About 2.5 km off the coast of Cervantes are a number of islands which are considered part of the Cervantes National Reserves. So, who wouldn’t want to own an island for a day?
This past weekend, we took my kayak up to Cervantes with hopes that I would have the chance to paddle to an island on my list. With winds blowing 16 to 33 km all weekend, I was feeling a little unsure if I would check this off my list. However, given a drop in the wind on Sunday meant it was all hands on deck.
I have never paddled more than 1.5 km but I knew that if I pace myself I would make it. The water to this island is very shallow with the notion that one could quite easily swim it. However, the idea of sharks looming around the bay is never encouraging and I would rather kayak than swim.
It took me about 10 minutes to get the kayak onto the sand, slap sun tan lotion, take one sip of water and jump into the kayak. While I mention taking water all the time, there is not much space for a bottle of water without it interfering with the paddling. Of course, there are straps at the top ends of the boat so in hindsight I am thinking I should have given this section of the kayak a trial.
Needless to say, I was off and only looked back for a moment to see how far I had ‘travelled’.
There are two rock ridges on route to this island. While I kayak could make it, I did not want to risk it. I was warned about stone fish in the coastal region which I did not want to step on. I was in such a rush to get into the kayak that I forgot to put on shoes. Actually forgot a few things – which is why I am adding a list at the bottom of this article.
The second ridge was mostly seaweed. One of the coastal expert also advised that sea snakes like to hide in this terrain. So it was even more of a reason to paddle carefully over this area and make sure I did not get stuck in it.
I am unsure of how long it took me to reach the island, but once I did, it felt like I had conquered the world. Apart from a boat fishing in close proximity, there was not a soul to be seen.
I was greeted by a few crested terns. For many, including myself I would throw these birds into a category of a Seagull…but they are a seabird and NOT a seagull.
After hauling my kayak a little way up the beach, I walked onto the mid section of the island and saw an huge selection of shells and cuttlefish.
I decided to take the left side of the island and find out what was there. The water was shallow, turquoise and very inviting. I noticed a few big seashells and right next to them some holes. Immediately I made a beeline back to the coast edge as these holes represent dugites [a venomous snake found in Australia]. As I was alone, I did not want to be confronted with a bite.
I noticed the tide coming in, so I decided to pull the kayak a little higher on shore. I thought for myself “I don’t really want to go back”
As I turned back to the island I saw a head bop up and down in the cove. At first I thought it was a diver from the fishing boat. I strolled down the right side only to realize it was a seal. The day was just getting better
As I neared closer to it, it dived into the seaweed. I thought maybe it was a little shy. Then I realized he/she was just hunting for food. When it popped up again, it sat for a while – almost feeling happy with itself before it noticed I was standing there.
While I know seals are curious animals, I also know that they can be aggressive. And once again, as I was alone I did not want to have that type of experience. However, this seal decided I looked interesting, so I dived in the water for a closer a look. At this point, my videoing stopped and I decided to walk quickly back to the kayak.
It follow me for a little bit, but realized that I was not in the ‘play mood’ and returned back to its little spot. I was beginning to wonder if my kayak could handle me and a seal! #highlyunlikely
The kayak back was a little harder as the wind had picked up which made the waves a little more tricky to navigate. To add to the difficulty, I did not look back on the route here, I was unsure which direction I should kayak. The shore looked the same. However, while I was paddling to the point I thought I started from, I kept thinking of all the awesome things I found. What an adventure. Struggle back ——- well worth it! 😉
- Kayak to Island (Done)
- Photos of Island (Done)
- Encounter with Seal (BONUS)
List of Things for your Kayak to Private Billion Dollar Island:
- Rock/Swim Shoes
- Small Camera, Phone (or both)
- Snacks (optional)
- Hat and Sunglasses
- Small First Aid (optional and just in case)
- Let people know where you are going
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