Half Day Island Kayaking Tour Airlie Beach | SALTY

Tour Code: 1162

Departing: Shute Harbour

Pickup: Airlie Beach

Half Day Kayaking
  • During the months of July and September there is a chance we will come across humpback whales who have come to give birth in the safe waters of the Whitsundays.
  • Giant sea turtles can often be seen on our tours.
  • This is not just a half day sea kayaking tour its a wildlife tour from under the sea and in the sky. 

Included In Price

  • Small group tour
  • Stable double kayaks
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Safety briefing
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Lycra sun suits
  • Snacks
  • Dry bag for towel or spare clothes, (we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronics dry)

Half Day Sea Kayaking tour suitable for experienced paddlers and beginners. Daily trips from Airlie Beach Shute Harbour.

What to Expect

Set out on a captivating Half Day Sea Kayaking Tour from Shute Harbour, perfectly designed for both novice and seasoned kayakers. This family-friendly adventure offers an exceptional way to explore the beautiful Whitsundays in a more serene way making it our most sought-after tour.

Features and Highlights

Half Day Whitsundays Sea Kayaking Tours

  • Accessible and Inclusive:

  • Our half day sea kayaking tours are suitable for participants from 7 years old and up, making it an excellent choice for families. The tour is designed to be enjoyable for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced paddlers.
  • Scenic Departures:

  • Depart daily from Shute Harbour, taking a route that covers fringing coral reefs and the scenic islands nearby. This journey not only showcases the natural beauty of the Whitsundays but also ensures a manageable and enjoyable experience for everyone.
  • Rich Marine Biodiversity:

  • Kayak through the waters of the Great Barrier Reef that are home to a diverse array of marine and bird life. Encounter sea turtles and majestic soaring eagles as you paddle through their natural habitats.
  • Whale Watching Opportunities:

  • If you join us during the whale season from July to September, you may witness the annual migration of magnificent humpback whales. These gentle giants visit the waters to give birth before returning to the Antarctic, providing a spectacular natural display.

Relaxing and Refreshing Stops

  • Beach Time and Snorkelling:

  • Enjoy a stop at either White Rock or Cane Cockie's Beach, where you can swim or relax. Snorkelling equipment, including masks and lycra sun suits, are provided at no extra charge, allowing you to explore the vibrant underwater world.
  • Complimentary Refreshments:

  • During the half day tour, indulge in cold drinks along with a cheese and fruit platter, perfect for refreshing yourself during a break in your adventure. This pause provides a moment to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings before the return kayak journey to Shute Harbour.

Convenient and Comfortable Experience

  • Emphasis on Enjoyment:

  • Our Whitsundays half day kayaking tour focuses on fun and relaxation rather than strenuous activity, making it a popular choice for those looking to enjoy a leisurely day amidst nature.

Join us for the Half Day Sea Kayaking Tour from Shute Harbour for an unforgettable exploration of the Whitsunday Islands. This tour combines the excitement of kayaking with the tranquillity of the sea, offering a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, we have beginners most days - half day trips are suitable.


Yes, you need to be able to swim, we also provide life jackets and our kayaks are very stable.


Absolutely! We like to encourage families. If your child is under 15, they must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult per child, so they share the kayak). Minimum age 7 years, a half day trip is usually long enough for children under 15. please talk to us in advance and we will endeavour to suggest a day when the weather is at its best.


A medium level of fitness is required. if you are concerned  about your level of fitness – then a half day kayaking trip is probably the most suitable trip for you.


No, our kayaks are specially selected for stability, comfort and storage space.


If your camera is waterproof, then bring it along. We do have dry bags – but we would suggest that you leave your non-waterproof camera or phone behind. We take photos and post them on our Facebook page free of charge, within a week of your tour.


Stingers are a jelly fish, & some do sting. In line with recommended procedures,  we provide  stinger suits with us for anyone wishing to swim or snorkel.  These are made of lycra, are full length and zip up the front (a great photographic opportunity here!).


Yes, on our Half Day Trips, we supply drinks, fruit and muesli bars.

Please inform us of any dietary requirements at time of booking.


Our guide carries extra water, first aid kit, flares, V-sheet, vinegar, maps,  waterproof vhf radio,  & mobile phone, (satellite phone on overnight expeditions). Each kayak has a pump and sponge.


Naturally your  safety is of utmost importance & we want you to enjoy your sea kayaking experience.  We don’t cancel  if we have rain, however if becomes torrential and this causes visibility  problems –  then we have to cancel or reschedule. Fortunately the rain here is warm!

Strong winds make life on the water difficult  and dangerous so we cancel or reschedule trips if winds exceed 20 knots.


Not on our Half Day Trips, however we recommend that you bring insect repellent if you are staying overnight on the islands.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Shute Harbour

Departure Time

Departs 8.30am - Return 12.15pm

Pickup Locations

Airlie Beach

  • Courtesy bus available from most of Airlie Beach accommodation providers

Whitsunday Island

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


3 hours

Fitness Level Required


Additional Information

NOTE: Medium level fitness required. Weather conditions can change during kayaking tour.

