Double Island snorkelling – Double Island is a small island situated about 1.5 kms off the coast of Palm Cove, Cairns. It is a beautiful island surrounded by fringing reefs. Double Island is probably the closest point to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. Here at Pacific Watersports we we have been given special permission to run kayak snorkelling tours to the fringing reefs of Double Island.
Double Island snorkelling – Kayak Turtle Tours
On our Kayak Turtle Tours to Double Island, we also stop at our secret snorkelling spot, provided the conditions are suitable. There the coral is thriving and beaming with life. It is also a great place to spot Hawksbill and Green sea turtles.
The conditions for snorkelling at Double Island really need to be nice and calm. The wind can pick up from time to time making the water visibility not the best for snorkelling. However, the tour is still a great way to see sea turtles and other marine life. We also use the sail on the guides kayak to sail back if the wind picks up.
Best time to visit
Palm cove and the surrounding areas are beautiful all year around. The winter months (May – November) bring cooler nights and warm days. The summer months (December – April) bring very warm tropical conditions
How to book
You can book your kayak tour right here on our website by clicking this link. You can also contact us by phone or come see us down the beach at 41 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove.
We dont see crocodiles as an issue here at Palm Cove. I personally have only seen 1 crocodile in the ocean in the last 6 years. Crocodiles live in the rivers and tend to use the ocean as a way to get to another river. However, it is never a good idea to go swimming at night anywhere in Queensland.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
Cairn’s Activities – SUP Yoga (Yoga on a Paddle Board!)
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.
So you’ve rocked up to Cairns for a few days and wanna do cool stuff? Maybe you live here and wanna try a new experience? Whatever you situation, I have come up with 3 groovy things to do in Cairns that we have right here at Pacific Watersports.
Im Looking for things to do in Cairns. What makes Pacific Watersports the right choice?
Pacific Watersports is Family Run
For a start off, all Pacific Water Sports tours are family run. Thats right, its a family operated business, so its got that real down to earth vie about it. Father – Andy and Son – Luke flow together to make sure everything thing is just down right awesome for people who try these things to do. Not only that, Luke’s Partner and all round lovely lady Beth adds to the mix to offer awesome Yoga and SUP Yoga classes.
Pacific Watersports Has An Awesome Team of Helpers
Secondly – Pacific Watersports has a great team of helpers. Mother and Son – Sunny and Keanu are just great. They have been with the team now for over 4 years and are fantastic. They are passionate about watersports and always there to help out.
Here's The Things To Do
Kayak Turtle Tours
Of all the things to do in Cairns, the Kayak Turtle Tours are a real treat. The team sets off at 7am each morning and is shortly out on the the Double Island Coral Reef. This is officially the closest coral reef to the Cairns Northern Beaches. Once there, the exploring commences. Everyone has their eyes peeled for turtles and other marine life.
The tour also involves, exploring the island mangroves in the kayaks, entering the limestone cave with the kayaks (tide dependant) and chilling out on the secluded shoreline and enjoying delicious local tropical fruits.
The Kayak Turtle Tour requires an average level of fitness. That said, people from all walks of life and from 8 years old right through to active senior people all get out there and love the experience.
Kuranda Rainforest Paddleboarding Adventures
The Kuranda Rainforest Paddleboarding Adventure is a mega treat. Pacific Watersports pick everyone up and head up into the Upper Barron River in the lush Atherton Tablelands. This place is truly amazing. Surrounded by lush jungle and paddling through calm smooth waters.
The experience is truly unique, and the team take you to places that are right off the grid.
Kitesurfing at Palm Cove
It cannot be denied, Kitesurfing is an exhilarating sport, perfect to suit any adrenaline junky. The team at Pacific Watersports have this sport dialed. Andy and Luke are professional instructors that get you out there experiencing the power of a kitesurfing kite right from the very first lesson. Kitesurfing is the perfect sport to learn when the strong trade winds kick in at Palm Cove through the cooler months.
Check out this. We just had another awesome day kayaking out to the coral reef that lies off Double Island. This is in fact part of the Great Barrier Reef, and is also the closest piece of the reef that you can get to from the coast line in the Cairns Northern Beaches area.
It’s a short kayak from Palm Cove to the reef. We head out to the reef at around 7am and get there 20 -30 minutes later. This is an experience not to be missed.
Kayak Snorkelling is certainly a great a great way to see the Great Barrier Reef in the Far North Queensland. Up here at Palm Cove we are truly lucky to have the Great Barrier Reef right on our door step. There is no where else in the Far North Queensland where you can access coral reef snorkelling so quickly. We are the only place where you can just jump on one of our kayak tours and go snorkelling at the same time.
So what are you waiting for? Come on down experience snorkelling and our amazing Kayak Turtle Tours out at the closest area of the Great Barrier Reef in the Cairns Northern Beaches area.
Interested To Know More On Kayak Snorkelling Tours?
If you are keen to come along on one of our tours, or if you would just like to know more, please feel free to call us on 0413732999. We would love to chat with you. After all, this is our passion. If you are the type of person that likes to reserve online, thats easy! We have a fully automated reservation system.
Here at Pacific Watersports we offer a Palm Cove Kayaking tour. We believe there is no better way to experience the surrounding area than to do it by kayak. The surrounding reefs of Double Island are truly breathtaking.
Palm Cove Kayaking Tours
During our Palm Cove Kayaking Tour you are sure to be blown away by the marine life. You are almost guaranteed to see turtles, sting rays and all sorts of colourful fish. Occasionally you can see whales on the horizon. We have also been lucky enough to see mata rays on the outer reefs of Double Island.
Palm Cove Kayaking Tours
We often stop to go snorkelling during our Palm Cove Kayaking Tours. There’s plenty of great snorkelling spots all around Double Island, knowing where they are is the key though. Really you need a guide to show you all the secret spots.
We provide pretty much everything you need for the Palm Cove Kayaking Tour. All safety equipment is included. We also provide snorkelling equipment, fresh fruit and juice. All you need to bring is sun protection and swimwear.
Palm Cove Kayaking Tours
How to get there
All of out tours depart from the south end of Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove. Simply head north from Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway. It’s a bout 25 kms from Cairns. You will see the the sign for Palm Cove about 200 metres before the turnoff.
Palm Cove Kayaking Tours
parking can be an issue at Palm Cove, especially during school holidays and weekends. If you Can’t find a park along the esplanade, your best bet is to head in a block and find a park there. Or if you want to be cheeky, you can always park at one of the resorts.
To find out more information about our tours, check out our website. Our website/contact page is full of information. Also, any questions don’t hesitate to call or shoot us an email.