting on a Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour

Kayak Turtle Tour

Here at Pacific Watersports, we offer 2 awesome adventure tours out to Double Island.  We have our Kayak Turtle Tour and our Island Hopping Tour.  Within both of these tours we go turtle spotting, spending time looking for these awesome sea creatures around Double Island Reef and Haycock Reef which run along the south side of Double Island.
There are two main species of turtle that can be found at Double Island, the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle.  In this blog article, we will share with you a little more information about these turtles, so you are full of cool facts before you come on a Kayak Turtle Tour or Island Hopping Tour with us!
 
 

Amazing Island Wildlife 

Green Turtles

Green Turtles are only 5cm long when they are born (how cute?!) but can grow to a whopping 1.5m in length.  Fully grown, they weigh between 65-130kgs, meaning they are the largest hard shell sea turtles in the ocean.
Although they are called Green Turtles, their shells come in many different colours – including green, olive, brown and even black.  Why are they called green turtles then? They are called ‘Green Turtles’ as they have a thin layer of green fat which lies underneath their shells.  It is thought to be green because of their vegetarian diet of sea grasses and seaweeds.  The green turtles feast of the sea grasses and sea weeds around Double Island, so we often see them as we are cruising over Double Island Reef.
Green Turtles can spend up to 5 hours at a time resting underneath the water.  When they are more active (travelling or feeding) they will come up for air every few minutes, which is when we usually spot them as we paddle over the reef in our kayaks to Double Island.  We usually see them popping their little heads up to take a breath, or cruising underneath the kayaks in the shallower waters of the reef.  Double Island Reef and Haycock Reef are the perfect environment for these turtles.  There is plenty of food here, and areas for them to seek shelter to rest.
Green turtles population has been greatly threatened in recent years and they are now considered an endangered species. Poaching, taking their eggs, fishing (turtles often get caught in the fishing nets), pollution and loss of beaches to nest on, have all contributed to the decline in Green turtle numbers.  
 
 
Kayak Turtle Tour

Beautiful Green Turtle

 
 
Here in Cairns we have the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles.  They rely completely on donations from supporters and volunteers, so if you would like to find out more and donate to this important cause, follow the link below.

 

Hawksbill Turtles

Hawksbill Turtles are named after the Hawk due to their beak-like pointed mouth. They use their beak to find food in the cracks and crevasses of coral.
Considered to be one of the smaller species, adult Hawksbill turtles weigh between 45-90kg
Hawksbill Turtles can be mostly found in shallow waters of coral reefs, mangroves, tropical islands and shallow coastal areas.  They have a very particular diet, pretty much exclusively eating sea sponges from coral reefs.  They are very important for the health of the Great Barrier Reef, as without their appetite for sea sponges, coral reef can become suffocated when the sponges grow too big. 
Hawksbill Turtles are now classed as being critically endangered.  Their beautiful speckled shells are used in products displaying ‘tortoise shell’ and many are killed every day.  Although it is now illegal to poach a Hawksbill turtle for its shell, many people still do it, and shells are sold on the black market.  We can help by not buying anything with tortoise shell, and spreading awareness of this problem.
It’s amazing that although they are both endangered species, they are flourishing at Double Island and we get the opportunity to spend time with these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
 
 
Kayak Turtle Tour

The beak of the Hawksbill Turtle.

Our Kayak Tours leave daily.  Book Here!

 
Palm Cove Activities – Check Out What’s Happening In Palm Cove

Palm Cove Activities – Check Out What’s Happening In Palm Cove

Palm Cove activities, there’s so much going on in this little town. Palm Cove has to be up there with one of the nicest beaches in the far north. Ever year it attracts people from all over the world to its beautiful beaches and amazing scenery.

Palm Cove activities

Palm Cove Activities  

I often get asked what activities are there to do in Palm Cove, so I’ve decided to write a blog with a few of the things there is on offer.

Palm Cove Activities And Tours

Here at Pacific Watersports we offer a range of different tours and lessons.

Kayak Tours

One of our most popular Palm Cove activities would have to be the Kayak Turtle tour. The Kayak turtle tour is a kayak tour to, and around the fringing reefs of Double Island. On the tour can can expect lots of marine life, caves, fish, snorkelling, amazing scenery and a real adventure. Check out this link to find out more about this tour.

Palm Cove activities

Paddle Boarding Tours Palm Cove

Another great Palm Cove activity is to jump on the Kuranda Rainforest adventure. This tour departs daily from Palm Cove and is a great option for those windy days. It really is suitable for everyone and a great way to also try a new sport. This tour is very relaxing and a great way to see the rainforest. Click here to make your booking.

