Get the best out of your trip
We have put together some information which we hope will provide you an insight into our Base Camp Trips. We will take a little look at what to expect from how the base camp is set up, kayaking, wildlife you may see and enjoying your time on Sophia Island
The sea kayaks are very stable and offer an excellent paddling experience for all levels of kayaking.
We have single or double kayaks available. Double kayaks are an excellent choice for couples, adults with children and also if you want to share the paddling.
You will be given life jackets and a skirt to wear, the later helps to keep you dry in the kayak. Paddles are also provided and before your first paddle we will go through the best way to use them.
Out on the Water
There are many paddling trips we can take you on and our guides are very experienced in knowing what routes to take depending on currents and weather changes.
As we paddle the waters, we will make stops at different points for refreshments and leg stretches. Lunch is also served on a beach, where you can sit, enjoy the scenery and watch the wildlife.
There is a vast amount of wildlife to be seen and enjoyed from both base camp and the kayaks. Whilst we cannot guarantee what you will see, we are in a great location to provide the best opportunities possible.
Wildlife you may see;
> Humbacks, Orcas, Dalls, Dolphins, Sealions & Seals
> Bald Eagle, King Fishers & various sea birds
Watching Wildlife from Kayaks
It's important when we are on the water that we are respectful to the wildlife and follow the guidelines which are in place.
When we know Orcas are about, we need to be 200m from them and raft up so that we are not all bobbing about in different places!
Humpbacks we need to stay 100m from them and again we will raft up.
With other marine animals we stay a good safe distance from them, so we are not disturbing them or changing their behaviour.
Sometimes the animals will come closer to us and that is their choice. If they do, we will stay rafted until they have moved away.
Our base camp is situated on Sophia Island.
> Various tents across the island with different views looking out onto the water.
> Kitchen & Dining area
> Main beach, this is where we sit by the fire at night and is good place to relax after a days paddle.
> Heated Showers
Situated on the Johnston Strait, Sophia Island offers 365 views across the water.
The island has a good covering of trees and outcrops where you can sit and relax.
We have wood chip trails across the island, so you can easily get to your tents and explore the natural beauty it offers. There are many places on the island that you can relax in your own company or sit with others and socialise.
We feel very luck to have our base camp here
Hiking / Trail Walks
We often get asked what happens if the water is too rough to kayak. Safety is at our first consideration and we will advise if we will not be going out on the water.
Don't worry, if this happens we have lots of options. One being taking you for a nice hike and visiting some of the whale research stations. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about the area, wildlife and ask the experts any questions you have.
Dinning & Refreshments
If you have any dietary or special requirements, please don't forget to tell us when you book and before you trip.
Our guides will prepare and make your breakfast , lunch and dinner.
> Breakfast can range from porridge, pancakes, to eggs and bacon
> Lunch is usually sandwiches, soup or salad
> Dinner will be a hot meal and will include meat/fish with with either vegetables, salad or pasta
We also provide snacks after we get back from a paddle and in the evening we enjoy toasted marshmallows or smores.
Look into the West and watch as the sun sets over the mountains and water.
We are lucky that the island has a lovely place where we can go and sit to watch the amazing sunsets. We never tire of seeing them ..
And you never know, we may get a humpback pop up, dolphins dance or Orcas pass by
When we have our clear skies, the night sky glitters with all the stars and as it gets really dark the milky way can be seen overhead.