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottle of water
  • Swimwear
  • Shoes that are suitable for getting wet (thongs, sandals or deck shoes are suitable)
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather

Child price applies to children age 7 to 15

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

Booking and Payment
Advance booking of kayaks is advisable, especially in school holidays. 
Cancellation by client – We understand that travel plans vary and that occasionally you may need to alter or cancel your reservation with us. Provided that sufficient notice is given, this is not usually a problem and we can usually organise a rescheduling of trip to a more suitable time or a partial refund. Short notice cancellations however means that we may have turned down other clients and will have occurred expenses for permits, food, transport, staff etc. In these instances, a refund is not available. Full details of our policy is set out below.
No-Shows & Cancellation Fees
Cancellation of half day and day trips and rentals within 48 hours will occur a 100% cancellation fee. No refunds are made for cancellations within 48 hours. All other cancellations incur a 20% of full trip price cancellation fee.
No-Shows & Cancellation Fees
If you cancel your 6 Day or Extended tour more than 60 days prior to departure date, you agree to forfeit your deposit.
If you cancel your 6 Day or Extended tour between 60 days and 15 days prior to departure date, you agree to be liable for 75% of the full cost of your tour.
If you cancel your 6 Day or Extended tour less than 15 days prior to departure date, you agree to be liable for 100% of the cost of your tour.
All other cancellations incur a 20% of full trip price.
Please note that in the event of a no-show, full payment is required. At our discretion this fee may be used as a  credit towards a future trip or hire.
Note: For sea kayak rentals, once your trip has commenced, there are no refunds for any reasons, including bad weather. This includes an individuals or group that returns before their period of hire has finished. If strong winds or sea conditions on the last day of your hire means you can’t safely kayak back to our base at Shute Harbour, you should contact us as soon as possible. We will usually offer a couple of alternatives including:
1 Staying out an extra day until it is safe to kayak, there will be no extra cost for this day, or
2 Catching the water taxi back to Shute Harbour, any costs incurred with this option will need to be Covered by yourselves.
Groups – Occasionally only part of a group with a booking arrives with no prior notice of the partial Cancellation. In this situation, the redundant booking is payable by the group in full.
Cancellation by Salty Dog Sea Kayaking
Salty Dog Sea Kayaking reserves the right to delay, postpone, substitute or cancel a trip as a matter of safety for our guests and guides. We will make the final call whether to cancel for safety reasons on site at the time the event is scheduled to begin. If we must cancel for any reason, we are happy to reschedule where possible or we give you a full refund less any booking fees payable to your booking agent (please check their policies at time of booking). Please note we have a minimum number of 4 on overnight trips. We highly recommend you take out suitable travel insurance to cover any refund shortfall. Overnight and extended trips – If the forecast is for improving weather conditions, we will ask our clients if they can accept a delayed start or reschedule onto another trip.
If the weather deteriorates once the trip has commenced to the point where safety is compromised, we may have to transfer clients via water taxi (we cover this cost). In this case a partial refund will be given based on a pro-rata per day for each day not spent in the National Park.
Half Day and Full Day Guided Trips – Once your trip has commenced there are no refunds. Occasionally, the guide may need to change the route of the trip for safety reasons or to suit the abilities of the group. If a situation arises such as a dramatic worsening of weather during the trip and the guide deems it unsafe to continue, Salty Dog Sea Kayaking will cover the cost of the water taxi for our clients back to our base at Shute Harbour.
Kayak Rentals – Occasionally we need to cancel a client’s Sea Kayak Rental where it is evident that they don’t have the ability or skills required to safely undertake this activity. Where this situation arises, rental fee less commission payable to booking agents (usually around 15%) is refunded.
1 Salty Dog Sea Kayaking reserves the right to cancel a client’s tour in the event of non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the rental – in this situation, there is no refund.
2 Salty Dog Sea Kayaking reserves the right to cancel or change the itinerary of a trip due to such things as prevailing weather conditions and group abilities. Such a change is not just cause for a client to cancel a trip without application of the cancellation policy.
3 If Salty Dog Sea Kayaking cancels the trip or hire, you agree that Salty Dog Sea Kayaking will not be liable for any further amounts, including but not limited to, airfares, accommodation and any additional expenses incurred by you due to such a cancellation.
Travel Insurance
We strongly advise all clients to consider arranging appropriate travel insurance. With rentals, clients are solely responsible for their personal equipment, including any luggage or personal belongings left behind at the Salty Dog Sea Kayaking Depot.
Guided Trips – On our guided trips, we need to consider the expectations of all of our guests as well as safety aspects. For this reason, Guided Trips longer than a half day are usually restricted to paddlers 16 years and over, unless specific arrangements have been made (eg school trips, customised family tours).
We have taken children of all ages from toddlers to 80 years of age, but please discuss your options with us prior to booking, we can help find a time with conditions suitable for your family’s needs.
Freedom Rentals – Kayakers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian 18 years or older. Please discuss your options with us before hiring kayaks for youths or children.

Half Day Island Kayaking Tour Airlie Beach | SALTY

Tour Code: 1162

Departing: Shute Harbour

Pickup: Airlie Beach

Half Day Kayaking



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$100.00
Family: au$420.00

Tour Code: 1162



16 yrs & over

7 - 15 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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