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morning paddle Batemans Bay

5 October 2010 1,688 views One Comment

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Region X do water activities and trips around the Batemans Bay area. Despite their excellent advertising the way I found them was a good old fashioned sign on the road as I was motoring from beach to beach. Since there was very little surf I figured sea kayaking was a great option and got booked in for a morning paddle. Great idea by me :)

It was an average looking morning: occasional rain, overcast, breezy, but the ocean had a beautiful glassy quality and the air was warm. There weren’t many other people around at Mossy Point and us paddlers gathered at the cute Region X boatshed got sorted and were soon on our way.

Josh and Shane from Region X are great tour leaders, incredibly friendly, professional, fun. I have enough paddling experience to be arrogantly against instructions and safety briefings but these guys were swift and painless. We were in double sea kayaks, and great kit it was too. I was with Peter, another Brit, who was then stuck with me and had to endure the Lucy-school-of-chat, followed by the Lucy-school-of-telling-you-what-to-do-with-your-life. I think he was hoping for a tsunami.

sweeeeeeell

We paddled out of the estuary and were straight in to swell, it was much bigger than it seemed at the shore! I loved it – rollercoastering over the mounds of water, it was awesome. We cruised along, Josh filled us in on local history, Shane filled us in on the sports news (it was AFL NRL weekend after all!). The group divided and some of us went right out to the point / head to look back on misty Batemans Bay. I really reckon there were whales out there, but with the swell and chop we couldn’t see anything. So we just bobbed around and ate lollies :)

breakfast and dolphins

We were riding with the swell behind us as we headed for the beach to join the others, it was fun. We cruised into the little harbour beach and hung there for a while. The crew put on an awesome breakfast that included non stop coffee and homemade apple cake from Kate. Sweet work. And while we were there the sun started to creep through the drizzle and clouds, and we saw two dolphins flipping in and out of the ocean, it was beautiful.

Looking for jellyfish

By the time we got back into the kayaks it was nice and warm and we had a great cruise back around the harbour. We hugged more of the shoreline, paddled through little reef formations and rode the swell. We could see lots of jellyfish in the water but we never saw the dolphins again.

We were back before we knew it, I would have loved to have carried on (not sure Peter felt the same). I’m really fussy when it comes to tours and trips but Region X have a great set up and they were a lot of fun, I’d be keen to try one of their overnight camping trips, I reckon that would be superb.

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  • lucyjjames » Blog Archive » Batemans Bay said:

    […] start as I needed to pack everything and get us down to Mossy Point because I’d booked onto a sea kayak trip. I’d figured that if there wasn’t much surf I was onto a good thing going for a paddle. The […]

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