Weather permitting, we also run a paddle boarding tour out to the beautiful Double Island. It’s a very similar tour to the kayak tour except on a stand up paddle board.

Palm Cove activities

Kitesurfing Palm Cove

Palm Cove is also one of Cairns’ top kitesurfing locations. The beach receives consistent trade winds from May to August. Pacific Watersports offer a range of different course option, lessons and equipment sales. A must try from those adrenaline junkies!

Palm Cove activities

Cafes, shops and restaurants

If you’re after shops, cafes and restaurants, then look no further than the south end of Palm Cove. There you will wind cafes and restaurants like Jack & Shanans, Chill Cafe and Portobellos. If you’re looking for clothes, then check out Buccaneers the local surf shop. These guys have a wide verity to suit everyone’s needs.

Our website

 

Cairns Activities

Cairns Activities

Hey everyone, this blog is all about Cairns activities. Cairns is the ultimate when it come getting outdoors and having a good time. There are so many different activities to do in the area. We guarantee you will be wanting to come back for more!

In This blog we will give a bit of an insight to what there is to do in this beautiful part of the country.

In Cairns we have the Great Barrier Reef as our front yard and stunning rainforest as our back yard, meaning there are endless places to explore and so many different ways of doing it.

 

Cairns Activities – Stand up paddle boarding in Cairns

 

When it come to Cairns activities, stand up paddle boarding is definitely up there.Cairns is pretty much completely protected by the Great Barrier Reef, meaning we don’t get a lot of swell on our costal beaches. We do get a small wave from time to time though, which aren’t ideal for your standard surf board. The great thing about stand up paddle boards though is they can pretty much catch any wave. Not only are they good for catching waves, they are also amazing for cruising down our amazing rivers surrounded by rainforest. They are also a great way to explore the fringing reefs off Double Island, go snorkelling  or adventure through the mangroves. The big advantage of Stand up paddle boarding over a coral reef, is you get such a great view, meaning spotting marine life and different corals is easy. It’s also great fun, good for fitness and the perfect way to make new friends.

Cairns activities – Kitesurfing Cairns

Cairns activities

Cairns activities

Kitesurfing has exploded all over Cairns the last few years. Whether you’re at Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob or Machans Beach, you will see the beautiful colours of the kites everywhere. Here at Pacific Watersports we are you local Palm Cove kite school. We offer lessons, gear sales, gear hire and advise on everything kitesurfing. Kiteboarding Cairns operates at Yorkeys knob offering the same services.

Cairns is world renowned for it’s kitesurfing. With perfect flat water lagoons all along the coast and a consistent long season, Cairns is the ultimate kitesurfing location.

 

Cairns activities – Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour

The Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour is a great activity for the whole family.  Led by one of our experienced and knowledgable guides, Pacific Watersports will take you on an unforgettable morning around the breath taking Double Island.

Leaving just after sunrise (7am) we cruise across to the coral reef which surrounds Double Island.  Here we stop for a while and equipped with a snorkel and mask each, experience the majesty of the reef. The abundance of marine life around Double Island is phenomenal. You really have to see it to believe it.  Turtles, rays, reef sharks and fish of all colours and sizes dwell here, and during our Double island Kayak Turtle Tour you get to spend time with them in their natural habitat.

After our snorkel, we continue our Kayak adventure around to the other side of the Island, where we stop for a rest and a bite to eat and if the tides right, enter Double Island’s Cave.

Out of all the Cairn’s activities, this is the one that you can’t afford to miss!

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Cairn’s Activities – SUP Yoga (Yoga on a Paddle Board!)

Cairns activities

Yep, that’s right. Yoga, whilst trying to balance on a Paddle board!

Now this really is an activity you have to try when you are in Cairns!

Pacific Watersports has teamed up with Hartig Yoga to bring Cairns this amazing new phenomenon.  Practicing yoga on a paddle board brings a whole new dimension to your practice.  Asanas (postures) that you are used to practicing on land become a whole lot harder!

Sup Yoga requires more focus, more stabilisation and more core strength than yoga on the land, which makes for a good and fun work out for your body.  But as well as increased strength and intensity, yoga on a paddle board offers deeper relaxation.  Relaxing and surrendering into the practice becomes a whole lot easier when floating on a pool of water.

A must try!

Well I hope is blog is of some help to you during your stay in our beautiful city. If you would like to know more about the above activities, just give us a bell or shoot us an email and we’ll be more than happy to help.